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Millersburg church holds final service after serving community for over a hundred years

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Sunday marked the final service held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Millersburg Sunday marked the final service held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Millersburg
Elkhart County - June 29, 2014 marked the final service held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Millersburg. The 140-year-old church closed its doors on Sunday afternoon.

"It was time," Church Council President Lauretta Schrock said. She has been a life long member at the church. "Since I was a baby 79 years ago," Schrock said.

She says the council came to the decision to close the church because membership was so low. She says there are only about seven active members and with many of them around the age of 90-years-old.

Schrock says it was for the best the church be closed, but says Sunday's final service was still very emotional. "Sadness. It's your life. Church has always been my life," Schrock said.

Another life long member in attendance was Judy Keim Ross. "It was sad. It's like losing someone," she said.

Her family can be traced back to the beginning of the 140-year-old church. "My great-grandfather was one of the charter members of this church and our families have been members ever since," Ross said.

The church and all of it's property were sold to Sonshine Day Care for one dollar. Not only will the building carry on as a day care center, it will also be home to Cub Scouts of Pack 708 as well as hold Bible classes for Millersburg elementary students.

Congregation members say they found some comfort after the final service knowing what the future of the church site will be. "The sadness was overcome with the joy that is is going to be utilized as a community facility," Ross said.

June 29th is the day to observe Saint Peter's martyrdom. The church's pastor says the closing of St. Peter's Lutheran Church on that day was coincidental.

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