Celebrating with Zion Church

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We had breakfast at Main Street Cafe in the tiny town of Durham, KS, where JoLene went to high school.

Today we began a 2-day celebration with Zion Brethren in Christ Church, which is observing its 125th anniversary. Here is the church building, located 6 miles north of Abilene, KS.

This was the first church that I served as pastor, from 1968 to 1974.

Today there was a display of photos and other items from the earlier years of church.  The display was set up in the Talmage Museum and Library.

Our daughters, Sheryl and Melanie, were ages 4 and 2 when we left Zion Church to go to Manor Church in Lancaster, PA.

Saturday evening Howard and Melissa Engle hosted a cookout and hay ride at their pasture.

Sunday, October 21

Zion Church’s celebration continued today with a morning service, a noon meal (outstanding pork barbecue sandwiches) and an afternoon service.

The services featured short talks by church members and previous pastors and music by a men’s quartet and a ladies’ trio. I gave a talk in the afternoon on three things:  Zion’s story while I was pastor here, Zion’s involvement in world missions through the years, and an update about Brethren in Christ World Missions today.

It was a joy to be part of this weekend of celebrating what God has done and anticipating what he will do in the future.

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