Iowa Church Celebrates 100th Birthday

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In May 1911, 11 families gathered for what would later become Sanborn (Iowa) Christian Reformed Church.

Sanborn CRC has a history of deep roots. Of the current members, five families have attended for six generations, and eight families have attended for five generations.

The float the church created for Railroad Days—in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

 The church celebrated its 100th anniversary with a dinner, a program of memories, and a display of pictures showing everything from the first church building, parsonage, pulpit, and chair, to financial reports dating back to the 1930s and written in Dutch.

While members of the church have certainly rooted themselves in the foundations of the church, Sanborn CRC has also sought to grow, both in the town of Sanborn and beyond its borders.

“In the last 15 years, the church has grown as far as the local emphasis on mission with the Cary ministry,” said Carol Buteyn. Each year, members head south to minister in Cary, Mississippi.

About the Author


Kate Padilla is a staff writer at the Spencer Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa, where she is a member of Hope Church.