- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

OAKVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Workers are tearing down the Apostolic Christian Church of Oakville and burning the wood that remains, while many have stopped by to pick up a brick as a souvenir of the building constructed almost 70 years ago, church officials said.

The church held its last service in January 2013 in the Oakville building and moved into a new one in Mediapolis, The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1vUdhsj ) reported. In 2007, the church’s congregation voted to build the new church and construction began about four years later. Chuck Massner of the church’s building committee said the old church needed a lot of remodeling work, including updating an air conditioning system and repairing a boiler, and that it wasn’t handicapped accessible.

“We analyzed what it would cost to remodel the church and get it up to our needs, and after much prayer, we decided to build a new facility,” he said.

The new church is a single-story building, which provides more space for members who can’t walk upstairs. Several baptisms have already been performed at the new church, and many of the pews inside are from the old building.

“We salvaged as much as we could from the old church,” he said.

While the old Oakville church was built in 1947, the congregation was founded between 1900 and 1902. Six families from central Illinois moved to Iowa during that time and held church services in their homes.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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