Just sent the short letter below to the congregation here.
I thought others might like to join us in giving thanks.
It has occurred to me this week that today is the twentieth anniversary of our first public worship service held on April 26th, 1992, in Kokomo.
The previous Lord’s Day, April 19th, our mother congregation in Lafayette had a sending service. Pastor Dave Long preached on “The Resurrection and New Beginnings,” and spoke on how the risen Lord sends out His people to proclaim the gospel across the globe. Several of the elders there gave us charges, and then the 22 people (Tom & Susan Dinkledine Family, David & Jerri Faris Family, Paul Faris, Matt & Karen Parman Family, Barry & Miriam York Family) were sent off with prayers and tears.
The next week we met at the former YWCA building on Sycamore Street as a mission church and conducted our service. Forty-seven people attended as I preached on “Why We have Been Sent” from I Corinthians 2:1-5 regarding preaching Christ crucified. A number of those folks that day were friends and family members, as our average attendance was 35-40 for quite a while. In those days we had one children’s class and a sermon application class for adults, with Fellowship Lunch every week. We worshiped at the YWCA until we moved to our present location in January of 1999.
Thought I would share my reflection of thanksgiving today with you.
“I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” –Psalm 77:11
In His Love,