Before the year even started, friends and members of Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County began planning ways to celebrate their first full decade of ministry. Not only has the ministry been active on a local level but has reached out to thousands across the world. Leadership of the church thought a fitting way to celebrate the occasion of the 10th anniversary of an organization that had its beginning in a roping arena should also celebrate there…in a big way! Organizers soon came up with the idea of a roping series that would culminate with a Rope Off among the top winners of the series ropings. The Rope Off needed to be spectacular, and 10 thousand dollars in prize money was thought to be just the incentive needed to set the momentum for the event.
Throughout 2013 monthly ropings have been held and the top winners from these ropings, the last of which was held just after the Sunday morning church service, May 5, were advanced to the Rope Off. Each roping was actually a set of two ropings divided according to the abilities of the ropers using a numbering system that is not determined solely on an individual’s rank, but the ranking of the two members of the team combined. Immediately following the last roping the Rope Off qualifiers squared off for a hard fought battle. As the day drew to a close and the final loops were thrown the champions were declared. Winning the #10 roping were Grant Schneider and Davis Watts, and claiming victory over the #12 roping was a team that also included Grant Schneider, along with Brandon Fischer.
Other events and activities targeting different ages and interests were held throughout the weekend, each centered around the fellowship of God’s family, sharing His authority, and celebrating His love through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. It is the prayer and belief of Cowboy Fellowship that this time of celebration of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness was used by Him to touch hearts and lives, as He has continually done throughout the past 10 years.