By: Bradford Myers
Let It Be Love Date Night started as a question and a desire in January 2015. Pastor Scott had just finished preaching a series with the same title based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. We had been challenged to love deeper personally, and we were about to step into a challenge to “Let It Be Love” to so many more.
It is safe to say that a two week sermon series and a desire for us to live with the most purposeful kind of love turned into so much more. After that first Date Night we were urged by many throughout 2015 to do it again. Those requests, along with much teamwork and blessings from God in so many ways brought us another banner night on Valentine’s Day 2016.
I’m a grateful Youth Director because of all that this event has come to represent and mean to our group and me. It is a night for our group to lovingly serve those who come out to what is so much more than a meal. Both years they have stepped up to the challenge of serving before, during, and after the event with setup/cleanup, decorations, meal prep, wait staff, and childcare in a most professional way. The Great Commandment calls us to love God and one another, and that is what they have done. No complaints, no pushbacks, no backing down from the challenge! I guess that makes me grateful and proud!
Our thanks for the coordination, preparation, and amazing evening cannot be expressed enough to the following:
Ryne and Megan Spaulding, Pastor Scott Brodd, Lori Glossenger, Jamie Myers, Angela Britton, Kaitlin Brodd, Cindy Sue Barnes, Vera Shields, Ken and Helene Chappell, Marissa Fasshauer, Jet Britton, Skip Gable, Denise Gable, Sean and Megan Reager, Tammy Jensen
Our very generous donors:
The Alpine Wurst & Meathouse Dave’s Super Duper
Grimm Construction, Inc. Calkins Creamery
Creamworks Creamery Woodloch Pines
These donors give our self-funded group (along with special gifting from you) an unmatched way to grow our account. Their generosity is appreciated in ways that we cannot express completely. This money boosts our account to allow us to attend camps/conferences, disciple teens, and have a great time in so many other ways.
Our “Let It Be Love” Date Night Couples
It wouldn’t be much of an event if you didn’t trust us to give you a way to celebrate your love for one another. We know that there are other ways to celebrate and many other restaurants to do so. Like I said at Date Night, your ticket price does not only give you a very high quality dining experience. Please know that this is more than a meal. Your kindness and financial contribution is such a gift to us! Our hope is that you desire to make it an annual tradition.
Our Loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
On Valentine’s morning Alice Kennedy opened our service with 1 John 4:10. It reads, “We love because He first loved us.” Wow, those seven words tell us all we should ever need to know! He really is the only real reason why we hold the Let It Be Love Date Night. The sacrificial hearts that I mentioned were only because of Him. Everything that matters is “only” because of Him! I am leaving you with a song by “The City Harmonic” that I recently found titled "Oh, What Love". It expresses my thoughts and hopefully yours about this most perfect way to “Let It Be Love”. There is only one thing left to do. SHARE IT!
“Nothing can separate us from Your love
No mountain high, no valley low
How high, how deep, how wide
The love of God
More love than I have ever known”