Yakima is Thankful

Yakima is Thankful The strains of “Now Thank We All Our God” rang from the Yakima Church on Nov. 25, 2006, as congregation, brass, organ and piano joyfully expressed thankfulness to God for the year’s blessings. The highlight of the Thanksgiving service was welcoming 12 new members who were baptized or joined by profession of faith Nov. 21 at the conclusion of Lyle Albrecht’s Revelation lectures. Approximately 10 more people were baptized or rebaptized into other local Adventist churches. Each new family received a “welcome” basket made up by the deaconesses containing baked goods, a church directory, Steps to Christ and other items to help acquaint them with the Adventist church, and specifically the Yakima Church. One couple, Lester and Clara Schrader, had watched 3ABN from the time it first aired in Yakima (about eight years ago) and had watched Lyle Albrecht often. When Albrecht came to visit their son, Rod, who had been attending the meetings and was already baptized, Clara Schrader went to the door. When she saw their visitor was Albrecht, she flew out and gave him a big hug, saying, “I can’t believe Lyle Albrecht is at our house!” The Schraders had planned to attend the meetings, but due to illness, hadn’t gone yet. They understood and believed all Adventist teachings, and were baptized on Nov. 21. Praise the Lord! Bonnie Wilkinson Pollard grew up in the Adventist church. She was a baptized member but attended sporadically, partly because her husband, Mike, wasn’t an Adventist. Mike had almost been baptized a few years before but had held back because he felt he had to be perfect before joining the church. Bonnie feels her decision to be rebaptized was influenced greatly by her recent change to morning Bible study, instead of evening as had been her custom. The Pollards have been married 15 years, and Mike had always supported Bonnie in her religion. They faithfully attended the evangelistic meetings, but Mike didn’t decide until after church the day of the baptism that he wanted to take the step and commit his life fully to God. Harry Sharley, senior pastor, and Kris Loewen, intern pastor, along with Yakima Church members, received a great blessing from Lyle Albrecht’s series and faithfully supported him with prayer, time, finances and in other ways. They praise the Lord for the new members added to the Yakima area churches.

Yakima is Thankful

The strains of “Now Thank We All Our God” rang from the Yakima Church on Nov. 25, 2006, as congregation, brass, organ and piano joyfully expressed thankfulness to God for the year’s blessings.

The highlight of the Thanksgiving service was welcoming 12 new members who were baptized or joined by profession of faith Nov. 21 at the conclusion of Lyle Albrecht’s Revelation lectures. Approximately 10 more people were baptized or rebaptized into other local Adventist churches.

Each new family received a “welcome” basket made up by the deaconesses containing baked goods, a church directory, Steps to Christ and other items to help acquaint them with the Adventist church, and specifically the Yakima Church.

One couple, Lester and Clara Schrader, had watched 3ABN from the time it first aired in Yakima (about eight years ago) and had watched Lyle Albrecht often. When Albrecht came to visit their son, Rod, who had been attending the meetings and was already baptized, Clara Schrader went to the door. When she saw their visitor was Albrecht, she flew out and gave him a big hug, saying, “I can’t believe Lyle Albrecht is at our house!”

The Schraders had planned to attend the meetings, but due to illness, hadn’t gone yet. They understood and believed all Adventist teachings, and were baptized on Nov. 21. Praise the Lord!

Bonnie Wilkinson Pollard grew up in the Adventist church. She was a baptized member but attended sporadically, partly because her husband, Mike, wasn’t an Adventist. Mike had almost been baptized a few years before but had held back because he felt he had to be perfect before joining the church.

Bonnie feels her decision to be rebaptized was influenced greatly by her recent change to morning Bible study, instead of evening as had been her custom. The Pollards have been married 15 years, and Mike had always supported Bonnie in her religion. They faithfully attended the evangelistic meetings, but Mike didn’t decide until after church the day of the baptism that he wanted to take the step and commit his life fully to God.

Harry Sharley, senior pastor, and Kris Loewen, intern pastor, along with Yakima Church members, received a great blessing from Lyle Albrecht’s series and faithfully supported him with prayer, time, finances and in other ways. They praise the Lord for the new members added to the Yakima area churches.

February 01, 2007 / Upper Columbia Conference
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