Services will begin at 10 a.m. with Brad and Patty Brede, Regional Directors for AFCM (Association of Faith Churches and Ministries) officiating. A pot blessing with all of the delicious food, for which the church is famous for, will be held following the service. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities.
Pastor Pinky moved to Iowa from upstate New York in December of 2000 in one of the worst snowstorms ever to hit Iowa. She first resided in Aurelia, then moved to Cherokee in 2003 and has rented several different houses in that time.
One of the first outreaches she was involved in was the continuation of "Highways and Hedges," the radio program she had in N.Y. It was broadcast on local KCHE at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. She was also asked to be the leader of the Cherokee County Ministerial Association and held that post from 2003 to 2006.
During that time, the editor of this paper asked for local pastors to write for the Religion page instead of using articles off of the wire.
Since writing was something she liked to do, she was glad to respond. Only a few others have taken advantage of the opportunity over the years and now it has become her column each week.
She wishes to thank all of those who read and enjoy her writings.
The Cherokee County Ministerial Association was also approached to become a part of IHOP (Iowa House of Prayer) network, sponsored by Iowa For Jesus out of Des Moines.
In 2004 the Cherokee Prayer Center was opened in downtown Cherokee, with prayer beginning at 7 a.m. each weekday morning. The building was sold the next year, and the prayer center moved to the church building on Hwy 3.
Prayer continues from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and anyone interested is invited to get involved.
For the past four years, Pastor Pinky has held church services on Saturday afternoons in the MHI building for folks either at MHI or Synergy. She also takes her turn once a month to minister on Sunday afternoons at the Y.E.S. Center (Youth Detention), also on the MHI campus.
These two ministry opportunities have become her favorite outreaches and she has seen many, many success stories with people's lives changed, just because they are introduced to Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Many of these will be present to help her celebrate her special day on Feb. 6.
This past year, Pastor Pinky reached out for six months to folks in the Sioux City/Le Mars area with "The Search for Significance," a growth group program that she used while living in New York. Happily, it had the same successful outcome and she is planning to do other groups here in Cherokee and perhaps back in Le Mars, beginning this spring.
Many challenges present themselves in the course of 10 years, but Pastor Pinky knows that with God on her side, all things are possible and the devil is a defeated foe.
She intends to forge on into the future with courage, resolve and determination to bring Jesus to a lost and dying world, a world just looking and waiting for the truth to set them free. When asked about retiring, her answer is always the same: "I won't retire, I just re-fire."
She wishes to extend a hearty welcome to the many friends she has made in Cherokee, Cherokee County and Northwest Iowa in these past 10 years. They have been years filled with joy, fulfillment and exultation in the overflowing love and blessings of God and she wouldn't trade them for anything.