Washington Church Celebrates 100 Years

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Reminiscing and fellowship marked the weekend the people of First Christian Reformed Church in Everett, Wash., gathered to celebrate 100 years of God’s faithfulness.

Church members with a banner commemorating 100 years, from left: Debbie Medema, Margie Fondse, Kathy Medema, Karen Schrier, Adria DeGroot, Amy Stebbins.

The weekend kicked off July 23 with an ice cream social. A special Sunday worship service included a message from First’s current pastor, Rev. Jim Wiersum, who preached about God’s faithfulness from Lamentations 3:22-24.

Following the service, church members and friends gathered for a luncheon and a time of fellowship that included reminiscing and sharing.

“As I have said on occasion, the church’s 100th anniversary is not just a celebration of what God has done, but a bold act of faith towards what God will do in the future. . . . I believe God has given us the task of being a Reformed witness in the midst of our community,” said Wiersum.

Church members received a centennial edition of their church newsletter, which included a brief history of the church and notes from former pastors.

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Amy Toornstra is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Salem, Oregon.