Salem celebrates 125 years


Congregation plans July celebration

Salem MB Church, Bridgewater, SD, will celebrate 125 years of ministry in their community July 9-10 with a weekend of worship, food and reminders of a rich history.

The festivities begin Saturday evening with a potluck, exploration of the church’s history, a message and the dedication of a time capsule. Jules Glazer, who is from Salem MB and now serves as president of Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., will speak.

Sunday’s schedule will continue the celebration with reflections from former pastors, a mass choir, an ethnic meal with zwiebach and jam and an offering to benefit the North Carolina MB churches. A catered meal will close the celebration.

Salem began in 1884 when “10 souls” were baptized in the Little Vermillion River near Dolton, SD. By 1900, the growing congregation had dedicated their first church, which served as the center of a farming community. Throughout its history, Salem has been a sending church, commissioning missionaries, church planters and pastors. Among the current ministries with roots in Salem are: Bethel MB Church, Yale, SD; Dinuba (Calif.) MB Church; Emmanuel Church, Onida, SD; and the North Carolina MB churches.

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