The month of May has finally arrived, bringing warm weather and flowers. May is a busy month as we try to make up for time lost due to cold, wet weather; the lawn mowers are humming, the birds are singing, and children can be found playing out in their yards. Yes, May ushers in the promise of another busy summer.
One glance at the May calendar and you’ll know it’s going to be a busy month. The nation unites in honoring mothers on May 14, Mother’s Day. What a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation and love to the mothers who have committed their lives to make each of us the persons we are today.
The nation honors the sacrifices of our military men and women on May 29, Memorial Day. It is often said that ‘freedom isn’t free’ and it is only fitting that we show our respect to those heroes, both living and dead, who stand up for our rights and our way of life. They deserve honor, respect, and our prayers.
May is also a busy time for our children as the school year comes to a close for the summer. Students are preparing for final exams, and seniors are counting the hours until graduation. Parents all know there will be awards programs followed by the graduation ceremony and all the graduation parties that follow. Lincolnview Local and Van Wert City Schools graduate on Sunday May 21, while Crestview Local graduates on Saturday May 27.
May is also a busy time from a church perspective. This year we celebrate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 4, and the Ascension of Christ on May 25, when Jesus rose up into the heavens after his resurrection. At Ascension, we are impressed by the power of Christ and cannot help but acknowledge his divine power. His return to glory affirms his promise to ‘go and prepare a place for us’.
Please note that the weekly Wednesday children’s program and the adult Bible study groups will not meet during the summer months of May, June, July and August. All programs will resume on Wednesday September 6.
May God’s presence in your lives enrich and encourage you during this wonderful month of May.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
May 2017 Calendar
Thursday May 4 – May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Party from 5-8 pm
Sunday May 7 – First Sunday of the month Breakfast at 9:00 am
Sunday May 7 – Communion during morning Worship service
Sunday May 7 – Invention Sunday w/movie after morning worship
Monday May 8 – N.O.W. Committee meets at 6:30 pm
Saturday May 13 – Widewater Mission Team completes shelter house
Sunday May 14 – Mother’s Day – Kingsley Kids program during morning worship
Friday May 19 – Bread & Bowl at Van Wert First at 6:00 pm
Sunday May 21 – Puppets during morning worship
Sunday May 21 – Graduation Ceremonies for Lincolnview Local and Van Wert City Schools
Saturday May 27 – Graduation Ceremony for Crestview Local Schools
Monday May 29 – Memorial Day
Wednesday May 31 – Camp Clay Day for kids K – 5th grade