Would you walk with me this weekend?
by Dennis Miller, Senior Pastor
Photos: Team Ginghamsburg at last year's parade
Hello Ginghamsburg Church Family!
 
Would you join me, my wife Rachel, other staff members, students, and children tomorrow morning (Saturday, September 24) as we represent Ginghamsburg Church in the Tipp City Mum Festival Parade? We’ll walk the parade route (1.5 miles) as a group wearing our Ginghamsburg shirts and handing out candy and other goodies. How cool it will be for spectators that line Main Street in downtown Tipp to be greeted by the smiles and waves of dozens of friendly Ginghamsburg staff, members, and friends! All ages are encouraged to join us. This is another way to share our love for Jesus and desire to do something about it! 
Here is our plan: We’ll gather at 8am this Saturday at our Tipp City Campus and carpool together to the staging area. All you need to do is wear comfortable shoes and your favorite Ginghamsburg t-shirt. If you need a T-shirt, we’ll have a few extra shirts to give out Saturday morning. Please invite your entire family and friends to join us!! I am looking forward to walking with you in the parade! 
 
In addition, you won’t want to miss worship this Sunday morning, September 25. We’re wrapping up our current series, “Welcome Home!” with a message entitled, “A Place Where Young People Are Treasured” based on Mark 10:13-16. Family Ministry Pastor
Mike “Fitz” Fitzpatrick will be preaching at the Tipp City Campus and Middle School Specialist Jayden Groppi will be preaching at the Fort McKinley Campus.   
Also happening this weekend: every first-grade student at both campuses will receive their very own Bible!
At Ginghamsburg Church, kids matter to God! But did you know the familiar New Testament picture of Jesus taking a child in his arms with love portrays an attitude of care and concern for children found nowhere else in the ancient world? Children, along with women, old men, and slaves, were viewed as physically weak burdens on society who had little value to the wider life of the community. In fact, within the first century Roman empire, children were not considered fully human until eight days after birth. Therefore, unwanted children were often left to die. Sometimes they were picked up and raised as house or field slaves. The ancient practice of abandonment was called “exposure.” The head of the household had the legal right to decide life or death up to the eighth day of a child’s life. The Jews opposed this practice but still considered children property of their parents. But Jesus elevated children to a status of importance and personhood, so by the fourth century, the Roman empire outlawed the practice of exposure when the church began to influence the government.
Today, our faith informs us that all persons are of sacred worth to God. That means your life has profound meaning! I love this quote from Pastor Rick Warren, “Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!” You are not an accident or mistake. Today may we discover our meaning and purpose in Jesus Christ and make our lives count. Be assured I am cheering for you!
 
Yours in the only cause that really matters, 
Dennis
Dennis Miller
Senior Pastor

By the Numbers...
  • Offering this week was $42,698 from 207 individual or family givers.  
  • Individuals who participated in worship at all locations:
  • In-person adults, students & kids: 675
  • Online (YouTube & ginghamsburg.church): 306

Online worship is also available on Facebook.
Fort McKinley In-Person Worship Time:
Sunday: 10:30am

Tipp City In-Person Worship Times:
Sunday: 9, 10:30am
Ginghamsburg Online Worship Times:
Sunday: 9, 10:30am
YouTube on demand after 9, 10:30am