Battle Lake Church Homecoming 2016

Of a once active rural community with two sawmills, a post office, general store and blacksmith shop, the only edifice surviving from...

  • Aug. 10, 2016 6:00 a.m.

It’s been 100 years since the Battle Lake Church was built.

Submitted by Eve Finlay

Of a once active rural community with two sawmills, a post office, general store and blacksmith shop, the only edifice surviving from that era is the original Battle Lake Community Baptist Church building. But the congregation is alive and well, meeting Sundays and Wednesdays in their new building across the street on the Battle Lake Trail.

To celebrate its century-long history, Battle Lake Church is hosting a homecoming celebration on August 19-21. Much of its history has been compiled and will be displayed at the event. “It’s been a long and colourful history,” said Erwin Buchholz, pastor of Battle Lake church for just over two years. “Since we moved here, we have had the privilege of meeting second-generation pioneers who kept things going through good times and hard times. We owe a debt of gratitude to these people.”

The focus of the celebration is thanksgiving, first to God for his faithfulness, but also to our pioneers. “We’re not always consistent but God is,” said Buchholz. “We are who we are today because of men and women who served in the past. That’s why we’re thankful.”

The main event will be Saturday, Aug. 20. Registration is at 1 p.m. followed by a service of thanksgiving, a dinner and finally entertainment from local musicians. On-site camping is available Friday through Sunday for those wishing to camp. A campfire and sing-along will be held on Friday evening, and a pancake breakfast will be served on Sunday morning.

The organizing committee has tried to be in contact with everyone and anyone who was part of the history of Battle Lake Church. “We tried to connect with everyone but of course that’s just not possible,” said one of the organizers. “We hope people will understand if they didn’t get a personal invitation, and that they know they are all welcome to attend.”

More information about Homecoming 2016 is available by contacting Erwin Buchholz at 780-361-7015 (phone or text), or email at ebuchholz@live.ca.

 

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