Several area pastors gathered at the Thomson First Baptist Church fellowship hall on Monday to be honored by the Thomson Kiwanis Club. The annual Pastor's Appreciation Day featured guest speaker Dr. James Ramsey, the new pastor of First Baptist.
According to the event's organizer, Kiwanis member Tom Smalley, the day was about thanking the pastors of McDuffie County for all they do.
"In my opinion, pastors make a great sacrifice in order to lead their churches. I doubt that anybody came to McDuffie County to be a pastor in order to get rich," Mr. Smalley said.
"I'm glad in some small way that the Kiwanis Club can come out and give them a good meal, give them some fellowship, put a good program before them. And I pray that it was encouraging to each one of them today."
The visiting pastors were asked to stand during the program and were commended for the spiritual guidance they provide to McDuffie County. Also on the program was a message from Dr. Ramsey about pointing others to Jesus as he points them to God.
"My calling is to share who Jesus Christ is, so to be true to my calling, I must always talk about Him," Dr. Ramsey said.
Dr. Ramsey was also appreciative of the "thank you" extended by the Kiwanis club. He feels the camaraderie built by such events helps improve the spiritual health of the entire community.
"We are very concerned about education in this community. We're concerned about safety, law enforcement and all that kind of thing. But the spiritual aspect of the community is so important to have a healthy community," Dr. Ramsey said. "To say to ministers in the community, 'Thanks for what you're doing,' just adds more strength and depth to everything."
The event was well attended, according to Mr. Smalley. Pastor Appreciation Day attracted a crowd nearly a third larger than the normal Monday lunch meetings.