Water baptism illustrates Jesus Christ’s death (going into the water) and resurrection (coming out of the water) and is a public declaration by each person that they believe Jesus Christ is God and their Savior.
Pastor Rigsby baptizes Chuck Norris on July 13, 2008.
Easter Sunday Sarah Umlor was baptized by Pastor Rigsby with Shawn Sammartano assisting.
Resurrection Sunday 2009 included six baptisms!
Pastor Emilio Núñez baptized Alberto November 15, 2009. Alberto was saved 18 years ago at a Billy Graham Crusade. He recently saw the difference between following Christ and being in a religious system and concluded now was the time to be baptized.
The Spanish and English congregations witnessed five baptisms November 15, 2009. What church can claim “we baptized Jesus and Mary?” Jesús and Maria included in their testimony they were saved “because He chose me.” What a blessing!
Pastor Emilio Núñez baptized Alma November 15, 2009. She testified how many excuses kept her from following Jesus Christ in baptism, but no more!
Pastor Emilio Núñez baptized Reyna November 15, 2009. Reyna delayed being baptized many years because of a fear of water. God took away her fear.
These photos are a “photographic memory” of the history and ministry of the church.
One Sunday morning the Junior Department Sunday School stood still long enough to take this photograph. Who do you recognize?
Our own Barbershop Quartet at a Valentine dinner in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Back, L-R: Ralph Abee, John Ozmon, Bill Coffman. In front: Clarke Watt.
This is probably the oldest photo we have. Trustees of “California Missionary Baptist Church” purchased two lots on Perry Road at Fry Street (October 11, 1940) “for the express purpose of organizing a new Baptist Church and Sunday School in Bell Gardens. March 1, 1941 work began on the building. March 9, 1941 a service was held on the floor of the building, 75 friends being present, including five pastors from neighboring Baptist churches. Total cost of the property and building (August 1941): $5327.26.” Who are the people? Unfortunately, we don’t really know which ones are represented in the photo. These are the names of the trustees in 1941. W.B. Eberhart (President), J. Robert Benson (Vice President), Victor S. Kirk (Secretary), E.W. Battelle (Treasurer), A.C. Wall, Charles E. Williams, Ray Dawkins, Ben W. Hull, Clyde Templeman, O.B. Cheevers, H.O. Wright.
The photo is from the 1940s. The boys have received a trophy (looks like basketball). Here are the additional names I was given. Back row (L-R): Bro. Byrd, J.B. Gibson, Ora “Frenchy” French, James Jepsen, Ray Holeman. Front row (L-R): Floyd Eaves, J.W. “Dub” Moore, Bill Holeman. Thanks again to Esther (Byrd) West who sent the digital copy and to Shirley Fryer for the other names and Joyce Holeman’s corrections!
The Mens’ Sunday School Class in the late 1940s or early 1950s. How much has changed since then. Segregated classes. Suit and tie attire. How many of these men can you name?
Adriana Flores (on the left) sent this photo with a “hello” from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. It looks cold!
“In the Good Ol’ Summertime!” This group was on a trek from Poop-out Hill to Dollar Lake over the San Gorgonio summit, down to Plumber Meadow (and past the spooky Mr. Dobb’s cabin—we’ve heard stories!). L-R: David Sheets, Joe Vaughn, Carol Sheets, Renee Orsburn, Bill and Jill Hood, Cheryl Lowman, Guy Brinson, [Cheryl’s sister or friend?], Marge Jepsen.
The children of Escuela Biblica Vacaciones 2010 (Vacation Bible School)
Happy Mother’s Day!
What is it? New carpet in Room 1 and an office. Wild, man!
Does this picture make you think of Revelation 9:2? “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” Taken November 15 when several fires raged in Southern California.
The City of Bell Gardens’ message board says it is hot. If it is this warm in December, what is it like in August?
Jonathan Lopez graduated from high school February 2, 2008. The ceremony was held at Montebello High School. (L-R) James Jepsen, Mike and Berniece Cosgrove, Jonathan Lopez, Jim Covington.
Some of the Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas commemorate the significance of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in a unique and different way. It is called in Spanish a “Quinceañera,” which basically means “(the party of) fifteen years.” Nicole Flores was the honoree Saturday afternoon. In this photo she is surrounded by a few of her friends.
Chuck and Claudia Umlor presented Scarlett Imeda to the Lord last Sunday, March 16, 2008, dedicating her and their family to Him. Sarah and Samantha are happy to have a baby sister.
The cast and others of the Korean youth group sing a closing song after the presentation of their drama at a “Café Night” in April.
Katie Lopez pauses to admire her “dreamy” Sixteenth Birthday cake.
Elizabeth and Teri Lopez pose together after Elizabeth’s High School graduation ceremony August 16, 2008.
By now you have figured out that the big news about the rotted tree is its replacement. Here is one of the two new trees the city of Bell Gardens planted. Imagine what they will look like in a few years!
The last of the church’s trees on the street fell in 2006 (rotted roots). Why am I telling you this? I’ll tell you the reason next time (It’s been a “slow news” week).
At Chris and Maria Karcher’s wedding, April 18, 2009, Maria’s family poses together for a photo.
Michael and his parents graduate from college!
Alex and Ramon (and their parents) graduate from high school!
Adriana Flores with her parents, Raphael and Lila and brother Raffa at Bell High School’s graduation at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Adriana is a co-valedictorian of her class and was awarded the Gates’ Scholarship Award (“full ride” to Dartmouth).
Kairi Kassandra is dedicated to the Lord by her parents Gabriel and Jamie, sister Casey, and brother Kaleb on July 26, 2009.
“School is again in session! If you won’t come to us, we’ll come to you!” Here is one to stretch your memory. A parade float? What was the occasion? Where was this float paraded? What year? Who are the decoraters? I hear the bell, gotta run!
This slide was taken at El Dorado Park, around 1977 and was used in the choir’s performances of “Living Witnesses.” (L-R): Rick Wallach, Loren Brinson, Clarke Watt (behind), Mark Schoenberger, Mike Davison, Jerry Ozmon, (person behind Jerry’s head), (person behind Jerry’s hand), and Ralph Abee.
Early 1980s. Among the many endeavors of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship was making quilts (mostly for Youth Haven Bible Camp in Kentucky and sometimes for others). L-R: Ina Orsburn, Monnie Dailey, Wanda Long, Nellie Rasmussen, Syble Hester, Mildred Moore.
Jennie and her parents graduate from Cal Baptist University, Riverside!
One more old school photo…the year is 1955. How many of these students do you know? I know two (they are my Aunt Shirley and Aunt Phyllis). Do you recognize any changes to the building?
During most of the 1970s and half of the 1980s there was only one place to be on Labor Day Weekend—Rolling J Ranch. There weren’t many pictures and most of these are faded now, but the memories live on. Camping, swimming, horseback riding, shooting, Forty-two, hiking, horse-shoe pitching, BMX biking, snipe hunting, shuttle landings, story-telling, laughing, and popcorn—friendship, family, and fellowship at its best!
The church’s youth choir in the 1970’s was called “SonRise.” Do you want names?
Forest and Nancy Stine were driving through Bell Gardens (several years ago now). Forest was saved and baptized at the church here, then attended BI (as it was known then, Biola) and pastored five churches before retiring. Now, Forest is with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
This photo was labeled ‘Sunday School 1956.’ What do you notice in the picture?
Can you remember when the church house looked like this? Did you enter through these front doors? What other changes do you notice?
Women’s Retreat at Pine Summit in Big Bear
After an unusually cool summer, it has finally warmed up. It is rare for Bell Gardens to reach 100º or more.
This photo was taken in front of Bell Gardens Baptist sometime in the 1940s. Which year? We are not sure—before the addition of the bell tower, curbs, and trees. How many people can you identify?
Earlier this month (April 2008), Pastor Don Slaven retired from First Baptist of Hughson, the church where he and Wanda went to after leaving Bell Gardens. Here is a 1974 newspaper article announcing his arrival as the pastor of Bell Gardens Baptist.
I’m just a flag waving American. That’s my story…and I’m sticking to it!
Monnie Dailey won’t be regularly attending the church anymore. She is moving to Murrieta. It is a bitter-sweet move but we all want God’s best for Monnie. Monnie’s 90?s have been quite adventurous. Last year she sold the only car she ever purchased (1965 VW Bug) and now she has sold the house she bought brand new in 1955.
Donna Rigsby prepares for the church’s seasonal tradition. This year’s Christmas Recital is Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 6:00 PM.