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Pilgrim Church Celebrates Rev John Odams BirthdayPlanning the Surprise

If you're a member of the Pilgrim Church Facebook group, you learned last week that Rev. John Odam's was having a birthday this week, but it's easy to forget amidst the endless details raining on even one day despite our good intentions.

For the devoted members of Pilgrim church, forgetting was never an option. The question was how to have a "surprise" birthday party for the pastor.

Members of the Christian Endeavor Society who run the Browse Thrift Shop and are active in Bible study on Wednesday put the event together.  At the close of every service, a church member speaks about a passage from the Bible or an issue that he/she feels is important for the congregation.

On Sunday, August 19 2012, Geri came up to speak on and on “about nothing.” Come to find out, it was just so others could get their act together to walk in for the surprise “Happy Birthday” cake and singing for Rev. John.

What an Enthusiastic Crowd

What an enthusiastic crowd! Who quickly joined to the adjacent room where tables were set up for the party.  Festooned in balloons and a lovely flower center piece, the room looked like a party.  Rev John sat at the head of the table and everyone waited hungrily for the food to be distributed.

Geri had prepared all the food:  Excellent cold cut sandwiches and macaroni salad with chips on the side and lemon cake for dessert.  Rev John accepted honors for cutting the cake but not until he had received his gifts including a plaque that read: “What part of meow don’t you understand? 
Pilgrim Church Celebrates Rev John Odams Birthday Pilgrim Church Celebrates Rev John Odams Birthday

Matt talked about the upcoming 150th Anniversary Celebration (ongoing) and showed the 150 envelopes being sent out for fundraising and encouraging attendance in the banquet on November 24, 2012.

All in all, a most pleasant and heartwarming day for everyone.  Matt says:  “Take a look at all the birthday party photos on the church’s facebook page and consider joining our Facebook group.”

More Photos on Facebook       http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151356365628222&type=1

Posted: August 19, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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