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May 1, 1998

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The children's choir at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold, presented a musical Sunday called ``The Troubbable of Zerubbabel," by William Anderson.

The setting of the musical is found in the Old Testament Book of Ezra. The musical retells the story of the return of the exiles to Jerusalem from their Babylonian captivity. Their purpose was to rebuild the temple, which had been destroyed 70 years earlier.

Sandra Walton, associate pastor, said the play was symbolic for the congregation because it, too, will be undertaking a building project as the church expands.

The church will be adding a large addition with a multi-purpose room, a kitchen and eight classrooms. Walton expects the addition to be complete in late winter or early spring of next year.

The extra space will help the church expand its ministry.

``Our church has a friendly and inviting congregation that seeks to take the message of God's love and salvation to the whole community.''

In addition to its ministry, the 220-member congregation is active in community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK).

The church, located in Lawrence since 1855, is an American Baptist Church. The first of its two Sunday morning services is more informal, while the second is more formal and traditional.

``We are seeking to make traditional worship dynamic,'' said Walton, who has been at the church for five years. ``As a denomination, Baptists have a very diverse population. We try to celebrate our diversity, and worship is one of the ways we can do this.''

-- Regina Cassell's phone message number is 832-7189. Her e-mail address is rcassell@ljworld.com.

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