Eagle Baptist celebrates 40th anniversary
EAGLE — Eagle Baptist Church will mark an important milestone Sunday, when the congregation gathers to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
On June 8, 1975 Pastor Bruce Dunsdon and his wife, Katie, held the first service for the church. A small band of believers gathered together for the occasion. Since that time, services have been held every Sunday morning, as well as Sunday school and Wednesday evening services.
The small congregation began by meeting at the Eagle Valley Elementary School music room. Next the growing congregation moved services to the Colorado Mountain College building on Broadway in Eagle. In 1980, members of the church purchased 11 acres of land located at 14600 U.S. Highway 6, two miles west of Eagle.
A ground-breaking ceremony took place on June 4, 1980. Soon afterward, church construction began. Almost all of the construction was completed by members of the congregation.
“Each step was completed as soon as the Lord supplied the money to continue,” noted a press released from the church.
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By June of 1981, the construction was complete and the congregation held its first service in the new building.
“A special prayer of thanksgiving was offered up to thank God for the ideal location he had given, the building he had allowed the members to construct and the finances he had provided to leave the church owing nothing,” stated the church release.
In 1996, a parsonage was built near the back of the church property and, again, members of the congregation did the majority of the work. The parsonage was finished without the congregation incurring any outstanding debt.
“Having been supported by other Bible-believing churches for its first seven years, the goal of Eagle Baptist Church was to support and establish the churches of like faith worldwide,” noted the release. “Eagle Baptist, being debt free, has been able to concentrate its efforts on supporting missionaries at home and abroad.”
The church’s accomplishments over the past 40 years include traditional gospel messages that have been preached consistently through the years.
“Many lives have been changed through our vacation Bible school, children’s Bible club, Bible studies, youth group, family activities, Big Pine Camp, senior dinners, caroling, visitations, Easter sunrise services and a variety of other activities. As friends and members, both past and present, gather for the anniversary celebration, there will be stories to share, old acquaintances to renew and good food to eat,” the church release states.
All are invited to the anniversary celebration. A fellowship reception is planned Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Additionally, church services are planned Sunday with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. A special dinner will follow with an afternoon service at 2 p.m.
For additional information contact 970-328-7792.