Great Falls Hosts Weekend Reunion

Members of the Great Falls Church recently hosted a reunion of former members from the 1940s, including some who traveled in from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Alaska, and Canada.

The Labor Day Weekend reunion began on Friday evening, as approximately 40 former members, friends, and current members met for family worship and fellowship.

On Sabbath morning, Joyce Lund welcomed the group to Sabbath school, and Ken Iverson offered opening prayer and read Psalm 103. Juanita Kretschmar told a mission story about the blessings of Key Encounter Ministry she and her husband, Merlin Kretschmar, manage in Key West, Fla.

Peter Vanden Hoven led a Sabbath school lesson panel that included his wife, Sarah, Floyd Iverson, Bernard Yanke, Joy Miles, Charlotte Irwin, and Paul Lund.

At church service, Pastor George Boundey welcomed worshippers, and Paul Lund led a responsive reading from Scripture. Charlotte Irwin offered the congregational prayer, and Phyllis Slaiz gave a message in song. Hali Hannah Fleming provided the offertory.

Merlin Kretschmar titled his sermon “The Ultimate Reunion,” and the service ended as the congregation sang “We Have This Hope.” After fellowship dinner, some worshipers visited shut-ins.

After sundown worship, the group spent the evening together, remembering the past and catching up on the present. The reunion closed as participants joined hands and sang “Side By Side.”

January 01, 2003 / Montana Conference