Different times I’ve discussed one of my best friends, Elwyn Ordway. He visited a few months ago with his family and I’ve mentioned him in a number of sermons. We met early in my teaching career when our classrooms were next door. God used him greatly in my conversion and he’s been a wonderfully loyal and encouraging friend. He was the one person who stood by me at the lowest point in my life when my brother died and I was somewhat estranged from my parents. It seemed like a number of people had written me off, but he saw something in me and even at that early time in my Christian life he talked to me about being a pastor someday.
Last week he saw on Facebook that I dedicated 14 babies during last Sunday’s service, and he wrote the following article as a joke. Here are a few things for you to know so this makes sense: he lives in Marysville, CA, he read the other bulletin letter where I joked about the women’s meeting discussing me not liking baby dedications, and he’s a big sports fan. When I used to coach if I experienced any success, he’d write articles comparing me to the greatest coaches in history. This article is in the same vein as those other comical articles…
Marysville Daily Press – 2/17/13
Move over Babe Ruth. You too Broadway Joe Namath and Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio. Coach Wooden you got company. And those ’72 Dolphins? They have a new neighbor.
Today in the sleepy little town of Woodland, WA a record was set. The Babe hit 60 home runs in 1927. Namath led the Jets to that Super Bowl III upset, Joe Dimaggio hit in 56 straight games in 1941, UCLA won 88 games in a row, and Miami went undefeated in the 1972 NFL season. But on Feb 17th, Pastor Scott LaPierre dedicated 14 straight babies at the WCC morning service. News reports stated LaPierre didn’t believe in baby dedications but he changed his mind just recently. “Pastor Scott didn’t even change his shirt and tie but went right into the dedications after his sermon,” said one onlooker.
One long time friend was not surprised. “I remember how Scott used to let the dishes pile up in his kitchen sink so I’m not really surprised he let all these babies pile up as well.” The friend said LaPierre would now be known as “The Babe”. One WCC member said the official count of dedications since Pastor Scott had not previously believed in dedications was 14 babies, seven middle schoolers and a 38-year-old man who joined in the gala event. The older gentlemen said he had waited a long time for Pastor Scott to change his mind about dedicating babies, but he was glad to finally be dedicated.
After the service Mrs. Katie LaPierre gave “the Babe” an ice pack and listed his shirt and tie on Ebay under “LaPierre Shirt with Drool“. Mrs. LaPierre said her husband had worn the shirt all morning so there was quite a bit of drool from all the dedications. Some of it even belonged to the babies.
Congratulations were in order after the service. Reports had LaPierre so tired afterwards that he needed to take a few months to recover.
-Reporter Elwyn Ordway