People at the Glyndon Congregational United Church of Christ sang their last hymn together on Sunday, Jan. 5.

People that have been coming to service here their whole lives said it was bittersweet.

"My dad is 93. He's here today. It's hard — his family has been here, four generations of the Champ family," said Shelly Champ-Beabeau, who grew up in this church. Even though she now lives in Elk River, she still made the three-hour drive for the final service.

"I get to sit in every pew and thank every family that touched my life, every minister that gave me so much comfort and made me who I am," she said.

The church has been a part of many people's lives since it was built in 1872.

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"I got married in this church and I got a lot of family memories in this — funerals and stuff — so it's sad for it to go," said Shannon Johnson, who also grew up with the church.

While it was a sad day for many, it's a celebration for what they've accomplished through the years.

"I know it's touched a lot of lives down through the years and built a foundation for a lot of them," said former pastor Jim Jameson. He said it's not the building that matters, but the people in it.

"It did a grand job in its ministry to the community, and we're grateful to be a part of it," he added.

Even though the church is closing, people will hold on to the memories they had here forever.