Listen! Can you hear it? If you listen closely enough, you can hear the grateful sighs of parents everywhere as they send their children back to school for another year. Yes, September is here and not only are schools back in session, but many other groups and activities are under way once again. One glance at the September calendar will confirm the re-convening of groups and committees here at Kingsley UMC and elsewhere.
Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, I just want to emphasize that there were lots of fun and informative activities that took place this summer. During the month of June we attended Annual Conference at Lakeside, and celebrated Father’s Day, and welcomed the first day of Summer. In July we celebrated Independence Day and Pastor Gary and Nola’s 38th Anniversary. In August we celebrated the wedding of Audrey and Aaron Voisard, and began a church vision project with District Superintendent Barry Burns.
But there is more, much more to accomplish yet this year. The 160th Van Wert County Fair runs Aug. 31 thru Sept. 5. Our very special 9/11 Patriot’s Day Veteran’s and First Responder’s Recognition Service takes place on Sunday morning September 11th, followed by a free meal after the worship service. And our annual Fall Roundup is scheduled for Sunday morning September 25th. And while there are many new faces here at Kingsley UMC, the pews are far from full. In other words, there is much work yet to be done. (See attached September calendar for full list of events)
As I am writing this article, my thoughts are on the actions of Jesus in the New Testament. As I read the stories of Jesus, I discover that he rarely sat still for very long. He was constantly traveling from one town to the next, from one person to another, from one miracle to another. He didn’t wait for people in need to find him, more often than not, Jesus was out looking for them.
In the same way, our church, or any church for that matter, simply cannot and should not wait for the world to come find us. We need to be active in our communities, in our schools and in our workplaces. We need to share the love of God and the Good News of the Gospel wherever we go and to everyone we meet. Jesus commands us, “to go and make disciples,” not to sit and wait for them to find us.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Aug. 31 – Sept. 5 – Van Wert County Fair
Sept. 4 – First Sunday of the month Breakfast at 9:00 am
Sept. 4 – Adult and Children’s Sunday school classes begin
Sept. 4 – Communion during morning worship
Sept. 5 – Labor Day
Sept. 7 – Adult Bible study begins at 10:00 am and again at 6:30 pm
Sept. 7 – Children and Youth Program begins at 6:30 pm
Sept. 9 – Bread & Bowl at Van Wert First at 6:00 pm
Sept. 11 – Specail 9/11 Veteran’s and First Responder’s Service at 10:30 am with free meal following service
Sept. 13 – Adult Bible study at 10:00 am and again at 6:30 pm
Sept. 13 – Children and Youth program at 6:30 pm
Sept. 15 – SPRC meets at 6:30 pm, Administrative Council meets at 7:00 pm
Sept. 20 – Adult Bible study at 10:00 am and again at 6:30 pm
Sept. 20 – Children and Youth program at 6:30 pm
Sept. 22 – First day of Fall
Sept. 25 – Annual Fall Roundup during morning worship. Roundup your friends and bring them to church!
Sept. 28 – Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am and again at 6:30 pm
Sept. 28 – Children & Youth program at 6:30 pm