Michigan Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary

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South Olive (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church is spending 2010 celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Mike VanderZwaag, co-director for the anniversary celebrations, said the theme “Remember Our Heritage, Rejoice in God’s Grace, Rededicate Lives of Grace” was birthed from the denomination’s theme for its 150th anniversary.

The kick-off included an address by Rev. Jerry Dykstra, executive director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and music that included both hymns and praise songs led by the youth band.

Future plans for the church’s celebration include former pastors preaching throughout the year, a Heritage Sunday with an all-church photo and picnic on May 23, followed by an afternoon Dutch service reminiscent of years past, as well as an old-fashioned church picnic on August 21.

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