SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — Spring Arbor College’s WSAE Radio station recognized Patrick Kennedy, Clarklake Community Church pastor, as the prize winner in their recent Clergy Appreciation Month contest and giveaway.
WSAE Power Praise FM sponsored an essay contest during the month of October in honor of Clergy Appreciation Month inviting people to write in and tell what they valued about their pastor. The essays, with names blacked out, were evaluated by a panel of judges at the Spring Arbor College campus. Judges were told to pick the one they felt best captured why someone appreciated their pastor. The winning entry came from Carol Omo, member of Clark lake Community Church.
Pastor Kennedy received an oak dinette set, donated by Lyle Gascho, of LJ Gascho Furniture, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. The furniture is handcrafted by Amish craftsmen and available exclusively at Art Van Furniture. Pastor Kennedy’s wife, Heather, said they were very excited with the award.
“It’s hard to find the words,” Pastor Kennedy said. “It’s really a beautiful set, and I appreciate all the people involved.”
It is also a nice going away present, as this was to be Patrick Kennedy’s last Sunday at the church. He and his family are preparing to move next week to a new pastorate in Ontario, Canada.
“Pastors do a lot behind the scenes that people don’t realize. They work more than just Sunday morning,” said Michelle Dawson, station manager for WSAE-KTGG radio stations at Spring Arbor College. “It’s nice to let them know we appreciate those sacrifices.”
WSAE Power Praise FM and KTGG AM are student-run radio stations of Spring Arbor College, found locally at 106.9 FM and 1540 AM. WSAE also broadcasts through translators to 96.5 FM in Adrian, Mich., 92.5 FM in Battle Creek, Mich., 104.7 FM in Lansing, Mich., 99.5 FM in Kalamazoo, Mich., or at arboru.wpengine.com/wsae.
“Pastor appreciation, that is for sure. Patrick Kennedy, pastor of the Clarklake Community Church for six years, always available, ready to listen and share, but his last sermon will be on November 12, 2000. The Lord is leading him to a pastorate in Elmvale, Ont., Canada.
“To Patrick, thank you, for teaching us God’s Word in our worship service, Sunday school class, for being active in youth group, Keenagers, garage sales, craft shows, monthly potluck dinners (pastors like to eat), special events, music groups, Crop walk, minister’s prayer group. Being an assistant coach for CCHS girls softball team.
“Though busy with other activities you took time to do things with my two sons, (I am a widow), and I appreciate this.
“I thank the good Lord for allowing us to know Patrick, Heather, and their children, Annika and Aeden. I appreciate the special time we have had with them over the last years. We will miss you! God bless! Prayers with you forever!”
— Carol Omo