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TWHNC Chaplain Celebrates 10 Years

The following is a release from our Celebration Chaplain, Steve Murphree.

I have been blessed to have been serving as TWHNC Chaplain for 10 years.  I suggested the idea to then CEO Ron Thomas that the presence of a chaplain could be a welcome at the Celebration.  He presented the idea to the Celebration Board and the ministry of the TWHNC began, and has continued with the support of former CEO Doyle Meadows and current CEO Mike Inman.

The chaplaincy has provided a ministry of presence to the local and out-of-town Celebration attendees as well as the TWNHC staff.
As with being a pastor, one becomes involved with the lives of the congregation.  I have discovered that the same kind of relationship exists with me and the Celebration family.  My wife, Diane, and I have shared so many experiences over the past 10 years that have grown into lasting friendships.  We've shared joys, sorrows, disappointments, happiness and so many other things.
In addition to maintaining a presence on the show grounds, Diane and I are responsible for sharing bottles of water, with the help of our children and grandchildren.  Cases of water are left at the barns and campgrounds, and are noted as being compliments of the TWHNC Chaplain.
For 27 years the community has been invited to participate in a Sunday morning worship service in the outside arena.  Area ministers and singers lead the service.  As I have taken on the role as Chaplain, I have planned and coordinated this service alongside with the Shelbyville Bedford County Ministerial Association.
As we share what the Celebration means, I share my take on the story.  Yes, we are indebted to the Celebration for the economic impact, for the preservation of a great breed and for me, an opportunity of service to others and to the God who made us.


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