An Endicott church organized over 120 years ago will hold its final service in a few days.
The First United Methodist Church on the corner of McKinley Avenue and Monroe Street is closing because of declining membership.
Rev. Janet Abel, the church's pastor, said "the time has come." She said attendance at recent Sunday services had dropped to seven to ten people.
The church has existed since 1902. The current building was constructed in 1919. Endicott Johnson Shoe Company founder George F. Johnson donated the property.
Workers were busy at the church in recent days, carefully removing a massive stained glass window that had been a gift from Johnson. The window depicts the businessman holding a child as other children played nearby.
The window is being donated to the Endicott History and Heritage Center.
In addition to the main church building, the property includes a three-story education complex that was opened in September 1969.
The final service at First United Methodist Church is scheduled for February 26 at 2 p.m.
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