Unionville Christian Church celebrates 150 years | New

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The church grew and expanded with additions in 1937 and 1955.

Then came the morning of January 5, 1969.

When the church members arrived that morning for their Sunday service, they found the church in flames. No one knows how the fire started.

Longtime church member Paul Wright remembers arriving at the church that morning to see smoke rising and flames erupting from the windows.

“It was just disheartening,” he said.

The greatest blessings are often found through hardship, and by the end of that calendar year, church members had worked together to construct the church building that stands on the site today.

“We all came together and made it,” Wright said. “A lot of people worked on it and did what they could to finish it.”

Local boys Bobby Exline, son of then minister Warren Exline, and Garrett Lee recovered a number of items from the wreckage, including part of the church bell, also on display in the foyer current church. Other items include heat fused nails, rusty keys, and door plates. The current church stands on the same site where the original wooden structure stood.

At his dedication ceremony on December 7, 1969, the scripture lesson for the service came from Solomon’s dedication prayer in 2 Chronicles, 6:14. “LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like you, who keeps your covenant and your mercy with your servants who walk before you with all their heart.

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