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UPDATE: Churches will merge by July 1

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In early March, parishioners at Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove and Woodbury United Methodist Church voted to merge, creating one church with two locations.

Leaders from each church are working now to legalize the blended parish by July 1.

"Initially each church will keep its current name, although those names may be changed later after discussion with both congregations," said Gary Christensen, a member of the initial Peaceful Grove task force.

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