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Central Baptist Church celebrates 125 years of community service

Posted on 07 May 2018 by Calvin

The weekend of Apr. 27-29 was a celebration marking 125 years of service for Central Baptist Church, 420 N. Roy St.

The church was established as the Second Swedish Baptist Church in 1893 at the corner of Front Ave. and Albemarle St. In 1911 the congregation decided to move, and the original church building was finished in 1913 at its current location. There have been additions in 1948, 1962, and a new Sanctuary in 1975. To celebrate this history, the church sponsored the following weekend events:
• Friday evening was a time of worship and prayer
• Saturday evening there was a community potluck dinner followed by a program focusing on the vision for the church’s future
• Sunday morning they held a continental breakfast followed by the Sunday morning worship service.

The church community noted that they very much realize that the church is located at the crossroads of the Twin Cities in a rapidly changing neighborhood. They plan to remain “A Community of Faithful Presence” at the heart of the Midway and look forward to the next 125 years of “proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to those around us and serving the neighborhood.”

Photo left: Entrance to Central Baptist Church with banner and flag highlighting the anniversary. (Photo provided)






Photo right: An overhead shot of the potluck dinner on Saturday evening in the Sanctuary. (Photo provided)




Photo left: A choir of current and former members sing during worship on Sunday. (Photo provided)





Photo right: Central’s community project is highlighting the diversity within the congregation, with member Nancy Mosbeck. (Photo provided)




Photo left: Pastor Joel Lawrence shows off the commemorative Christmas decoration. (Photo provided)








Photo right: Longtime member Rod Erickson has played the organ during Sunday worship for 60 years. (Photo provided)

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