What a special day we had at our church this past Sunday. Our church pews were filled to capacity with the family of Keith Franson, a well-loved Christian man from Spiritwood, who was a big part of the Spiritwood Cowboy Church. He had passed away on March 2, 2019, at age 70, and it was the family’s wish that a gift be given in his memory.
One of Keith’s “sayings” was that a door to a church should always be open! Our church’s outreach started out as cowboy churches, and Spiritwood was one of our outreach churches which Keith and his family started attending. It was his wish that the cowboy church could be every week in Spiritwood. They did not have a church building as such, but rented the hall there for services.
We were replacing the front doors of our New Hope Church and the Franson family chose to donate the money, according to Keith’s wishes, towards new entry doors for our church in Prince Albert. John was able to find a beautiful set of doors just perfect for what we needed. He recently installed the doors in the front of our church, and the dedication was held this past Sunday, complete with a plaque commemorating his life and love for the Lord. The whole Franson family from Spiritwood and surrounding area, as well as family friends, were in attendance. Our little church was pretty well full to capacity with friends and relatives of the Fransons.
Pastor Rick had a short sermon on Revelations 3 verse 20, which says “Behold I stand at the door and knock” (how appropriate for dedication of the doors!!!) Special music was provided by Glen and Cathy Cherry from Rabbit Lake Cowboy Church.
We all enjoyed the afternoon with a barbecue and “pot luck” celebration afterwards in the church yard. It was a wonderful time of family and fellowship - the weather co-operated and we had a lovely day all around. We are certain that Keith was looking down from above thinking “That’s my family and friends – till we meet again!”