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August 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Fishing Tournament Scheduled for September 11th-12th

Staff Changeover at Beaver Island Community School

Fourth of July Golf Tournament a Big Hit

Marching in the Rain: A Forth of July few will forget

Dedicating the Town Clock

On This Date

Shipping out the Logs

Concert on the Harbor

Sunset Picnic August 15th

Inland Seas Kayaking Inland Seas Eco-Tours

Art Show Success highlights Museum Week

A Wedding on the Beach

Volleyball Camp

Boyne Thunder Poker Race to Beaver

Recreation Resource Project Special Summary Report

One Hundred Years Ago

Sky Divers Return

Livingstone Studio's Meet the Artist

BIRHC Fashion Tea at Deerwood

B.I. Christian Church celebrates 41 years, honors Greggs

Camp Quality on Beaver

Trouble with the Bridge

BIRHC Benefit Dinner September 17th at Nina's

Go Wendy!


B.I. Christian Church celebrates 41 years, honors Greggs
by Frank Solle

A large group of faithful gathered at the Beaver Island Christian Church July 7 to celebrate not only the congregation’s 41st birthday, but to pay honor to two of its longest running members, Phil and Lil Gregg.

Following a generous potluck dinner featuring, in true Beaver Island tradition, more food than a group twice that size could eat, the evening progressed to a wonderful performance of Gospel songs. Mike and Rich Scripps provided musical accompaniment for a small choir made up of members of the Community Choir and friends of the congregation. Cindy Gillespie-Cushman joined the group for two solos, while Susie Fisher and Earl Seger also took single turns at the microphone.

Time was then spent reminiscing about the church’s history with members of the congregation coming forward to read letters from those who could not attend. One such letter was from Steve Perdue, grandson of former Island physician Dr. Howard Haynes who was instrumental in starting the church in 1963.

According to the program distributed that evening, the first service held by the church was on Easter Sunday,1963, in one of the units of Wojan’s Motel #1. The Greggs and family were among those gathered for the initial meeting.

Phil Greg then recounted some stories from the church’s early years and how it moved from the basement of the former Medical Center, to the Holy Cross Hall, to what is now the Parsonage, and finally to its beautiful new building.

Speaking prior to the surprise honoring, Phil credited the success of the church to what is a widely-known secret of life on Beaver Island. “This island community is really one big family,” he said.
After Phil’s talk choir leader Kathy Speck led the group in singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

The highlight of the recognition program came as current Pastor, Howard Davis, read out words of things the Greggs have given to the church as those in attendance brought forth small cutout ‘helping hands,’ each with one of the words–such as cookie baking, laundry, love, laughter, maintenance–printed on it. Placed in a vase at the front of the church, the helping hands made a lovely bouquet that the evening’s co-organizer, Judi Meister, replaced with one of yellow roses as the Greggs stood in front of a standing and appreciative audience.

To close out the evening, the group sang “God Be with You Till We Meet Again,” as they do at the close of each week’s service, and the small church in the woods joyfully began another year of service to the community.

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