REED CITY \u2014 The weather was iffy last week when work crews converged on St. Paul Lutheran Church perched on a hill along 4 Mile Road just west of Reed City. Perhaps it was prayer that kept storm clouds away while one crew clambered up the steep roof to replace a roof that had been battered by earlier storms this spring. Other workers prepared an area on the east side of the church for an addition that will house a couple of classrooms and a storage room. Still others on the west side readied the ground in preparation of cement pouring for what will be a large room for adults to use for meetings and such. Pastor Dawn Pooley said that particular room \u201cwill have a living room atmosphere, and be an extension for the narthex, actually.\u201d It also will be used for special gatherings of, say, family members just before a wedding or perhaps a funeral. In addition, the kitchen will have a double door added to serve as a weather-block, \u201cand all these things are happening thanks to a gift that has been given to us,\u201d she explained, adding that prior to this gift, one had been given five years earlier to pay off the mortgage. \u201cWe\u2019ve spent considerable time to really evaluate our needs,\u201d she said. A lot of study and addressing the congregation went into the decision of what could be done, \u201cand the decisions were made based on need and with prayer. We want to be good stewards.\u201d Pastor Pooley said that the fellowship hall will have a light that\u2019s lit at night, one that will be taken out of another location and face so that people will be able to see it. \u201cWe will put the one in the narthex into the fellowship hall, and it\u2019s made of very old cut stained glass. Our first women\u2019s group was involved in that, and both windows were brought here from the old church.\u201d She noted it should be inspiring to see, and carry on the past into the present for the church. As she recorded the progress on the various work projects on her camera, workers clambered back off the roof, cement pouring was put on hold, and the clouds continued to gather to the west, moving to the north. Puddles later along 4 Mile indicated that perhaps the workers had abandoned the day\u2019s work at a most appropriate time.