Six couples said “I still do” at a wedding vow renewal ceremony held June 6 at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Walbridge.
The couples renewed vows separately, after being introduced as a group, then each husband and wife pair walked down the aisle and renewed vows w it Pastor David Stogsdill. The “brides” all carried a rose with baby’s breath.
After signing a certificate commemorating their renewal, the couples enjoyed cupcakes and beverages.
The couples included:
|Bob & Mary Jane Joehlin||Jim & Sally Christinasen|
Jim and Sally Christiansen, married June 27, 1953;
Lawrence and Sharon Stickler, married June 1, 1957 at Grace Church;
Bob and Mary Jane Joehlin, married May 3, 1958;
Bill and Bonnie Merritt, married June 19, 1971;
Adam and Kelsey Hartford, married June 12, 2007 at Grace Church;
Ryan and Sarah Agee, married Nov. 13, 2010 at Grace.
The Hartfords were the lucky winners of a gift basket worth more than $250, featuring items donated by several local businesses.
And in a case of “better late than never,” another couple, who were tardy for the ceremony, renewed their vows after the others had left.
The couple, Angie and Frank Thompson, weren’t late through any fault of their own – their children had arranged, as a surprise, for them to be there, since they’d been marred 30 years as of March 9. However, they hadn’t told the couple, and Frank had to work. When Frank’s employer found out, he let him go home early. The pastor and pianist and a few guests hung around to watch the couple renew their vows.
The vow renewal ceremony has held as part of the ongoing Walbridge Centennial celebration. Grace Church, the oldest church in town, is located at 116 E. Union St.
Bob and may Jane Joehlin
Jim and Sally Christiansen