was my zip code 30 years ago and I think about that number almost every day.
can’t tell you how many times I’ve entered those numbers into www.weather.com
just to see what the weather was like…... 58257.
58257 was my zip code, I didn't have or need a wallet, I didn't have or need
keys, and I didn't have or need money. Everything I needed was all around me in
the people of 58257.
think about how big this place was to me 30 years ago. I would never dream of
walking from one end of this place to the other - that was just too far. The
boundaries of 58257 were the boundaries of my world - and that was just fine
I think about 58257, I think about Main street, I think about my school, I think
about my childhood friends, I think about my home, I think about my family, and
I think about this Church*.
think about the lessons learned right here in this Church. Lessons for the young
and for the old. Then, as true as today, lessons of life, lessons of love and
lessons of hope.
Church as a building stands tall on its 125th birthday because it was
built on a solid base of concrete, stone and rock.
This foundation has supported this building for generations.
Church as an idea was also built on a
solid foundation - a foundation of hope, love, and community. These ideas ring
true each and every day in the voices and actions of the people here.
honestly believe the best of me was developed right here in this place - not
just this place as a zip code or this place as a building, but this place as an
idea. This place as a way of life, this place as my extended family and this
place I still call home.
I carry 58257 with me where ever I go, on the inside. I carry this place, I
carry this Church and I carry this idea. - If you were to ask any of my friends
where I'm from, they would all give you the same answer - Mayville - 58257.
proud to be part of this birthday celebration - Grounded in the past and
reaching toward the future.
and presented by:
Stan Sparrow on May 6, 2007.
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