Iowa Church Celebrates 150 Years

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First Christian Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, was the first CRC west of the Mississippi River, a fact that was noted when the church recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.

The church’s weeklong celebration focused on God’s faithfulness. Former pastors Jeff Sajdak and Harvey Brink led services. A service in a nearby park was led by current pastor Brad Meinders.

Celebrations also included a barbecue supper in the park with activities for all ages.

Brink, First CRC’s 24th pastor, led both services on August 28. The evening service included a balcony band and a bell choir. The evening service ended with the playing of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“I am in awe of how God faithfully maintains the church he plants,” said Meinders. “He planted [this church] in a different time and culture and has her still present today for the purpose of people being transformed by Jesus so that they are leading people to him!”

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Kyle Hoogendoorn is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. He lives in Rock Valley, Iowa.