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Two East TN churches celebrate a century of worship

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Two East Tennessee churches celebrated a welcomed milestone Sunday.

One celebrated 100 years of ministry. The other celebrated 125 years of ministry and 100 years in the same 1913 historic church.

St. John's Lutheran Church near Downtown Knoxville has been a part of the community for 125 years.

Their building has stood in the same place on Broadway for 100 years.

Church Member, Tim Schalk, said, "You can not walk in to a place like this and not have a sense of history of the age of the building the fixtures. You just have a feeling."

The church has been through changes since being founded by Germans in a predominantly residential neighborhood to now the church focuses their ministry on the homeless population near their church and the nearby communities.

In Maryville on Sunday, Fairview United Methodist Church celebrated 100 years as a congregation.

Church Member, Corina Schwall, said, "My desire for this church is we would function as God called us to now and forever as long as the earth remains."

The church started in 1913 and they have had three different buildings.

Their current building has been in place since 1999, with services starting in 2003.

They credit their continued growth on the loving Blount County people.

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