“I’m exited to see such a beautiful group today,” said Willie Henley, a member of the Kiwanis Club’s human and spiritual values committee, about the pastors and staff members in attendance. “We appreciate you. Without you being in this community, this community wouldn’t be what it is now.”
Fourteen churches were represented at the event, and fellow committee member Grace English welcomed each church individually.
Then the day’s guest speaker, Rock Springs Church Senior Pastor Benny Tate, took the stage.
Among some humorous and more serious remarks, Tate — a Tennessee native who came to Milner about 20 years ago — said that if people could ask God just one question, most would want to know why they are here.
Even better questions, however, would be to ask who they are or where they came from, he said.
“God made you just the way you are. You don’t have to be anyone else,” Tate said. “God made each of us uniquely. I’d like to tell you that I’m always thinking about God, but I’m not. God is always thinking about us. We have God’s attention.”
The churches represented at the Pastor/Staff Appreciation Day, were Eagle’s Way Church, Christ Chapel Community Church, Crestview Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Journey Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Second Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Rock Springs Church, Oak Hill Baptist Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Assembly of God.