The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Pioneer Spirit

The greatest and most powerful accomplishments in the history of the world came through pioneers. The Pioneer Spirit has always been around, but it has often been avoided because of the risk involved. Pastor Chuck Swindoll had some very interesting observations on the subject…

Pioneers are in a class all their own. They are people who swim upstream against the ethical current of the day (like Noah). They are individuals who take on the Goliath of the day with no fear of defeat (such as David). As servants of God living grace filled values, they accept injustice in a spirit of humility (example: Joseph).
Take the founders of space travel, for example. Three innovative men, each unaware of the others, launched our world into the unexpected new era of space travel:
In 1903, Russian Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky first speculated that a rocket could travel beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
In 1923, Hermon Oberth, a Transylvanian-German developed the first mathematical formula for space travel.
In 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-propellant rocket from a farm near Auburn, Massachusetts.
Each man was different, yet each fulfilled the love and passion of a lifetime. Although worlds apart, the impact of their discoveries would not be fully understood until years later. Others would build on each person’s contribution, and mankind would move inexorably toward flight into space. The individual endeavors of these pioneers would combine to eventually landing a man on the moon. - Chuck Swindoll

In 1907 pioneers began to move to a small community in Eastern New Mexico that the Santa Fe Railroad had established and called Rylie Switch. In May of 1909 the town’s name was officially changed to Clovis. Today, the tiny little berg has approximately 40,000 people. For years our Chamber of Commerce has celebrated Pioneer Days during the first week of June with an exciting PRCA sanctioned rodeo.

Over the years the pioneer spirit has been exhibited by folks who brought the gospel to our area and numerous churches have been established. First Christian Church is one of those congregations. For almost 70 years this family of Christ followers.

This Sunday, the FCC family will celebrate with our community, Pioneer Sunday. This weekend is also part of the Memorial Day time of remembrance. Memorial Day is another great reflection of the pioneer spirit in our nation.

Pioneer Sunday is a day when we encourage folks to come dressed in old fashioned, country or western attire. We will sing old songs and celebrate the pioneer spirit.

One important guest with us will be Marli Raney who is the current President of the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce. She will deliver a special welcome to all who attend this special service.

I will deliver a message titled Pioneers Needed based on Philippians 1:12-26. I hope you will join us for this special celebration.

Seeking pioneers,

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