Sunday May 29th Emmanuel Baptist Church in Elkhorn celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Paul Vawter is the pastor of this local church ministry. Former pastors Richard Eckman and Victor Koshir both with their wives were able to attend as well. Charlene Rice who was a former member and then became the wife of the church founder, Grant Rice, was able to attend as well.
The church hosted an outdoor open house on Saturday afternoon with many friends, neighbors and area pastors coming to share in the fellowship. On Sunday the Sunday School hour was an electronic presentation of the church’s history including pictures and a video clip from the past, which was researched and complied by church member, Greg Saucerman. Pastor Paul Vawter preached for the AM Service to a full auditorium. Following the service all present enjoyed a catered meal in the church fellowship hall.
Sunday afternoon was a time of special presentations which I was privileged to open in prayer. Former member James Stone, who is currently a Petty Officer First Class stationed on Guam, came and presented the three pastors with commemorative coins from Guam, a flag for the church flown over his base and a certificate of official recognition by the base commander in Guam. Pastor Eckman shared memories of this nineteen years of ministry in Elkhorn including the church initial organization and building program. Pastor Koshir also give his memories and preached a challenge on the importance of faithfulness. Pastor Paul Vawter closed the service with a few words of final challenge. Area pastor, Steve Hollenbeck, gave the closing prayer. A cake fellowship followed in the church fellowship hall. It was a great day of celebration, meeting former friends and acquaintances and spiritual challenge. Thank God for a wonderful heritage in Christ.