The Grace Bible Church (also affectionately referred to as "The Church by the Water Tower"), was officially established in 1891 and composed of people whose heritages were either directly or indirectly linked to Czechoslovakia. From the onset and up to the present, one of the basic requirements for church membership is that one "must be born again" in accordance with Jesus' charge in John 3:7.

Besides Congregational, current members and friends of the church come from such diverse denominational backgrounds as: Lutheran, Evangelical Free, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, and Reformed. The church is independent and operates under its own congregational form of government which has as its foundational premise that the Bible is inspired by God and without error, therefore, God's Word is to be the final authority in all matters of faith and life. Those who request church membership must confess to personal faith in Christ and also agree to a basic statement of faith.

While the church maintains its commitment to conservative theology - it seeks to creatively use both modern technology and contemporary ministry methods to serve as a witness to the world. Some of these unique ministries, outreaches, or worship services include: "First Light" Radio Broadcast, Dial-A-Bible Story (320) 327-2843, God's Great Outdoors Night, writing seminars, Living Waters Puppet Ministry, parade float, Fair booth Outreach, Ice-cream Cone Giveaway, Bible distributions, Seaside Service, Women's Fellowship, Spring and Fall Mission Conferences, Women's Bible Study, an evangelistic sign on busy Hwy 7.
THE CHURCH HAS A NEW CHURCH NAME!

The Congregational Church of Silver Lake (which has also been referred to as "The Church by the Water Tower") now has as its new name - GRACE BIBLE CHURCH. The church, which was officially established in 1891 and composed of people whose heritages were either directly or indirectly linked to Czechoslovakian descent, was initially called the Bohemian Free Reformed Church of Silver Lake. In 1975, the church officially adopted the name Congregational Church of Silver Lake.

In recent years, members of the congregation saw the growing need for a name that more accurately reflects its Bible-based beliefs. Some unfamiliar with the church automatically assumed that the church was associated with a particular denomination. From the onset, and up to the present, one of the basic requirements for church membership has always been that one "must be born again" in accordance with Jesus’ charge in John 3:7. The church operates under its own congregational form of government which has as its foundational premise that the Bible is inspired by God and without error, therefore, God’s Word is to be the final authority in all matters of faith and life. Those who request church membership must confess to personal faith in Christ and also agree to a basic statement of faith. Current members and friends of GRACE BIBLE CHURCH come from such diverse denominational backgrounds as: Congregational, Lutheran, Evangelical Free, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, and Reformed.

The name GRACE BIBLE CHURCH was eventually chosen after a congregational meeting in February in which a large majority voted to change the name. Members and friends of the church were then invited to submit potential names for a future vote. All in all there were a total of 50 possibilities. With much prayer asking God to place the name He wanted on the church - and through a series of votes by members of the congregation - GRACE BIBLE CHURCH was selected. The church is presently in the process of taking care of legal matters associated with the name change - and plans are being made for a special day of celebration in the future.

Grace Bible Church | 300 SW Cleveland Street | P.O. Box 267 | Silver Lake, Minnesota, 55381 | 320.327.2266
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