Lewis church prepares for bicentennial

In 2005, when the town celebrated its bicentennial, the church was added to the National Historic Registry. Blades said the building is the oldest in the town and is a keystone in the community.

"It's been here for years," he said, noting the church has long struggled with low membership and limited finances. "It's had its ups and downs, but it's held steadfast."

"The church is there to be used by anyone who wants to use it, whether it's for a wedding, a funeral, or a meeting space," Blades added.

"It's an old church, and we're trying to do everything we can to keep the doors open," said Jean Dickerson, town historian and another trustee of the church.

While church members have been able to raise some money towards their bicentennial fund, Dickerson said they still have a long way to go to defray the cost of renovations. A series of fundraisers is planned, including a prime rib dinner on Oct. 10.

The formal dinner includes, prime rib, baked potato, carrots, salad, rolls, drink and an Adirondack Sundae for dessert. Beginning at 5 p.m., patrons will be served in two seatings based on advance ticket sales. Take outs will be available between 4-5 p.m. Cost of tickets will be $12.95 for adults and $7 for children younger than 12.

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