RANGELEY — The Oquossoc Union Church, known as the Log Church, celebrated its centennial anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The Rev. Tony MacNaughton presided over a special service at 9 a.m. The church was adorned with decorations, and hollow birch logs filled with large arrangements of wildflowers flanked the pulpit.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins sent celebratory greetings, and Town Manager Tim Pellerin informed parishioners that the Board of Selectmen declared the day Log Church Centennial Day.

Police Chief Russell French delivered the Police Department’s congratulations. Bob Hunter read a special prayer, and guitarist Rodney Ensley sang and played “The Little Mountain Church House.”

There was a barbecue chicken dinner at Bald Mountain Camps. Cindy Dornemann and Ruth Berry greeted over 100 guests, who were treated to performances by several of Rangeley’s most popular musicians.

Don Mantovani began with cocktail music on the keyboard, and Rabbi Helen Plotkin, her father Henry Plotkin and Sue Borko played chamber music on the cello, violin and flute, respectively. The a cappella group the PEPS concluded by performing old favorites.

MacNaughton told jokes and presented a plaque expressing gratitude for Connie Coleman’s many years of hard work and devotion to the church.

Robin Landis provided some historical background. She noted that the church owes its existence to the vision and hard work of a small group of people who came together 100 years ago.

She said the mission they articulated, “to provide for and support the preaching of the Gospel at Oquossoc, Maine, and to promote the social, moral and religious welfare of said community,” remains unchanged today.

The festivities concluded with Bob McLellan leading guests in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” as they enjoyed cake in the form of the church.


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