BAY CITY, Michigan — Members of Bay City’s First Presbyterian Church got a bonus sermon when they attended a recent Sunday reception at the church.
And it was from one of the church’s 19th century pastors.
The church last month opened a time capsule that had been placed near its cornerstone in 1891, according to The Bay City Times ( http://bit.ly/19VqJ2H ). The contents included newspapers from June of that year, and church artifacts such as the sermon and pamphlets on Alma College. The church was a college founder.
“Opening this box that nobody has touched any of the documents in it for 120 years and actually being able to think about the things they felt (while) putting things in there . it was just kind of a thrilling experience,” said Geraldine Higgs, a historian and church member.
She told the newspaper that the capsule provided insight into church history, which began with its formation by eight members in the 1850s.