By Eric Fischer
A well-known hymn will be celebrated where it debuted 105 years ago. In January of 1913, Reverend George Bennard traveled from Michigan to Sturgeon Bay to what is now Friends Community Church as part of a week-long crusade to teach the word of God. While in Sturgeon Bay, Bennard completed the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” and debuted it on his final day in Sturgeon Bay at a service that went past midnight. Pastor Nancy Bontempo says people travel from all over the world to see the church and the marker created in 1947 to commemorate the iconic song.
A celebration service and hymn sing will be April 29th at 1 pm followed by a coffee social.