September 2, 2014

Grace Church celebrates 100 years

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Tom Schoenborn of Sterling reads an article from a 1913 edition of the Arenac County Independent about the church’s cornerstone being set in place.
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Devin and Yvette Chisholm sang Christian folk music to start off the Grace Episcopal Church’s centennial celebration Aug. 24.
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Chad Robson of Whittemore, church organist, plays a bit of music inside the church.
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Father Peter Cominos holds up his dog Maxey, the church’s only four-legged parishioner.
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Volunteers from the church wrap up hot dogs as they come out of the grill so they can be served for lunch.
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Attendees of the church’s celebration sing two hymnals that were sung in turn at the church’s cornerstone ceremony 100 years ago: “The Church’s One Foundation,” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
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Canon to the Ordinary Mike Spencer, who serves as assistant to Bishop Todd Ousley, reads a proclamation from the bishop before presenting a centennial dedication to the church.
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Rep. Dan Kildee read and presented proclamations from himself and Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin during the Grace Episcopal Church’s centennial celebration.
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State Rep. Joel Johnson talked a bit about the history of the church, noting that its foundation stones came from Omer and not Ohio like many churches of that era, and presented a letter of congratulations from Gov. Rick Snyder.
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County Commissioner Dave Munson talked about the early congregations meeting before the church had been built in each other’s homes.
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Standish Mayor Mark Winslow talked about his own memories of the church as a child, and how it has been standing watch over the city for generations.
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Dan-E-Dee performs polka music for attendees.
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Father Peter Cominos cuts the cake to kick off lunch at the church.
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The Grace Episcopal Church in Standish hosted a celebratory picnic in honor of its 100th anniversary Aug. 24. It featured music from Devin and Yvette Chisholm and polka musician Don-E-Dee, guest speakers from all levels of government, and a free luncheon, along with the singing of two hymnals sang in turn 100 years ago when the cornerstone was set in place.

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