Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Sept. 28

Winslow Baptist Church to celebrate 100th anniversary

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The First Baptist Church of Winslow, Arizona will celebrate its 100th year of existence July 17-19 at its location on the south corners of Aspinwall Avenue and Warren Street.

During the celebration a building tour will take place July 18 at 6 p.m. On July 19 registration and tours will take placee from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sharing in the sanctuary begins at 2 p.m. with a historical slide show and an open microphone for guest sharing and singing. A dinner takes place in the Fellowship Hall at 5 p.m. with hamburgers and hot dogs.

On July 19 regular worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Matt Gaston preaching. The regular Sunday School session will be between those services at 9:45 a.m. Lunch is in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. with seating for 240 people. A program will take place in the sanctuary with former pastors sharing and congregational singing at 2 p.m.

The church was founded in 1915 when eight concerned citizens asked the Northern Baptist Convention to help them found a New Testament church. The state convention appointed Reverend J. W. Epperly to be interim pastor.

George Nagiller was the first to be baptized two weeks later on Aug. 15 and R. L. and Minnie Moore joined with 18 others by that December.

At First Baptist's first business meeting on January 8, 1916, the church called Rev. Epperly to be their pastor for $100 a month. They elected three deacons, a Sunday school superintendent, a clerk and a secretary/treasurer. That March, two members purchased three lots on the corner of Aspinwall and Warren Avenue for $1,000. Rev. William J. Gordon accepted the call to be the second pastor and served from October 1916 through December 1917.

He helped Mr. LaPrade and Mr. Moore build the parsonage. Miinie Moore helped nail laths on the interior walls. Sunday school and worship services were held in the new parsonage.

The church has been associated with the Northern Baptist, Conservative Baptist and Southern Baptist Conventions during its 100 year history but has always seen serving the needs of Winslow as its main reason for being.

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