St. Paul’s Reformed Church
Unidentified newspaper clipping donated to the Colon Community Historical Society Museum: “ST. PAUL’S REFORMED CHURCH – The land upon which the St. Paul’s Reformed Church was built was purchased of George C. Van Vorst of Colon, Township, St. Joseph County, April 15, 1873, and the church, a commodious structure, was erected that year in the midst of a splendid farming section, during the pastorate of Ref. W. G. Hackman. The church cost $3,000, and it has 200 sittings. It is located on a four-corners on Burr Oak Road three and one half miles south of Colon. Ref. S. I. Royer was the last full-time pastor to serve the church.
The South Colon Ladies’ Aid was organized in 1922, and it’s an active society of 28 members now. The ladies meet once a month and make pads, lap robes, quilts etc., for facility centers and the needy. It is through this organization that the church is kept clean and in repair, and every summer in August they serve a dinner followed by a bus8iness meeting, electing officers for the next year. A church service is then in charge of young pastors who were once students in the Eberhard school across the road to the west.
The South Colon cemetery across the road to the north has been enlarged, and the sexton keeps it in excellent condition, and many former members of the church have been returned here for funerals and interment.
In 1973 the church celebrated its 100th birthday with a community dinner, a service in the afternoon with 115 in attendance. Folks came from 16 Michigan cities, Florida, New York, and England.