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      Ice cream and family are the secret to small church's success

      Lebanon United Methodist Church can be found on route V-64 west of Keosauqua.


      Nestled in the heart of Amish country in

      Van Buren County

      is a unique religious community.


      Lebanon United Methodist Church can be found on route V-64 west of Keosauqua.


      Since 1846 the church has been serving a small but devoted flock of Van Buren County residents.


      Pastor Anne Donat says itâ??s not hard to understand why the church has survived since before the Civil War.


      â??A lot of it is family history, you know. They are families that have been here many, many years and some of it is some people just enjoy a smaller church, a little more cozy. And you can't beat it we make the best ice cream in Van Buren County,â?? Donat says.


      And ice cream was why the parishioners gathered earlier this week.


      Twice a year, the church members make a variety of home made ice cream flavors to use as a fundraising opportunity.


      In fact, the church's ice-cream making reputation has become so great that other groups, like the Friends of Lake Wapello have traveled to Lebanon to learn the secret to great home made ice cream.


      Don't worry... if you missed this week's ice-cream social, church members will be holding another one in August.

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