Daily Archives: February 9, 2015

In the Flow of Life….

This Friday evening at 6:30 will be our adult banquet. I hope you plan to come have a meal with us! Cindy is still giving away tickets {No cost, so please call the church office to reserve your place} so we will be better able to prepare the proper amount of food. Gary Jones and his crew will be cooking and our youth have agreed to serve our meal for us, so dress up just a little, bring your appetite with you and your friend{s} to share an evening with us in fellowship!
Just over two years ago Gary and Earleen Castleberry visited our church. I had not seen them for a very long time, but had known Gary since the early 1980’s. He has been a pastor of Baptist Churches most of the time I had known him and actually preached revival services in a couple of his churches. After the service I sat down with him and caught up on what had been going on in his life and found that he had just lost his Pastorate in Lawton some months before and was struggling to find a new place of service.
Having no income and no home and us having a vacant parsonage, our church family opened their hearts to this couple and gave them a place to live until Gary could find a new place of service…as most of you know, he is a good preacher and Earleen is a tremendous help meet for him as she has taught classes, worked as our secretary and they have been involved in almost every facet of the church. We have provided Gary an income supplemental to his Social Security and school bus driving job, to make a living while the church provided a home and utilities these past two years, all the while praying and hoping that they would soon find a place for Gary to express his gifts as a pastor. Together he and Earleen have become very much a part of our church family and have blessed many of us!
Sunday evening we announced to the church family that Bro. Gary Castleberry has been called to a church in Indiahoma, OK to be their pastor. This is the town one of their daughters lives in and they had settled on making it their home. While they were there a few weeks ago Gary met with some people he had known back in the 1980’s that lived there and well, as they say, the rest is history! They will live in a parsonage for a while until they purchase their own home. We rejoice with them in their new call and ministry! We have enjoyed having Gary and Earleen with us this past two years and wish them the greatest days of their life as they serve the Lord together there having their daughter and family nearby. We will have a fellowship for them Sunday evening February 22 to send them off to their new place of service. I hope you will be there to wish them well as they leave to their new place of service.

I am grieved to report that I received a message last night late that John and Leah Marks’ overdue, expected baby did not survive. Details are not known but I know they need your prayers today and in the days ahead. This will be a very difficult time for their whole family so please pray for them. Bro. Wayne