How good was Thursday’s National Day of Prayer program at First Presbyterian Church? The main speaker, Skip Wilde, had his own wing man to introduce him.
“He lives it. Skip lives it every day,” said Dwight Tkach. “Anybody who knows Skip knows he is a giver.”
Tkach and Wilde are business partners, and often times can be seen on the stage together at a benefit event.
“He likes to give back,” Tkach said about Wilde, noting his best friend has been involved in mission trips, helps with the church and has been donating pizzas to many different organizations throughout the years.
“He’s a Christian and he lives it,” Tkach said.
Wilde discussed how he came home from work one day and told his wife, Patti, he wanted to quit his job.
“I told her I wanted to deliver pizzas,” he told his wife.
At the time, the couple had two young children.
Wilde said the couple prayed and made the leap into the pizza business.
Wilde worked his way up and eventually was a Domino’s franchise owner. He recently sold the Norwalk store.
“I’ve been blessed,” he said. “God has never failed me. ”It’s more blessed to give than to receive.“
He and his wife celebrated their 37th anniversary Wednesday.
Wilde said it starts young, and he has been fortunate to share his faith with his ”5 1/2“ grandchildren. He and Patti recently were in Texas praying before bedtime with his grandchildren.
”It’s important for us to teach our young people,“ Wilde said. ”Take the opportunity to pray with your children, grandchildren friends and neighbors.“
Wilde talked about the Thanksgiving dinner he and Patti have been involved in with Dave and Robin Bleile and hundreds of volunteers have been involved with the last 20 years.
”We prepare between 500 to 600 meals,“ he said. ”I don’t ask for much. ... They (the volunteers) just appear. People continue to come back year after year.“
Last year the crew made 125 deliveries and passed out more than 400 meals. ”And we were done before 12:30,“ he said.
”We have served over 1 million calories,“ he added with a laugh.
”You know there is a need and we are excited to serve. Our volunteers can and do make a difference. When I hand the volunteers the card (with information about the people they are delivering to), I tell them to keep it and send them a Christmas card.“
Wilde talked about the heart attack he had last year and that he was in good hands.
”I knew God was in control,“ he said. ”I had people all over praying for me. ... That’s real, real powerful. I am here today and I have a different attitude on life. I thank God every day and every morning for one more day.“
Wilde said everybody has talents to share, specifically time, talent and touch.
”I challenge each and every one of you to touch another person,“ he said.
Also Thursday, Dirk Weisenburger, a 2012 Norwalk High School graduate and a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, received a special prayer as he heads off to Ft. Jackson, S.C., for Army basic training, followed by officer candidate school at Ft. Benning, Ga. He is the son of Norwalk Municipal Court Judge Eric and Kelly Weisenburger.