KEOKUK (WGEM) – Keokuk First Baptist Church is celebrating 175 years of worship after its founding in the 1800s.
They made some changes to the building over the years, but its current place of worship was built in 1908.
The church helps the community by organizing food drives once a month, organizing blood drives and lending a helping hand to anyone in need.
Pastor Bob Brandhagen said that with a history dating back to all of America’s major wars, his church is doing everything it can to earn the respect and care of the Keokuk community.
“World War II, we were here, World War I, we were here, Civil War, some of our men didn’t come back,” Brandhagen said. “We’ve been here all this time, so I think we’ve kind of gained the respect of the community because we’ve been here a long time and we’re trying to help.”
Brandhagen said that in addition to upcoming anniversary celebration events, he invites you to come to their regular church services.
These take place at 9am and 10am on Sundays.
The First Baptist Church has many events planned for its anniversary.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 23, there will be a party at Keokuk Church.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, there will be a concert at the Rand Park Pavillion in Keokuk.
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, the regularly scheduled Sunday School hour will be replaced with a testimony by Nashville musician Jamey Simmons followed by worship.
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