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Westminster Presbyterian Church marks 150 years with dedication of new cornerstone

The congregation gathered on 9/11/11 to dedicate a cornerstone commemorating 150 years in Grand Rapids.
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Rev. Chandler Stokes dedicates new cornerstone at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Rev. Chandler Stokes dedicates new cornerstone at Westminster Presbyterian Church /Carol Lautenbach

Sesquicentennial cornerstone at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Sesquicentennial cornerstone at Westminster Presbyterian Church /Carol Lautenbach

Westminster Presbyterian Church had a birthday in July and has spent the year celebrating 150 years in the city.

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, a cornerstone commemorating the anniversary was dedicated. A time capsule including history of the church and congregation, a letter from two sixth-generation members, a graphic design of words used in eighth grade members' statements of faith, scores of music commissioned for the anniversary and other memorabilia was prepared.

Pastors Anne Weirich and Chandler Stokes led the congregation in a short service of dedication, reminding those gathered that the image of a cornerstone is found throughout the Bible.

Rev. Stokes challenged the crowd to "shine bright into the decades ahead."

The cornerstone is the third in the building and is located in the church Gathering Place just outside of the sanctuary.

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