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Grace in Our
tells us that Grace Reformed Church was organized in 1845. "A certain
lot of land lying at the south end of the west row of lots in the town of Newton" was deeded and recorded in Catawba County on August 10, 1846. Forty
years later (1886), a second church was built on Main Street (present home of Calvary Baptist Church).
Ninety-nine years later (1945), a building fund for the present structure
was established with a gift from Julius Abernethy, Sr., and on May 10,
1959, Grace Reformed Church was opened and dedicated.
Grace Reformed United Church of Christ boasts a rich heritage.
Not only is it a beautiful physical structure, its rich beauty is reflected
in the lives of its membership. Some of the families represent fifth
generation continuity. From that comes the fond memory of those who
preceded us - their commitments, their smiles, even where they sat
consistently and faithfully in the sanctuary.
This is a church steeped in tradition, yet modern, educable
and willing to learn.
Grace in Our
early morning hours of June 16, 2003, lightning struck the roof of Grace
Church, igniting a fire that will forever live in our memories. Those of us
who came to the church that day remember the scene: the smell of smoke
lingering throughout every corner of the building, the sound of water
trickling from the ceilings and heartbreaking sight of our beloved
sanctuary covered in soot and ash. Amid all the darkness of the smoke-filled
sanctuary, warm summer sunshine was streaming in through the hole in the
roof where the fire began.
The following Sunday, we gathered together in the Fellowship
Hall, where we would continue to worship under the faithful leadership of
Dr. Tom Hamilton for the next nine months. Work began immediately to repair
the damage caused by the fire. The arch beam in the roof was replaced, new
carpet was installed and the Casavant pipe organ was repaired and restored.
Along with a few enhancements, everything was restored to its original
beauty. Most significant, however, was the restoration that took place
within our congregation. It seems that out of the tragedy of almost losing
our church home, we were able to restore our faith in one another.
On Palm Sunday 2004, palm branches in hand, the congregation
of Grace Church processed triumphantly from the Fellowship Hall around the
outside of the building and into the front doors of our sanctuary to begin
a new chapter in the history.
Grace, Our Mission….
avowed mission of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the Gospel
of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the sacraments; to realized Christian fellowship
and unity within the church and the Church Universal: to render loving
service toward humankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice and