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Northern Michigan Church Celebrates 100 Years


One hundred colorful balloons were released into the air in McBain, Mich., on June 16. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of Calvin Christian Reformed Church.

“This was just one way to celebrate 100 years of God’s faithfulness, and it helped us to recognize the majesty of God,” said Tammy Clark, who has been attending for 20 years and was part of the Calvin Centennial Planning Committee.

This weekend celebration included a program on Saturday evening with music, pictures, and a time of sharing memories, along with a Sunday service in which three former Calvin pastors took part.

But this was not the first celebration; the 60-member church kicked off the festivities back in January by collecting increments of 100 quarters to give to a local charity. The next month they did 100-piece puzzles together.

In a three-part theme, they “remembered” their history and God’s faithfulness in May, including a name change of the church in 1945 from West Branch CRC to Calvin CRC.

In June they “celebrated,” and in July they “anticipate” God’s faithfulness to them in the future. 

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