In celebration of God’s faithfulness, First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton, Ill., released 125 balloons on Sunday, June 19, to commemorate their 125-year anniversary.
That kicked off a week of festivities, including a potluck, midweek coffee, and special combined worship services with their daughter churches, Morrison (Ill.) CRC and Bethel CRC, Fulton, Ill.
Rev. Julius Medenblik, president of Calvin Theological Seminary, gave the morning message on Sunday, June 26. Medenblik considers himself a native grandson of First CRC, having grown up in the church.
Rev. Lugene Bazuin, who served First CRC from 1954-1958, preached in the evening.
“Pastor Bazuin was so well-loved when he was here, and the church grew tremendously during that time,” said Nancy Buikema, a member of the anniversary committee. “To hear his enthusiasm and his love for this church gave us momentum to move into our 126th year.”
Psalm 145:13 served as the church’s theme verse. Anniversary booklets were distributed to church members, and historical displays remain on exhibit.