Minnesota Congregation Celebrates 125 Years

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First Christian Reformed Church of Prinsburg, Minn., celebrated its 125th anniversary with the theme “125 Years of God’s Amazing Love . . . . And May All Who Follow Find Us Faithful!”

Established in 1886 by settlers from the Netherlands, the church met in stores and homes until constructing its first building a year later. The charter members included nine families and a number of individuals, some of whose grandchildren and great-grandchildren are still members.

The church has been served by 19 pastors over the years, as well as by several building expansions, including a new building in 1950 and the latest expansion in 2000.

First CRC celebrated its 125th throughout 2011, including activities that involved re-enacting practices from years past, such as the council sitting separately, men and women sitting on opposite sides of the sanctuary, and members even dressing in period clothing.

Marilyn DeGroot, a longtime member, said, “Throughout these 125 years, God has led and will continue to lead us. He is faithful forever! May we and those who come behind us also be faithful.”

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