SAN BERNARDINO - One of the city's long-standing churches observed a milestone anniversary Sunday. Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1583 Union St., celebrated its 75th.
The church held an anniversary service that highlighted Temple Missionary's history, accomplishments and service to the community through the years.
"It is such a blessing to celebrate the church's 75th anniversary. It's not something you hear about these day," said Lisa Blacksher as she emceed the church's anniversary event.
Parishioners engaged in worship and song and dance at evening event. Pastor Charles R. Jones of sister church St. Reed Missionary Baptist in Los Angeles, gave an anniversary message celebrating Temple Missionary's legacy.
What started as a small church in 1938, has now expanded into a well-known African-American-based church in San Bernardino pastored by Raymond Turner.
Temple Missionary also spotlighted its latest historical event. It was on Jan. 6 when it introduced its first Spanish-langauge service in response to better reach-out to the growing Latino community.
"It's exiting to know that we will now be able to share the gospel with our brothers and sisters in their own language," church member Barbara Riley said.
Riley, who shared the church's history with the congregation, said she hoped more good things would continue to come out of the church in its future.
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