LAMOILLE - It's been a celebration 125 years in the making for LaMoille Congregational Community Church.
The church is gearing up for a special anniversary event Nov. 4.
Small town churches have gone by the wayside through the years, but the LaMoille church has been able to maintain members and stay open.
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The LaMoille Congregational Community Church will hold a special 125th anniversary celebration Nov. 4.
"It's quite a hallmark I think in this day," said Pastor Harlan Nuss. "A lot of it is the fellowship that's here with the membership. Their families have been here a long time."
The church located in the town between Marshalltown and State Center has 50 members. Most have been involved in the church for decades and some of the longtime members grew up around the church.
"The first time I came here I was carried here," said 85-year-old church member Chuck Johnson.
The church's motto through the years has been "Faith, Freedom and Fellowship" and the members adhere to it in their interactions with each other.
"I just enjoy the camaraderie that we have here and the sense of everybody is family," said Linda Tempel, a 50-year member of the church. "There's a lot of memories made in this church."
That togetherness was evident at the 100th anniversary of the church in 1987, when the congregation held hands outside, encircling the church as a plane flew overhead for a picture of the group.
Going back to the late 1800s, the church was thriving.
"In 1899, there were 99 kids in the youth group," said church member Jim Benson.
Through the years, the church has had two facility additions but the original main portion of the building has remained.
This celebration on Nov. 4 will include a 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. service, followed by a meal and a celebration service at 1:30 p.m. The church is inviting former pastors and parish members back for the 125th celebration.
"It will be fun seeing former members and other people come back to the church," Tempel said.
For more information on the event, call the church at 641-752-2888.