OGDEN -- The joint congregation of Ogden First Baptist Church and New Beginnings Christian Church, "Together in Faith," will celebrate its 130th anniversary Sunday.
The public is invited to participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony at the church, 2519 Jefferson Ave., on the corner of 25th Street and Jefferson Boulevard.
The church began in 1881 when the Rev. Dwight Spencer, a missionary representing the American Baptist Home Mission Society, came to Ogden to explore the possibility of organizing a Baptist church, according to information released by the church.
On May 22, 1881, 12 Baptists met at the Odd Fellows Hall and resolved to become the First Baptist Church of Ogden.
"Over the years the numbers have increased and decreased," states a news release from the church. "Churches have been planted. Missionaries have been commissioned, and the people of Ogden have been ministered to through a number of activities."
Vacation Bible School, evangelistic crusades and the food pantry are just a few of the ways the congregation has made efforts to show the love of God to the community.
"We've prayed for our neighbors, participated in community events (can you still taste the FBC buffalo burgers?) and partnered with many agencies in the community to provide for the 'least of these' as Jesus taught," stated the Rev. Karl Dumas in an e-mail to the Standard-Examiner.
"As we look back over the years we thank God for His amazing grace, and we pray for His continued guidance as we look forward to the years to come, and that mission that He has planned for us during the next decade," Dumas wrote. "We delight in being planted here on a mission with God, and hope to serve as His hands and His heart in the community that has been our home for the past 130 years."
For information, call the church at 621-1761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.