The United Methodist Church building, now Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church, that stands along Highway 34 in Woonsocket, has been a beacon of Christianity to churchgoers for 76 years. During those years, thousands of Sunday morning worship services, Sunday school classes, weddings, funerals, women’s meetings and other gatherings have been held and enjoyed by parishioners and community members. Churches built at that time were sturdy, steepled, two-story structures with decorative windows, pews and elaborate chancel décor.

With time, buildings deteriorate and decay, and the needs, desires and mission of congregations change, and so the congregation members must make changes also.

The United Methodist building in Woonsocket will hold its final, farewell worship service this Sunday, April 15, at 9 a.m., and be retired as a place of worship.

An auction will be held Saturday, April 21, to distribute the contents of the church and to make ready for its demolition, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of April.

In the place of this tired, weathered building, the congregation has voted to build a larger, one level, handicapped accessible structure that will meet the needs of the growing parish and further their mission in the community. Many exciting activities involving the congregation and the community are envisioned by the members, and this new facility will help make those things happen.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Central Electric Cooperative awarded scholarships in the amount of $4,000 to local students. The scholarships are funded by Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, N.D., and the family of the late Jay Headley of White Lake.

Nathan Linke and Dawson Munger were selected as this year’s winners of the Jay Headley Memorial Scholarships and will receive a $1,000 scholarship each.

Nathan is the son of Henry and Paula Linke of Woonsocket. Nathan plans to attend South Dakota State University for mechanical engineering with minors in aviation and engineering for precision agriculture. Nathan hopes to work for an agriculture related company.

Woonsocket American Legion Auxiliary Post 29 has selected two students to attend the 72nd session of Girls State. Delegates are Erica Howard and Sarah Baysinger. Girls State will be held May 28 – June 2 on the USD campus in Vermillion.

The purpose of Girls State is to help young women understand and appreciate the American form of government, which includes learning about their rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a three-credit course entitled POLS 210: State and Local Government for college credit.

…See pictures of the representatives in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!