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Pondering From the Pastor

Dear Friends at Lake Eunice,

Finally spring has sprung! It has been so nice to see the lakes open up and all the wildlife returning. In a week or two we will face mowing grass and weeding gardens. I have seen the beginning of spring planting by area farmers going on. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing the land come to life after a long winter.

            It sure was a fun time at the wild game feed last Saturday with all the tasty wild game dishes. Many thanks go to all those who worked so hard to put on such a wonderful event. Next month we will celebrate 125 years of God’s faithfulness to us at Lake Eunice. As we are busy putting plans together, getting history books rewritten and updated, new directories are in the works, I marvel at all the wonderful ministries that are ongoing here at Lake Eunice. What a joy it is to be a part of such an active church. May God continue to use us for many, many more years to come. We stand on tall shoulders of those faithful people who kept this church going years ago when I first started coming to this church, times were really lean back then and it was feared that the church might close. Those faithful men and women didn’t want to give up, and called another pastor who helped to church grow to the point that soon an addition was needed. Most of those prayer warriors from back then have now gone to their eternal rest and they have passed the baton on to us. May we be as faithful to pass the baton to the next generation who will lead us into the future.

 In Hebrews 11 which is often called the halls of faith in the bible, lists off many, many faithful people who served the Lord down through the centuries, some were severely persecuted for their faith, and many of them were put to death. Hebrews 12:1-2 begins with, “Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin which so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Were those old time saints at Lake Eunice perfect? By no means! Just like those saints in the Hebrews 11 weren’t perfect either. And although none of us are perfect, that doesn’t mean we cannot be faithful and glorify Jesus by how we live our lives here in church, on the job, in our homes, and in our communities. Although we are 125 years old, we are far from the oldest church in America some of which were founded in the 1620’s and still have active congregations. We have much work to do in the community we live in, may we be faithful until Jesus comes! P. Dale