Written by cycleguy on October 24th, 2016

The church’s 12th anniversary celebration is now history. One service. A packed auditorium (even with over 15 regulars gone). A good spirit. A so-so sermon. ๐Ÿ™‚ A great pitch-in dinner. And a good offering to go toward our new (and modest) youth addition (which will wait until at least the Spring to be started).

It is always strange when things are changed around. Instead of two services at 9:00 and 10:45, we had one at 10:00. We’ve been announcing it for over two months so I’m thinking most, if not all, got the memo. We had every available space used with 155 chairs. The spirit was excellent. We prayed it would be and the folks came expectant and excited. We have some fantastic cooks so the pitch-in was good. My only beef is because I go last-on purpose-there was very little meat left I could eat. Very little anything for that matter. But there was chocolate!! I’m okay with that.

The offering was over $7100. That puts our Youth Addition Fund over $86000. Our goal is $140,000 as we intend on paying cash for the addition. We thank God for His goodness and the generosity of the people.

The sermon was so-so. Ryan and I both preached, with him adding his thoughts from the Youth Pastor side of things. We will need to reevaluate and streamline I think.

All in all it was a “most excellent day.” For those ofย  you who pray for me/us every Sunday, thank you so much! We prayed before everyone showed up that God would be praised and glorified and the fame of his Name would be spread. Our prayers were answered.

I hope to share some of my sermon thoughts over the course of this week with you.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! Happy Anniversary! I sounds like the Holy Spirit was definitely in attendance, and I know it filled you and Ryan to the brim. You are too hard on yourself, but I know that’s just because you want to do the best job possible. Sorry about the food situation ๐Ÿ™ At least you knew most of your church ate well!

    Looking forward to reading some of your words given on Sunday. Have a wonderful week basking in the glow of the festivities!

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    I doubt it was a so-so sermon, friend!

    What a fabulous milestone …

  3. Betty Draper says:

    Sounds like a great day Bill. My husband always goes last at any function where there is food, except in the foreign countries we have lived it because it is rude. Now me on the other hand, well lets just say I believe first come first serve. Not really but, I am usually found in the middle of the line talking to someone who said, thats ok, go ahead of me Betty. Now that is wisdom…

  4. Rodney Olsen says:

    So glad to hear that the day went well. ๐Ÿ™‚