Final Sunday service at ‘German Church’ site in Cumberland

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CUMBERLAND, Ind. (October 4, 2015) -  It was the final worship service Sunday for St. John United Church of Christ at its historic site in Cumberland.

The future of the structure and the grounds are in question, but church members say their goal is to grow the congregation while preserving the tradition that made St. John a special place.

The church decided to sell the 102-year-old building and property because of diminishing attendance and the cost of operating the facility.

Sunday’s service was bittersweet, but parishioners are excited about the future.

“Everybody was so welcoming and they had a great youth program, basketball team, baseball team and it was a wonderful place to raise children and we wanna continue that tradition,” said Linda Miller.

“People are sad about this, but at the same time they are looking forward to the future and ready to move on, but it’s gonna be hard to let go for sure,” said Pastor Jimmy Watson.

The congregation will meet at a temporary site beginning next Sunday.

All proceeds from the sale of the church will be used to build a new facility at a new location.

The church’s pastor says the asking price is about $2 million.

German Church Road was named after the church on the corner of East Washington Street and North German Church Road which was founded in 1855.

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