Neighborhood Church marks 50th anniversary

Jun 27, 2014 8:48 PM by Rick Carhart

The Neighborhood Church of Chico is one of the largest congregations in town ... with more than 700 churchgoers attending services each Sunday.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the church.
It's a landmark that's hard to miss as you head into Chico from the south, the giant gold dome was the vision of the church's founding pastor, Ken Backlund.
The current lead pastor is Andrew Burchett, who says, "Ken's vision was for neighborhood church to be a blessing to the city and we want to be a church that loves the city well."
Backlund and his wife, Wava, moved to Chico from the bay area in 1964. The church's original location was at 3rd and Pine Streets. It moved to it's current home on Notre Dame Boulevard in the 1970's.
The campus has continued to grow, with new buildings that house Chico Christian School and preschool ... and a spanish-language church.
Dan Foster was the music minister at Neighborhood Church in the 1970's and 80's. He now lives on the east coast, but returned to lead worship at the 50th anniversary celebration this weekend, "We would invite you to come out and join us. We're going to have music from the past and pictures and videos and celebrate the faithfulness of our god in this place that we call Neighborhood Church."
The anniversary celebration takes place Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone who has sung in the church choir is asked to join the choir for the service..
A lunch and rehearsal is planned for noon Saturday, July 28th. ###


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