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Covenant Life Church to celebrate 25th anniversary

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Founded by eight families in the spring of 1988, attracting a few dozen worshipers in the early years, the downtown Grand Haven church has grown to one of the largest in the Tri-Cities, with nearly 1,000 members and visitors each week.

To commemorate this anniversary, local historian Wally Ewing was commissioned to write the church's history. This limited edition book is available to members and the public at the church office, 101 Columbus Ave.

Under the silver anniversary banner of “Looking Back with Thanksgiving, Stepping Forward with Faith,” the church has invited the Rev. Sharon Knibbe — a founding member and current chaplain at Holland Hospital — to lead worship at both morning services on Sunday, April 7.  

The Rev. Case Van Kempen, Covenant Life's interim pastor, will preach at both services on Sunday, April 14.

The Rev. Andy DeJong, Covenant Life's first pastor who served 17 years, will preach at the services on April 21. 

To wrap up the month of April, pastors Bruce Ballast and Bob DeVries will challenge the congregation, with the message “Stepping Forward with Faith,” during worship on April 28. 

Sunday services are held at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

The anniversary celebration wraps up Sunday, May 5, with the congregation’s annual “Day to Shine.” This day of service will send Covenant Life members into the community engaged in acts of kindness and service — from landscaping, to cleaning up parks, washing windows, writing letters to servicemen and sending cards to the elderly, to pulling weeds and raking the remnants of winter’s residue.

“We are so thankful for that small group of people who caught a vision for a new church,” said Bruce Ballast, the church's lead pastor. “Their example and commitment continue to inspire us as we move forward to the challenges and opportunities of our future.”

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