Anderson Park packed for Canada 150 Community Church Service

Community Church Service

An estimated crowd of 600 attended the Canada 150 Community Church Service at Anderson Park, in Three Hills, on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 10:30 am.

The crowd stood as our Canadian National Anthem played and the flag bearers were led by Cst. John McLachlin of the Three Hills RCMP.

Congregational members of all Three Hills Ministerial Churches, and interested members of the community, attended the sun-drenched service. Member churches include Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, Bethel Fellowship, Knox United, Manor Gospel, Mount Olive Evangelical Free Church, Prairie Bible Institute, Prairie Tabernacle Congregation, St. Barnabas Anglican, St. Joseph Roman Catholic and Victory Church.

The large crowd received miniature Canadian and Canada 150 flags as they arrived.

The welcome was given by Pastor James Enns, followed by the singing of the first verse of “O Canada” with the Mt. Olive Worship team.

Still standing, those attending sang along to “How Great is our God” and “Great is They Faithfulness”. Pastor Murray Horton called representatives of Three Hills Fire and Rescue, Police, Ambulance, Town Council and Three Hills School and Prairie Christian Academy to the stage. Those who serve the Town of Three Hills were thanked and given a sincere round of applause.

Mayor Tim Shearlaw provided an overview of the Town’s 105 year history. This was followed by the Message, “The Christian roots of Canada”, as presented by Pastor Dan Reinhardt.

Pastor Dan conducted a brief interview with Olds/Didsbury/Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper and the Hon. Kevin Sorenson - MP for Battle River-Crowfoot. He asked them about being public servants, and thanks were expressed to them in the form of a standing ovation.

Dr. Tim Miller offered a prayer for Canada and Prairie President Mark Maxwell offered the Benediction.

Proceeds from the freewill offering will go toward the Town’s Canada 150 Legacy Project of Rebuilding the Three Hills tennis courts and outdoor skating rink at Kinsmen Park.