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Lake Fork UCC Celebrates 180 Years

A fun time at the Lake Fork celebration of 180 years. The group photo is a tradition that goes back several decades.

Lake Fork United Church of Christ celebrated their 180-year anniversary Sunday August 7, 2022. Lake Fork UCC is the oldest church in Piatt County.

Worship service was full of music. The story behind the writing of the sung hymns was read before each hymn. The dates of the music ranged from 1873 to 1970. Emma Bailliez, descendant of one of the church’s founding fathers, sang two solos. The Sunday School children also treated us to a couple of songs.

The message of the day was given by our Illinois Conference Minister, Rev. Molly Carlson. Rev. Carlson shared her journey that led to her becoming a minister while at the same time becoming a first-time mom. And how things don’t always go how we expect them to. Our service was led by our interim minister Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard and assisted by Cathie Adcock. Our service concluded outside with the dedication of the new 24-7 Micro Pantry. And Hannah Bailliez, also a descendant of one of the founding fathers of the church, was baptized by immersion. Everyone then gathered for a group photo. The group photo is a tradition that goes back several decades.

There was a fellowship time between worship service and our potluck dinner. The church basement was decorated and included a photo op area. The photo op area was decorated with artwork done by the Sunday School children and also crosses decorated by church members and children. The celebration concluded with a beautiful cake decorated for the occasion and Lake Fork UCC’s infamous homemade ice cream.

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