Church to celebrate 150 yearsPublished 9:33am Friday, October 4, 2013
First Baptist Church of Clarks Grove will celebrate its 150th anniversary Oct. 11-13.
The church was first organized on Oct. 11, 1863, as First Danish Baptist Church. A party of six Danish Baptists traveled from La Crosse, Wis., by a lumber wagon drawn by ox to Freeborn County and had planned to travel further, but out of fear abandoned those plans. In Freeborn County where they decided to stay, they found people of their own nationality and religious beliefs and were content.
To commemorate the anniversary, the historical committee has written a book of the history of the church. The books will be available at the celebration and will cost $15. It can also be ordered by calling the church office at 507-256-4252.
Schedule of events
7 p.m.: A hymn sing will be led by Lisa Dunn followed by a DVD, “Through the Years,” with the Rev. Jamie Cameron serving as the master of ceremonies. Fellowship and Danish refreshments will follow.
2:30 p.m.: A parade will proceed from the church to the cemetery
3 p.m.: A cemetery walk will be held honoring former pastors and others
4:30 p.m.: Danish refreshments will be served at the church
5 p.m.: Sharing time with former pastors and family members
6:15 p.m.: An evening meal will be served
9:30 a.m.: Morning worship service with special messages from the Revs. Richard Axmann, Richard Swift, Alvin Cooper and Jamie Cameron.
noon: Harvest Festival potluck dinner and chili cook-off contest.