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Colfax Baptist Church reaches out to community

Harvest Festival set for Oct. 31
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Colfax Baptist Church has a rich history – spanning over 50 years – in the Colfax area. According to Pastor Gary Howard, the church’s mission is “A safe, Christ-centered environment to invest into your family, our community, and beyond.” Seeking to become more active in the community, Colfax Baptist Church hosts a Summer Festival and a Harvest Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 31. This year the church started an after-school Good News Club at Colfax Elementary School. The church offers two different worship services on Sunday. The traditional 9:30 a.m. service includes singing the hymns of the faith. At 11a.m., the contemporary worship service provides a casual atmosphere and includes a full praise team with guitar, keyboard, drums, lead worship leader, and backup vocals. Sandwiched between these two services, at 10:30 a.m., is “Connect,” which allows worshippers an opportunity to mingle with people from both worship services while enjoying a breakfast pastry and a cup of coffee or tea along with music playing for ambiance. Adult Bible studies are offered during both worship services. And nursery care is available for infants to children of the age of four during both services. The church has a children’s Sunday School class for all children during the 9:30 a.m. service and a children’s program called “Slam” during the 11 a.m. service. Colfax Baptist Church services are held Sundays at the Sierra Vista Community Center, located at 55 School St. Howard can be reached at 346-8110 for more information about any of the church’s programs. The community center will also be the site of the Harvest Festival, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Howard is also part of the Pastors and Ministry Leaders Network of the Foothills, which meets weekly to pray for the Foothill community, churches, schools, and for one another. The Foresthill Bridge has come to the ministers’ attention because it has become a final destination for those intending to take their lives. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, area pastors, ministry leaders and prayer intercessors will facilitate a Prayer Meeting & Walk across the bridge to intercede for this tragic situation. “This meeting is not intended to be a public demonstration. Rather, we are demonstrating before our profound concern, seeking God's intervention,” Howard said. – Staff report