"Thank You" from Suzanne Reece:
It’s been 48 hours since my ordination service on Sunday, and I have yet to find the words to truly express my thoughts and feelings about the entire experience. I can’t begin to convey my gratitude to you as the body of Christ here at Shades Crest for all the ways you supported, affirmed, blessed, and prayed for me.
Thank you for coming to be a part of the service on Sunday. Your presence was a gift to me in so many ways. Thank you also for all the ways you welcomed my family and friends into our church. Many of them said they wished they could join Shades Crest and be here every Sunday. That is a true testament to the kindness, hospitality, and love that you as a church exhibit on a regular basis.
Thank you to all those who worked behind the scenes to make the service and reception more than I could have ever imagined. The ways you’ve blessed me since I began this new chapter in ministry here at Shades Crest are too many to number.
As I’ve reflected on the many words of encouragement and prayers you shared with me on Sunday, I am humbled by them all, and so very grateful God chose me to be in this place at this time and this season in the life of Shades Crest. I am honored to serve you and to use my gifts for ministry in this place. I am confident I will be processing and reflecting on the experience of ordination for quite some time. Know that there is more gratitude in my heart than I could ever put into words, and I am so blessed.
With a full cup and a grateful heart,
DNow "Thank You":
Thank you for being a great part of DNow this year. Shades Crest does a beautiful job of encouraging students to follow Christ. You prayed for our group of students, cooked and brought food to church and homes for over 140 people, helped administratively, hosted people in your homes, drove students around, carried luggage to homes, provided scholarships for those in need, took pictures, made videos and took care of equipment, coordinated a prayer emphasis, led crazy games, coordinated ministry opportunities, decorated, made sure students signed up, taught students and so much more. It is a joy to serve here at Shades Crest. We had 90 students to register for DNow, and 12 were guests. Some will continue to visit and possibly join this family of believers. Several decisions were made this weekend and we will see the results over time. We are so appreciative of the entire church for your care and concern.
We had wonderful group leaders who helped us this year. You helped raise students to come back to their home church to teach and love younger students.
Caroline Bearden, Mary Catherine Bryant, Kaitlyn Byerly, Leah Byerly, Caroline Dunne, Brandon Fomby, Katie Hatch, Bubba Hoffman, Luke Johnson, Connor Kilgore, Preston Smith, Sarah Beth Stocks, Travis Stringfellow, Caleb Tanner, Pam Windle.
Hosts and Co-hosts
Hosts: Jeremy & Kelley Bearden, Stephen & Laura Bonner, Brian & Amelia Breeze, Glenn & Sheila Bridges, Luanne Dunne, Hardy & Tracy Green, Brian & Shay Hammonds, Jonathan & Anna Hart, Latricia Hutchens, Jason & Leslie Sasser, Byron & Heather Smith, Mark & Julie Smith, Linda Stoves. Co-hosts: Dwayne & Cindy Anderton, Jon & Julie Buford, Amy Couch, Kim Harwell, Lee & Riley McDaniel, John & Kym Mitchell, DW & Julie Shelton, Chris & Carrisa Perry, Leigh Smith, Elizabeth Stocks, Mara Swaika, Carolyn Thomley.
Cole Anderton, Gabe Anderton, Amelia Auchmuty, Anna Marie Auchmuty, Brandon Baker, Madison Baker, Joey Bearden, Reid Bearden, Grace Bonner, Leah Bonner, Landen Borklund, Jake Branin, Katie Branin, Elizabeth Bridges, Sarah Buchanan, Mary Buford, Mattie Buford, Anna Autrey Campbell, Saralyn Campbell, Kristine Chin-Lai, Lily Compher, Seth Compher, Allie Couch, Emily Couch, Will Couch, Christina Dolensky, Finn Dowdey, Sam Dozier, Mary Ingalls Dwyer, Anna Lane Elmore, Isaiah Etheredge, Kaleb Noah Etheredge, Haley Green, Josef Halcomb, Lawrence Hammonds, Nolan Hammonds, Ella Harris, Caroline Hart, Jackson Hart, Brandon Harwell, Eleanor Jo Harwell, Kaitlan Hayes, Luke Hinkle, Parker Hutchens, Katherine Hyde, Anna Claire Johnson, Peyton Keith, Sean Kennedy, Jeppa Kilgore, Jerome Kirkland, Josh Knapp, Reagan LeCroy, Tyler Lynch, Alex MacQuarrie, Brooke MacQuarrie, Cain McCoy, Camryn McCoy, Mykayla Mitchell, Emily Newsome, Ethan Newsome, Mackenzie O'Mara, Rachel Pace, Jaqueline Parker, Savannah Parker-Ross, Hayden Perry, Jackson Perry, Victoria Perry, Oakley Prell, Trey Prell, Emily Rice, Kole Roberts, Tanner Roberts, Andrew Sasser, Julia Anne Sasser, Ryan Shelton, Sarah Niles Simmons, Braxton Sims, Connor Smith, Hannah Smith, Nicholas Smith, Nick Smith, Ben Stocks, Emily Stocks, Anna Swaika, Daniel Thomley, Abbey Tucker, Savannah Tucker, Emily Vessey.
Wonderful Chairpeople and volunteers
Jimbo Auchmuty, Cathy Bearden, Charlotte Bragg, Sara Bryan, Katie Green, Sandy Johnson, Ashley Kilgore, Kathy Rice, Micah Smith, Rebecca Stocks, Denis & Patti Tanner.