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Cambria Co. church closes after 140 years
By: Marc Stempka
MINERAL POINT, Pa. -- After more than 140 years, that included surviving two floods and a fire, a place for a small community to worship in Cambria County has closed its doors due to declining membership.
The United Methodist Church in Mineral Point held its final service Sunday. Church leaders said a small congregation and financial trouble caused the church to close.
Church leaders said beginning in 2014 the Mineral Point church will merge with Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, about two miles away.
Rev. Alyce Dunn said the final service was a great way to say good-bye to a church that has been standing for so long.
Its a wonderful time of memory and to give thank for the wonderful time that this church has had in history over the past 140 years, Dunn said.
The church congregation has withstood two floods and a fire, including the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported earlier in December that the church was swept from its foundation in the 1889 flood, and that its bell was found miles downriver in East Conemaugh. The bell was returned and the church was rebuilt.
The church also survived the 1936 flood and was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the building in1945.
Church officials said the bell on the top of the church will be relocated to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.