First Moravian's steeple is getting a high-level makeover.

Steeple work at the church, at 39 N. Duke St. in York City, began about three weeks ago, said the Rev. Sayward Lippincott, the pastor.

"It's just a lot of cosmetic painting and scraping, " she said. "It doesn't interfere with church function."

Doing the work is a crew from Chester County-based Highclimbers Co., which specializes in repair, painting and maintenance of church structures.

The crew also will determine what other maintenance work they need to do while working on the steeple, Lippincott said.

Altogether, the steeple project is expected to last six weeks, she said.

The church is paying about $40,000 to get the work done, the pastor said.

Church members donated about half the amount, starting their giving last year. The congregation then received a matching grant from its denomination, she said.

"We're excited about the work getting done," Lippincott said. "It's something you have to do every few years."

In October 1995, the church had renovations done on the steeple which was decaying at the time. The church paid more than $50,000 to restore, scrape and paint the steeple.

First Moravian, founded March 25, 1752, was been at its present location since 1868. The church celebrated its 260th anniversary last year.

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