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Updated: 12/24/2017 06:00:01PM

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Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church formally changes its name to Bay Point Church on Jan. 7.


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Two years ago, the oldest church in Sarasota County, the nearly 150-year-old Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church, which dates back to the days of (early settler Jesse) Knight’s Chapel, was in jeopardy of closing its doors, or having them closed on their behalf.

It’s membership had dwindled from around 700 on a good Sunday to 135, and some say that’s being generous.

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