ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville sits on top of a knoll on Fishback Creek, along a curving road about three miles west of Zionsville. Worshippers assemble in the same pews as their forebears did nearly 100 years ago.

Folks have enjoyed the annual chicken noodle dinner and listened to the same organ for 50 years. A church bell in the tower rings at the start of each Sunday service to tell worshippers it’s time for church in the same sanctuary where folks have gathered for nearly 125 years.

Salem UMC celebrated its 175th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 4 with an old-fashioned service, potluck lunch, program and cake. Salem, led by Pastor Jim Miller, is believed to be the oldest active church in Boone County and one of the oldest rural congregations in Indiana.

For more Information, call 317-873-2956 or visit www.salemumczionsville.org. – The Indianapolis Star