Religion in Family History
The Church of Christ building in Frytown, Iowa brings back many good memories for me.
50 years ago in “Evangelism from the Heart of America” (Nov. 11, 1963). The Frytown church near Iowa City celebrated its 100th anniversary. Richard Yoder was in charge of the activities. 133 people attended the special services.
Richard Yoder is my Grandfather, so I have been thinking of the Frytown church today. My father also spoke on the program for the celebration of the 100th anniversary. The picture above was taken near the time of the celebration. My Grandfather is standing in front of the building.
Shortly after the 100th anniversary celebration my parents were married in the church building. We recently celebrated their Golden Anniversary.
Of course, the church is the people, so here is a picture of the congregation. I see many people that I know in this picture. Especially as some of them are family members. My Great-Grandma is in the middle of the second row.
Seeing the picture of my Great-Grandma brings back memories of visiting her grave which is in the cemetery behind the building.
This church was also where my Grandparents were baptized and my Grandfather decided to become a preacher.
This little country church also has great meaning to me as it was where my family was attending when I was born.
You may have seen my post, Family Friends, that I posted last week. The family friends that were featured in the post all have connections to this little country church.
I have many more memories wandering through my mind as I write this, but will leave you with only these few.
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