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Oakfield Baptist Church

Jul 20 2017

Oakfield, Maine is a small town, barely more than a crossroads, really, in northern Maine.  Last Sunday I was blessed to visit the Baptist church there as I took part in their Sunday morning service.  I was doubly blessed as this is the home church of John and Marge Seiler, two long time friends of Baptist Park, our summer home base for many years.  Though both in their 80's, john and Marge looked great and it was fun catching up on the news of our families.

 

The pastor of Oakfield Baptist is new since the last time I was there.  He led the congregation in prayer, singing and the offering, then I got to fill the 40 minutes usually set aside for preaching.  This is no small sacrifice for a Baptist pastor!  The show included a mix of newer and older routines.  Of course, there were the rabbit and dove productions, and my standard three ball routine to "When the Saints go Marching In" by Mahalia Jackson.  I also included "Jester's Creed" a juggling routine from years ago that I've reintroduced in the past year or so.  It involves a combination of balancing, juggling and ball spinning to "Fanfare for the Common Man" and recitation of the Apostle's Creed.  One of my favorites.

 

There were a surprising number of kids and teens for this small town church, but most of the audience were adults.  Several knew me from their own involvement with Baptist Park, which made the whole morning feel very intimate.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I just wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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