MERIDIAN, Idaho—Meridian First Baptist Church celebrated half a century of ministry. Fifty year to the day that the church began, on Feb. 18, 1968, the congregation marked its anniversary with a service focusing on the theme “Founded on the Word—Focused on the World.”

Pastor Randy Cook led the service, which featured congregational singing, a historical overview with a slideshow, and the reading of the church’s covenant. The service also included special music, communion, a baptism, recognition of new members, and a meal.