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Pandamania flows into blessing of the bookbags
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For years, the Rev. Chance Ward often passed by Goshen United Methodist Church as he drove along Highway 21 on his way to and from Savannah. Never did he think one day he would be the pastor of that same church that serves as a landmark for motorists passing through Effingham County.

As you enter Effingham County, Goshen United Methodist Church sits in the center of Highway 21, and is the first church that you see. A church that is rich in history is excited about their future.

As summer draws to an end, Goshen UMC is celebrating with Vacation Bible School. Kids are having fun as they are learning that God is “wild” about them. It’s not your parent’s VBS. The church is filled with panda bears.  At PandaMania, each activity is an important part of the learning and growing experience. You are invited to “go a little crazy” and join in at Goshen for Vacation Bible School on July 29 from 6-9 p.m. and then on July 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. VBS will conclude July 31 at 9:15 a.m

You have heard in recent news about the Blessing of the Fleet. As boats come through the Savannah River; the crew and the vessels are blessed with a prayer that God will protect them and prosper their work.

In our area, you can look forward to your children having a blessed and productive 2011-2012 school year. Goshen United Methodist Church will have “Blessing of the Bookbags” on July 31. Students and teachers of all ages are invited to mark the beginning of another school year at Goshen’s first “Blessing of the Bookbags” during the 10:30 a.m. morning service.

One of the area’s most historical congregations, Goshen welcomes a new pastor, Rev. Chance Ward from Springfield. In keeping the traditions of the church in mind, as well as pressing onward with progressive worship, Rev. Ward has began plans to get to know the congregation on a personal level. He has a heart for the community and his enthusiasm is spreading.

“I want our neighbors to know that Jesus is Lord over all and that through Him amazing and wonderful things happen.  I am incredibly impressed with the church. I have a hope in the future and a hope for what’s ahead,” Ward said.