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Music and marriage

Posted February 20, 2013 in Community Featured, Grimes
The Presbyterian Church choir welcomes new director Colt Ballou.

The Presbyterian Church choir welcomes new director Colt Ballou.

After about three years without a church choir, the Presbyterian Church choir has started singing once again.

The new choir director is Colt Ballou, who graduated from Simpson College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. The church choir performs at Sunday worship services and has added so much to the congregation’s worship. If you haven’t seen or heard if for yourself, stop by for Sunday morning worship. Or, join the celebrations on Easter Sunday. The church choir will present an Easter Cantata called “Journey to the Cross.” The choir will perform this cantata at the 9:15 a.m. worship on Easter Sunday, March 31.

The dreary darkness of the winter days has left many people bundled up, hibernating indoors, declining all invitations that would get them out of the house to be social. As we inch toward spring and the days get longer, it’s time to shake off the frost and get back to the world. Crossroads Community Church would like to help couples get back in this frame of mind and invite all to join in its third annual marriage retreat. Join couples from Crossroads Community as they help face the challenges that come with a loving relationship and build stronger relationships between spouses. The focus this year will be on building a marriage on a solid foundation, a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

The retreat will be held at the Holiday Inn Bos Landen, just south of Pella, March 8 – 9. Check-in will be at 6 p.m. on Friday with dinner at 7 p.m. The event will conclude by 1 p.m. on Saturday. It costs $110 per couple, which includes accommodations, dinner Friday night and Saturday morning breakfast. All are welcome to join, so book your babysitter today and register online at

Crossroads Community Church would also like to extend an open invitation for the Easter Sunday service that will take place 10:30 a.m. March 31. For more information on the marriage retreat or the Easter service schedule visit their website at

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