The United Pentecostal Church of DeKalb, 1120 S. Seventh St., honored local leaders during its Community Appreciation Day on April 27.
“So many times our public officials hear the complaints. We are one group of people that wish to express our appreciation for community servants,” Pastor Greg W. Davis said in a new release.
On hand were Cpl. Curt Biarnesen of the DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb Mayor John Rey, Assistant Chief Jeff McMaster and Deputy Greg Hoyle of the DeKalb Fire Departments and Colleen Bredeson of the Voluntary Action Center. Each representative was given a certificate of appreciation.
“Our purpose according to Scripture is to give honor to whom honor is due,” Davis told the congregation. “We are so thankful for dedicated people that make DeKalb one of the finest communities to live and work in.”
Rey conveyed his gratitude for the many people in his various departments that work hard for the community. He expressed his appreciation for the local community of faith that supports city functions and officials.
McMaster expressed what a pleasure it is for firefighters and support services staff to be a blessing to the community in crises.
Hoyle, who had been to the church for previous Community Appreciation Days said, “This is my third year here. ... I am honored to represent the men and women who help conduct the city’s fire services. They would extend to you their appreciation for your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoyle received a standing ovation when he said, “And if you have this again next year, put me down – because I’ll be back!”
After the civic leaders’ remarks, the congregation held a receiving line where adults and children shook their hands and let them know how much they appreciated the work of DeKalb‘s civil servants.