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The North Bend Eagle


Methodist church celebrating final year

by Nathan Arneal
Published 11/17/10

The First United Methodist Church in North Bend will be closing at the end of the year, but the congregation plans to leave on a positive note.

Methodists celebrate 150th year from Sept. 2008, including slideshow

“This is our last year so we want to reach out to the community as much as possible and leave some good memories,” interim lay minister Dorothy Smith said.

A Thanksgiving Eve service is planned for 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with a collection of canned food for the Dodge County Food Pantry.

The North Bend Central High School chorus will be at the church Dec. 5. The worship service begins at 9 a.m. and the chorus will take center stage at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.

At 12:30 p.m. that same day the community is invited to join the Methodist congregation as it goes caroling at the North Bend Estates and Birchwood Manor. After the singing, the group will share coffee and hot chocolate at the bowling alley. All ages and denominations are welcome to join.

There will continue to be the 8:20 a.m. study group and 9 a.m. worship services on Sunday. A Christmas Eve service is also in the plans, with the time to be determined.

The Methodist church has had a presence in North Bend since 1857, with the first church built in 1872 and the present church built in 1912. The fellowship hall, classrooms and kitchen were added in 1957. The current church is located at the intersection of 8th and Willow streets.

There will be a public auction on January 2, 2011.

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