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PHOTOS: Salem Historical Church near Paynesville hosts annual Christmas service

Churchgoers gathered at Salem Historical Church for its annual Christmas service Saturday evening north of Paynesville.

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People gather at the Salem Historical Church for the annual Christmas church service in Zion Township north of Paynesville on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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PAYNESVILLE — The walls of Salem Historical Church burst back to life Saturday evening as festive Christmas decorations and twinkling lights greeted the large congregation of churchgoers who came out to attend the annual Christmas program. The service has been a long tradition of the church.

The church in Zion Township north of Paynesville was closed to weekly worship services in 1968, but the addition of a pair of furnaces in 1997 meant the longtime Christmas services could once again be held as they had 30 years prior.

The service featured a series of hymns, special music by Patty Herzberg, the story of the birth of Jesus, and coffee, cider and cookies for the congregation to enjoy while celebrating the reason for the season.

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Justin Reeck, at right, holds son Duncan Reeck as they look out a stained glass window at Salem Historical Church during the annual Christmas church service on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Lisa Reeck, who portrayed Mary, holds son Duncan Reeck, who played baby Jesus, during the annual Christmas church service at Salem Historical Church in Zion Township on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Sheet music for "Come On, Ring Those Bells" sits at the front of the sanctuary before the start of the annual Christmas church service at the Salem Historical Church in Zion Township on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Jane Monson plays the piano during the annual Christmas church service at Salem Historical Church in Zion Township north of Paynesville on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Members of the congregation sing a hymn during the annual Christmas church service at the Salem Historical Church in Zion Township north of Paynesville on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Dan Welle of Welle Farms gives wagon rides outside Salem Historical Church prior to the start of the annual Christmas church service in Zion Township on Saturday, Dec.17, 2022.
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One of Dan Welle's horses from Welle Farms waits for children to arrive for the next wagon ride during the annual Christmas church service at Salem Historical Church in Zion Township on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Hymnals sit in the back of a church pew during the annual Christmas church service at Salem Historical Church in Zion Township on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Susan Lorenz gives the welcome at Salem Historical Church at the start of the the annual Christmas church service on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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Members of the congregation sing a hymn during the annual Christmas church service at Salem Historical Church in Zion Township north of Paynesville on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
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