A concert featuring the music of Sharon Ruchman of Washington, Bach and Brahms will be held March 26 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Washington.

The concert will benefit efforts to make the church's meetinghouse handicap accessible.

Cellist Mary Costanza of Washington, pianist Ray Pierpoint of Watertown and Ms. Ruchman will perform.

Admission is a $15 suggested donation.

More than two decades ago, a stair lift was installed in the front sanctuary but has not met the church's needs, as it is not large enough for a self-powered wheelchair or scooter and parking is not easily

Since the meetinghouse is used for church services, Gunnery School functions, musical performances and other events, handicap accessibility is important.

With input from church leaders, Washington Depot architect Reese Owens has developed a design for the structure housing the lift, which meets all code requirements and respects the architecture of the existing structure.

He secured initial approval for the plans from the Historic District Commission and will seek approval of the Planning Commission.

Construction will begin once 100 percent of the money­ -- Mr. Owens and church leader Dave Werkhoven estimate it will cost $150,000 - is raised for the project.

A lift is being specified, as a ramp is not tenable in rain, snow or icy conditions, and not approved by the Washington Historic District Commission.

Scott Tilden and Linda Frank, co-chairs of the Uplift Project Committee, hope to raise funds from church members, businesses, foundations and residents throughout the Greater Washington community.

For more information, call the church office at 806-868-0569 or e-mail at: congreg.church@snet.net.