Dwindling membership forces closure of historic church
May 7, 2021
By CHARITY SMITH
IRONWOOD - Dwindling membership has resulted in the closure of First Presbyterian Church in Ironwood. The church has been in operation on East Aurora for 115 years this month.
A once thriving church with more than 300 members, in the end, the congregation counted just seven members. Of the remaining seven, two are in nursing homes and two are seasonal - retreating to Florida in the winter, said Pastor Jack Fashbaugh.
"Membership steadily declined. It had to do with the closing of the mines," Fashbaugh said. "When my wife and I first joined the ch...