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!

Locations

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Local Wins

  • In March, we celebrated 152 people who demonstrated that they are followers of Jesus through baptism! Congratulations to everyone who was baptized! Additionally, in the adult service, 65 people made first-time decisions for Christ and 51 people renewed their commitment to Him. Yay God!

Celebrate KiDS

  • In March, one of our Elementary leaders had the opportunity to participate in the baptisms of three students. He was able to walk them through the scripture and statements of faith and then witness their baptisms. We are so excited for these children and the public profession of faith that they have made. Did you know there are many ways you can be part of a child’s walk in and outside of the environment. We have baptisms, child dedication ceremonies, Celebrate Life Journey, material prep and family events that you can be part of? Each one of these is a way to personally be involved in the life change of a child.
  • In March, God moved in Celebrate KiDS with 32 children making first-time decisions to follow Jesus, and 106 children renewed their commitment. We are SO proud of these amazing children and their bold step of faith!

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

Brandon, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
John & Dayna Semchenko

Launched September 11, 2016

This month:

  • We had 4 baptisms and 9 first time decisions for Christ!
  • We are up to 14 life groups with a number of them rapidly growing.
  • We had 21 people go through Class 101, and we continue to see new growth in serving teams.
  • One person who was baptized has now joined a serving team, life group, and is attending regularly.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for wisdom and humility as we continue to reach people and develop them towards maturity and in Christ.
  • Pray against discouragement for leadership.

Canton, South Dakota

Celebrate Canton
Sheldon & Jo Hovaldt

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • Our children’s ministries have grown enough to need more space, and have moved into bigger space.

Prayer requests:

  • Pray that I (Sheldon) would be wise with my time, talents, and the church’s treasures as I embark on fulltime ministry.
  • Pray that the Kingdom would see the fruits from the investment in/of myself and others for the lost and hurting.
  • Pray that doors would be opened and we would step through them to show Christ to the people of Canton and the surrounding area.

Dell Rapids, South Dakota

Quarry Rock Church
Milt & Maddie Borah

Launched September 10, 2006

This month:

  • 5 people gave their hearts and lives to Jesus in February!
  • Someone gave us $15,000 to replace 2 furnaces and remodel children’s area if we can match that amount. Total of $30,000!
  • Our children’s ministry is growing and we need more room.

Prayer requests:

  • Start praying for the remodeling of the children’s area that we can make it super nice and useful and inviting for the kids and the parents.
  • Pray that God would continue to keep me fresh and in tune with the community of Dell Rapids.

Fargo, North Dakota

Story Church
Wade & Chelsey Coffey

Launched February 3, 2019

This month:

  • Our core team has really been amazing and unified through this whole process.
  • 3 decisions or recommitment for Christ!
  • We all survived the 28 days of snow in February.

Prayer Requests:

  • Continued growth in numbers and spiritual depth for our team.
  • Pray for God to make divine introductions and reveal to us specific ways how we can be a blessing to our community.
  • Pray as we plan to reach more people of Fargo on Easter Sunday.

Lake Andes, South Dakota

Celebrate Lake Andes
Don Ryswyk

Launched September 10, 2017

This month:

  • We are currently doing the Raceway series. I have had many positive comments about the series. People like to discuss the correlation between racing and running the Christian life.
  • Sunday School continues to be a success in Lake Andes. On February 20 we had 19 kids and 12 adults. Some of the adults ride in the vans with the children so they can come to church.
  • As of late, guests have been bringing children to church. It has been a nice addition!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray that people would see Celebrate Lake Andes as their church home and step forward into more leadership.

Omaha, Nebraska

Meadows Church
Monte & Jody Gannon

Launched October 8, 2017

This month:

  • We had ONE decision for Christ!
  • We started a Financial Peace University class and 20 people are attending
  • On a month where hell literally froze over, we still had 14 first time guests

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for us as we transition from one to two services. Pray for our upcoming child dedication event in March 31. Pray for our Easter outreach event that we are planning now.

Pharr, Texas

Paradise Church
Marv & Deanna Odegaard

Launched November, 2006

This month:

  • Even though we had about 20 of our attendees pass away last year, our attendance has been between 160 and a high of 210.
  • Visitors from Celebrate attended this past month.
  • Church sponsors a mission which is called Manos Extendidas and we have an auction every year to raise funds for them. Had a record amount raised this year of $8,820.
  • Praise that many lives being effected in a positive way this year. It’s exciting to me when people stop by the house and tell us what God is doing in their lives as a result of what they are hearing.

Prayer Requests:

  • Many People are sick with the flu and several with cancer needs.

San Rafael, Mexico

Celebrate Community Church
Eliud & Brenda Garza

Launched October 14, 2012

This month:

  • We had a church wide 21 days of fasting and prayer. God did some unbelievable miracles.
  • We’ve had attendance over 220 for 3 consecutive Sundays. People are standing outside the front door we have to put up a canopy to keep them from the sun.
  • Our city Mayor visited our church for the 3rd time with most of her cabinet members. 2 of them gave their lives to Christ and continue to come on a regular basis.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for us and our ministry.
  • Pray for finances to finish our building soon since we need it so bad.
  • Pray for some church families that are dealing with family members with cancer

Yankton, South Dakota

Celebrate Community Church
Jeff & Alane Todd

Launched April 1 (Easter), 2017

This month:

  • Despite poor weather two Sundays, we had 9 first time guests this month. One of these guests is an employee of where we meet. He attended on his off Sunday, and he gave his life to Christ! The next Sunday he had to work, so he was playing praise music in the kitchen next to our room!
  • Our series ”Tough as Nails” talked about relationships, and how Godly relationships are not build on getting it right, but rather doing the right thing when things go wrong. We got tremendous feedback and got to hear stories of reconciliation. One man shared how it was the first time in his life he could truly forgive his dad, and the release that provided in his life. A woman who is going through a divorce, shared how she is able to see her husband in a new way. 
  • February was our highest average giving of any month since we’ve launched. So many people are stepping up and trusting God with the principle of the first. 

Prayer Requests:

  • In the eight weeks leading up to Easter, we are doing a 40 days in the Word campaign. We are asking everyone to read God’s word and be in a LIFE group discussing what they have read. So far, we have seen tremendous feedback and over 30 people have committed to this journey. May God’s word speak in each of their hearts.
  • Starting this month, we are launching a music team! We will have seven people who will rotate singing along with the music each week. Pray for guidance and may this help bring people closer to a relationship with God!

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