Kevin Welch, contractor for the exterior of the new sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Vandalia, rapidly erected the wall frames and roof this past week.
Church Pastor Brian Lehenbauer says he hopes to have the outside of the building completed by the end of January or early February, but it all depends on what the winter weather allows.
Delivery of the exterior frame materials was delayed due to pandemic related supply issues. While three walls of the new structure will be metal, the exterior wall facing Main Street will be wooden with picture windows.
The church is looking into the possibility of using windows from its old building constructed in 1901 on the interior of the new sanctuary.
The current plan is to have the church interior completed by this summer.
The church is located at 213 N Lindell St., Vandalia, at the corner of Hwy. 54 and Main Street.