Those worshipping at Valley last Sunday were blessed by a presentation from Charles Dunning. Charles walked us through the growth of Valley Baptist Church. One of the scenes he showed and explained was the group of people in 1963 breaking ground for the first building on this property. Charles and Beth were two of the people in that picture.
Charles went on to share his conviction that this next building addition, which will include a new worship center, is as important a step as that taken by this first group of people. Another thing I have heard Charles say on many occasions over the past few years is that what is happening at Valley now is what these people have spent years praying for. I was sitting with a charter member of Valley at our 50th Anniversary celebration a few years ago. He spoke with a sense of awe about what he observed God doing in the Valley church family. I received word this week that he has entered hospice care. The founding pastor of Valley Baptist Church, Byron Epps, passed away last year. This is a clear reminder to me of how important it is to carry on the faithful legacy of those who have gone before us.
THIS Sunday, March 24th will be our celebration Sunday where the gifts and pledges toward the new construction will be revealed. We have a catered meal planned just after the second worship service. This will be a moment when we see the faithfulness of God’s people taking what God has placed in our hands in order to be blessed by giving back to Him.