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Continued: Closing of Farmington church stuns members

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Partington stepped down from his position as chairman of Faith United’s board of trustees after church officials announced the closing. Now, he’s thinking about leaving the conference and possibly joining a Lutheran church. Some of the older members will likely just stop going to church altogether, he said, because they don’t agree with the direction the conference is headed and they feel thrown to the side.

Though the new site is aimed at young folks, Fox said, its purpose is “not to be exclusive of the elderly; it’s trying to build a place that’s for both.”

Fox will leave the church this spring to allow for a new pastor who specializes in transitioning churches.

Ough said that there’s never a “good way” to close a church and that he understands why some members are frustrated. But he hopes they’ll be willing to let go of Faith United to make room for a new church.

“We’re really trying to be careful to move at a pace that allows for adequate attention to the grief that people are feeling … but at the same time we’re very, very firm and clear that we are going to do a new thing in the Farmington community,” he said.

Meghan Holden is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

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