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50th anniversary celebrates history, future

They were 3 and 4 years old at the time. They watched their parents make history along with other courageous souls.

On January 25, 1959, active members of Central Christian Church, Arlington Christian Church and Woodland Christian Church left the comfort of their church homes to establish a new church on the south side of Lexington for the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. The establishing group gathered that day at Glendover Elementary School gym and held a service of communion and dedication. They formally joined the church to be called Crestwood Christian Church and dedicated themselves to serving God.

The next week, a full worship service was held complete with a sermon given by a guest minister from Lexington Theological Seminary. Later that year, a full-time minister was called. By January of 1960, the church had doubled in size and as the charter was closed, 445 men, women, and children were named on the document. That charter hangs in the narthex of the current building just across the street from its Glendover beginning.

On Jan. 25, 2009, those children of the founding members planned and presided over the celebration of Crestwood's 50th anniversary. A commemorative communion service was held at Glendover.

During the 10:45 worship service, charter members were escorted into the sanctuary by children of the current congregation. A celebration luncheon was held in the Crestwood gym of the current Mission Center on the property across the street from Glendover Elementary School. Just as in the early days, the group was entertained by an a cappella singing group. Memories were shared through a historical booklet written by one of the charter members, and attention was called to the future.

But the celebration didn't end that day.

Other activities this year will include a dedication service for a gift to Glendover Elementary in honor of its significant contribution — having been the first location for the church. Fellowship events and brief recognitions during worship are also scheduled. The complete written history of Crestwood's first 50 years will be presented during the last quarter of 2009.

We are honoring our history while looking to the future. Our first 50 years have been solid building blocks on which we stand.

We are serving the community in a variety of ways. Our outreach programs include local missions such as Habitat for Humanity and Room in the Inn. Our building hosts many community and church groups daily — The Donovan Scholars program teaches art and yoga weekly in our Mission Center and basketball leagues, volleyball teams, Scout programs and The Lexington Children's Singers use our building on a weekly basis.

We continue regular children, youth, young adult and adult programming at Crestwood. Our ministry staff provides leadership for worship, our caring ministries, programs for all ages and spiritual nurture for the congregation. You may find out more information about Crestwood on our Web site, www.crestwoodchristian.org, and specific details about our 50th anniversary at http://cowgill.blogs.com/crestwood.

Crestwood is a congregation with many ministries that reach from our doorstep to the ends of the earth. You are welcome to come and share in this continuing journey of faith.

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