Anniversary Sunday 2009

It's been a busy week here at our house, so I'm just now getting the photos up from Anniversary Sunday. Each year we celebrate my father-in-law's anniversary of coming to pastor our church and have a homecoming-type service like you would have at a smaller country church. This year marks his 38th year as our pastor. We had a record attendance of 4,142 in Sunday school with over 1,300 riding the buses, more than double our regular attendance. 173 people trusted Christ as their Saviour around the property in services being held for children, teens, and adults. We have since heard reports of more people getting saved later in the day as workers had a chance to talk more in-depth with them. I spent the Sunday school hour under a big tent with all of the teens. We had so many that we had to open up the back of the tent to accommodate everyone. You would think that there would be chaos with close to 500 teens, but they were very well behaved. :) After Sunday school I headed over to the main auditorium and listened to my husband preach a great salvation message. It was so exciting to see people walk the aisle during the invitation. Several folks were also baptized. You could really feel the Holy Spirit working! After the preaching service there was a big party on the football field that included rides, games, and free food. The kids had a blast! I mostly supervised 'Lil Nut and Curly Girl; Bookworm and Mickey were able to fend for themselves. :)
Here come the buses!
The calm before the storm.
We had Teen Church under the big tent.
Fun at the bus party.
The teens played a game to see who could eat the most Star Crunches.
Some of our volunteers in the food tent.
Lil' Nut playing a game.
Curly Girl was so excited to have her teacher paint her face. She was a tiger. Grrrr.
Curly Girl and Grandpa
Daddy with two of his favorite girls.
If I could sum up the day in one word, it would be FAITHFULNESS. We have been blessed with a faithful pastor who has preached the word of God without compromise for so many years. His ministry reaches around the world, yet he is a very humble man. We also have so many faithful church members who worked hard to get folks to church, participated in a 72-hour prayer chain, and volunteered in so many ways to help out. Most of all, we serve a God who is faithful, and all the glory goes to Him.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Anniversary Sunday 2009
It's been a busy week here at our house, so I'm just now getting the photos up from Anniversary Sunday. Each year we celebrate my father-in-law's anniversary of coming to pastor our church and have a homecoming-type service like you would have at a smaller country church. This year marks his 38th year as our pastor. We had a record attendance of 4,142 in Sunday school with over 1,300 riding the buses, more than double our regular attendance. 173 people trusted Christ as their Saviour around the property in services being held for children, teens, and adults. We have since heard reports of more people getting saved later in the day as workers had a chance to talk more in-depth with them. I spent the Sunday school hour under a big tent with all of the teens. We had so many that we had to open up the back of the tent to accommodate everyone. You would think that there would be chaos with close to 500 teens, but they were very well behaved. :) After Sunday school I headed over to the main auditorium and listened to my husband preach a great salvation message. It was so exciting to see people walk the aisle during the invitation. Several folks were also baptized. You could really feel the Holy Spirit working! After the preaching service there was a big party on the football field that included rides, games, and free food. The kids had a blast! I mostly supervised 'Lil Nut and Curly Girl; Bookworm and Mickey were able to fend for themselves. :)
Here come the buses!
The calm before the storm.
We had Teen Church under the big tent.
Fun at the bus party.
The teens played a game to see who could eat the most Star Crunches.
Some of our volunteers in the food tent.
Lil' Nut playing a game.
Curly Girl was so excited to have her teacher paint her face. She was a tiger. Grrrr.
Curly Girl and Grandpa
Daddy with two of his favorite girls.
If I could sum up the day in one word, it would be FAITHFULNESS. We have been blessed with a faithful pastor who has preached the word of God without compromise for so many years. His ministry reaches around the world, yet he is a very humble man. We also have so many faithful church members who worked hard to get folks to church, participated in a 72-hour prayer chain, and volunteered in so many ways to help out. Most of all, we serve a God who is faithful, and all the glory goes to Him.

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9 Comments:
Blogger Tobitha said...
Praise the Lord! How do you like living in Florida?

Blogger Valerie said...
Praise the Lord for a wonderful Anniversary service! It looked like lots of fun. :)Congratulations to your pastor for38 years of ministry!

Blogger Heather B. said...
Amazing! What a beautiful sight to see all those folks and hear what the Lord has done!

Blogger Mommy said...
Looks like a fun and extremely busy day. I remember how exhausting it was!

Blogger ~Karen~ said...
You are truly blessed!

Blogger Pam said...
Wow! Praise the Lord for those saved souls and for the Faithfulness of His saints!
I heard a rumor once, I think form my dad. Maybe you could tell me "yea" or "nay" on it?? Was your Father In Law once a race car driver?
Oh and I've been meaning to mention to you that I've been to your gym many times. My sister, Rita, was once a cheerleader for the college basketball team when Pete Nickerbacher played. I've also been there to watch my little brother play basketball in competition against your christian school there. Then more recent years, I was there to watch my own son play basketball there against the Christian school team. I have many photos of us in your gymnasium!!

Blogger Faith said...
Glory to God!
How wonderful our Lord is in providing this church for you! The teen tent thing is awesome! You are wonderfully blessed.

Blogger Nancy M. said...
What great blessings! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness..
Thank you to all who took part in this.

Blogger Arlene said...
What an incredible service you guys had! Praise the Lord!

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