- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
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.