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Echo Park faithful take church repair to new heights

Mark Philipps intalls new cross | Daniel Crouse

Mark Phillips intalls new cross | Daniel Crouse

ECHO PARK — When it comes to repairs, members of the Echo Park United Methodist Church follow a DIY approach — even when it takes them to a small dome high above Alvarado Street.

The church’s most recent fix-it project began after the horizontal bar that forms the dome’s cross fell off. That led to a repair job four stories up. “The hard part was climbing to the top of the dome and making the attachment,” according to a story published in the church’s recent newsletter.

Mark Phillips, pictured above, made the “scary ascent” with the help of Daniel Crouse, taking along a cordless screwdriver, a bucket of roofing cement and a can of paint.

“Everything had to be pulled up by ropes, with Walter Elmer securing the tools and materials to the ropes from the sidewalk on the Reservoir Street side of the church,” the newsletter says. “Mark and Daniel spent two hours on top of the dome installing the new cross, patching the cracks on the upright post, and doing some painting, the first time they went up to the roof.”

It’s not the first time church members have had to work on top of that tower. In 2010, they took on the task of repainting the dome.

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One comment

  1. They should have left it alone. It was god’s will.

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