by Ron Clarkson

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One Year Anniversary
Ron Clarkson
September 10, 1989

Welcome: Good morning and welcome to Oakdale Community Church. Today we celebrate our 1 year anniversary, it was one year ago tomorrow that we had our grand opening here at OCC, though the church actually began in the minds of a few visionary people before that grand opening.

Nearly two years ago there were a handful of people who met in a living room and began to pray for God's direction regarding the start of a new church. That handful grew into a core group of about 25-30. The enthusiasm and vision of those few brought along many more as well as a staff to help implement the vision. As a church, the first meeting was on Easter of last year and then on September 11, one year ago, the church began it's public ministry.

This morning we are going to not only look back on the past year and thank God for what he has done and look ahead to the great things God has in store,, but we want to look at some key elements of vision, what does it really take to have a vision, and see it become a reality.

PRAYER: Father, there is an excitement, an energy here this morning among us. We think about how great you really are and how much you love us. We are reminded of who we are, and whose we are. We are reminded that you are form us, not against us. We are reminded of the relationship we have with you, or maybe we are still searching for that relationship, hang in there with us, Father. We are reminded of the relationships we have established with others, the friendships, the support, the genuine care and concern we have experienced. We thank you for all of this. FATHER, as we continue this morning and look at your message for us, will you encourage us and give us a real excitement for the day ahead, the week ahead, the month and year that is ahead of us. Be our teacher, Father.

JOKE-: Mohammed All, the three time world heavyweight boxing champion of a few years back ...

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