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Thank You So Much

On behalf of Christina, Terry, and myself, we would like to say a special thank you to each and everyone of you for the kindness shown to us during the recent sickness and death of my father. Christina's grandfather lived as both a leader and a servant for over 89 years.

Thank you so much for your cards, prayers, phone calls, and concern. The Peace Lily that the church sent in his memory was lovely and is now in our home.

I would also like to thank the elders for picking up the church responsibilities while I was away, and especially John Cain, who volunteered to preach on Father's Day (we were back, and I can truthfully say, he did a great job).

We know that Dad J (as Terry always called him), is joyfully reunited with my mother (they were married almost 50 years when she died 15 years ago), and with God. While we celebrate his arrival in heaven, our hearts are also sad in his absence.

He was trained as an accountant, and worked at the same company for nearly 40 years. In the 1970's he was asked to come help out a struggling congregation. A few years later, he became their pastor for over 30 years. I had the privelidge of serving this congregation as well, as their Associate Pastor for 4 years. It was at this church that I was ordained.

We know he lived a long life, and it was certainly an extra blessing that my dad's mind was so clear and his memory so sharp. He was a big help to me as we would talk for hours about his family over the last few years. He was a big help to me in starting to unravel the family tree. He was an encyclopedia of information about his side of the family – yet they were never very close.

My father left a strong legacy: faith in his Lord, a strong prayer life, pride in his family, love for his country, and a long history of serving others through church work and the Masonic work he did.

~ Pastor J

The rest of this article is an essay Sarah Pierce wrote for school this past year for which she won an award. We would like to share it with you in honor of the 4th of July.

Are You Proud of Your Country

By Sarah Pierce

The United States of America is a great country to be living in. I don’t know who couldn’t be proud of it. I know I am. We have been through some tough battles where we’ve been out numbered by a lot and we still came out on top. I am proud of this country because I think freedom is a hard thing to control and this is the only country that does it and stays strong. There are some weaknesses, but those are just some minor flaws that we haven’t fixed, yet.

The wars we have fought in, might have been painful, bloody, and terrible, but we have fought through them all because everybody wants to keep this amazing country free. The people who live here don’t realize how wonderful their lives have been in this country compared to others from different countries. They have been born free, live free, and plan on staying and dying free.

The American symbols all are a good part of our country and I think they help show how strong we are and plan on staying. The American flag shows the thirteen colonies and the 50 states, which shows how much we have grown through the years. The Bald Eagle shows we are a free and valuable people. Our colors stand for unique things about our country. Here are the three colors and their meanings; red stands for hardiness and valor, white stands for purity and innocence, and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Another reason why I am proud of my country is because all of the people who founded it worked very had to make sure we were going to be able to keep our freedom and not have someone take over in a few years. They tried to make sure everything was fair for everyone, but everyone still had to fight for all of their personal freedoms.

Many people had to fight for rights, for them, their friends, and their family. Women started out not having any rights and now they are just as free and have the same opportunities as men. African Americans had to do the same. They were known as slaves and now they are as equal as everybody else. Those are just some of the reasons why I am proud of The Untied States of America.

Thanks Sarah for sharing your essay.

~Pastor J

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