Pastor Carl Kennedy welcomes people to Sunday worship, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. The church was first organized on a Saturday, May 9, 1855, by missionaries from Kentucky. The building that today hosts its activity was erected in 1858.
Pastor Carl Kennedy welcomes people to Sunday worship, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. The church was first organized on a Saturday, May 9, 1855, by missionaries from Kentucky. The building that today hosts its activity was erected in 1858.
 Robin Anderson, 29, directs the choir of the Bethel Baptist Church, accompanied by pianist Audra Sergel, in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. Anderson has been the music director of the church for three years. When she’s not directing, she’s putting together songs for the choir and performances on Sundays in front of tens of worshipers.
Robin Anderson, 29, directs the choir of the Bethel Baptist Church, accompanied by pianist Audra Sergel, in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. Anderson has been the music director of the church since 2013. When she’s not directing, she’s putting together songs for the group and performances on Sundays in front of tens of worshipers.
Robin Anderson, 29, music director of the church, is thinking about the MRI that she will have tomorrow, resting on a chair between songs at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. The pastor asked all worshipers to pray for Anderson’s health, as she would soon find out if she needs to undergo a complicated knee surgery.
Robin Anderson, 29, music director of the church, rests between songs at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. The pastor asked all worshipers to pray for Anderson’s health, as she would soon find out if she needs to undergo knee surgery in the following weeks.
Bill, also called Billy Bob or William Robert, is waiting for the musical performance at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, to be over. Bill serves as guide dog for one of the members of the choir and accompanies her at every rehearsal and concert.
Bill, also called Billy Bob or William Robert, is waiting for the musical performance at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, to be over. Bill is the guide dog of one of the members of the choir and comes to every rehearsal and concert.
Worshipers applaud the pastor’s sermon and the choir singing gospel song “Every Praise”, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. Tens of people attend the church service every Sunday and sing worship songs together with the choir.
Worshipers applaud the pastor’s sermon and the choir singing gospel song “Every Praise”, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., Sept. 27, 2015. Tens of people attend the church service every Sunday and sing worship songs together with the choir.

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