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Community Church of Keystone Heights turns 100

City rallies around Centennial Celebration at historic chapel

By Natalie Gilstrap For Clay Today
Posted 12/31/69

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Community Church of Keystone Heights recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with its long-awaited Centennial Celebration.

The event at the church’s Robert Morford …

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Community Church of Keystone Heights turns 100

City rallies around Centennial Celebration at historic chapel


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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Community Church of Keystone Heights recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with its long-awaited Centennial Celebration.

The event at the church’s Robert Morford Family Life Center attracted residents, congregation members and local officials, including Mayor Nina Rodenroth, City Manager Lynn Rutkowski and Councilmen Tony Brown and Steve Hart.

“This is a testament to God’s grace. It’s a testament to God’s faithfulness and to all the people,” Pastor Ray Peters said. “The church is not about a building. The church is about the people.”

Peters thanked the Centennial Committee for their hard work ahead of the celebration. The event also had Lynde Jones, the Chairman of the Centennial Committee, speak about the church’s humble beginnings and thanked the individuals involved in putting together the event.

Guests heard key contributors like Johnny Brooks and former church pastor Rob Morford, who shared their testimonies and Community Church’s influence on their lives.

Rodenroth gave a mayoral declaration, stating Sept. 10 as Community Church Day in honor of its 100th anniversary. The declaration was entered into the city record on Monday during the city council meeting.

The Keystone Heights Heritage Commission presented the church with a Heritage Commission plaque. Guests enjoyed other festivities such as viewing historical photos of the church’s history, lunch and dessert.

More than 400 guests made the church’s 100th celebration a success. Laughter, cheers and conservations could be heard throughout the building as guests enjoyed the festivities.

“I think it’s fantastic. What a way to bring together the community and showcase what they have done for the past 100 years,” Rutkowski said.

The Centennial Committee is working on finishing a commemorative coloring book that someday can be purchased.

The church will be participating in the annual holiday parade.