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Historic South Glastonbury church set to celebrate after making crash repairs

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After months of construction, a historic church in South Glastonbury is set to celebrate.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was damaged last fall when a driver slammed into the front of it with his truck last November.

The vehicle hit a porch area directly under the building’s columns.

The area, including the damage to the inside, has since been rebuilt and repaired.

Church officials said it took a full week before they were able to get the truck out of the rubble because they wanted to make sure the columns and the building wouldn’t collapse.

A few weeks later, the congregation was able to get back into the building.

However, it’s been a construction site ever since.

Now that the restoration is complete, the congregation said it’s ready to thank the community for helping in a time of need.

The column is rebuilt, the porch is redone, the cracks were repaired, and the organ is back in place.

"We're just so grateful for it, and to be reminded that’s what community was about,” said Rev. Kim Litsey, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. "There was just a sense of grace and a sense of people caring for us and worrying about us and wanting us to be put back together."

"We could have been broken apart by this but what really happened is we were broken open,” said Rev. Marian Stinson, also of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

A restoration celebration was scheduled for this coming Sunday. The community is welcome to attend between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Repairs cost about $150,000, most of which looks to be covered by insurance.

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