This week as America celebrates 242 years of independence, another celebration is taking place here. 

The first Clarklake Community Church was built in 1869 on the northwest corner of Hyde and Jefferson Roads. In 1927 it was destroyed by fire ignited by sparks from a locomotive as the train traveled on the tracks behind the church. 

The Clarklake Community Church is celebrating 150 years.  There is a lot to celebrate, so it won’t be confined to one day. 

This photo of the second church building was probably taken on dedication day in 1928. The church is on the same property where today’s structure is located–Hyde and North Roads. While digging the foundation of this church, the remnants of Clark Lake’s first log cabin were found.

On Sunday, July 8, former pastors Frank Feltis and Bruce Cochran return for the 10 am service.  Afterwards, Dr. Ted Ligibel will speak at the luncheon.  Ted is well known for his book, Clark Lake: Images of a Michigan Tradition.  It’s the “go to” reference for all things Clark Lake through the ages.  For a donation of $15, you can own one, and Ted will autograph it for you.

On Saturday, July 14, the church will hold an ice cream social.  On hand will be their praise band, Straight Up along with the Elrod family and line dancing with Tony Vafiadis.

On Sunday, July 15 the church’s worship service at 10 am includes a rededication.  It starts at the Township Park and is followed by an open house and community grill-out picnic at the current church location.

Below is a photo of the original one-room school house located in the Township Park.  It was here the church held Bible study. The photo was probably taken in 1895.