Do you ever think about history? Some of us are ardent students of the past, while others of us are only concerned with the past as it applies to us personally. I would venture to say that if you have ever been in a history class that at some point the teacher sought to teach you the importance of studying history. The more I learn, the more I understand the importance of having a solid grasp of history. Understanding our history is a step in understanding our identity. The implications of that statement are many. So why am I talking about history here? Well, this is a significant time in the life of our church. On June 2, 1979 Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church became a “particular” church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod. On August 19, 1979 we moved into the facility here on Yellow Springs Road. We have been a congregation now meeting in this facility for the past 35 years. It is important for us to recognize and celebrate what God has done in and through this congregation over those years.

We are planning to celebrate our 35th Anniversary on Sunday, August 17th with a dinner and worship service. I hope you will make plans to come out and participate in that celebration. It is a celebration for you the member or regular attender of the church because without you we would not be a church. The church is the people not the place, so it is fitting to celebrate 35 years together as the family of God that just happens to meet here on Yellow Springs Road. In those 35 years there have been four pastors beginning with Jack Skeen who was followed by George Miller, then Jim Knight and finally me, John Armstrong. Pastors and people come and go, but there are some of you who still remember Jack Skeen and even more of you that remember George Miller and Jim Knight. In all of the years since our beginning as a church the Lord has been faithful throughout to sustain and build His church. Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. The Lord is always faithful in His labors in spite of us and He has been faithful to Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is worthy of all our praise and worship. Therefore we are going to have dinner on the grounds on the evening of Sunday, August 17th followed by a time of remembrance, praise, and worship. This is a family celebration so we hope you will be there gathered with your family at Faith.