- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

THAWVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The last in a long line of services will happen Sunday at a small Methodist church in eastern Illinois that’s been around for 126 years.

The United Methodist Church of Thawville will close after the 10 a.m. service. The church 35 miles south of Kankakee dates back to 1889.

The Rev. Stanley Rapp told The Daily Journal in Kankakee (https://bit.ly/1CBeqI0 ) that the weekly congregation these days is just a handful of older men.

But Ryan Veatch expects all 20 pews will be full Sunday. At 76, Veatch is the youngest regular.

Trustees decided it wasn’t fair to keep asking Rapp to drive 16 or so miles to preach to a handful of people.

Veatch says he’ll soon attend the small church in Roberts, just a few miles up the road.

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Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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