Women Hear Message of Faith and Endurance
at Pilot Club Brunch
by: Bobby McDonald
Former Sulphur Springs resident and now living in Paris, Sherrie Kulwicki, shared her innermost thoughts
with those gathered at Saturday's Pilot Club Spring Extravaganza, Saturday, in the Civic Center.
"I had my life all planned out, of how I was going to live in Sulphur Springs, raise my three sons, and they were going to all grow up to be successful and I was going to live happily ever after, and much like many of you, I've found out, God had different plans for me," expressed Sherrie Kulwicki, as she was the keynote speaker at Saturday's Pilot Club sponsored Spring Extravaganza Brunch and Auction. "I've been tested and if I've learned nothing else, it's that God is the one that writes our lives, and not us! Read Jeremiah 29: 1-2, and he tells us that He's the author, not us!"
"Then go back in the Bible and read Genesis 1 & 2 and you'll find out how life was meant to be for us, before Adam and Eve sinned. Then, read Revelations 21 & 22, and you'll find how it's going to be once we make it to heaven," continued Kulwicki. "But, the problem is that we're forced to live in that space in-between, until we make it to heaven, and it isn't always pleasant. There's death, grief, heartache and trials that we must endure, but I'm here to tell you that God has a plan for each of us, to make us look like Jesus, as we go through these troubled times."
"I endured one of the hardest things in life, of burying one of my sons," expressed Kulwickie. "And, it wasn't easy, but them I woke up one morning and God told me that I'd prayed time and time again that my son would be happy, and He'd answered my prayers. He was with God now in the happiest place he could be! Does it not break my heart to not be able to share it with him now? Oh, yes, but it makes the thought of heaven just that much greater of a reward, too!"
Kulwicki shared her message with over 100 local women who attended Saturday's event, designed to increase faith and to uplift the weary, as they go about working in this community.
Included in the Pilot Club sponsored event was a silent auction, door prizes, brunch, and the keynote address.
The annual spring social of the Pilot Club is one of their major fundraising activities. This year's grand prize winner in the drawing, for a gas grill, was Jennifer Graves.
The Pilot Club sponsors a number of activities each year with their charitable contributions to Hopkins County, including: WIC Shaken Baby Blankets and Pamphlets, Military Care Packages, Alzheimer's Support Group and Walk, Meal A Day and Food Bank, Teen Court, CASA, Terrific Tuesday's, Care Giver of the Year Award at the annual Chamber Banquet, Shadow Ranch, Handicap Rodeo, and a host of others.
Diamond, Platinum, and Gold sponsors for this year's Spring Extravaganza were: Luminant, Dolan 717 Regrigeration Services, Craig Johnson, Front Porch News Texas, Edward Jones, Millennium Shopper, Patty Brown Allstate, Carriage House Manor, ABC Autoplex, City National Bank, James Hodge Motors, Southwest Dairy Museum, Farm Country, Ocean Spray, Jack Gillis, Hill Construction, Alliance Bank, Texas Heritage Bank, and Clay Johnson.
Kulwicki received a standing ovation at the end of her presentation.