Obviously, it takes a small village to raise a steeple.
A light crowd gathered the morning of Aug. 21 to watch crane operator Danny Nichols, of Valrico, lift the newly repaired steeple onto the Limona Village Chapel United Methodist Church roof’s apex.
Once the steeple was in place, volunteers inside the church tower bolted the steeple to its base and grounded the lightning rod cable.
The more than 40-year-old spire, with its broken cross, had been taken down in April. Because damage to the steeple was more extensive than expected, the project took longer than estimated.
Project co-chairmen Leo Stutzman and Wayne Vincent helped with the reattaching of the steeple. Gene Hollingsworth, husband of pastor Rachel Hollingsworth, came to watch the proceedings. Also present were church members Steven Cobb, Karen Stutzman, Chip Nichols, Ron Cooprider and about a dozen onlookers.
The Tampa-based Sims Crane and Equipment Co. originally set the same steeple on the church’s roof in the early 1970s, said equipment application specialist Brannon Mason, of Temple Terrace.
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