A crowd gathers at the hot dog table.
Inside and out, the building housing the congregation of the Minerva Baptist Church has been undergoing some recent updates and needed rehabilitation.
These improvements were proudly shown off the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 30, when the church held its annual Fall Festival. Various games, bounce houses, inflatable race courses and lots more attracted close to 100 people of all ages (lots of kids) to enjoy the energy and fun of the evening.
And behind all this excitement? Pastor Greg Dyson is one of the reasons the church has been experiencing a resurgence in membership participation. He’s been serving as pastor of the Schroon Lake Baptist Church since January while working at Word of Life Institute; he now comes to Minerva every other month to lead services for that month.
Pastor Dyson has been watching members of the church get and work together for a while now, and he’s impressed
“People here in Minerva clearly have love for each other. I’m humbled,” he said. “It’s great to see people serving and supporting their neighbors without hesitation.”
Delicious hot dogs and equally tasty homemade hot chocolate was available throughout the event, and kids as well as adults made good use of the refreshments.
“This is such a great community event,” said Sandy LaBar. “It’s good to see so many kids here.”
Young Kara Tucker moved from the bounce house to the Matchbox Car racing track.
“I’m having fun,” Tucker said.
The fun was contagious, and the kids were definitely enjoying the heck out of the chance to play and run around. This new energy is evident throughout the church community.
“The church is growing,” Dave Marshall said. “It’s a very great building with a lot of class, and it’s great to see all the young people here this evening.”
This sentiment was echoed by Liz Marshall.
“We are truly blessed with a beautiful evening for the festival,” she said.