Friday, October 9, 2009

Firsts Following Firsts (Annual Report 2009)

This fall we are 15 years old. (So how old are we in Korean years?) To get a feeling for how much we've grown, I thought it might be fun for us to look at some of our previous “firsts.”

  • The first baby born in our church (Jenny Mitchel's daughter 2001). (The next baby was Esther Kim in 2006.)

  • The first Advisory Council was elected in 2003. For our first 8 years before that, we were just a hodge-podge group that worshiped together.

  • Our first mission trip (Indonesia, 2004). We are now planning our fourth, and we're hoping to do one every year.

  • Our first year with regular heat in the winter (2005). That may not seem like such a big deal, but it's easier to worship when you don't have to wear gloves and a hat just to stay warm!

  • Our first store room – a tiny janitors closet, which we were forced to get because we bought a drum set (2005).

  • Our first assistant pastor - Hoom Jeong (2005)

  • Our first big attendance day: 79 (2005). We were really excited about 79 people back then!

  • More than 50% of our regular attenders from outside the KNU community (2005)

  • First after church snack time – started just once a month (2005). I remember our fellowship team feeling really concerned about trying to do it every week.

  • First website – a free blog that Susan Kim set up for us (2005)

  • First church members to get married (Mark and Naomi, 2005)

  • First baptisms (2006)

  • First time to have organized children and youth activities (2006)

  • First time worshiping in Patch Hall and at a “normal” time (2006). Before this, our worship services began bright and early at 9 a.m.

  • First time to have more than one Korean on the Advisory Council (2006)

  • First time to have more than one returning Advisory Council member (2007)

  • First time to take in members and to be an official Church of the Nazarene (2007)

  • First church soccer team (2007) ...

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