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  • Lassellsville United Methodist Church in need of a roof

  • The Lassellsville United Methodist Church is in need of a new roof.

    The church holds a membership of about 20 worshipers, with an average attendance of 13 people.

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  • The Lassellsville United Methodist Church is in need of a new roof.
    The church holds a membership of about 20 worshipers, with an average attendance of 13 people.
    “Over time the congregation has grown smaller because people have moved away for a number of different reasons,” said Pastor Robert Lindsay.
    Unfortunately, he said, this has left the once lively church struggling to keep a roof over its head.
    The current church was built in 1900, but the official birth of the church was in 1859. The church was originally called the Methodist Episcopal Church and it was located further east a quarter mile down Route 29. The building became to small for the congregation and the current church was built. At the time the church cost $2,000 to build. In July 1901, it was dedicated by Rev. S.G. Dopp.
    Although the congregation left the original church, the building was not forgotten as it became the new home of the Lady’s Aid Society and today it is home to the senior citizens group. The Lady’s Aid Society, now referred to as United Methodist Women, served church dinners every month.
    According Ephratah Town Historian Evelyn Frasier, “These dinners, along with a number of other fundraisers such as church festivals and chicken dinners, were very prominent, especially in the 1960s. They helped to raise money for the church.”
    The fundraisers continued to raise money for the church throughout its existence, until now.
    The church congregation no longer has a United Methodist Women’s group to raise funds.
    “Generations have grown and as families continue to grow they seem move away. Because of this there are not enough people to help with fundraising opportunities,” said Lindsay.
    Frasier added, “This area is becoming a bedroom community — people live here, but work and play elsewhere. I’m one out of seven children and out of all of my siblings I am the only one who stayed local.”
    Frasier, as well as her mother and father, were baptized in the Lassellsville United Methodist Church.
    Although the church has a small congregation it is a place that holds many dear memories to Lassellsville community members. In order for the church to remain the roof has to be repaired.
    “Asking members from our church alone to pay for an entire roof is way too much. We need help from the community,” said Lindsay, adding if the church does not find funding for the roof it may have to close its doors for good. “When people drive by this church they are reminded of a supreme being and it would be very depressing to see a church rich in history go to waste.”
    For further information or to help the Lassellsville United Methodist Church, contact Pastor Lindsay at 738-7096.
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