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Iím thankful for a lot of things. Iím grateful for my family,
friends, good health and that I live in a free country. Sometimes
I wish computers had never been invented, but most of the time, Iím thankful
that I live in this age where technology makes my job so much easier than
it was even 25 years ago.
Often we talk about how thankful we are for our church.
Iíve noticed over the past few years that we are constantly mentioning
and honoring our military families who are such a blessing to our church
and lately weíve said a lot about the new Spanish-speaking congregation
and how theyíve made a difference in our community outreach. Every
year you good people honor our family and express your appreciation to
us on our anniversary, but there is a group that we never honorĖour locals.
They are the ones who made the decision 40 years or so ago to
open the doors and the church to the military families. Long after
many of their children where grown, they voted to give up their fellowship
hall space so the church could have more room for preschoolers. They
were the ones who supported my going back to school to learn Spanish so
we could reach Spanish-speaking people and many of them took up the slack
of what I couldnít do because I was devoting time to this mission effort.
Our locals are the ones who willingly step down from a ministry position
when someone joins the church who wants to serve in that capacity and they
are the ones who often double and triple their ministry efforts when we
So today, we honor our locals and say thank you to them for their
faithfulness. Thank you for your vision that captivated my heart
over six years ago when you asked me to come and lead you. Thank
you for your flexibility. But most of all, thank you for never complaining
while we honored everyone else, but never honored you.
Let me say, Iím honored to serve with you. May our church
always have the sweet fellowship that we enjoy today. Not because
we are the same, but because we serve the same Lord.
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