The Experience brought in the New Year with a focus on outreach, community, fun, and most important, commitment to God. More than 200 people came to this family-friendly New Year’s party, featuring a delicious Italian dinner followed by entertainment and spiritual focus.
So many visitors came from the community that chairs and table space were at a premium, but this challenge was greeted with enthusiasm and excitement about making new friends feel welcome. After dinner, features included Lonnie Swonger, a Christian comedian who has used the challenges of his life to bring joy and hope to others.
Despite a misprint in the Idaho Statesman that said there would be “dancing,” a Christian praise choreography team performed by waving colored flags to inspirational music and sharing their journeys with God. The KTSY Praise Band led in worship music.
Interspersed throughout the evening, Brian Yeager, The Experience pastor, led out in fun games for all ages, including gargling and eating baby food!
Before midnight, Yeager talked about how the fresh start of the New Year is like the fresh start that God gives to us because of Jesus’ amazing gift. He then led everyone in a time of commitment and prayer.
The event was a wonderful outreach to the community and reinforced The Experience’s mission of bringing people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and discipling them as passionate Seventh-day Adventist Christians.