Faith Bible Christian Outreach Center in Storm Lake will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on March 30.
Faith Bible began as a Bible study in a rural Newell home. On March 26, 1978 the Bible study group numbering over 50 people formed a church. A year later the church purchased a site five miles north of Newell and constructed a multipurpose building which served as their first worship center. In 1985 Faith Bible purchased the former Harbor House restaurant in Storm Lake, and following remodeling to accommodate the church, began services there in 1986.
The church continued to grow in number as well as outreach ministries. Active youth ministry, a large food pantry serving the needy in the community, a lively contemporary worship service, and a strong Bible-based doctrine were the cornerstones of the church.
In the year 2000, Faith Bible faced the crisis of owning a building on ground they did not own. The landowner being unwilling to sell the land, forced the church to look for another location. In May of 2000, Faith Bible took possession of the former Farber and Ottoman furniture store at 1601 W. Milwaukee Avenue on the west side of Storm Lake.
The building was remodeled and an addition added providing restrooms, foyer and a multipurpose room.
Faith Bible was established 25 years ago as a "House of Prayer" and that continues to be a vital part of the ministry, members said. They presently have a Department of Defense prayer ministry that meets on Tuesday evenings in addition to other weekly services.
Five pastors have served the congregation at Faith Bible, with the present pastor, Loren Carlson, serving the last ten years.
The church will celebrate the anniversary March 30, with a noon meal for the congregation and a program open to the public following at approximately 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.