Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Our Mission: To Re-Present Jesus Christ In Our Community And Beyond
TWO YEARS AGO
By Pastor Dennis Felder
 
Do you know where you were November 1, 2015? I certainly do. It was a highlight of my life. It was on this date when I stood before Upper Seneca Baptist Church and was selected by this gracious congregation to become your next Pastor. It was an emotional day for me as you affirmed me as your new shepherd.
A lot has happened in these two years. We have celebrated together, we have grieved together, we have laughed together, we have grown together, but most of all we have been faithful to our calling together.
 
I just want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for such a loving church and caring people. Each one of you have expressed such great kindness to me and my family. You have laughed at my jokes when they were not very funny, you have been very patient with me as I have lead the church into uncharted waters, but most of all, you have accepted my family and me with such wonderful love. My soul is always touched by your warm-heartedness and encouraging words. Your support has been unwavering and for this I am forever grateful.
 
These last two years have been a testimony about how God’s people can do the impossible. As I survey the last two years at USBC, it is amazing what God has accomplished through our service and commitment. It has been a thrilling and, at times, an unpredictable ride. However, these new steps have allowed us to step out of our comfort zones to learn something new about each other and something wonderful about our Savior. I am glad that our exhilarating ride did not come to a screeching end. As a matter of fact, it is just beginning.
 
So, hold on tight because we are just getting started. You see, the rewarding journey will never cease if we stay focused, committed, and faithful to our task. Paul reminds us in Hebrews 12:1-2a, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. …”