2017 marks the 50th anniversary for FEMC. And as we prayerfully seek God’s guidance for the future we can also take a moment to reflect on what He’s brought us through already.
Here’s a story from Bill Smith, the first pastor at FEMC from the early days of the church:
“If I remember right I was down near Hamilton getting ready to perform the wedding of my niece when I had a call from Wes (Neinkirchen). I have no idea how he found me, but he was persistent and he found me. I couldn’t believe what he was saying to me on the phone. He wanted to build a church! Why we were doing well to pay the rent for the hall and any other expenses we might have. Build a church when we only had 25 or 30 people? That was either a vision or Wes had been out in the sun too long! I told him that I would see him when I came to Pembroke, and see him I did. He had seen the temporary class rooms that the Department of Education was using and even managed to get the plan.
Now we were driving out Forest Lea Road in Wes’s Plymouth station wagon that he used to deliver eggs in, and he was telling me that he and Evelyn would give us $2,000.00 to build a portable building. How well I remember telling Wes that they needed the money and besides we had no guarantee that the work was ever going to get off the ground. I told Wes that if he put his money into the church now he was liable to lose it all.
I will never forget Wes, in his determined manner, saying, “Well, I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I won’t give you the money and I won’t give it to the church, but I am going to give $2,000.00 to the Lord and if He wants to lose it, it’s His money!”