"Why Do I Belong To SGBC?" Originally, the close proximity to our home. Driving back and forth across town, for the activities of four children, had become stressful. That "good feeling" did not come immediately. I felt the ladies in my class were sitting there with their feet on the floor, knees together, Bible in their lap, hands clasp together on their Bible ..... with NO problems!! There I was with three school age children and a baby on my hip!!! Life was the proverbial "family circus". As I got to know the people better, that original impression .... of course .... changed; plus, we enjoyed the preaching and style of the services.
Fast forward twenty years..... Our, then, twenty-four year old daughter was murdered by her husband. Less than two years after that, our twenty year old daughter, driving home from college, was found dead in her car..... a heart defect no one was aware of. At that time, our family of six was the only blood relatives we had in the state of Texas. All of our families were in Arkansas and Florida. The people of South Garland Baptist Church became our "family" in the finest sense of the word. Prayer support, when all I wanted to do was curl up in the back of the closet and suck my thumb! Food, guidance, notes and phone messages that buoyed me without having to respond, and sometime ... just the quiet warmth of their presence was comforting. Several "God stories" came out of that time. Real "go power" for today!!
The journey of the church has not been totally smooth ..... but then, the journey of most families is not totally smooth !!! Because you are "family" and there is love in that family, you work through the bumps in the journey. The love and appreciation for the stability Pastor Larry has brought to SGBC runs very deep in my heart; and, I look forward to celebrating his twenty-fifth anniversary with SGBC. I enjoy telling people "He is my friend, that also happens to be my pastor". That's special ..... as is South Garland Baptist Church for me !!!