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2nd Annual Men’s Softball Festival Update 2014

The Rosemount Valour team from First Baptist Church and the Rosemount Rojos Team from the Hispanic Baptist Church took to the softball field for the 2nd Annual Men’s Softball Festival. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. but had to be postponed due to weather, which has been a common story for our softball season for 2014 anyway. The event was rescheduled one week later to Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m.

Click here for pictures of the 2nd Annual Men’s Softball Festival.

Coach Grismer stands next to Mr. Nibbe as he gets ready to throw out the first pitch.

Coach Grismer stands next to Mr. Nibbe as he gets ready to throw out the first pitch.

Click here for pictures from the 1st Annual Men’s Softball Festival.

Bro. and Mrs. Squillace and family as well as Mrs. McCannon helped with concessions. The trailer stood behind home plate, and Bro. Squillace enjoyed cooking up some hot dogs. Coach Grismer started off our time with a welcome and prayer. The starting festivities included a devotion by Pastor Anaya, starting lineups for both teams, including honorary member, #21 Kyle Murphy, who was able to attend, games between each inning for the children, the national anthem, recognizing Mr. Curry for his help in umping, Mr. Helder for his help with the field, and then finally we fittingly honored Mr. Lowell Nibbe for his 34 years of faithful service to the bus ministry. He has served as a consultant, bus driver, bus mechanic, inspector, and about everything else that deals with the buses. We mentioned the patience and support Mrs. Nibbe, his wife of 54 years, has given to him through all of this since 1970.

Here is the excerpt written by Mr. Graves as we honored Mr. Lowell Nibbe:

Bro. Nibbe is shown here enjoying the festivities at the 2nd Annual Softball Festival. He was honored for his 34 years as a faithful servant in the bus ministry.

Bro. Nibbe is shown here enjoying the festivities at the 2nd Annual Softball Festival. He was honored for his 34 years as a faithful servant in the bus ministry.

The Bible says in Proverbs, 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” You will know a lot of names in your lifetime, but when you hear the name of Mr. Lowell Nibbe, it is synonymous with words such as faithful, caring, hard-working, and actually to sum it up, he embodies pretty much all the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, etc). They all fit his name well.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell and Carol Nibbe have faithfully served the Lord at First Calvary from 1970 to 1974, at Southside from 1974 to 1988, and have been at Rosemount since 1988. Bro. Nibbe has been involved in the bus ministry for 34 years over all three ministries. Mrs. Nibbe has shown a great amount of patience and understanding and has stood by and supported her husband as he has worked on and driven buses for thousands of hours combined.

Top 10 Ways That You Know You Are Mr. Lowell Nibbe

10. You have been married to the same wife, Mrs. Carol Nibbe, who has faithfully been by your side for over 54 years.

9. You showed up to work faithfully to Northwest Airlines as an aircraft mechanic for 36 years from 1964 to your retirement in 2000. And overtime helped to put your three kids through First Baptist School.

8. When you come to church, you drive by the back parking lot to make sure you see that all the buses are present and accounted for and you sometimes check on them between Sunday School and church.

7. You have three kids who love and serve the Lord: a son who is a missionary to Romania, a daughter who is a pastor’s wife and teacher, and another daughter who is also a teacher.

6. In 34 years, you’ve completed over 300 brake jobs, 250 clutches, not to mention the replacement of tires, exhaust systems, seats, light bulbs, and turn signals. The worth in volunteer labor at a mechanic’s hourly rate adjusted for inflation for 34 years is easily several hundred thousand dollars or more.

 5. You’ve eaten 12 slices of bread a day during all those years at Northwest Airlines which comes to two pieces of toast for breakfast and 5 sandwiches during your work shift.

 4. Not only are you a master mechanic, but you have been a bus driver for 30 years to bus kids and school kids for just about every event imaginable including field trips, camp, and everything else.

 3. You were very appropriately inducted into the First Baptist Church of Rosemount’s Bus Ministry Hall of Fame in 2012.

 2. You decided years and years ago the following about working as a mechanic, and I quote, “As long as I am physically able to do it, I am going to do it.” End quote.

 1. Because the people that know you know you’re one of the finest examples of a godly husband, father, layman, servant, and master mechanic that they will ever meet in their lifetime.

We presented Mr. Nibbe with a signed softball and men from both teams came out to congratulate him. We love and appreciate Bro. Nibbe. He is a great man! He was able to throw out the first pitch!

Team members of the Rosemount Valour team face the American flag during the National Anthem.

Team members of the Rosemount Valour team face the American flag during the National Anthem.

We played a nine-inning game. The kids played games between innings and Treston Dudek announced and led the games. In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Rosemount Valour team was up to bat and down 10 to 9. Bro. Chris Grismer was up to the plate with the bases loaded. He hit the softball down the third base line past the 3rd baseman and two runs scored winning the game for the Valour. The final score was 11-10.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the game.

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