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Fall is in the air…can you feel it?  The month of October arrives with the best of intentions, what with warm days and cool evenings.  But by the end of October, you will realize that winter isn’t far off.  All the signs are there…the changing weather, the fall colors, the harvesting of the fields.  All of these remind us that time is short and there is much to be done before the realities of the cold, harsh weather is upon us.

In many ways, the month of October is a reflection of our very lives.  We start off with the best of intentions, enjoying the warmth and excitement we find all around us.  We rush to complete those end-of-summer chores, we relish in the enthusiasm of our favorite football or volleyball team, we struggle to harvest the crops we cared for all summer, and we hurry to enjoy the last vestiges of those beautiful autumn days.  But in the back of our mind, we realize that our time is limited and there is only so much we can do before everything changes.

Did you ever stop to consider the similarities between the month of October and our Christian experiences?  We accept Christ into our lives and we find a world of joy and wonder.  For a time, everything is fresh and new and exciting.  We rush to find our place in the Will of God, touching the lives of others while we ourselves are blessed in return.  Yet all the while, there is a nagging in the back of our minds that reminds us that our time is short.  There is so much to do, so many lives that we affect and are affected by ours, so many ways to serve God before everything changes.

Soon, the month of October will be behind us.  The harvest is ready, but the workers are few, busy with their lives and the distractions of the world.  When all is said and done, and you have the time to look back and reflect upon your life, what impact will you have made?  What lives will you have touched?  What crop have you helped to harvest?  What will you be remembered for?

Yes, October is truly a season of change.  Allow God to change your heart today!

In His Service,

Pastor Gary Ginter

October 2020 Calendar

Sunday 10/04              World Communion Sunday

Wednesday 10/07       Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm

Saturday 10/10            Camp Widewater Work Day

Wednesday 10/14       Youth Programs at 6:30 pm

Thursday 10/15           SPRC Meeting at 5:30 pm

Thursday 10/15           Administrative Council Meeting at 6:00 pm

Sunday 10/18              Puppets during morning worship

Sunday 10/18              Charge Conference at 5:00 pm

Wednesday 10/21       Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm

Wednesday 10/28       Youth Programs at 6:30 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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