This post is a couple weeks late, but hey, I’m working for a living. Anyways, several weeks ago I officiall installed (all wiring and plumbing included) as pastor at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church. The service was a really amazing one with all kinds of fantastic music and singing and a really meaningful annointing time at the end. I was also really touched by the fact that a lot of my family showed up for the event. I think there were probably 40 extra people in the service because of them. And when the church is only 90 to begin with, that makes a huge difference. Marty Troyer also spoke for the service. I’ve always known that he was a fantastic speaker but I kinda forgot how good. He’s amazing. He spoke on how God is always creating new things and that God is doing a new thing here at PVMC.
There were two big shockers for me that sunday, both of them positive. The first is that there were four of my former youth group kids from Buhler, two of my old sponsors and two of the parents of youth group kids that showed up unexpectedly at the service. They said some truly wonderful things about me that I will always treasure. For anyone who has done pastoral work you’ll know that people in churches don’t exactly give you immediate feedback for the work that you’ve done, especially kids. On top of that, I had a couple of rough times getting things going and in some certain situations. To have these kids come back now and confirm the impact that I had on them still brings tears to my eyes.
The other really cool thing is that PVMC gave me a gift to commemorate the occasion. They gave me a limited edition Anabaptist Icon of Dirk Willems. There are 25 of these things that are in existance. I’m still really blown away by it. It’s an amazing piece of hand done artwork that, for a history nut like me, couldn’t make me happier. This week I hung it up on my wall right next to my tongue screw, shackles and Anabaptist catcher. I’m such a nerd. Seriously though, It’s really cool, stop by and check it out sometime.
Well, here are some other pictures from that day.