The First Baptist Church of Winslow will celebrate "Laura Conatser Day" on Sunday during both morning services and at a potluck luncheon following the second service. Conatser has been active in the music ministry at the church for over 40 years, most of the time spent as the music and choir director.
She came to Winslow in August of 1959 with her husband David, a then newly hired now retired Winslow High School teacher and coach. Both Conatsers and their children have been active in the First Baptist Church in many capacities. Laura is noted for her lovely and captivating voice and her tireless devotion to any task she chooses to undertake. She has given many memorable solo performances at the church and directed most of the special musical presentations there for the past 40 years.
The "Singing Christmas Tree" which has been the church's Christmas musical presentation has grown into a community event in Winslow. So have the Easter special presentations.
Conatser will undoubtedly continue to be active in the church's music programs. She currently plays the organ for the three worship services and has played the piano in the past.
The church has recently called Rev. Maynard Matthews of El Paso, Texas, as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth. Matthews will be arriving soon and will assume the duties of choir director as well.
Members of the First Baptist Church are looking forward to a day spent sharing memories and expressing their appreciation for the many years of faithful service given by Laura Conatser. Others in the community are invited to join in honoring her and will be welcome at any and all services and the luncheon. This occasion will also be used to honor Ken Conatser, Velvet Moore and John Maine for their contributions to the worship and youth programs in recent years.