Lucas Christian Reformed Church in McBain, Mich., celebrated its 125th anniversary recently.
Rev. Steve Van Noort, pastor of the church, said the celebration, which included four former pastors, hosted more than 500 people from the area.
“These people had been impacted through this church,” said Van Noort.
Just prior to the celebration, Lucas CRC had been without a pastor for several years. Van Noort said the anniversary was meaningful to him since he had just accepted a call to Lucas and was one week from being ordained.
He said he was coming in “to stand in line” and join the former pastors and church in its ministry, which he said is “full of optimism and hope.”