If you have read (or attempted to read) the Bible from Genesis to Revelation then you have probably encountered some of the seemingly mundane biblical text about all of the festivals that God’s people were to observe. There were five primary festivals that the Israelites were to practice. I won’t go into detail about all of those festivals and their individual importance but instead want to highlight one aspect of the festivals. They were meant to be used to take time to remember and celebrate God’s faithfulness. God didn’t have His people do this to simply fill the time but instead because He knew the importance of celebrating and the power it has in our lives to help us remember the faithfulness of God.
On Sunday, August 19 we plan to take time to celebrate and remember God’s faithfulness at FBCER as we honor Pastor Charlie and his family for ten years of ministry here. Our church has been so blessed to have Charlie as our leader these past ten years. Through his leadership we have been able to experience many great things. One of the most obvious is that we aren’t in the same building we were ten years ago. Under Charlie’s leadership God lead us to sell our old building and construct our new campus on Mercy Drive. More importantly, we have seen hundreds of people become disciples of Jesus over the past ten years. Most importantly, Charlie has lead us all to love God, the Bible, and the church.
Not only do we see a pattern of celebration in the Bible but we also see a command to honor our pastors in the Bible as well. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12 we are admonished to respect or honor our pastors. In 1 Timothy we read, “Let the elders [or pastors] who rule well be considered for double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”
Celebrate and honor, that is what we aim to do on Sunday, August 19 as we remember God’s faithfulness in allowing Charlie to serve here for ten years. We hope that you could join us on this special day. Complete details about the days events are list below.
-FBCER Staff (minus Charlie of course)
Pastor Charlie’s Ten Year Anniversary Schedule
- Normal Sunday morning schedule with Charlie’s dad, Arthur Blount, preaching in both services
- 12:15-1:30 Anniversary Reception with finger foods, dessert and refreshments
- If you would like to honor Charlie and his family with a gift of appreciation there will be basket in the reception to place cards with monetary gifts or gift cards