Walbridge Centennial Committee will hold a Renewal of Wedding Vows event Saturday, June 8 at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 116 E. Union St. (Union at Grove).
The first church in Walbridge was founded in 1869 by some early settlers and was organized in 1887 as Union Church which was incorporated in 1888. The original building was erected in 1889-1890; United Brethren and Universalists worshiped there. The timber came from the land of settlers.
The church has been remodeled over the years, with a major renovation in 1957.
The name “Grace Church of the United Brethren in Christ,” was recorded in 1957. “The Grace Church of the Evangelical United Brethren Church” (EUB) was incorporated as of June 21, 1958. In 1968, the EUBs merged with the Methodists and the church became known as Grace United Methodist Church. In 2005, it was bought and became the current Grace Bible Baptist Church, located at 116 E. Union St.
On June 8, the current pastor, David Stogsdill, and the Centennial Committee are inviting area couples to come to the church and renew their wedding vows in a special centennial-year ceremony. There is no cost to participate.
The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. Couples may dress as they wish, and may bring family or friends to witness. Couples will receive a certificate of renewal. A reception will follow and refreshments will be served.
Sock hop fundraiser
On June 1, the Walbridge Centennial Committee will hold a fundraising sock hop/car show at the former Walbridge School (The Walbridge Center) gym.
Also, mark your calendar for a weekend of festivities at Loop Park July 4-6. Applications for “Miss Village of Walbridge,” craft/business/health vendors, parade entries, and entertainment are available. Sign-up for the Talent Show to be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Memorabilia, including commemorative memorial bricks for Loop Park, the Walbridge/Lake Alumni photo book with senior classes from 1911-2012, centennial t-shirts, souvenir historical booklets, cup kozies and cookbooks are also available online, or visit the Walbridge Library. Share your memories on the “I remember Walbridge when…” forms or bring photos and memorabilia in to be scanned at the library.
Visit www.walbridgecent.com or stop in at the Walbridge Library for information.
Union Church -- Grace Church, 116 E. Union St. Walbridge…photo of original church & current church…
Picture: Rev. Roy Davis performs marriage ceremony of Wes and Eleanor (Sue) Sigler in Grace EUB church on Feb. 25, 1950. They are attended by Ed and Doris Turnau, Kenneth Sigler, and Bobby Smothers.