Celebrate With Us

Join us May 2-9 in our week-long celebration

Happy Birthday, First Reformed Church! This Spring we have the privilege of celebrating 150 years of God’s faithfulness to our congregation. That number is incredibly significant; statistics suggest that the average lifespan of a church is around 70 years and that around 5000 churches in the US close every year. FRCOC’s legacy is God’s doing, and we praise him for sustaining us through a century and a half!

To help celebrate we are giving away special First Reformed shirts available after the service on Sunday, April 25. Feel free to wear your shirt to any of the celebratory events below.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 2

9:45am: Historical Presentation in the Sanctuary
Between our two services Doug Anderson will lead us through a historical presentation of what it was like in the early settlement days of Orange City.  This will be broadcasted live on our TV stations (Premier Ch 77 & Long Lines Ch 22) . It will replay on our TV stations at 9am May 3-7 and be available in our Sermon Archives for later viewing.
5:30pm: “A Venture in Faith” Readers Theatre in the Sanctuary
First CRC joins FRC in a Readers Theater event celebrating the history of our two churches. A joint offering will be taken for the Genesis House. Pigs & Pie provided by volunteers from each church will be available in the Fellowship hall after the presentation. This presentation will be broadcasted live on all our broadcast outlets (Facebook, YouTube, frcoc.org/live-stream, Frc App, Premier Ch 77, and Long Lines Ch 22).

Thursday, May 6

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Open House in the Fellowship Hall
May 6 marks the actual date of our 150th anniversary. Cake and ice cream will served in celebration of this special birthday. You can also relive important moments in our past by visiting our Museum in the Chapel. 

Friday, May 7

7:00pm: Softball against First CRC at Vets Park
Join our softball pick-up games against First CRC at Vets park. The games will be coed for all ages 14+. There will be games for under 40 and 40+. Hotdogs and root beer floats (free-will donation) will be served. Please bring your own lawn chair as bleacher seating will not be available. Contact Tyler Zeutenhorst for the under 40 softball team or Don Vaas for the 40+ softball team if you want more information or if you are interested in playing. You do not have to sign up in order to play.
9:00pm: Fireworks at Vets Park
We will conclude our evening of playing games with Fireworks set off at dark.

Sunday, May 9

10:00am: Worship in the Sanctuary
Worship together with us in one service at 10am celebrating our rich history. The service will be broadcasted live on all our regular media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, frcoc.org/live-stream, Frc App, Premier Ch 77, and Long Lines Ch 22). After church join us on the front lawn for an all church picture and then a catered meal.
11:30am: All Church Photo on the front lawn
Be a part of this historic event by joining in with an all church photo on the front lawn right after our 10am celebration worship service.
12:00pm: Catered Meal 
Our celebration time will conclude with a meal (free-will donation) of pulled pork. Those that have joined us in growing beards will be able to go through the line first along with their families. If you are planning on attending please let us know by filling out the form below or signing up in the Welcome center so that we can have an accurate food count.