It’s a summer of celebrations for Baldwin (Wisc.) Christian Reformed Church. April marked the church’s 125th anniversary. It’s a lot to celebrate, especially in today’s ever-changing culture, said pastor Anson Veenstra.
Rev. Anson Veenstra dresses “retro” for the anniversary.
Veenstra, who has been at Baldwin for six years, pointed out the importance of valuing the church’s rich Reformed heritage as well as recognizing where God is moving them forward in ministry.
“Each generation has had their specific challenges within their context,” Anson noted, “and we’re celebrating God’s faithfulness through the years, which is the only reason the church has been here this long.”
Baldwin’s theme is “Planted, Rooted, and Growing” signifying their rootedness in God’s Word and God’s abundant blessings, which have spilled out into their community. The theme comes from Colossians 2:7: “Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith, overflowing with thankfulness.” Baldwin’s Cadets, GEMS, and youth group programs are examples of how God’s been moving well beyond the four walls of the church.
The congregation has also been overflowing with excitement for their anniversary events. On April 17, the church hosted a “Retro Service” that consisted of congregants dressing in old fashioned clothes and council members sitting strictly in the front row. The service followed the oldest order of worship on record, and only Psalter Hymnal songs were sung.
The summer celebration in July will include festivities and a worship service featuring previous pastors and special music.
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Jessica Oosterhouse is the Banner’s regional news correspondent for classes Lake Superior, Minnkota, and Wisconsin.