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Faith Baptist to celebrate 40th anniversary

Faith Baptist, however, continued its emphasis on youth, with its outreach activities and spiritual education classes. Now, the church offers a Monday night pre-teen program, and a Friday night session for teenagers. Activities centered on youth include not only Sunday school but picnics, skits, youth all-nighters, rock-a-thons, skits, outings, Vacation Bible School, camp sessions, and Christmas programs.

Attendance at the church averages 40 to 50, with the congregation growing to 70 people or so on occasion.

For adults, the church offers Ladies' and Men's groups, men's breakfast sessions, prayer meetings, choir, Bible studies, dinners and family nights, Call said.

"We try to minister to people any way we can help them," he said, noting the church participates in an active missions program that spans five continents. The church also reaches out locally, providing services for nursing homes.

In addition, Call conducts a radio program at 91.9 FM named Faith at Work. Plus, Call provides personal counseling that's Christian based.

"I really believe the Bible has so many guiding principles for life - it's the manual for living in this world," he said.

Church anniversary activities scheduled

Sunday Oct. 17, the church is welcoming all in the region to help celebrate their anniversary. At 9 a.m., a breakfast will be held, followed by a special anniversary service at 9:45 a.m. At 10:45, morning services will be offered. At 2 p.m., the congregation will hold a Church family dinner, which others may attend. At 4 p.m., gospel singer Jay Witham will perform.

Last Monday, Call wandered through his church buildings, recounting the various activities of his congregation.

He paused and gazed past the pews, donated years ago from several other churches.

"This was my vision, this was what I was called to do," he said. "It's been a great experience."

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