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St. Helens Baptist Church celebrates 80 years with special service

The St. Helens Baptist Church is celebrating 80 years of ministering to Columbia County residents with a special memorial service on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m., according to a press release from the church.

As part of the celebration, the church is inviting all former members to attend and share memories of the church. The guest speaker will be Elder Ken Gilchrist, the current pastor of Big Sky Baptist Church in Montana, who was the St. Helens Baptist Church’s pastor in the early 1970s. The celebration will also include a media presentation of the church’s history as well as special music and a sermon, all followed by a home-cooked lunch, the press release states. A pastor from Antioch Baptist Church in Portland established the First Baptist Church in St. Helens on July 12, 1936. Since then, it has had 26 pastors, has changed its name twice, and has had a membership that ranged from a dozen to more than 130 during its peak in the 1980s, according to the release. For more information, contact Pastor Leroy Goodman at 503-397-2874 or visit www.sthelensbaptist.com.