Well I had hoped to post this nearly two weeks ago. That being said it didn’t happen. We had a visitor in our rural church that writes for our local newspaper and I wanted to share his article. He spins a great tale from his experiences. Our little church is an amazing little oasis in the Sandhills. I have grown up in this church and have watched it be blessed by God’s mercy. My kids were taught in Sunday School by the same wonderful lady, Betty Orr that I had the privilege to be taught by. There are so many family memories contained in this one building. My brother’s wedding, (the new sanctuary wasn’t complete for my wedding) :( , Christmas Services, Baptisms and the list goes on. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my faith, it is grounded deep not only in Sand but in my Heavenly Father’s Love :) I felt Bob captured our service and the area very nicely.
by Bob Moreland
Down in the Sandhills about 35 winding miles south of Gordon, Nebraska, on Highway 27, you come over a hill, and down deep in the valley is the Pleasant Point Church. We were invited for their annual Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday, November 21st. Living nearly 75 miles away, by the time we arrived, Sunday School was nearly over and church services about ready to begain.
The parked cars, down in that remote ranch country, made it look like the parking lot of Chadron’s Walmart! Pleasant Point, at that moment, could probably be considered the “Metropolis of the Sandhills.” Towns that are actually surrounded by Sandhills like Merriman, Eli, Cody, Nenzel, Kilgore, Crookston, Brownlee, Thedford, Seneca, Whitman, Tryon, Hyannis, Ashby, Bingham, Antioch and Angora aren’t all that big. Pleasant Point would be very strong competition! Granted, this was a special Sunday but a high percentage of those automobiles appear on most Sundays!
In a prominent place on the church bulletin, right up at the top, this appears: “As a family of believers we seek to glorify God in worship, share the Gospel in truth, study the Bible for wisdom, and demonstrate God’s love in action.” This statement describes the Pleasant Point Community. To have built and then maintain a worship center on this level in the sparsely settled area where it is takes a mountain of dedication, cooperation and sacrifice.
Pastor Bob Townsend’s sermon centered around the man, being head of the house, has the responsibility of setting an example to his family. That philosophy has been followed through the years and still prevails in the Pleasant Point community. Young people are following their father’s footsteps with many of them staying in the ranching business. It has been an ongoing tradition. Some Pleasant Point people are the product of several generations living in the area with early day homesteaders in their background.
Gail Glassgow and Jan Jones, combining their talents in a piano-accordian duet, was another feature in that Thanksgiving Day Celebration. A scrumptious Thanksgiving Dinner was next on the program as a result of the culinary artistry of the Pleasant Point Ladies. I already knew about their cooking ability in that I have attended many Men’s Retreats during these past 20 years!
Our Sunday Celebration still hadn’t expired. Gary and Kaye Frye invited us to the beautiful home on their ranch for “Bed and Breakfast.” They live a bit south of the Survey Valley Road a few miles east of the church. Their home has “Western” decor unmistakably identified by furniture, pictures of cattle, horses, cowboys and grandchildren. And, talk about grandchildren! Their son, Greg, and his wife, Jenna, have fourteen: four sons and ten daughters. Their daughter, Jecca, and her husband, Cash Ostrander, have three sons. The grandchildren are all notably healthy and good-looking. One of the interesting wall hangings is a very large card the Greg Frye children made for their grandfather when he was ill. The signatures reveal the unusual beautiful names they bear: Tessa Marie, (now 25), Natosha Mae (24), Wrustler Jay(21), Shianna Rose (20), Tashonna Fawn (18), Riyatta Wrose (16), Jennaya Love (14), Wrangler Gregory Jahye(12), Shakeeya Peace (10), Duwrango Jae (9), Tiyonna Truth (7), Onnikka Prayz (6), Javonna Joy (4), and Lattigo Jaye (1). The boys were given their father’s middle name, Jay, but each has his own unique spelling. Jecca and Cash’s boys are Stetson Edward (25), Sterling Fritz (24) and Steele Lewis (22). Stetson is working on the home ranch, Sterling owns a fencing crew in North Central South Dakota and Steele is a jet engine mechanic at Addison Airport north of Dallas, Texas. Most of the grandchildren are natural born horsemen. They can start green colts and turn them into kid proof saddle horses in jig-time flat!
This was a great weekend. We were inspired by everything we saw, heard, felt and tasted! Thank you!