Appendix No. 1

A brief report of the silver wedding of the J.J. Dycks, Laird, Tiefengrund, Sask.
The celebration was on Jan. 28, 1934. The day before a cold blizzard gave cause for concern, but next morning it had subsided, the thermometer showed -26 degrees R. Twenty five families had been invited. At 2 o’clock all gathered in the Tiefengrund church for a thanksgiving service and a short program. Unfortunately not everyone could come because of distance and the cold weather.
The service opened with the song „Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.“ Elder Joh. Regier read Psalm
191 and after a brief message led in prayer. The children brought several recitations, which were followed by a song from the choir. Elder Joh. J. Klassen, Dundurn, had the message, based on Lam. 3:22-24: „The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness! The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.“
Based on these words the pastor showed how God in his mercy, and faithfulness had led the Dycks through good times and bad times. They confess, „Great is Thy faithfulness!“ And this is also their hope for the future. There were more recitations and a song by the choir, which was followed by Elder David Toews’s message based on Heb. 13:8 „Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.“ After more recitations and another song from the choir brother Dyck gave an interesting summary of the past 25 years of their married life.
They had been married in Orloff, Russia, by Elder Joh. Quiring. They took over their father’s farm. It was a time of economic prosperity. But then the ill-fated war came, which was followed by the Revolution, in which they suffered along with many others, but also experienced God’s gracious help and protection. He mentioned his societal work, their immigration to Canada, settling in Hawarden, moving to Tiefengrund. In everything they could see the leading and protecting hand of God. Repeatedly throughout the message God’s guidance was emphasized, „Not our name, but thy name, oh Lord, be praised!“ The congregation sang more songs and the service closed with the benediction by Elder Klassen.
After this the guests were invited to the home of the Dycks three miles away, for a tasty meal and fellowship. At 9 o’clock several recitations were presented, a letter was read from Mr. C.F.Klassen, Winnipeg; Rev. Jacob Klassen had a message based on Psalm 4:3 „But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself.“ With a prayer and the singing of the last song, „Close to Thee,“ this beautiful service came to a close.
With much love and careful planning these dear friends had really succeeded to make this a most memorable and enjoyable occasion. We all received a blessing, proving that Psalm 50:23 is true: „He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honors me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God.“ The celebrating family certainly will cherish the memory of this day for the rest of their life. But neither will the guests forget it. God be praised.-submitted by, H.J. Klassen

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