Melissa Chadwick writes in the Gazette newspapers of Montgomery County:
The first shovel of dirt was turned Saturday to mark the beginning of a 10-year construction project to build the first new Episcopal church in the Washington diocese in 40 years.
On an unseasonably warm December day, congregants of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church gathered at the church’s 13-acre campus at 14419 Darnestown Road, near the corner of Route 118.
‘‘It’s the quality of the life we live together and the quality of the services we do in God’s name that matters, it’s not the building,” said the Rev. Ken Howard, the congregation’s longtime rector.
St. Nicholas Church, which has grown from 12 families to more than 300 members in a decade, hopes to complete the worship and ministry center by Christmas 2007.
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