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Pine Island Community Church celebrates 10 years

January 31, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

"slowly the cars began to move. Slowly they climbed the steep hill. As they climbed, each little steam engine began to sing, 'I think I can, I think I can' And they did! Very soon they were over the hill and going down the other side." (The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper)

I sat in a corner and watched person after person walk into the Flamingo Bay Club House. My stomach was a flutter with pregnant butterflies, my palms were sweaty and I kept repeating the Scripture, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). The evening was Feb. 11, 2008, and I was about to give a "good-bye" sermon to the people I had come to love so dearly on Pine Island. My future was up in the air, I had just lost my job and I had no idea what I would do next? I had a 3-year-old baby to care for, yet, inside, I kept hearing, "It's OK, HeidiI have you in the palm of my Hand." Every time I'd begin to panic about the future, I'd hear these calming words in my spirit.

It came time to preachI took my place at the front of the Bingo Hall. I don't remember all that I said that Sunday evening, but I do remember the crux of my message from Esther 4:14, "Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this." At the close of the sermon a man yelled out from the back of the room, "Hey, can we do this again next week?" The room erupted in applause and Pine Island Community Church was birthed.

We became the little church "that could." It took many good-hearted people, people who had courage, hope and belief in what God was doing. I believe Jesus hand-picked a band of eclectic, wonderful, loyal islanders who helped Him lay the foundation of Pine Island Community Church. Our mission became the W.A.V.E. "We Affirm Victory Eternally and encourage all people to know Jesus Christ." I would like to thank each of these individuals for their dedication and hard work. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to you for your service, whether it has been throughout the 10 years or for a moment in timewe would not be here if it were not for the Grace of God and your pure hearts.

Pine Island Community Church exists to serve you. Our Thrift Store is open 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday, 9-3) assisting our community with free medical supplies, homemade dinners, boxed and canned goods as well as clothes, furniture, appliances, house hold items and pet food. Over the years we have helped financially with medical bills, rent assistance, utility bills, etc., all in order to help you get back up on your feet if life has unexpectedly knocked you down. Our worship services are held every Sunday morning at 10. You can catch the W.A.V.E. and watch a service live on Facebook, YouTube or visit our website at

On Sunday, Feb. 11, we will be celebrating our 10 years on the Island during our church service. After the service, grab a bowl of homemade chili, pick a seat in the gardens and enjoy the afternoon with an array of music by our own musicians: Micky Basil, Demi McCollum, Jason Bonham, an appearance from our VanKirk Brothers and Rick Russell, from String Town. If you have served, been served, been a founding member or board member of Pine Island Community Church during the past 10 years, we would like to honor you in our worship service. If it weren't for your belief in the Church and Jesus Christ we would not be here and we want to "thank you."

Pastor Heidi Grueser

Pine Island Community Church



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