From the Pastor’s Pen – March 2018

The month of February was highlighted by 2 very special events . . . The Souper Bowl of Caring and our 48th annual Celebration of Love Banquet! Words of thanks are unending for the many who made this annual fund-raising soup event a most successful effort that involved hundreds of people, not just from De Soto Baptist, but truly from our entire community.   Headed by the Brownells and Champlains, assisted by dozens of other parents and Youth as well as younger sibblings, the venue made possible by the VFW, with soups and desserts numbering nearly 100, the blessing of more than $10,000 was given the Towner family during this challenging time of healing! This is certainly Christ at work in the world, despite the surprising snow blizzard which paid a visit during Worship time!


Our annual Celebration of Love event benefitting Missions around the world was another gathering of sharing, celebrating, and reaching out in meeting our worldwide call to spread God’s Word and Love. Congratulations are due Debbie & Time Maniez, recognized as King and Queen for their 46 years of marriage! Also recognized were Jerry & Linda Nalley, recognized for being the most recently married! The theme focused on “Being Golden”, with the reminder of what we are in the reality of God’s presence in our lives, especially as we serve, as reminded by the “golden hands” which decorated all tables!


Special thanks for the beautiful golden decorations provided by the Hodges, Joneses, and Queens; and greatly appreciated was the help with serving from 7 Youth! For me as Pastor, this is one of our greatest emphases, as we not only celebrate “ourselves”, but we combine this with Missions outreach. For this I am each year more thankful for the witness of De Soto Baptist in this area. And to the Committee for planning and working, the greatest of appreciation goes to Mary Etta, Richelle Hodges, Rita Jenks, Paula Jones, Linda Lane, Paula Rhodes, and Anita Woywod, Also working along side the women were Fred Jones, Tim Queen, and yours truly – Mary Etta made me add this last one!!


As we celebrate these past weeks, we also look forward through the season of Lent, for which you’ll find a separate article covering this most important season in our Church year. Blessed to serve with each of you ~