A high school graduation service was held Sunday, May 25, at 1:00 for Sally Sorensen, daughter of Pastor Bob and Darlene Sorensen. The Bethany Baptist Church congregation was joined by members of the Sorensen and Taschner families, and many friends to celebrate this occasion. Sally’s grandparents, Don and Doris Taschner of St. Louis and Jack and Sally Sorensen of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, her brother, Luke Sorensen of Texarkana, Arkansas, and her aunt, Diane (Taschner) Kincaid, of Dakota City, Nebraska all came for the weekend for this celebration.
Pastor Bob and Darlene provided a plentiful lunch at noon for the church, their families, and the friends that had come. The ceremony began with an invocation by Jim Corder. Darlene Sorensen presented a poem, a reading, and a song each reflecting on the journey that has brought Sally to this point and assuring her that when hard times come (and hard times will come) that they would always be there for her.
Pastor Bob also had a poem, “Wings of Knowledge,” and a message from 1 Corinthians 3:13-15. Having established the proper foundation for your life, which is faith in Jesus Christ, you build your life with the materials that you choose. Your building will either be made with wood, hay and stubble, or with gold, silver, and precious stones.
Here was his advice for a strong Christian life. 1. Accept the Bible as the authority for your life. (Psalm 1, Joshua 1:8) 2. Education is a lifelong experience and process. (2 Timothy 3:16, Luke 9:62) 3. Make godly decisions. Look for God’s will. 4. Let your life make God appear visible to others. Spend time in the presence of God. (Ephesians 6:20) 5. Speak the truth always and with boldness. (Acts 4:29) 6. Be yourself. Fulfill your own calling and do not imitate someone else. 7. Never turn back. Don’t allow mistakes to cause you to alter your direction and advancement, when you are on the path the Lord has shown you or doing the work to which Lord has called you.
The ceremony was dismissed with prayer by Adrain Owen.
Some of the Bethany Baptist Church folks attended the Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday. Adrain Owen, who is a veteran of World War II, spoke the opening and closing prayers. Adrain is a long time member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who fell in battle to protect the good life that we have had in America for so long. As Christians we should also remember the Lord who died to give us eternal life. We should remember the old paths that lead to a rest for our souls. We should remember the day we got saved, and not let time cause us to forget that first joy of salvation. If we have become lax in our service for Him, repent and return to the One who will never forget us.