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Minnesota Church Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry

Minnesota Church Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry
Representing four generations of a congregational family, Harlin Hanenburg (standing), his son, Jeff, his granddaughter, Sarah Swason, and her son, Will, cut the ribbon at Pease CRC’s new fellowship hall, a project of the 125 Campaign.
Dick Ritzema

Pease (Minn.) Christian Reformed Church marked 125 years of ministry in 2020.

The theme for the church’s 125-year commemoration was “Building with Faith, Laboring with Love, and Inspiring with Hope,” three key ideas from 1 Thessalonians 3.

Church member Kira Erickson created a logo to reflect the theme. “The partially built brick wall represents ‘building with faith’ and the expansion of our church,” she explained. “The cross in the middle of the window represents ‘laboring with love’ and signifies the ultimate labor of love: Jesus’ death on the cross. The final phrase, ‘inspiring with hope,’ is represented by a soaring dove with an olive branch.”

Pease CRC ran a “125 Campaign” ahead of its anniversary year to help the congregation complete a building project. They opened the new fellowship wing in February 2020.

Continuing a tradition of previous anniversaries, the anniversary committee also produced a cookbook. This year’s cookbook included more than 350 recipes from 200 contributors. A thousand copies were printed. Committee member Dort Brink said she thought the cookbooks were so successful because people enjoy good food.

There are plans to hold a bigger celebration once COVID-19 concerns have lessened.

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