Monday, September 17, 2012
A Wonderful 20th Anniversary Service!
Yesterday was the 20th Anniversary Celebration of our church, People's Baptist Church!!!
The Lord blessed so richly yesterday! We had 56 people in attendance, with several visitors. Our speaker was Bro. Dane Keely, from Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College. We had our morning service at 10:30, then had a dinner of ham and all the trimmings, followed by another service at 1:15.
Following the morning service, Wes was able to talk personally with one of the couples visiting for the first time. They had expressed an interest in knowing how to be saved, and my husband was able to lead them both to the Lord! Then, after the afternoon service, I was blessed to talk with a young lady who gives a testimony of salvation, but who has been away from the Lord. She wanted to get back in fellowship with God, and she sweetly prayed and asked Him to help her begin serving Him again. These two things - salvation and serving the Lord - are what ministry is all about!
For the past year, we've been planning and saving for a special offering on our anniversary Sunday. I won't go into all the details right now, but we are trying to grow our building fund, so that when the Lord opens a door for a building of our own, we'll have some money to take action. We had that offering yesterday. Our people gave willingly, and we were able to see a nice amount added to our building fund, too!
One highlight, especially for our people, was honoring the founding pastor of People's, Pastor Claude Madle. He was here for 18 years, and he and his family are very dear to our people. We had a beautiful plaque made for him, thanking him for his vision and faithfulness to our church. There were some tears shed, both at the presentation of the plaque and during the testimony time, sweet tears of people who have been faithful right along with their former pastor.
I don't have any pictures today, as I was pretty busy just being there, let alone taking pictures! But several people took some, so hopefully I can get a few to share with you. I'm just so full of thankfulness for how the day turned out that I wanted to tell you about it today, even without pictures!