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Sunday, November 11, 2012

21 Year Pastoral Anniversary at Life Tabernacle of Sanger

(This photo was taken sometime in the first few weeks of our coming to Life Tabernacle - November 1991
Dean was 33 and I was 24)


Celebrating our 21 Year Pastoral Anniversary at Life Tabernacle -Sanger!  A lifetime...of memories and an incredible church family!  


What started as a brief post on facebook became a chapter!! My mind started meandering through time... and even with all of this, I'm sure I've forgotten many things... these memories were just what came to mind as I remembered... people... places... names... faces…

Time... seconds... minutes... hours... days... weeks... months... years...

Lives changed... souls saved... Baptisms… gifts given and received… meals shared… moments shared… help given and received… bridal showers... baby showers... weddings... babies born... Dedications by the dozens... funerals... people moving here and people moving away...  revivals... events by the hundreds... tens of thousands of songs sang… songs learned… songs taught… songs written… special songs... solos... ladies groups... men's groups... Youth Chorales... Musicians and musician training... Praise Teams... LT Choir... Choir Clinic and Music Workshops... dramas... plays... singspirations... classes... retreats... outreach seminars... sunday school seminars... phone ministry... dinner ministry... Garden Parties... Youth Parties...

People... people... people...

Planning Retreats and Monthly Planning Councils... Vineyards... Home Friendship Groups... Cadet Ministry... Ushers... Hostesses... Bus Ministry...  Fund raisers - Grape Bowl, Holiday Fudge, enchilada plates, tamale sales, Toyland Parade floats and sales, Sunday Dinner Sales & Sweetheart Baskets just to name a few...

Working... working... working...

Exciting Services full of life...Triathlon Services (only for the STRONG!!)... deep services... high services... crazy praise services... 21 Shepherd's Day events... Homecoming Anniversary Services... Mother's Days and Fathers' Days... Patriotic Services... Bi-lingual Services... Thanksgiving Services... Spanish Services... Missionary Services... Missions Sundays... Faith Promise Services... Watch-night Services... foot washing... communion... 

Banquets... Get A Life Youth Conferences... Harvest Parties... Night of Judah... Sunday School Promo Events... Memorial Day Picnics... Tuesday Morning Ladies Prayer Meetings... Christmas Parties... End of the Year Events... Gift Exchanges... Cookie Exchanges... Married Sweetheart Banquets... Leadership Training and Retreats... Marriage Retreats and Seminars... hospital visits... court visits... pastoral care and counseling... pre-marriage counseling sessions... mid-week Bible studies by the thousands... life impacting messages by the thousands... consistent & anointed Pastoral Preaching and teaching... thousands of hours of study and sermon preparation... notes taken...   

Praying... praying...praying...  

Offerings received... payments made... bills paid...property purchased... Building Funds pledged and raised...and still being raised... business meeting... record keeping... tax forms... legal documents... membership  records... contribution records... files ... files... files... computers and church software... audits... budgets... banking... office supplies... kitchen supplies... bathroom supplies unending!... cleaning supplies... weekly and quarterly church cleaning and scheduling... sound and media equipment... tables... chairs... carpet... pews... remodeling... maintenance... heat & air units...  baptismal tanks... musical instruments... departmental supplies... hospitality baskets... church decorating... event decorating... cooking... cleaning... organizing... rearranging... rethinking... reevaluating... 

Planning... planning... planning...

Now my mind is now a whirl of time... memories crashing into moments...

Laughter... tears... joy... sorrow... life... death... salvation... deliverance... friendships made... love... disappointment... excitement... frustration... abundance... lean times... mountains high... valleys low...

we've aged... fine lines... wrinkles here & there... streaks of silver... growing older...

Reaching... reaching... reaching...

The world has changed around us... political leaders come and gone... cultural and generational transformations, as well as, degeneration... Life's face has taken many forms...

Hoping... hoping... hoping...

Sitting around with generation after generation... listening to their hopes and dreams... discussing the Word of God... experiencing the spiritual... encouraging personal responsibility... stressing the importance of a relationship with their Heavenly Father... watching... trying to guide... trying to protect... hopeful... proud... 

Loving... loving... loving...

Thank you for the love and support you've shown our family… for including us when family was far away… loving my children since the beginning… hanging out at my home with the youth just because you wanted to… sharing our table on Sunday afternoons and meeting us at Starbucks or our backyard for Sunday Evening talks… hanging out at our campfire just because you like to… making me laugh… and laugh… and laugh… (not only do I love it but I needed it!)

Living… living… living...

Years... months... weeks... days... hours... minutes... seconds...

Life at Life Tabernacle...


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