Grow Deep, Live Tall: Iowa Church Celebrates 125 Years

Grow Deep, Live Tall was the theme for the 125th anniversary of First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Special choirs, mementos, and sharing of memories were all part of the celebration that culminated in worship on September 18. Rev. Roger Bultman, pastor from 1979 to 1985, led the morning service.

The afternoon service was led by current pastor Rev. Matthew Haan. Reflecting on 125 years of God’s faithfulness at First CRC, Haan said that 125 years shows that God’s faithfulness is longer than anyone else’s.

“That is why we have the tree as the symbol of the church,” he said. “The roots run deep into God’s Word, the branches multiply with his goodness so that [all can] bear fruit.”

About the Author

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

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