Meridian, Miss. A local church is celebrating a major milestone.
First Baptist Church in Meridian marks its 175th anniversary next weekend. Starting Monday, Newscenter 11 will bring you a special report, taking a look at the rich history of the congregation that originally started out as a church near Bonita Lakes. Pastor Raymon Leake says it's fascinating to look back at how members served and worshipped all those years ago.
"175 years is a long, long time," Pastor Leake points out. "We had been in existence for 20 years when Abraham Lincoln was elected to be President of the United States. Now, that's really a long, long time ago. There are so many things that we do in order to make what we feel is an appropriate contribution to our community. So we continue that missionary spirit."
Be sure to watch Deana Day's special report on Monday and Tuesday at 5 and 10 p.m.