In order to be in compliance with state and federal advisement, Uniontown Baptist Church will continue to suspend its services until further notice.
Looking back over the past 160-plus years of the church’s history, there have been a few times when closing the church was necessary; however, this may be the longest closing ever recorded, according to a news release from Pastor Irv Benge and his wife, Jill.
"The health and well-being of the church family, as well as any visitors who come, is the main reason the pastor and deacons made the decision to suspend worship services back on March 15," the news release states. "By honoring our state and federal leadership, we are striving to be the Christ-like witnesses that he expects us to be."
Since 1859, the church has stood the test of many trials, such as the Civil War, World War I, Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, recessions, church splits and deaths of many members.
"But almighty God has always brought her back strong and ready to press on in his service," the Benges said. "We know this may be difficult for some to understand, especially with resurrection Sunday coming up in two weeks, but we are hoping that everyone will really take this time to draw closer to Jesus."
Anyone in need of prayer or information about the church may call the Benges at 812-793-2577 or 812-498-2209.