Homecoming at a small rural church is generally one of the highlights on the calender.  It ranks right up there with the July 4th festival and our Vacation Bible School kick off.  Cottage Grove celebrates homecoming (anniversary day) on the second Sunday of October every  year.  There is a list as long as my leg that has to be taken care of before October arrives.  The Choir prepares for months to lead us in Worship.  A top notch preacher must be secured to fill the pulpit.  Notification to the local paper must be made.  Someone has to be in charge of decorating the fellowship hall.  Someone must get enough paper plates, napkins, cups, and utensils to cover the enormous amount of people who all “come home”.   As I have stated previously, I have to mentally prepare myself to only eat one bowl of banana pudding.  It is a special day.

Cottage Grove explored new territory yesterday.  We had homecoming on the first Sunday in March.  It was the sweetest homecoming that I have ever been apart of.  Payton and Stacy Bullock came home yesterday after being away from us for 6 months.  You can read about their story here and  here. We sang Victory in Jesus and the words seemed to take on new meaning.  James 1:2-4 took on an intensity that burned deep into my soul.  It says:  consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Our church family cried, laughed, and rejoiced together as we celebrated homecoming.

The family welcoming Payton home.    005

What is a homecoming without cake?023

Payton, Stacy, and Katelyn 020

We are all going to pitch in and buy Payton a St. Louis Cardinals sweat shirt.


Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm  Comments Off on Homecoming  
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