MOUNT VERNON — Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene celebrated 50 years of ministry on Sunday with a service commemorating the many years of ministering in the community.
Charter members, Karen Burnside, of Mount Vernon, Dr. Charles McCall, of Cleveland, Ruth Shock, of Mount Vernon, and Lisa Tharp, of Mount Vernon were in attendance. Greetings were given by Dr. Henry Spaulding, President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, as well as Rev. Wendell Brown, Superintendent of the North Central Ohio District.
Special music was provided by Gospel Pianist and Singer, Timothy Noble, as he presented The Church Triumphant is alive and well. Pastor Scott Sharpes delivered a sermon in his series on Stories of Faith from Psalm 78 entitled, Come! Let Us Celebrate!
The faithfulness of God in Lakeholm’s past was celebrated.
“What a great day of celebration as we were reminded of God’s continued faithfulness," Pastor Sharpes stated. "As I reflected on the lives that have been changed, I was reminded again that He can give new life to anyone’s life story.”
Long-time member, Karen Bush, raised her family at Lakeholm, along with many other young families, in Bible quizzing, sports, mission trips, youth conferences and many family events.
“The people have always been so special to me ... their stories, often revealed in their Wednesday night testimonies, spoke volumes to me," Bush said. "Their examples of God’s working in their lives gave me confidence that He could and would do the same for me.”
Sharpes shared his gratitude for the opportunity to serve in Mount Vernon, and the church was encouraged to look to the future to what God will do as plans to celebrate all year will bring new partnerships in the community where Lakeholm can make a difference.