BENTON — Benton Falls Congregational Church, on the Falls Road, one of the dwindling small surviving churches in the state, is launching a fundraising campaign for its needed steeple repairs, according to a news release from the church.

Parishioners aspire to be active when the church has its 200th birthday in 2028.

The traditional baked bean and casserole suppers, which have supplemented the church upkeep and minister’s salary, are no longer sufficient for the repairs.

The first event, a harvest fairm is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the parish hall next to the church. The hall will feature a yard sale, household items, handmade items, pastries and pies as well as several raffles, and a silent auction. Many local businesses have donated goods, services and gift cards to the project. These items, as well as a handmade quilt and leaded glass window decoration, will be offered in the silent auction and the raffles.

Pastries and coffee will be sold in the morning; soup or chowder and bread will be sold for lunch, according to the release.

The church is off Route 100A in Benton, across the Sebasticook River on Falls Road.

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