BIG SANDY, Texas--Three congregations--the Church of God International, Tyler Sabbath Fellowship and Church of God Big Sandy--combined on Jan. 2, 2010, for a church service and other activities.
The Church of God Big Sandy (CGBS), which usually plans its annual Family Fellowship Weekend for this time of the year, instead played host to the jointly sponsored event in its building just west of town.
"Although many people wanted to see this idea come to fruition, the planning for this activity was undertaken by Charles Groce [president of the Church of God International], Gary Woodring [elder in the Tyler Sabbath Fellowship] and myself," said Dave Havir, pastor of the CGBS.
A roadblock called denial
The schedule began with three seminars. At 1 p.m. Mr. Havir gave a seminar titled "A Roadblock Called Denial."
At 1:30 Mr. Woodring gave his seminar, "How Did Jesus Redeem the Elect From the Realm of Death?" At 2 o'clock Mr. Groce gave a seminar titled "People of Conscience."
The church service, beginning at 3, featured much special music. Summer Mouland of Phoenix, Ariz., sang, and the Tulsa Fellowship Choir, directed by Ray Kurr of Mounds, Okla., performed four selections.
The sermon in the church service was by guest speaker Dennis Mouland, also of Phoenix. His discourse was "One Nail at a Time." His daughter, Summer, sang a song at the end of his sermon.
After the church service the audience enjoyed a potluck meal at tables set up in the hall. A buzz was in the air as people enjoyed the fellowship with the three groups.
At 6:30 a family variety show began, with Mr. Havir as emcee. The sound technicians were Andrew McIver and David Havir III, and the stage manager was Neil McIver.