Happy 17th, Fellowship of San Antonio! It was 17 years ago that we had our first worship gathering in a borrowed church. We did not have a choir or even a name for the church. The name came to us as Mike and I were walking in to start the first worship service. Mary Lou Farmer brought a large antique olive jar the next week so we would have something to put our offerings in. (That is how we started that tradition.) We met in Alamo Heights Christian Church for a year and then moved out to Canyon Springs Golf Course after we secured the original land for the church from Buckner Fanning. Buckner had started a school on this land, and we purchased our original 30 acres. Then later we purchased the rest of the property and assets from the Buckner Fanning Evangelistic Association. We became the landlords of the school, but the school is run independently. For the two years we were at the golf course on Sundays, we worked with an architect, Urban Designs, and began building our building. When we first moved into our building, we were so excited even though we had to hire the Fire Marshall each Sunday for we did not have all the windows installed on the west end looking out from the worship center. We also did not have rock on the outside. But we were in the building! We all became exhausted asking our wonderful people to give, but they did! Even after the cash was put down on our building, and the building loan acquired, we had to finish the building for the things we could not afford to put in the original loan. Volunteers built a great deal, the stage and many other projects. Volunteer gardeners and landscapers began working on the outside to make it a beautiful campus. I look back today and realize the many sacrifices the founding members made in getting to where we are today. They truly laid the foundation for all we currently must use in moving forward on our mission and ministries. Few churches have been so blessed by its beginning members. But those 17 years have paved the way for us to move forward in faith. Look back for inspiration and strength but look forward for all that needs to be done.
Baptism is next Sunday, February 9. If you want to be added to the list and be baptized, let the church office know.
This Sunday I will be preaching from Acts 4:33, WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GREAT CHURCH.