- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)2
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
All religions have close ties with history. For Christians, it is the history of Jesus that is most important, along with the belief that Christ was resurrected three days after his crucifixion.
But no matter the faith or religion, the history of other places and missionaries are important, too. Southern Baptists, for example, honor the history of two missionaries every year. The Lottie Moon Christmas and Annie Armstrong Easter collections go toward domestic and international missions.
The Baptist folks, including a Baptist historical group led by Melvin Gateley, celebrated their history and missionaries of the past last week by holding a dedication ceremony for the refurbished Old Bethel Church. The church was built in 1806 and is believed to be the oldest Protestant church west of the Mississippi. Several churches spawned from the original Bethel, including First Baptist Church of Jackson.
By preserving the building, the Missouri Baptist Convention Historical Commission has added another historical structure for visitors to enjoy. But it has also honored its religious heritage by remembering some of Southeast Missouri's first missionaries.