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In last week’s newspaper I was featured in a Pastor Appreciation article listing some reasons why I am loved and appreciated. What a blessing it is to hear words of affirmation, and to enjoy knowing that I am loved. After reading and trying to figure out who composed it, I thought to myself, “I could easily come up with my own list of 10 reasons why I love my church. After all, there have been a multitude of experiences, and projects, and activities we have shared. There have been weddings, and funerals, and other joys and heartaches that we have shared together. So, although I risk forgetting someone or something I feel like it’s still good to say thanks. It’s still good to stop and say, ’I appreciate you.” So, here goes! Ten reasons why I love my church. By the way, if you’re counting, you may discover that my counting isn’t that accurate—but then why stop at ten?

By Pastor Mark Spencer

 You have been my spiritual family for and supported me for 23 years we’ve shared blessings, losses, death of loved ones, weddings, victories, and answered prayers.
 24 summers of Boat Church
 I have gotten to be part of helping people come to know Jesus!
People of my church family have been here for me through
You have been here for the toughest times of my life and you have been here for me through many of my happiest times!
 Our people love Jesus, just like I do!
 My church family prays for me.
 Many of you step up to serve, and show Jesus’ love to others in a
multitude of ways
 Wonderful meals and times together happen.
 Our church is a great place for raising children. Amazing kids in our youth group, and our Awana programs
 There are so many faithful people on our church staff, on whom I depend: Rhonda, Cindy, Jay, Ron, Shari, Lorie, Nicki, plus officers and volunteers.
 The people in my congregation laugh at my jokes (even when they’re not that funny).
 A new generation of leaders and children is emerging giving hope and future.
 Babies and baptisms (I don’t baptize the babies- I just love both).
 My church family raised money to buy 100 goats!
 My church is part of a wonderful community - Rochester, IN (Fulton Co) where life is good, and God is at work, and people care.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Church, with words of affirmation: I thank my God every time I remember you. In my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil 1.3-4)
I affirm what Paul writes, when I think about my church here in Rochester, IN. I thank my God every time I remember you.
So, thanks for being my precious church family!




Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975