Niagara Gazette

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March 24, 2014

HIGGS: First Baptist Church continues to grow

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Niagara Gazette — Many celebrations of various anniversaries were held and highlighted in the Niagara Gazette. The 125th rated a special section in the Nov. 12, 1967 edition. Many photographs were shown dating back to 1931 of the various pastors and church members.

I met Hazel Baxter through the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary a while back and remembered she was a member at the First Baptist Church. She told me she was baptized back in 1945 by then Rev. Charles Rufus Osborn and has remained steadfast since that time. She directed me to Flood who has assisted in the information gathering.

We have learned about the early beginnings in 1849 when 13 members met at a private residence, to the original formal church building at First Street near Main and finally to the building we see today at Fourth and Main that has become a beautiful city landmark. We should stop and thank these loyal members who have taken the steps necessary to keep this building safe and sound for generations to come. The current pastor is Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette along with licensed lay minister, Mrs. Kathleen A. Ordiway.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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