Besides the time capsule, the church members also opened a safe that members of Central placed in 1992 with the intentions of it being opened in 100 years.
"Since that church does not exist anymore, we [went] ahead and open[ed] that today as well," Grubb said.
In the safe, church members found a VHS tape, pictures, a glass etching of the church and other items -- all in a bag from Cokesbury Bookstore.
The church has formed a committee to decide whether or not to make its own time capsule. Should the committee decide to do so, members will decide what to put in it.
"We decided since the capsule is being opened that now we are a new being in Canaan and it was time to start thinking about what we would want the future generations to know," Johnna Russo, the church's pastor, said.
That committee will also decide how best to preserve the items from the time capsule and safe that were opened Sunday. Much of the paper items in the time capsule had disintegrated. The church has an archive room and what can be put on display will be, Russo said.
"The only thing we can count on is that things will change," Russo said. "So it's kind of a comfort to know that no matter what's going to happen today, good or bad, it won't be the same tomorrow but that God is the same. So the people of God will always be a part of the world."
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