“Deep Roots; Faithful Vision”: First Thoughts on Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church’s Centennial Celebrations

On Sunday, November 14, the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church observed its centennial anniversary with two special services, both focused on the theme "Deep Roots; Faithful Vision." (Courtesy of Holly Hess, Life’s Joyful Expressions)

Editor’s Note: With this post, the search for piety and obedience is pleased to welcome its first guest contributor, Tom Grosh. Tom is a member of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church and a friend of the blog. Thanks, Tom, for your contribution!

Four years ago, God led our family to Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. The congregation extended hospitality to

  1. our child with developmental delays;
  2. myself, a campus minister with a call to Christian scholars;
  3. our family, which has a passion for being part of a people of God rooted in and living out the Word of God.

Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ has become “home.”  We rejoice not only in the privilege to celebrate the centennial this past Sunday, but also to continue to walk in Deep Roots; Faithful Vision (Ephesians 3:17).

Two notable quotes from the November 14 evening service:

“I think each generation should serve their own time.  The earlier circumstances would not be adequate for today – and neither would our methods have been satisfactory for them.  So I think it is important that we willingly accept changes as they become necessary and faithfully serve our age.” — Paul Wolgemuth, Sr. (circa 1990s), shared by Paul Wolgemuth, Jr.

May the deep roots established by 100 years of ministry be the foundation that undergirds our mission to be faithful to the vision that God has given EBIC for this church, this community, and this world. – Nevin Dourte

Amen! More pictures and highlights coming soon.


About Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, on campus as part of InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.
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5 Responses to “Deep Roots; Faithful Vision”: First Thoughts on Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church’s Centennial Celebrations

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks, Tom! Sorry we couldn’t make it – I love that picture!

  2. You’re welcome Amy! Wish you could have joined us, but don’t worry there’s lots more coming, including great pictures by Holly and Karen 🙂 And if you haven’t already, follow the links to the “Sharing Times” by Paul Wolgemuth Jr. (which included some from his father) and by Nevin & Doneen — they’re great!

    PS. Saw Greg, and a number of other Brethren in Christ pastors at today’s Leadership Conference. Overall, good material presented by Dr. Henry Cloud. Notes/comments coming on Groshlink 😉

  3. Doneen Dourte says:

    I hope someone posts some pictures of the really cool “plain clothes” display that some very talented people in our congregation put together. I am technologically impaired and thus unable to do so.
    We also had 2 celebration cakes that featured the theme on them. The congregational singing was robust and inspiring.
    So very, very many neat things about the whole day.
    But more importantly, we were called to reflect on our roots, not just for historical examination, but so that we might be better equipped to remain faithful to the vision God has for EBIC to take his message to a broken world; really appreciated the challenges from our speakers to this end. I echo Tom’s words: “To God Be the Glory!”

  4. Thank-you for sharing Doneen.

    Yes, we have a picture of the plain clothes on file. Lord willing, the picture will go up this week with a second post on “Deep Roots; Faithful Vision.”

    “To God be the glory!”

  5. Pingback: “Deep Roots; Faithful Vision”: Worship at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church’s Centennial Celebrations | the search for piety and obedience.

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