Guys, I cannot thank all of you enough. Tonight was great. By 9pm, the church was 100% back to normal and we turned the lights out and went home. It is amazing the transformation that takes place and the service that is given. So many men played a role – about 50 in total.
Jeff Hampton did an amazing job on Friday night with his team setting the room up. By the time they left last night, the room was entirely set up and the tables were set. He returned today with the balloons and final decorations. Coy Nichols ran the grills and he and his team cooked 350 steaks, mushrooms and some sausage for our men to snack on. Patrick Grant and his greeters were at the doors making the Carver team and their family feel welcome.
Bill Shelton ran the servers and man, they did an amazing job. About 20 men all dressed nicely worked their tales off getting drinks to everyone and placing the salads and desserts and then took care of all the requests from our guests for butter, salt, sugar, more lemonade…you name it. Many of the servers also stayed for the clean up – some of them mopping floors and hauling out the trash.
Brad Wilcox took over after banquet was done and his team cleaned the room, hauled in 750 chairs and completely re-set the room for Sunday morning. In about one hour, the entire room was totally transformed from banquet hall back into our Church sanctuary. Simply amazing.
Lastly, none of this could have happened without Jerome Harrell and his team. They cooked all the chicken, potatoes, veggies, prepared the tea and lemonade, made the 350 salads and cut 350 pieces of cake.
It is almost surreal what just transpired. You literally have to see it to believe it. Every year when we plan this thing, I get nervous. I just don’t see how it will all come together and I am AMAZED every time by all of you. What you just did was simply amazing. Remarkable. To God be the glory. We did this for His glory and to show these young men and their families how much we love them.
You guys did an incredible job. To a man, each of you had a servants heart. If I asked someone to do something, boom, it was done. You kept saying, “what can I do now?”. No one complained. Every single one of you served. How glorious is that?
So thanks. I hope it was as rewarding for you as it was for me to watch you perform a miracle. You truly LivedUP!