Kingsley United Methodist Church Newsletter – July 2016
Independence Day, or July 4th, is one of my favorite holidays. Partially I think because of the warm weather, the picnics, and of course, the fireworks. But also because of what the day means to me, and what it should mean to all of us.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Many stories surround these great men. Some say that five of the signers were captured by the British as traitors. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, and another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the war. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.
These were not wild eyed, rabble rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Today, you and I continue to enjoy the benefits of their actions. The United States of America is truly a land of opportunity and freedom; freedom to express ourselves without fear of repercussions, freedom to live and raise our families in a safe and enjoyable environment, freedom to attend church and worship as we choose.
Although Jesus Christ did not author a life changing proclamation or sign his name with others to alter the form of government of his day, he did something more important for each of us. Christ ‘signed’ his name in blood on the cross of Calvary. His death means life for each and every one of us. His actions guarantee our freedom from sin for all eternity.
Celebrate with me this Independence Day. Celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation of ours, and the freedoms Christ brings to our lives.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Calendar July 2016
July 3 – Communion during morning worship
July 4 – Independence Day – America’s 240th Birthday
July 15 – Bread & Bowl at Van Wert 1st UMC at 6:00 pm
July 17 – Hope & Friends during Children’s Time
July 31 – Children’s Benevolent Offering during morning worship
** Pastor Gary has church office hours every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm