The meeting started on Sunday with dinner on the grounds and an afternoon service. Then Monday thru Friday night we had supper and then the evening services. I am thankful for good liberty to preach and God gave a good response during the invitations. There was lots of good special music provided by folks in the church. It was encouraging to hear the "Amen's" shouted out during the messages. Another blessing was all of the support from several area churches. Each night there were people from other churches in attendance and several pastors from those churches. I am guessing about seven or eight churches supported the meeting through Thursday night.
A special blessing I would like to mention is that on Thursday night Pastor David Dunbar and his wife, Debbie, from Freedom Baptist Church in Auburn, New York came out to the meeting. Bro. Dunbar was my pastor at the church we were in before coming to Old Time Baptist Church in Hamburg. The Lord graciously led him to Auburn and four or five families (including mine) to Old Time. I preached for Pastor Dunbar a couple of years ago and it was good to see them again.
YOUTH RALLY ON FRIDAY
On Friday night the church hosted a youth rally with teens and young people from 21 area churches totaling 157 people attending the service. There was a total of 157 people in the service. Brother Grimes has been at the church for 20 years and he reports that this was a record attendance since he has been the pastor. A skit was put on by the teens of Sempronius as well as some special music. The Lord really helped some folks and people flooded the altar and were down the aisles of the sanctuary during the invitation. Four precious teenagers came forward and trusted Christ and another one was saved afterwards!
There was a time of fellowship, refreshments and a big bonfire after the service and Stacie and I really enjoyed talking with the folks.
Pastor Grimes graciously has invited us back for next year and we are looking forward to returning to Central New York.
PHOTO GALLERY LINK
You can visit the photo gallery from the meeting by CLICKING HERE
|Children's Choir of Sempronius Baptist Church|
|Banner in the front of the sanctuary|
|Sanctuary at Sempronius Baptist Church|
|Pastor Grimes' children playing instruments for the congregational music|
|Pastor Grimes leading the singing|
|Ladies Quartet singing special music|
|Sempronius Baptist Church in the 1940's|
|Sempronius Baptist Church - Sempronius, New York|
|Banner outside the church advertising the meeting|
|This license plate belongs to a fanatic!|
|Evangelist Craig Cobb preaching|
|Pastor David Dunbar (Freedom Baptist Church - Auburn, New York) and Evangelist Craig Cobb|
|Bro. Steve Lonsky playing for the offering|
|Another fanatical license plate!|
|Pastor Dennis Grimes of Sempronius Baptist Church and Evangelist Craig Cobb|
|Teen Choir singing a special|