Thurman On the evening of Sept. 17, well over 100 people gathered for an evening of “recognition and gratitude” at Thurman Baptist Church.
The celebration was to recognize the retirement of the Rev. Robert and Donna Herrmann from vocational ministry at the church. The Herrmanns served the Lord and His people of the congregation for over 22 years.
Following dinner, the assembly of family, church members, community members, area pastors, and friends gathered for a service to thank God and the Herrmanns for the success of those 22 years. Hymns for the service were specifically chosen to emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness and work through the Herrmanns.
The service opened with a welcome by current Thurman pastor Rev. Nathan Herrmann. Special remembrances, Bible lessons, encouragements, and challenges were offered by longtime friends and area pastors reverends Neil Schupp, Roger Ellison, and Kenneth Prater and by Rev. Bert Kehner of Chipman, New Brunswick. Deacons John Frasier and Jay Harrison shared memories and extended thanks on behalf of the church membership. Time was allowed for congregation members to express their thanks as well.
The church conferred the title Pastor Emeritus of Thurman Baptist Church on Rev. Bob Herrmann. The citation on the award certificate that accompanied the honor said, in part, “Recognizing your service for the Lord and pastoral leadership of Thurman Baptist Church for 22 years, we the members confer upon you the honor of being known to us and to others as Pastor Emeritus of this congregation.”