50 Years

Our identities and futures are shaped by shared defining moment experiences. 

America was forever changed on July 4th, 1776. Other defining dates that shaped who we are today include January 1, 1863; October 24, 1929; December 7, 1941; July 20, 1969; January 24, 1984, and of course September 11, 2001.  

Anyone living when the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation was signed, or when the stock market crashed, or when Pearl Harbor was bombed, or when Armstrong and Baldwin stepped on the moon, or when Steve Jobs introduced the first Apple computer, or when terrorists hijacked the airways and attacked America, knew for good or for ill, they were experiencing an epic, life-changing, world-altering defining moment.  

November 7, 2021 will be an epic, life-changing, Kingdom of God altering, defining great moment for Pathway Church and the One More. 

On November 7, we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary, dedicate our 1,001 seat new space named the “Center” and reclaim the ARC for its original purpose, student ministry, recreation, and serving the community. 

According to Lifeway Research, 75-100 churches close every week. The average new church lives for 2 to 5 years. Only 5 % of the 335,000 churches in the U.S. have a membership of more than 1,000. 

“50 years and still thriving? Really God? Why us? Why this little church in Burleson, Texas? Why a group of ordinary, down-to-earth, broken people who daily don’t get it right? Why have we grown and flourished when so many churches wither and die?  It is only by your undeserved grace, your unmerited favor, and your reckless love. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are honored. We are humbled. We are grateful.”

The 7 Week, 50 Day celebration actually begins on September 18-19 and will culminate on November 7, 2021, with an epic, life-changing, Kingdom of God altering, defining great moment for Pathway Church and the One More.  

The 7 Week, 50 Day celebration will have something for everyone including an Activity Card, weekly history, stories of life change, the unveiling of 7 historical markers, a 50-pint goal blood drive,  a Halloween trunk or treat, a family movie night, a pop-up store with Pathway swag and keepsake giveaways for everyone. 

A new message series, “One More,” and a church-wide small group study will coincide with the 7 week, 50 Day celebration. 

On November 7th, we will conclude 18 years of worshipping in the ARC, host an afternoon party to celebrate 50 years of God’s gracious favor, and have a 30-minute dedication service of the “Center.”  We will begin worshiping in the “Center” the following weekend, November 13 & 14. 

On November 7th, we will take one small step for Pathway Church and a giant leap for the Kingdom of God!  

Our identities and futures are shaped by shared defining moment experiences.  

I hope every one of you will seize the opportunity to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime, epic, life-changing, Kingdom of God-altering, defining great moment for Pathway Church and the One More.

 

I am praying for you. Please pray for Pathway and the One More. 

 

Rick

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