Bowman Pentecostal Church of Blue Eye, Mo., will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Raymond L. Lasseter as pastor Oct. 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the church.
In October 1954, the Rev. Lasseter and his wife, Vivian, along with their two children, Raymond Jr. and Brenda, moved from their farm in Mammoth Spring to become spiritual leaders of the small rural church near Blue Eye. Today the Lasseters continue to serve the church and the community at large while continuing to maintain their farm in Mammoth Spring.
Bowman Pentecostal Church, located on Bowman Church Road just off State Highway 86, had its first real home in 1934, when the site and building were purchased from Consolidated School District #6. Prior to the consolidation of Bowman School with the Blue Eye Consolidated School District, members of Bowman Church had met and held worship services in the Bowman School building.
The Rev. Lasseter said he is the second pastor of Bowman Pentecostal Church; the Rev. Clymena Bowling, an evangelist from Crane, was the first.
The Lasseters met Bowling when she held a revival in the Mammoth Spring area, and Lasseter credits Bowling for his family's move to Blue Eye to pastor Bowman Church.
Anyone wishing to share a remembrance during the celebration related to the Lasseters and their service in the community is encouraged to contact Brenda Barclay (417-581-3692) before or during the afternoon of Oct. 23.