Written by cycleguy on October 27th, 2014

If you read this post, you will know the church I pastor celebrated its 10th anniversary this past Sunday. I chose to post my review of Allen’s short book because I figured I would need the time to process the big day, but also that I needed the time…period.

I would need time to process the really big day.

I would need the time just to take a breather.

Sunday bloomed absolutely beautiful! We could not have asked for a more picturesque day. Sunny. Very little breeze. Low 70s. Perfect cycling anniversary weather. 🙂

It is hard to put into words what one considers a “perfect day.” Okay…not perfect because I did miss seeing a few folks (one of whom was supposed to come and eat lunch with me). 😉

The worship team sang a perfect combination of uptempo (“Happy Day” and “Greater”) songs mixed with two hymns (“Crown Him With Many Crowns” and “I Stand Amazed in the Presence”) and two other worship songs.

People appreciated the backward look of our 10 year history. I had a chance to intersperse some humor in it.

Ryan and I also shared our Mission and Vision for the future. Ryan did a super job.

I had the honor of presenting our building expansion plans since the head of the Building Team does not like to speak in front of crowds. That went over well. I believe the people really appreciated the leadership’s proposal that we not borrow money for the expansion, especially since it would put us in the $6000/month mortgage range.

Ryan, the techgeek, has the podcast on the church’s site and has painstakingly synched my speaking with the building proposal. He said that should be ready around Wednesday.

After that…EAT! Many of us went to the picnic shelter to enjoy the weather and our fellowship. Some old and young played basketball and even had the gall to ask me to play. As if….

I know many of you are not the least bit interested in what we did, but thanks for taking the time to pray for us. If you are interested, you can check out the church’s website for both.

I finished my speech with these words from the Apostle Paul in Gal.6:14: “May I never boast except in the cross of Christ.” That is as it should be.

How was your weekend?


20 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I spent the weekend with my daughter, who definitely has healing powers for me. It was just the two of us like it hasn’t been in a long while. I am glad that you had a memorable weekend and were able to be fully present with your flock, which is as it should be.

  2. Tami Grandi says:

    I so wish I could have been there! I should have taken a personal day for today and come up for the celebration! Love you!

  3. Glynn says:

    Happy anniversary, Bill!

  4. Zee says:

    Our weekend was also good, the weather chilly, but sunshiny. Lots of changed plans, but it was good in the end. We got to meet new soon-to-be relatives (Sam’s baby brother is getting married and we went to meet his future in-laws), rode bikes (we borrowed a usual mountain bike – as opposed to Sam’s fixed gear one – for Sam to ride and went for a little ride around the neighborhood, to get remodeling stuff for the home), went to my church (oh, I missed my pastor’s sermons and the people at that church) and we also voted (it was Sam’s first time voting in Kyiv) 🙂 So, to make it short, we did stuff together and enjoyed each other’s company.

  5. Ben Nelson says:

    Congrats Pastor Bill – great landmark!

  6. David says:

    I had a good weekend as well. My older son attends WSU and it was fathers weekend. So I drove 5-1/2 hours with my younger son on Friday so we could watch the football game on Saturday (they cleaned our clocks) and just enjoyed the rest of time with my boys. The nearly 6 hour drive home – due to traffic and weather – on Sunday was grueling though, but in the end it was all worth it.

    Again, Bill, congrats on the anniversary …

    • cycleguy says:

      Those drives are killers, especially as you get older. 🙂 So glad you took the time to spend it with both your sons. I’m sure it meant a lot. And thanks David.

  7. Praise God! These are the celebrations that build a church family strong and make them know, without a doubt, that this is why they do life together.

    Blessings, Bill …

  8. Betty Draper says:

    Praise God you pastor a church where they can get together enjoy each other. Glad it all went well. We were up in California the weekend, getting to know a young family with some issues. Since one meeting got cancelled we headed home a day early. But not before we heard a good sermon at a church we visited. Now to rest up for the next trip down to San Diego for a week. WE have tons of missionaries all around that area home for furlough. Blessings my brother.

    • cycleguy says:

      And we do like to get together! Especially when there is food involved. 🙂 Seriously, our people don’t care for two services because they don’t get a chance to see and visit like they like to. Glad to hear God used you this weekend Betty and will continue doing so.

  9. Bittersweet. It was my last Sunday at the campground. Now I may not get to preach until May.

  10. Nancy says:

    Perfect Day in everyway. The Lord blessed us!