Organized in 1987, the Winter Park Spanish Church celebrated 30 years of church leaders coming together to present Christ to children through the Pathfinder Club on May 20, 2017.
A Pathfinder club with more than 50 members, energetic directors, capable staff, and many yearly activities is outstanding. Combine all these things with a graduation and a 30th anniversary, and it is, indeed, cause for celebration!
Graduation for the Winter Park Spanish Pathfinder Club and a celebration of its 30th anniversary was the idea of current director, Mayra Serrano, and Elda Marengo-Janda, a former director. Pedro Perez, Florida Conference Pathfinder director, acknowledged the milestone and asked for the Lord’s blessing on the club and its members.
It was a great occasion to look back and praise God for His direction during the years since the club’s beginning in 1987. Former Pathfinder leaders came from as far as South Dakota and Texas to remember, celebrate, and view the products of their labor. The audience enjoyed the shared experiences of the first director, Rebeca de los Ríos, and those of former directors Nereida Hernandez, Nelson Sanabria, Daniel Rivera, and Maria Rosario.
The early leaders had a vision of gathering children of the church to create a Pathfinder Club. The original club with 15 Pathfinders and 20 Adventurers presented opportunities for its members to grow, flourish, and create future leaders. Some of these young people currently hold leadership positions in the Church, and others have children of their own in the current club.
The church members thank the Lord for His guidance and blessing throughout the years. His unwavering care and presence is the main reason for the club’s purpose and existence today.
Florida | September 2017