Sabbath, Feb. 2, 2013, was a joy filled day for members and friends of the North Knoxville Church. The day included celebration of the church’s 20th anniversary, the paying off of a 10-year mortgage, and a special mission offering to raise funds to build a one-day church.
For months prior to the event, with guidance from the homecoming committee and church board, the church family had worked tirelessly to prepare the church building and grounds, making everything ready for this special Sabbath.
Former pastors and their families came to be part of the day’s activities. Russ Jensen taught an in-depth, thought-provoking Sabbath school lesson. Ted and Jo Dubs shared their gifts with Jo leading music and also singing a solo in the afternoon. Ted provided an inspirational message for the worship service. Paul and Louise Eirich shared about their recent mission trip.
Everyone enjoyed a bountiful fellowship meal before the afternoon program, which included special participation from B.J. Boles, then Augusta First Church pastor; Rick Greve, northern region ministerial director; Charles Young, Georgia-Cumberland Conference undertreasurer; and the local pastor, church treasurer, and head elder. A highlight of the program was burning the mortgage, which had been paid off just a few days before.
As a result of this special Sabbath, the church was rejuvenated and has become even more focused on carrying out the mission to take the gospel to its community and the world.
Written by Bruce Trigg, pastor of the North Knoxville Church