More than a century after it was organized, the First United Methodist Church in Endicott has closed its doors.
Several dozen people attended the final service at the McKinley Avenue church on Sunday afternoon.
The church had been in existence since 1902. The building was constructed in 1919 on land that had been donated by Endicott Johnson Shoe Company founder George F. Johnson.
In recent years, attendance at the church's Sunday service had dwindled and a decision was made to close.
Rev. Janet Abel, the church pastor, acknowledged the sadness that many current and former members were experiencing during the final service.
Some elements of the church will live on. A large stained glass window depicting George F. Johnson with a group of children at play was removed earlier this month. The window was donated to the Endicott History and Heritage Center.
A grand piano was moved from the church Monday morning. It was taken by truck to the Fairview United Methodist Church on Robinson Street on Binghamton's East Side.
Local officials of the United Methodist Church have said the fate of the closed church has not been determined.
Some Endicott residents have expressed concern that the property will be sold to the owners of the neighboring Huron Campus. They have said they are worried the historic church and its education building will be torn down to make way for expanded industrial operations.
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