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Crystal 100 Anniversary Thanks

After much planning, preparation, discussion, and the hard work on the part of many people, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Crystal Conference Center has come and gone, but the experience shared by those who were present created memories that will last them a lifetime. It was indeed a momentous and memorable occasion, worthy of the rich history and legacy of “Crystal.”

The success of any endeavor occurs, in large measure, as a result of the persons involved working together, fulfilling their responsibilities, and remaining focused on the desired outcome. Another key element is skilled, committed leadership. We are blessed that Tim Murtaugh provided this type of leadership from the very beginning. There are also key role players that were critical to the success of the Celebration.

Jennifer Murtaugh worked faithfully by Tim’s side every step of the way, giving her support and sharing ideas.

Neil Topliffe gave his usual scrutiny to details and his insight into overcoming obstacles and taking advantage of opportunities.

Beverly Peeler worked especially hard to respond to the needs and requests she received as she handled camp “stuff”, the transition of our financials to Treasury Services in Indianapolis, and the day to day concerns that come into the Regional office.

Brenda Murphy, her hard-working husband Dick, and her staff brought the Crystal Conference Center into picture perfect condition.

Pastor Jill Forton, shared her ideas and information, prepared pictorial displays, and with Cascade Christian’s support, printed the anniversary history booklet and provided needed transportation assets that were so very helpful.

Sarah Beth Simonds worked diligently to create a meaningful closing worship experience for Sunday morning.

God blessed us with perfect weather.

There were many others who performed many important tasks that I will not attempt to name to avoid the peril of leaving someone out. Please understand that the 100th Anniversary Celebration was a great success because of each of them. We are grateful for the tremendous effort put forth by everyone, including those who volunteered at the last minute when called upon step in where needed.

The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Crystal Conference Center is an excellent example of what is possible when everyone works together on one accord with a laser focus on the goal. 

The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident, particularly during Sunday worship. Dr. Richard Lowery’s message was powerful and inspiring, the music was uplifting, and communion was uniquely meaningful. To God be the glory.


Eugene James, Regional Minister

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Michigan Region