Jubiliee Testimonies

This is a time to look back and reclaim the feeling, assurance, commitment, and love we have for the Lord Jesus Christ. You can revisit the 50 days of Jubilee Testimonies to view previously published testimony letters from our congregation.



Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 22

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Sunday, February 6, 2011, Day 22


                                                                                             MAKING MEMORIES


Some of my earliest memories began in church.  My Grandpa and Grandma Kennedy started attending the North Cove building almost 40 years ago and our family has called this church home ever since.  I had good influences that taught me how to be involved in church. 

I remember like it was yesterday my Grandpa letting me help count the people from the balcony each Sunday.  I remember regular carry-in dinners in the basement.  It was some of the best cooking ever.  Grandpa would sometimes take me with him to Thursday morning breakfast with the men’s group.  And I remember my grandma working in the nursery.  My aunt played piano and my Mom sang in the choir.  I still recall the pretty cream colored robes with shiny burgundy wraps.  And, I recollect Sunday school with Al Hess, church camp and Christmas pageants.

Now at Heritage, the building is different but the theme is the same.  I still really enjoy being involved in our church.  It’s just what we (as a family) do.  There are so many activities to be a part of; Fall fest, winter dinners, Trunk or Treat, scavenger hunts, plays, music, sports, etc.

It’s having a place to be involved, a place to call home and a place to grow.  That’s what makes church special.  It’s where you make memories.  It’s where you have fun.  It gives you something to look forward to.  It’s where the people you love are and where you’re accepted.  It’s where you feel safe.


Amanda Stump
Drama Team

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony day 20

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Friday, February 4, 2011, Day 20

HERITAGE CHURCH AND ITS MINISTRIES


True Christianity means family and love to me.  The Heritage Church of God ministry is just that.  We have attended churches that I would sit through their services and sometimes they spoke to me, while other times they left me with an empty feeling.   Since our retirement we have been out there on our own and had forgotten and really missed what a great and warm spiritual feeling it is to belong to God's family.

Then the Heritage Church of God opened its loving arms and became our family.  Being greeted by name whenever you enter and leave after Sunday services, understanding as well as receiving spiritual renewal from the services and joining everyone for Wednesday night dinners gives me that sense of belonging.   All the members of this church have shown us the true meaning of Christianity.  And just like a big family, there are smaller units.  The members of the Afghans for Others made me immediately feel right at home.  These talented and caring women give me that extra feeling of a family within a family.  'Not Just for Seniors' are wonderful people and their trips are also like the smaller units of that overall family.  Just the quiet camaraderie of belonging to small groups and the larger church family makes me feel that I am a part of that big and awe-inspiring family of God.

Pastor Fry has the unique ability to make you want to be there and hear his sermons.  He has surrounded himself with wonderful people.  I think everyone there had been searching for a place to belong and we have all found it at this church.  From his professionalism of wearing a suit to reading and taking his sermons right from the Bible, Pastor Fry speaks to me without any of his own interpretation.  I was raised as a Christian Scientist until I was nine years old.  This religion is based on Mary Baker Eddy's explanation of the Bible in her 'Keys to the Scriptures.'  But having Pastor Fry and Pastor Kujawski take their messages directly from the Bible speaks to me so that I can understand it.

Living the true way of love and family are the key principles; not materialism and money.  This church, its leaders and members have brought back that sense of a huge family that teaches and is truly God's word for me.  Too many people profess to lead good Christian lives; but do not live their own lives within those teachings.  That is not the case at Heritage Church.  And I'd like to thank everyone for letting me be a part of this wonderful, loving family of God.


Lynda Nemec
Afghans For Others

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 18

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Day 18

                                                                            BRINGING US THROUGH

I am writing this letter as a testimony to our Lord Jesus Christ for all that he has brought me through.  I am proud to be a Christian and part of the Heritage family.  I am not attending Heritage Church of God by accident.  The Lord directed us to this wonderful God fearing and caring congregation we have been a part of for over 9 years.  Each Sunday we continue to be fed through God’s word by our Pastor.  What makes our Church unique are the many different backgrounds that each family brings together united under God’s bloodline.

Personally, I have been through so much physically, each day is difficult and requires much discipline.  It has forced me to look at different options of living, and dealing with my limitations; but God has never left me hungry, homeless, or friendless.  He has more than met our needs each day. This has helped me to grow deeper and become more spiritual, thus trusting God for everything each day. 

Heritage has so many avenues with which to grow, Bible studies, Sunday School, music, Wednesday night activities, website, and all the special fellowship events.  I am continuing to seek God’s direction in my life each day.  I want to work even harder this year for those that do not know Jesus Christ.  I tell you He is alive and real and will help you through any situation no matter how difficult it may seem.  Please do not hesitate to call on Him and He will be there to help.   As humans we may fall and I am so grateful for His saving grace.

Again, I am blessed to be a part of the Heritage Church of God congregation.

Michael Day
Website Director

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 21

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Saturday, February 5, 2011, Day 21

                                                                                          GOD LEADS
                                                               We love because he first loved us.  1 John 4:19

Seven years ago my family stepped into Heritage Church of God following my Dad whom had been coming on Sunday nights to listen to Pastor Fry preach from “The Book of Revelations.”  The Book of Revelations--what an interesting book--who isn’t interested in that!  We were in the thought process of looking for a new church so acting upon a suggestion to come and see what this Church was all about just came natural.

Roughly six years ago one Sunday morning Pastor Fry told the congregation, that the day care at the church was looking to hire a couple of child care workers.  My wife had been working as a beautician for several years, mostly in Defiance, Ohio.  Being newer to the Toledo area, she was not fully satisfied where she was and was thinking quite seriously about finding different work.  I suggested that she could try out the Heritage Day Care temporarily until she found a new salon or chose a different career path.  Little did I know that God was leading us to Him.

About this same time, we came to the point in our marriage where we wanted children.  A year passed and with testing we learned that we were unable to have children on our own.  With Emily being adopted herself the choice to adopt came very easily.  The next step after deciding that this is what we were going to do was the “who, what, when, where and how” questions.  God already had the plan in the works.

Emily came home one day talking about these two beautiful little girls in the day care.  They were sisters (about to turn 2 and 3 years old) and both in a foster home at the time.  Both girls might soon need a home—mom, dad (and later a dog).  I said, “Hey, they need a home—we need kids, give the agency a call and see what they say.”  We had been praying for over a year and asking God that we might have a baby.

God blessed us with children in November, 2005 through the adoption of two beautiful little girls—just some 11 months from Emily’s initial phone call! 

Six months later, I surrendered my life to My Lord Jesus Christ with my wife following suit shortly there after.

We love Heritage Church of God because this is where we have been born again and our family was brought together by God’s marvelous hand.  Heritage Church is like family--the ministry, teachings and fellowship have been such a blessing of encouragement in our walk with Christ.  I can see that the same hand that put my family together leads this Church and its ministry.  God is with us.

Jason Dick
Adult Education

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 19

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Thursday, February 3, 2011, Day 19


                                                                                     OUR ROOTS


Heritage to me is about our roots.  I was raised in an ancestry where the corner stone of our life was God, church, and family.  It was part of God’s plan and my destination that I marry a wonderful Christian lady and end up at a church called Heritage.

Heritage Church of God has taught me to grow in my faith and to learn more of the heritage of God and His people, our ancestors.  I am learning the Bible here and I’m shown through the Bible the way of life and how to lift others to Christ.

Our future at Heritage depends on showing those who follow us, our youth, the way, the truth and the light.  Heritage is a place where we come to start our week, to sing God’s praises, to hear the word, and leave here with love and hope in our hearts that makes us want to spread the message to others.    We return to the Church on Mondays and Wednesdays for Bible studies, dinner and fellowship with others like us.  We welcome new people to come and worship and learn about their heritage. 

Heritage Church of God was here in the past, is here and strong today, and with God as our beacon, will be here for others in the future.


Chalo Campos
Music Team

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 17

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Day 17

                                                                           CHURCH IS NOT THE BUILDING


The church is my family.  From the first time I stepped into a church when I was 10 years old, the people took me in and loved me.  They encouraged me and taught me to be like Jesus by their example.  That is true for whatever church I have gone to throughout my life.

As I grew up in a dysfunctional, abusive home, the church was my solace and security.  When I ran away from home at the age of 16, guess where I went -- the church.  Of course, after counseling and praying with my pastor, he took me back home.   The church, showing me God’s love, helped me through my son’s illness and death from leukemia.  As a single parent from the time my daughter was 7, the church helped me raise her to be a beautiful, Christ-like woman, wife and mother.  Through the church, I learned to discipline in love using the scriptures.  Alicia always knew if we had a disagreement, we would be talking, searching the Bible, and praying.    About a month after she left for college, she wrote me a letter telling me not to worry about her and thanking me for bringing her up in church because she had learned right from wrong.  I did not do that alone, but with the help of all my church family who set a constant example for her.

The church is not the building, but God’s people who meet together to do His will by reaching out to others to show them Jesus.  Thank you Lord for each and every person who has touched my life in the church and for those you have allowed me to touch.  We should never underestimate what God can do with our obedience to Him. 

In the past year, I have heard from some former members of my youth group when I was Youth Director.  In each situation, I had no idea that I had any effect on their lives.  But because I was obedient to God, teaching His word and loving them as Christ would, they have told me I made a huge impact on their lives.  As they have struggled, they remembered what I taught them about having faith in God and trusting Him.

In John 15:12 Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  That is what the church is; showing God’s love.  Thank you Lord for each one who has shown me your love.

Judy Branstutter
Prayer Warrior

 
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