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Presbyterian Church Closes After 115 Years in Ironwood

Katie Thoresen/WXPR

After more than 100 years, a Presbyterian church in an Upper Peninsula community is changing hands, the result of a shrinking congregation.

First Presbyterian Church in Ironwood was down to seven members, including two people in nursing homes and two more who go to Florida in the winter.

Pastor Jack Fashbaugh says there once were more than 300 people.

The first service was in 1906 while the last inside the church was in 2018.Services were suspended for a time because of Fashbaugh’s health and then the pandemic struck.

Faith Lighthouse, an evangelical church, will take over on June 1.

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