First Baptist Church recently honored the pastoral staff with a pastors appreciation Sunday.
In addition to recognizing the pastors, a surprise anniversary celebration was held for Pastor Dave and Cindy Grotzke. The Grotzkes are celebrating 15 years of ministry at First Baptist Church and Lake Region Christian School.
The Grotzkes were surprised when Pastor Grotzke's two brothers, two of his sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews joined them for the day. Relatives came from California and Montana.
Carol Walker read a tribute to all pastors. Several of the Grotzkes' songs were sung. Pastor Grotzke's brother, Pastor Dean Grotzke, preached during the morning service.
The Grotzkes' children and several nieces and nephews sang a song.
Margaret Newton, secretary at Lake Region Christian School; Betty Wolhert, church secretary; and Bob and Peg Anderson, longtime members of First Baptist, gave notes of appreciation.
Don Walker, chairman of the deacons, presented the Grotzkes with a plaque recognizing their years of ministry, along with a check to use toward the building of their new home. Pastor Verne Grotzke, Pastor Grotzke's brother, ended the afternoon service with a challenge to the congregation.
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