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The First Presbyterian Church of Marathon, now over 203 year in the town, continues to serve the community with a wide variety of activities.  Recent mission activities have included providing snacks at the Preble Rest Stop on I-81 three times during the summer and supporting the4 local food bank with canned donations.

One of the main events of the year is the Maple Festival where the fellowship hall has seven vendors and we provide meals.  Of course, Presbyterians are known for their food.  Not wanting to disrupt that stereotype, the church has a Chicken ‘n Biscuit dinner in March, Spaghetti Dinner in September, Election Day Soup & Sandwiches, as well as a Christmas Bazaar with vendors this past weekend.  We also hosted the community carol sing this past Sunday.  This is a community event where this year about eighty residents met at the Catholic church in town, then walked to the Episcopal church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, and ending at the Presbyterian Church, singing three or four Christmas hymns at each church.  Refreshments and fellowship were a great beginning of this Advent season.

Pastor Douglas Hatch is now in his ninth year of serving this church and is grateful for the faithfulness of the leadership, organist and this congregation.