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As the 90-year-old United Baptist Church in Lewiston is prepared for demolition, longtime church member Inez Buck of Auburn shared memories of a sense of fellowship and special occasions celebrated there.  
In 1951, she married Roy Buck, who was the 100th baby to be dedicated in 1922 into what was then called the Cradle Roll.
Together, the Bucks raised four children in the church.” They all went to Sunday School with the neighborhood kids. It was a wonderful place to bring up children. It was a lifestyle of fellowship and good times,” said Buck, who along with her husband was a deacon. She also served as president of the church’s Women’s Society.
The church’s first ecumenical wedding was performed in 1974, when Patricia Buck married Patrick Defilipp, a Catholic, with Rev. John Schroder assisted by a priest from St. Joseph’s Church, also in Lewiston.
Buck remembers a young Bates college student who received permission to practice on the church organ. The student, Peter J. Gomes, is now a well-known
preacher and theologian at Harvard University’s Divinity School.


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