I am so happy about your selfless, energetic, joyful, service to children in our community through PHCC’s 8th annual Trunk-n-Treat! As a pastor you put a smile on my face and on God’s face! In America it seems like the general public has an opinion that churches are not relevant and are self-centered institutions. Well, PHCC for over 9 years has asked God to help us not fit that box and on Halloween 2010 we saw record participation in a “church event” and did our best to glorify and honor God and serve others in a relevant and memorable way! There were 75 spots for the 1500+ kids to trick-or-treat at. I estimate 3,500 people showed up. At 5:30 I had to start turning people away because I knew with those already in line we would have to “stay open” until 6:30 and our quitting time was scheduled for 6. This event has become one of the premiere regional events for children. There is an article in the Fargo Forum today, and the reporter talked to a family from Pelican Rapids.
The event will expand next year with more vehicles and more games for the children in line. Our challenge is financial support. As we add more cars and more children the amount of candy increases. It is a great “problem” to have! This year we received a $1,000 sponsorship from Sam’s Club and a $500 sponsorship from State Bank and Trust. Through Microsoft Matched Giving by Microsoft employees we also received financial support. My goal next year is to find another $2,500 in business or individual sponsorship to help grow the event. If you have any ideas to help with this please let me know! After hearing the stories of so many people as I visited with them in line I know this event is impacting our region for God and I believe in it.
Teri Hauser, who helps organize the behind-the-scenes administration with this event, asked me to share a note of thanks with you: “THANK YOU to everyone who helped with Trunk-n-Treat (those who brought candy, prayed for the event and the weather, brought your car, helped with setup, helped with refreshments, encouraged the event in so many ways)!! As I was driving home last night after Trunk-n-Treat, the song God of this City came on the radio and I was reminded that is EXACTLY why we have Trunk-n-Treat, because greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city and being able to share Christ with this community is an AMAZING experience. Can’t wait for next year!”
Weekend Worship Service:
Pastor Dan gave us an outstanding summary of the spiritual growth path given to us in Romans chapter 12. We celebrated Chris Brown’s baptism with a standing ovation! There are 2 reasons I do what I do: #1, God called me and #2, changed lives. We are seeing God change lives in record numbers at Prairie Heights. Not a Sunday goes by that I do not meet 10-15 people for the first time in my life and not a Sunday goes by when I do not hear about the powerful work God is doing in someone’s life.
Sunday, Nov 7th
Now that we all have learned and grown from Romans chapter 12, this Sunday we are going to take one week and look at “How can we pass faith on to our children and future generations.”
See you on Sunday at the fabulous Fargodome!