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Celebrating 160 years of worship service in Downieville

The members of the Downieville United Methodist Church are making plans for the church’s 160th year of service in the community. An open invitation is extended for the celebration to take place at noon Saturday with a gathering in the sanctuary to share memories, followed by a barbecue.

While construction on the building began in 1856, the church was organized and preaching services were hosted starting in 1852 by the Rev. Robert Rankin Dunlap.

The church has been in continuous use since its completion, and the present congregation continues to work toward maintaining its historical significance in the community.

The annual Labor Day Weekend Rummage Sale proceeds are used to help defray the cost of major projects like the new steeple that was erected last fall due to weathering and deterioration.

— Submitted to The Union

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