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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Medina Federated Church celebrates 175th

Written by David Green.

medina churchDuring the first 50 years of the early Medina Federated Church—then known as the Baptist Church of Medina—20 different pastors served at the pulpit.

Now, as the congregation prepares to celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary, the situation has leveled off considerably. Three pastors have led the church for most of the past 50 years, including Darren Lemmon who has served the church since 1999.

Pastor Lemmon has worked with church members to make plans for a two-day celebration Aug. 25 and 26, and those plans include return visits from two pastors.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 25, the Celebration Trio from the Brooklyn area will perform southern gospel music, along with a skit. The singing will be followed by an ice cream social.

At 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, David Leman (1985-93) and Howard Yatzek (1958-62, 1967-82) will look back on their history with the church. At 10:30 that morning, the Bright Occasions will perform. The group is made up of former and present members of the church.

The morning worship service is scheduled at 10:45 a.m., along with the dedication of the sanctuary expansion. The service will be followed by a barbecue fellowship luncheon.

History

The roots of Medina Federated Church lie a few miles up the road in Canandaigua.

In 1836, the Canandaigua Baptist Church was organized with 23 members. The church didn’t have a building of its own, so the decision a year later to move to Medina posed no physical problems. Once in Medina, there was a river nearby (Bean Creek) for baptisms.

A church building was constructed in 1846, followed by some renovation in 1875.

Medina experienced a decline in population during the Great Depression and the decision was made to merge the village’s two churches—the Baptist and the Methodist—and this led to the Medina Federated Church, unaffiliated with any denomination.

Considerable renovation took place over the years—a usable basement was finished, a kitchen was added and a fellowship hall was built. A new fellowship hall was added in 1988, along with six Sunday school classrooms, a Sunday school office and the pastor’s study.

In 2007, a metal building was donated to the church and was erected as a gymnasium. A sanctuary expansion project started in 2010 led to a delay of the 175th celebration.

As the church continues moving forward through its second century, Pastor Lemmon reminds his congregation of the charge given by Jesus, to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel.”

The celebration events are open to the public. If Medina or Medina Federated Church were part of your life, Rev. Lemmon said, come in and enjoy the weekend celebration.

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