Cowboy Fellowship celebrates 9 years with Heritage Days
This year in recognition of the anniversary of that first service, members and friends of the church celebrated by hosting, Heritage Days. Friday evening the weekend kicked off with a Ranch Rodeo in the all new covered facility. Nine, four man teams competed in contests ranging from wild cow milking to team penning.
One of the highlights of the evening occurred when during a lull in the action, announcer Trace Blair called his 11 year old daughter to the arena gate. With quiet confidence Serah Kate walked to the middle of the arena, took up a microphone, and delighted contestants and spectators alike with her own unaccompanied rendition of “A Love That Won’t Stop”. Midway through the song near total silence reigned in the building as her audience was captivated by the poise, grace, and talent of this young cowgirl as well as the honest emotion and faith felt in every word of her song declaring the love God has for each of us at times when we can’t even love ourselves.
This was the defining moment of Cowboy Fellowship Heritage Days. The heritage of South Texans does include our rural background, horses, cattle and the cowboy way of life, but no history of South Texas would be complete if it didn’t include the love of our Father, God, who brought those pioneers of the state through all manner of hard times and even battles with their own sinful nature.
Over the course of the three day celebration every one of the approximately 4,000 men, women, and children who visited the grounds had an opportunity to learn more about God and the salvation from sin still offered today to each person through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ.
As Saturday morning dawned clear, bright, and warm eighty young competitors signed up for the Youth Rodeo. They competed for cash and prizes, including the Grand Prize Trailer generously donated by Ranchscapes of Pleasanton, in events such as tie-down roping, breakaway roping, ribbon roping, goat ribbon pull/flanking/tying, pole bending, straight barrels, and cloverleaf barrels.
Throughout the morning the enticing aroma of campfire cooking hung over the grounds as chuck wagon cooks prepared the noon meal accompanied by the sweet melodies of the Arrow S Ranch’s own Roberts Family Band. Inside the church building many area cooks had their own contest in progress. By noon plates were served from the Dutch Ovens and slices of pie from the Pie Contest were available for desert as diners enjoying air conditioned comfort were serenaded by the Cowboy Fellowship Band. While the Youth Rodeo was winding down nearly 450 teams of ropers began to arrive for what turned out to be an entire night filled with tough competition. Event coordinators were pleased to find that the grounds could hold nearly all of the truck/ trailer rigs required for the combined activities and new arena met, and exceeded, all expectations.
Sunday morning the church building filled to near capacity as Pastor Pete welcomed members and friends, old and new, to the worship service. God’s hand has been on Cowboy Fellowship the past nine years, growing and developing it to serve to His honor and glory.
The history of Cowboy Fellowship is quickly becoming a part of the heritage of South Texas, and the door is open to any who would like to make it a part of their future. Now is not the time to let regrets of the past determine the heritage of generations to come, thanks to the love of Jesus the past can be left behind and a new legacy of honoring God with your own life can begin today!