- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

SAXTON’S RIVER, Vt. (AP) - Like many of its peers across Vermont, the tiny congregation at Christ’s Church in Saxton’s River is at a crossroads.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1zEtXJC) that with just 45 members, the congregation is struggling to maintain its 170-year-old building at a cost of more than $40,000 a year, even with the help of an endowment that covers about half the cost. Church members are considering several options, including selling the building or giving it to an advocacy group to convert it into low-income housing. Another option would be creating a nonprofit to take over the building and still provide space for the congregation to worship.

The Vermont Conference of United Church of Christ, the largest Protestant denomination in Vermont, has 139 churches, down from 217 a century ago.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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