Calvary Baptist to celebrate 90 years

Dave Ogilvie

Excitement definitely is growing as Calvary Baptist Church in Emo continues to plan for the celebration of the congregation’s 90th anniversary.
Invitations to former pastors and members have been sent out, renovations are continuing in the basement, and a new sign has been placed on the outside of the church.
A small group of dedicated individuals has planned an exciting weekend, which not only will celebrate the past and rejoice in the present, but also eagerly anticipate a bright and rewarding future as a congregation.
“We’re really getting excited,” enthused current pastor Conrad Dueck.
“We’re thankful for the work of our founding members and all the work that so many people have done for the congregation over the intervening years,” he noted.
“But we also rejoice in the knowledge that we have been blessed with the presence of so many young families and their children.”
The congregation began in 1922 with only 15-20 members. They originally met in a two-room school, but plans were formed that summer to build a small church.
Since then, Calvary Baptist has gone through many changes and several expansions.
The most recent renovations took place in 1999 when the sanctuary was expanded, the stairway enclosed, washrooms added upstairs, and the kitchen and fellowship hall were enlarged.
The 90th anniversary of Calvary Baptist will be a celebration of how the church has grown over the years.
The two-day event will begin Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Golden Age Manor in Emo with a service entitled, “Memories of God’s Faithfulness.”
The afternoon will include a time for worship, music, and sharing memories and food.
Saturday activities also will feature a “Celebration Service” at 7 p.m.
This will be an evening of music from various decades, sharing by Rev. Tom Oshiro (pastor from 1956-60), refreshments, and visiting afterwards in the fellowship hall.
Also on Saturday, there will a youth bike ride to honour Rev. Oshiro, who used to preach first in Emo, then ride on his bicycle to Barwick to preach there, before biking back.
The weekend’s anniversary celebrations will conclude on Sunday (May 6) with the regular service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Oshiro once again will share a message with the congregation and visitors. Lunch, which is being organized by congregation members, will follow at the Emo Legion.
Calvary Baptist Church’s 90th anniversary celebration is open to everyone. They look forward not only to having people come back for a visit, but also to new people coming out to meet members of the congregation.
“God has blessed our church in many ways in the past 90 years and we want to celebrate His faithfulness to us,” Pastor Dueck said.