In the early 1960s a former pastor from the Chapel met with Lester Moyer of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, asking if the Mennonite Church would consider an outreach at Log Chapel, which had been closed for a number of years. The Franconia Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities contacted a Mennonite church in Vermont to conduct a Vacation Bible School (VBS) across Lake Champlain in northern New York. For the next several years, Pastor Jacob and Ruth Rittenhouse, along with Abram and Elsie Wismer and other teachers from Franconia Mennonite Conference, held two weeks of VBS in the town hall at Putnam Station.
Floyd and Edith Freed answered God’s call to move north in November 1966. They continued with a VBS outreach and settled into the community, getting acquainted with persons who had been connected to the Chapel before it closed. Joan Rock and her family became close friends and supporters during the 33 years that the Freeds served there. Joan became a strong pillar of the church at Log Chapel. Dennis and Dorothy Detweiler were asked by the Franconia Mission Board to join the Freeds in their endeavors of outreach, and they served at Log Chapel from January 1970 to August 1988.Mennonite Central Committee. While the church planters were Mennonites from Pennsylvania, Log Chapel functioned as a "community church," with outreach being the focal point, as it had been since the chapel was built in 1933.
Attendance grew from 20 in 1970 to approximately 60 by 1988, outgrowing the small building. Laverne and Lorraine Freed of Spring Mount, Pennsylvania moved in 1976 to the neighboring town of Clemons and lived there until 1998. In 1992 Laverne’s carpentry gifts were instrumental in building a new structure at Log Chapel for a larger sanctuary and more classrooms. In 2013 the first Log Chapel still stood bravely in front of the new additions and God still led willing persons to fill the leadership needs of the congregation.
Log Chapel Fellowship celebrated their 75th Anniversary in November 2009, and continued under local leadership as a community church. While supported for some years by the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board, the congregation never officially joined Franconia Conference as a member congregation.
|Author(s)||Dorothy Wismer Detweiler|
|Date Published||May 2013|
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Detweiler, Dorothy Wismer. "Log Chapel Fellowship (Putnam Station, New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2013. Web. 2 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Log_Chapel_Fellowship_(Putnam_Station,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=95834.
Detweiler, Dorothy Wismer. (May 2013). Log Chapel Fellowship (Putnam Station, New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Log_Chapel_Fellowship_(Putnam_Station,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=95834.
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