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Word Of God Marking 20th Anniversary

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Word of God marking 20th anniversary

NOV 14 1987

November marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of The Word of God, an ecumenical Christian community with members throughout Washtenaw County.

The Word of God began in 1967 as an outgrowth of a weekly prayer meeting held near the campus of the University of Michigan. It now numbers more than 3,000 adults and children committed to a life of mutual support and service to others, according to spokesman John C. Blattner.

The community includes Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox members from virtually every Christian tradition represented in Washtenaw County. Four church congregations, which express the faith and practice of their respective traditions while supporting involvement in an ecumenical community, are associated with TheWord of God: Covenant Presbyterian Church, Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Churches, Emmaus Fellowship, and Christ the King Catholic Association.

The Word of God also sponsors the Michigan Christian Association, an evangelistic and teaching organization that meets weekly on Thursday nights, 8:30 p.m., at Huron Hills Baptist Church in Ann Arbor.

The focal point of the 20th anniversary observance was a special Anniversary Gathering Nov. 8 at the Huron High School gymnasium. The gathering featured a ceremony in which some 50 members, who had been participating in the life of the community on an exploratory basis, were received into full membership.

More information about The Word of God and its related groups and activities can be obtained by calling 994-3243.