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Happy Birthday, America!!  Yes, this July 4 marks the 243rd birthday of this great nation.   Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.  After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee, but with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

Today, the United States of America may be the most independent nation on earth, able to enjoy the benefits of the struggles for freedom of so long ago.  For over 200 years, citizens of every age and background have sacrificed their time and effort, and in some cases their very lives, to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.

One of the basic tenets of freedom enjoyed by all in this great country is the freedom to worship.  America has become a welcome haven for those seeking peace and safety in persuing their religious freedoms.  Here in America, we can go to church, we can read our Bible, we can kneel down in prayer, safe in the knowledge that we are free from ridicule and persecution.

Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom from sin and death.  His crucifixion and resurrection some 2,000 years ago firmly established our place in God’s kingdom for all eternity.  So this year, as you enjoy your picnics and fireworks, give a prayer of thanks for the greatest nation on earth.

In His Service,

Pastor Gary Ginter

July Calendar

Thursday 07/04           Independence Day

Sunday 07/07              Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am

Sunday 07/07              Communion served during morning worship

Friday 07/12                Concert in the Park

Sunday 07/21              Puppets during morning worship

** Pastor Gary has church office hours every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pastor Gary N. Ginter

So, who is this new pastor coming your way? Perhaps the best way to introduce myself is to share a bit of my journey into ministry. Born in Decatur, Indiana and raised in New Haven, Indiana, my introduction to church life began as a child. My earliest memories are of attending church with my family. For the Ginter family, church was much more than just something you did on Sunday morning. We were a family actively engaged in worship, whether it was Sunday school, youth group, weekday services, or potluck gatherings.

In 1977 I met the young woman who would be my wife, Nola Thomas of rural Grover Hill. Married in the summer of 1978, we made Middle Creek United Methodist Church our home church, and raised our three children in its pews.

Looking back, at the age of 13, I was granted a vision of myself preaching in front of a congregation of people. Keeping that in the back of my mind, I became actively involved in our local church as I accepted roles as Sunday school teacher, Lay Leader, and served as members of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Administrative Council. At the age of 30, remembering my vision, I became a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church, filling pulpit on occasion for other pastors.

In 2000 I finally heeded my call into the ministry and began the process of seeking to be a licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church. On January 1, 2001 I was appointed to my first church, St. John’s UMC in Columbus Grove, Ohio as a licensed Local Pastor. Nola and I served St. John’s for over 14 years, during which I completed the United Methodist Course of Study program at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, a five year program specifically designed for United Methodist Local Pastors.

On May 1, 2015 I was appointed to Kingsley UMC in rural Van Wert County. To the Kingsley Church, Nola and I bring a love of God and a firm belief in the Bible, along with an enthusiasm for youth and an appreciation for the saints of the church. We believe that church should be fun and exciting, and offer a sense of humor combined with a deep spiritual belief in God as we tell the stories of the Bible that still impact our lives today.

We invite you to come join us and be prepared for fun, excitement, and warm welcoming fellowship as we seek the Will of God together as a church and as friends.

In His Service… Pastor Gary Ginter

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