Members vote to close church

LIVERMORE — Members of the Livermore United Methodist Church have voted to close their church, Pastor Ami Sawtelle said. The last service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

The congregation is getting older and not growing, she said. You have to have more young people become members for a congregation to grow.

Members made the decision on Aug. 29. Instead of merging with another church, they'll individually or as a family choose which church they would like to attend, Sawtelle said.

There has been a Methodist Church at the site of the church on Church Street in Livermore, located off routes 4 and 108, since the mid-1800s, she said.

The building will be given to the New England Annual Conference, which will decide what to do with it. Some of the contents will be brought to the Eaton Memorial United Methodist Church in Livermore Falls, where Sawtelle is also pastor.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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The Very Rev. Daniel Beegan 's picture

As a clergyman myself, I'm

As a clergyman myself, I'm always sorry to see a historic church close, but it's the reality of the times with declining membership and rising maintenance and heating costs.

I wish the Rev. Dr. Ami Sawtelle, whom I know as a veterinarian and Army officer, the best in her pastorship of the Methodist Church in Livermore Falls.

Herb Bacheller's picture

I for one am sorry to see

I for one am sorry to see the church close. I can rmember fondly attending both church, and vacation bible school as a child. Over the years, I have often thought of the old church. I was last there in June 1990, and although I haven't attended church in Brettuns, since 1990, I will miss the people who made the church. Good Bless you all.

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