The historic St. Matthew Lutheran Church is closing as the aging congregation has dwindled to about 11 people at Sunday services.
Aaron Pittenger practices on the organ before mass.
Organized in 1903 with 52 charter members, the church in 1958 had 1,200 baptized and 750 confirmed members, according to archives.
Landon Frank takes a look around during a candlelight service on Christmas Eve.
A certificate of Episcopal Appointment sits ready to be packed up in the office.
Long time pianist Lynn Cross looks on as choir singers Joyce Boling and Brian Armstrong hug before taking the stage for the last time during Sunday services.
Reverend Marilou Brook and Assistant to the Bishop Terrance Jacob say a prayer before the last service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Like many older churches, fewer members attending and taking part in the church's operation meant costs had to be cut over the years. In 1982, the church dome with its stained glass was insulated to cut heating costs.
Robin and Carol Myers looks at artifacts and souvenirs on display for churchgoers to take as mementos.
A map of the city with pins of people who went to the church.
A hat and bible lie in a closet.
Pews sit empty Sunday afternoon, after the final service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.