For parishioners like Ruth Hernandez, the fundraising for the construction on the Zoe Bible Fellowship Baptist Church has been a long process.
The church, located at 2652 N. Ninth St. in Fairhill, has undergone restoration for the past two years. Hernandez has attended Zoe Bible Fellowship for the past three years, and said the church has played a huge part in her life, so she tries to involve herself in as many outreaches as possible.
This Sunday, the church held a clothing sale, selling donations from parishioners for $1 each on the sidewalk in front of the church, with noises from a construction site overpowering their conversations.
While traffic on the sidewalk had been intermittent despite good weather, Hernandez said Zoe Bible Fellowship has tried up to 10 different activities to raise the money needed, including yard sales, car washes, food sales and a chocolate sale.
“My son attends here and all my brothers and sisters, as well,” Hernandez said. “It is a very important part of my life, this church.”
Hernandez said she was unsure of the costs of the restoration on the church, but the work has been constant on the site, including the stately bell tower which can be seen for blocks.