Some 200+ people representing many Mound area churches gathered at Surfside Park & Beach to celebrate the past 100 years of Mound’s history. Worship was led by the Freshwater Church band along with Bridget Larsen, a Mound alum and singer/songwriter, who flew back home from the East Coast to share her musical gifts. Clergy and other participants were represented from Freshwater Church, Our Lady of the Lake, Fairview Covenant, Bethel United Methodist and MainStreet Covenant.
Prayers were offered for Mound’s past, thanking God for the faithful pioneers who started churches here and for all those men and women who have given their lives as servants of Christ in this city. Prayers were offered for the future generations of Christian leaders God is raising up in this city to carry the torch forward. Mound’s rich spiritual past was recounted with stories of Billy Graham’s time here in 1950 and Bill Bright’s years of training college missionaries for Campus Crusade for Christ in the early 60s.
I had the honor of sharing a message that highlighted two of the things Mound is best known for — Lake Minnetonka’s recreational waters and the Tonka Toys factory that began here in 1947. I challenged Mound to let these waters become a symbol of “God’s re-creational” activity and for Mound to be known in the future not just for the production of man-made toys that eventually rust away but for a place where God is at work molding his human masterpieces — divine-image bearers created to go out and live lives that reflect his love and purposes.
The service culminated with an invitation to come to the water’s edge to rededicate these shores to God for the next 100 years of Mound’s history. People were invited to stand in the water to remember their baptism or be baptized for the first time.
What a day! Thanks to all who shared this special day with us. To God be all the glory!