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Easter marks the 140th anniversary of Waitsburg Christian Church

By Waitsburg Christian Church Board Chair Trevor Johnson


April 18, 2019

The Waitsburg Christian Church is recognized by the State of Washington as a Historic Church, established in 1880. The beginnings of the church, the oldest place of worship in Waitsburg, go back to 1867, just two years after the town's founding. After meeting in the school house, and later in the home of the Hollowell family, the church itself was built, with no debt, at the cost of about $15,000. The Waitsburg Christian Church today.

This Easter, April 21, marks the 140th anniversary of the formation of the Christian Church of Waitsburg. The State of Washington recognizes the formation as Jan 21, 1880, but it is April 21, 1879, that the congregation auspiciously mark the occasion.

On that day in April, three men got together to make official the formation of a church in Waitsburg, W.P. Bruce, T.J. Hallowell, and J.H. Smith. It was a Monday – a week and a day past Easter that year – and we can imagine a bustling congregation of townspeople, having so recently celebrated resurrection together, joining again and decid...

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