Celebrating 15 years! We moved to Paradise High School the first Sunday in June 2005 and celebrated by kicking off Summer in Paradise. I loved it because we all wore Hawaiian shirts! It was another great step of faith in our adventure of following God’s leadership!
We were and are committed to students & children because we believe God has called us to invest in the next generation.
So be very careful how you live. Live wisely, not like fools. I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times. Eph. 5:15-16 ERV
We’re celebrating our 15th birthday this month & enjoying some photos from the past, but our focus is on the INCREDIBLE FUTURE God has for us! We were (and are) blessed by amazing leaders and volunteers. We had an amazing group of people who understood why we exist & showed up week after week to spend Saturday night and Sunday morning setting up at Paradise High School. These people were “All In” and made a huge difference by praying over the services every weekend before they started setting up.
We’re celebrating our 15th Birthday as a church this month. The past is a great way to remember the miracles God has done, but we’re not stuck in the past. We have a great future. Our dreams are huge and we believe God has a great vision for us and even greater miracles to come.
In June, 2006, we had our official ground-breaking. We met as a church to worship and pray over this land. I believe God gave us a promise found in Deuteronomy 5:33 as we looked forward to building on the land and making an impact in Wise County and the World.
In the 2nd half of 2004 we began to look for land and in the process had a chance to meet with James and Shirley Wood where we shared our vision with them. They were excited about what God was doing and James said I’ll sell you land. He made 30 acres (pictured below) available to us and made us a deal we couldn’t refuse. That was the beginning of us finding a permanent home as God continued to provide and bless. We are so thankful for James & Shirley and for God’s blessing!
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Today is officially our 15th Birthday as a church! We’re looking back all month as we look forward to the future and all God has in store for us!
Our first Christmas Production was “A Christmas To Remember” in Dec. 2004. I’m not sure how memorable it was, but we had a great time and got to share the truth about Christmas with over 1000 people. BTW – Elvis has forever left the building.
Celebrating our 15th Birthday this month & looking forward to an even greater future! In 2004-05, we enjoyed celebrating with worship, baptism and homemade ice cream at the Bridgeport Pool as often as possible! We’d baptize in groups or as families because of the numbers of people being baptized!
We’re celebrating our 15th Birthday as a church this month. We’re looking back to celebrate and enjoy a portion of an INCREDIBLE God story through some fun photos – as we look forward to an INCREDIBLE future. We can’t let the past become an idol we hold on to, we must press forward to the future God has for us.
Early years: in addition to the incredible joy we had (and have) at each baptism, it’s also fun to see Russ Burran in this photo with hair!
Celebrating our 15th Birthday this month!
This was our in-house (homemade) mailer for our first Easter together in 2004. I’d met Jerry Burnett in San Angelo in March and invited NEW MERCY to lead worship for us on Easter. It was an amazing Easter as we had 977 people show up and were blown away as we got to share the good news and truth about the resurrection of Jesus Christ with so many people! We also got to see the joy of hundreds of kids who looked like ants clearing a field as they picked up 5000 easter eggs in about a minute.
The crowd was so large at our LEAP YEAR BAPTISM on Feb. 29, 2004, that Jim Cain had to get on the roof of the Kaker’s house in order to capture this historic event!
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One of my favorite photos from 2004. I told our Staff Of Volunteers we needed a baptism team when I first got here. What’s that they asked. I told them we’d need a team to help with all the baptisms I believed we’d celebrate together. Our first baptism after I came as Pastor was our LEAP YEAR BAPTISM on Feb. 29, 2004. It was amazing as we baptized 28 new believers in the Kaker’s pool. Mrs. Rosie Vaught, who prayed for 50 years for a church like Grace to be birthed in Wise County is sitting right at the front of the crowd! She rarely missed a service or a baptism celebration!