Stories & Wins

There is nothing more powerful than a changed life. Everyone has a story, and every story matters. We celebrate the WINS that are happening through Celebrate's locations and church plants. God is Good!


Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Local Wins

  • Celebrate, did you know that as a part of the Wesleyan Church, you are making a difference across the world? In July, The Jesus Film team of the Wesleyan Church of Liberia traveled to 8 different regions within Liberia and showed The Jesus Film movie, had conversations, and led 444 people to Jesus. Praise God! During that trip, a follow up meeting was held and a church plant was formed. God is good!

Celebrate KiDS

  • Double Sticker Summer wrapped up last weekend. We had a total of 174 completed bookmarks turned in which means 870 instances of kids reciting the memory verse, bringing their Bibles or bringing a friend! Way to go kids for treasuring God’s word in your heart and way to go team for encouraging and teaching them skills to be more like Jesus! (Winners are posted on the door to each elementary room)
  • This month, we had a team member drive home from Rapid City in time to serve! She demonstrated her determination to be present regardless of the circumstance. God blesses a faithful servant!
  • We have seen a rise in attendance in our environments as well as with our success ministry children over the last few weeks. And because of you, our amazing team members we have been ready and prepared to show them the love of Jesus and allow them to meet him in this place. Thank you for being present, prepared and obedient to God’s call on your lives. What you do matters!
  • We are so excited to share with you all that our very own Ben Reichenberg has completed his courses and requirements to earn his college degree from Indiana Wesleyan University! Ben has achieved an Associate of Science in Biblical Studies. Over the past two years he has spent hours leanring and growing, taken time from family and life to grow himself that he may pour out to others and the children of Celebrate. I would encourage any of you who are considering going back to school or even have questions on what it looks like to take classes on line, work and have a family to chat with him. Way to go Ben!!
  • One weekend this month, we had a salvation message and live worship where the children grades K-5 were given the opportunity to respond by making the decision to follow Jesus. We had and incredible response with 65 first time decisions and 82 repeat commitments for a total of 147 decisions!! YAY GOD!

Welcome Center Updates

  • The Local Board of Administration (LBA) voted unanimously to proceed with the construction of the Welcome Center addition. We have the funds to complete this project with no debt.  Thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving that is making this happen!
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2020. Above is a conceptual drawing of what the Welcome Center addition will look like. Keep in mind this is just an initial concept. Final design may be different.

Church Plants
(* denotes churches in pre-launch phase)

Brandon, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
John & Dayna Semchenko

Launched September 11, 2016

This month:

  • We celebrated our 3rd birthday, on September 11th! In the last 3 years, we have seen 215 first time decisions for Christ and 79 baptisms!
  • On September 15th, we had 16 baptisms with many of them being youth. 
  • We were able to help out a family with temporary housing, after they were unable to stay in their home due to the flooding in Renner, SD.  

Prayer Requests:

  • Praying for our series “Life’s Healing Choices”. During this series, we will be seeking to launch more LIFE Groups.

Canton, South Dakota

Celebrate Canton
Sheldon & Jo Hovaldt

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • We are preparing to move into a different building. This is huge for us, and we believe will help us grow in a number of new guests.
  • We did a Capital Campaign to raise commitments for the first years lease, and the goal was fulfilled in one week!
  • We recently had a new family join us.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for an obstacle to be removed from the zoning change for our new building.
  • Pray for our congregation to step forward to help with the work necessary to prepare the new building.
  • Pray for a great response to and through the 4th Annual Trunk or Treat/Harvest Festival that will take place on October 12th.

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Quarry Rock Church
Milt & Maddie Borah

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • September was a good month, as we celebrated our 13th birthday. God has been so good!
  • Dell Rapids experienced another episode of flooding in September and Quarry Rock came through with great generosity by providing a free meal to flood victims and boxes of groceries for them as well. 
  • We had three new babies born in September to Quarry Rock families.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray for our membership class that will take place on October 13th.

Fargo, North Dakota

Story Church
Wade & Chelsey Coffey

Launched February 3, 2019

This month:

  • We have had several new and returning guests last month.
  • Our pastor’s oldest son, Cavan, married his high school sweetheart, Bria! He had the honor and blessing to perform the ceremony, and share how good God is with those in attendance.
  • One of our leaders, Randy, who is in school for ministry, preached his first sermon for our Story Church service and did an excellent job.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for God’s divine direction for our family and for Story Church, as we move to the next phase of the foster care/adoption process by three 8-hour classroom training sessions that will start the first week of October.
  • Pray for Story Church to continue to grow deeper in our current foundation, and also grow wider by God adding to our numbers with more first-time guests and returning guests who will commit to seeing Story Church flourish.

Lake Andes, South Dakota

Celebrate Lake Andes
Jeff & Alane Todd

Launched September 10, 2017

This month:

  • Rodd and Tylene Holman from Celebrate Brandon, will be serving as associate pastors for Lake Andes and will be moving here this upcoming spring.
  • We hosted two “meet and greets”. The first week, there were 12 people who came and the second week, there were 15.
  • We also had five members of Celebrate Yankton make the trip over.
  • A 24’ trailer full of supplies was donated by Celebrate Brandon and the community of Madison. A team from Brandon delivered the supplies and the community was very appreciative!

Prayer Request:

  •  The first week of October, we will be starting a 5PM service in Lake Andes. We will be walking through “Unshakeable” for eight weeks leading into Christmas.
  • Pray for the community of Lake Andes as the damage from the flooding is still impacting the people.
  • Pray for open doors and relationships as we start this new chapter in the Lake Andes family!

Omaha, Nebraska

Meadows Church
Monte & Jody Gannon

Launched October 8, 2017

This month:

  • Our Church trailer was stolen and burnt to the ground in September. The WIN is that the church rallied and God is being glorified in it all. Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls, SD sent supplies and equipment the very next day so church went on as planned – Praise God. People have come together to help in so many ways. What the devil meant for evil, God is truly using for good!
  • We had 5 people make decisions for Christ in September.
  • We celebrated LOVE WEEK the last week in September, as our church intentionally looked for ways to love others in our community. So many cool stories – people serving at food pantries, bringing food to fire departments and schools, paying for people’s lunches, and writing thank you cards to teachers and first responders.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for our current LIFE Group campaigns that are going on and that many will step into relationships with others and further their relationship with Jesus.
  • Pray for our outreach series coming up in three weeks called “You Asked For It”.
  • Pray that we as a church will invite people through both our words and actions, and that many will come and be transformed through the amazing power and grace of Jesus!

Pharr, Texas

Paradise Church
Marv & Deanna Odegaard

Launched November, 2006

Marv Odegaard is the pastor of Paradise Church from November through April each year.

San Rafael, Mexico

Celebrate Community Church
Eliud & Brenda Garza

Launched October 14, 2012

This month:

  • We have started our 9th LIFE Group in Galeana, which is the county seat for our area. We have 40 people attending that group in only 2 months!
  • In the LIFE Group in Galeana, the city mayor is coming and other elected officials. They are finding great encouragement through God’s Word.
  • We have a youth praise band that is rocking it during our worship services. This has been an answer to prayer as for many years.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for God’s wisdom.
  • Pray for my (Eliud) marriage that the demands of ministry, would not take away from our relationship.
  • Pray for the members of the church that they would seek God more than ever.

Yankton, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
Jeff & Alane Todd

Launched April 1 (Easter), 2017

This month:

  • We launched our fall campaign “Guardrails”. Each of our LIFE Groups are going through the same material and it has been very powerful.
  • Pastor Jeff started as a full-time pastor that was effective September 15th. 
  • Last month was a record giving month, as more people take steps of faith too tithe.
  • We have 3 families who have started Financial Peace University.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continue to lift up the Guardrails series.
  • Pray for relationships in LIFE Groups growing and developing.
  • Pray for God to continue to raise up laborers.

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