By: Robert Wilke


The other day I was in the Church office when a call came in from a former congregant.  The lady was asking for any photos of when she was here to place in a scrap book.  As it was, in the office we had the 100th anniversary book of the church.  One of the photos was of the Church at the time.

Old Church 1943


Even though I knew that at the time the church was painted a dark color.  It was still quite a shock see it in the photograph.  Most of the current congregants remember it as a White painted structure.

White Church 1960’s

Sadly in 1973 during a renovation the church suffered a fire to the structure.  There was extensive damage to the point that it was unsalvageable.

Fire Damaged 1973

That very night of the fire the Consistory of the Church met.  It was decided then and there that the Church would be rebuilt.  During that time the Congregation met in the Church House Gym.

In 1976 the Church was finished and was been serving the community since.


Even though the places may change,  the commitment  to God’s mission is ongoing.  We here at Grove Reformed Church continue that mission “Telling The Generations, Jesus Saves”.