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West Michigan Churches Celebrate 125 Years


Two West Michigan churches spent 2008 celebrating their 125th anniversaries.

Overisel Christian Reformed Church celebrated God’s faithfulness with the anniversary theme “Grace Through the Ages.” A highlight of the anniversary was a large picnic on the church lawn with former church members and pastors attending.

Rev. Steve Mulder said that along with a book that is being published, a quilt and plaque were crafted by church members.

According to the church’s historical data, Mulder said, the church began in 1883 with a “disgruntled group” that originally worshiped in the Overisel Reformed Church.

In Zeeland, Borculo CRC also celebrated a 125th birthday. One unusual anniversary event began last March: a contest for the longest and most attractive beard. Eight men finished the contest, including Borculo’s pastor, Rev. William Renkema.

In July the church held a large celebration that included former pastors, followed by two Sundays in September devoted to final celebrations.

Del Huisingh, chairperson for the anniversary committee, said the festivities included recognition of the families of original church members, a dinner, and a skit drawn from the church’s old minutes.

“We were really blessed to have the old Dutch calligraphy and handwritings,” said Huisingh.

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