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Shrinking congregation a worry for historic church

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MUNCIE, Ind. -

A historic Muncie church is facing tough choices about its future.

The 142-year-old Main Street United Methodist Church used to draw hundreds for its annual Easter service. But The Star Press reports the church claims just 35 members and averages 15 to 20 people for its services now.

The average age of the congregation is 82, and the youngest families in the church are in their 60's.

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has advised church leaders to merge with another or modernize by putting in a projection screen and musical instruments for worship.

But the tiny congregation prefers traditional worship in the building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Parishioner Wesley Strauch says church members are determined to keep going.

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