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by Cornie and Eleanor Lieuwen

During the years of the early 1880’s a group who came out from northwest Iowa felt a need to organize a Christian Reformed Church in New Holland. This was still Dakota Territory at that time as North and South Dakota became states in 1889. This group had to get permission from the Classis in Iowa.

In the spring of 1883 this church was organized with 22 families and 8 single persons. A church building was built in the near future and soon had to add a wing because of its growth. In 1919-1920 a new much larger building was erected under the supervision of Peter Kuiper of Detroit, MI. (There is also a church like ours in Grand Rapids, MI, which he also built, West Leonard CRC.)

Over the past 75 years the church has had several major renovations amounting to close to $200,000. The original building cost $43,000. In the last 20 years the pipe organ has been rebuilt, an elevator added, the outside has been resided and shingled. During 1998 we repaired our beautiful stained glass windows, repainted our sanctuary, re-carpeted, tiled and refurbished the pews.

In the 116 years of our existence we have had 20 ministers who have served us faithfully in bringing the Word of God from week to week.

Our membership has risen and fallen over the years and now stands at 390 members, suffering some from decline since farms have become so much bigger.

We have a variety of meetings such as Men’s society, Ladies’ Aids, Bible study groups, youth groups, church schools, Calvinettes (GEMS) and Cadets. Our church Library has between 2500 and 3000 volumes. We support Christian Education but do not run the schools as they are privately (parent) controlled. We help support missionaries in Nigeria, Guatemala and Houston, TX. We conduct services in surrounding nursing homes and have a jail ministry as well as a Sunday School for Indian children in Lake Andes.

The Lord has blessed us for many years and we trust Him for the years to come.

 

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