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Kenyontown Church anniversary attracts many

The Kenyontown Methodist Church's recent 100th anniversary celebration was quite a wonderful gathering to share the joy of the founding of the small church located on Valley Rd. in Thurman.

More than 50 people came from near and far to enjoy the day in an old-fashioned church. This is one of the few churches left that is original, with no additions constructed through its century of existence, except for the handicapped access in front.

Like in the old days, the church still has a nearby outhouse for emergency use.

The very old colored windows with etched designs bear the names of the families who purchased them years long ago. Unfortunately the old wood stove which stood in the back of the church and provided heat in winter has been removed, and a toad stool bearing one Bible verse - about 2 feet long - which was painstakingly burnt into the fungus by church member Mabel Lillibridge and placed in the entrance way is also gone. However, the original bell, the original pews and pulpit still remain like in bygone days, plus song books from the old days and the original Bible donated by a Reverend Warden.

Speakers at the anniversary celebration on Sunday Sept. 13 were the Reverend David Newkirk - now retired, Nellie Hintz, and Patty Mollack. Also participating in the service was a famous gospel duo from Indian Lake, Patty Yates and Jim Dunn, singing some inspirational songs in harmony. Guests at the event enjoyed a tour of the church as well as a covered-dish barbecue while meeting new friends and neighbors at the gathering. Th event was all organized by Theresa and Jeff Grants and other church members.

Church services are regularly held on Sundays at 11 a.m., and parish extend a warm welcome for all to attend.

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