Episcopal church in eastern Missouri closes after 178 years
PALMYRA (AP) - After 178 years, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Palmyra is closed.
About 50 people attended the final service at the church Sunday morning. The church was down to only four elderly members and had not had services for several years. The members and others occasionally met in private home. Most of the church's belongings were transferred to its sister church, Trinity Episcopal, in Hannibal.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports St. Paul's was the third Episcopal church established in Missouri and has been in the Diocese of Missouri since 1837.
The Rev. Dawn-Victoria Mitchell, who has been rector of the Palmyra and Hannibal parishes since 2010, said a sale of the church property is pending. She wouldn't provide details, except to say the potential buyer is not another church.