The new First Baptist Church was built in 2009 after myriad floods damaged the building at the previous location. The parish will be celebrating 150 years of faith on Sept. 7 and 8.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
The new First Baptist Church was built in 2009 after myriad floods damaged the building at the previous location. The parish will be celebrating 150 years of faith on Sept. 7 and 8. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The First Baptist Church in Spring Valley will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 8.

To celebrate the milestone, the Rev. Joe Haynes and his congregation invite the community to join them for an open house on Saturday, Sept. 7, and a special Sunday service the next morning.

The open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church, which is located at 701 Kasten Drive. They will be featuring displays and historic mementos gathered through the church's long history. At 3 p.m., a special program will begin, featuring music and a Powerpoint slideshow highlighting the years gone by.

Additionally, a luncheon will be prepared and served by the congregants.

On Sunday, The Rev. Tobe Bolles will give the congregation a unique experience as they hear him speak about growing up around the First Baptist Church. Bolles was also a guest speaker for the church's 125th anniversary service. And, 50-year member Irma Worth will be in attendance and can certainly tell many stories about the history of the church.

Bolles and Worth have certainly seen many changes to the church throughout the years. The most recent was also quite a large change for the church.

In the fall of 2008, the groundbreaking for a new church began after the congregation agreed to participate in Spring Valley's flood buyout program.

The new church was dedicated in the fall of 2009 and, according to Haynes, they have been thrilled with the move ever since.

"150 years of God's faithfulness moving us forward" is more than just the theme of the event; it is a testament to the strong faith held by the congregation that no matter what challenges arise for them, God has and will always show them through.

For a further look into the history of the First Baptist Church, read this week's Glimpses of Yesteryear column by Mary Jo Dathe on page 5 in the Tribune.