Harvest Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Iowa, celebrated their “graduation” from mission status on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Harvest Baptist was a church plant of Faith Baptist in Iowa City. A group of forty believers signed a covenant of Declaration of their commitment to the church plant in September 2001. First services were held on October 10, 2001, at Mary Welsh Elementary School in Williamsburg. Dennis Robinson and Kent Johannes from Continental Baptist Mission were able to join the celebration. They were lead builders from the Mission that oversaw the construction of the building that began in June 2005.
The graduation day’s activities were divided into three parts. Sunday school included testimonies and a video of the church’s history that brought the church to this point. It was “A Look at the Past.”
The morning service was a time of praise as the church family took “A Look at the Present.” Bob Sauser, Regional Field Director for BCP, brought the morning message. A mixed ensemble of young people from the church provided special music. The morning worship service was led by Tim Jones, accompanied by a brass ensemble of seven men. Pastor Greg Gosnell, youth pastor from Faith Baptist Church of Mason City, Iowa, shared his testimony of salvation that came about through the church’s youth ministry.
A fellowship meal was enjoyed by those who attended the day’s festivities, providing great opportunities for fellowship and renewal of friendships.
An afternoon service followed the noon meal, providing an opportunity for “A Look to the Future.” Regional Field Director John Little, who was field director at the time the church was established, brought the afternoon charge to the church. The church orchestra, composed of 32 members and mainly young people, provided music for the afternoon service.
“I will praise the Lord with my whole heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion” (Psalm 111:1-4).