125th Anniversary Initial Report

Over 400 people attended the two day event.  To start the event on Saturday, a demonstration of a thrashing machine with much wheat being thrashed was provided just west of the church.  Even 100 degree temperatures did not deter celebration goers as an estimated crowd of over 100 people watched the event.  Several antique tractors and implements were also on display that various members or former members owned.

Inside the church was a display of wedding dresses.  Dresses from almost every decade from the beginning of the 20th century were on display.

Another exhibit provided historical items ranging from small hand instruments to furniture items made by early members of the church.  In addition, various certificates of baptism, awards, and old English and German Bibles were on display.

Another exhibit focused on missionaries that have gone out from the church.  Displays from Japan, Africa, South America and from islands of the Caribbean were on display.  A dictionary of the Japanese language was very interesting.  As a part of the missionary emphasis, various displays focused on teaching the Word, and reaching people for Christ through campgrounds and retreat centers.

Various quilts from the church were also displayed.  It is amazing what some people can do with a thimble and thread!

Saturday evening, several members of the church provided an historical program entitled “People of Providence” which emphasized the struggle of our forefathers in their efforts to come to America and to begin life on a new land.  Three young people challenged the crowd to look to the next 125 years with a skit which was very entertaining yet having deep meaning.  A time of reminiscing was shared after the program when several people recounted stories from the past.

Sunday did not disappoint those who attended.  A very interesting and spiritually-focused worship service was provided with four former pastors taking part in the service as well as our current pastor.  The Western District Conference minister attended and addressed the group with greetings and a former pastor who could not attend sent a letter of greeting.

After the worship service, a dinner was served.  The entire Fellowship Hall plus a larger Sunday School room were needed to provide for the crowd.  The food was very good, but the fellowship around the tables was even better.  People who hadn’t seen each other for a long time reminisced about days gone by.

The final event of the celebration was a musical program put on by former and current members of the church who were at one time a part of a quartet or a choir.  Several numbers were solos.  The program was superb with the glory going to our great God and His Son Jesus Christ!  The final number in the musical program was provided by a large mass choir that performed a special arrangement of music.  At the end of the performance, the choir brought the congregation to their feet as we all joined to sing hymn number 606  “Praise God from Whom”.

After the musical program, many people continued to greet each other with encouragement and wished each other well.