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Thanks to Those Who Serve!

John 15:13

13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

I know this passage doesn’t refer to the military – it is talking about Jesus and those who love one another like Jesus loves.  But I often think of it as I think of those who have placed their lives in harms way for their country!  I say thank you to all who have served and all who do serve their country.  God bless America.  There are those who appreciate you and your service!

How about responding to this blog entry by naming the people in your circle who have served or do serve?  That would be amazing!  I might even list the names in our E-News soon so that we can honor them!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

July 4, 2010 - Posted by | Community, Encouragement | ,


  1. Michael Dover – Marine
    Mark Lenart – Navy
    John Stevens – Navy
    James Theodore – Army Air Corps
    Kurt Scarbro – Navy
    Pam Scarbro – Navy
    Larry Olson – Coast Guard
    James Walker – Air Force
    Matt Sheftic – Army
    Jeff and Sandee Welch – Air Force
    Mike Hagee – Marines
    Mike Saul – Marines
    Just to name a few…..thanks to all who serve and have given their time, energy, and devotion to defend our country!


    Comment by Jerry Walker | July 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you Jerry! I see you out on 214 some afternoons – I honk when I go by!


      Comment by raymcdonald | July 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Nathan Cantrell (army active duty)
    Scott Cantrell (army active duty)
    Andrew Stonebraker (Army national guard)
    Ross Paulsen (Army active duty)
    Brian Rupp (Airforce Active duty)
    Tony Dively (Army active duty)
    John Rowe (Navy)
    Derreck Clagget (Navy)
    Timothy Carte (Army)
    Harvey Dutcher III (army active duty)
    Dereck Dutcher (army active duty)
    Angelo Pell (navy active duty)


    Comment by Jennifer Berry | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Todd Hershberger (Army–WW1, WW2) (my grandfather)
    Ron Hershberger (Army–Korean Conflict) (my dad)
    David Slater (Air Force–peace time) (my uncle)
    Richard Ayers (Navy–WW2, Korea) (Tom’s dad)


    Comment by Amy Ayers | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. Here are some – who have I missed?

    BELL, Jay – US Army
    BELL, Lance – US Army
    BOLIN, Sam – US Marine Corps
    BONTRAGER, Nicole – US Air Force
    BRAGG, Rod – US Navy
    CANTRELL, Nathan – US ARMY
    COLLINS, Bill – US Marine Corp,US Air Force, & US Army
    CRAIG, Elizabeth – Women’s Royal Air Force
    CRAIG, Milford – US Air Force
    DEBOLT, Don – US Air Force
    DEANS, John – US Air Force
    FAHR, Dennis – US Coast Guard
    FRAME, Dana – US Army
    GUYMON, Sedge – US Navy
    HAMMOND, Walt – US Navy & US Army
    HAMPTON, John – US Air Force
    HENDERSON, John – US Air Force
    HINEGARDNER, Bill – US Air Force
    HOLLOWAY, Russ – US Navy
    HOPKINS, Ken – US Air Force
    IMAI, Rebecca – US Air Force
    JABY, Anthony’E – US Air Force
    LEITH, David – US Navy
    LONDOT, James – US Navy
    MACCHIO, Rick – US Navy
    MCDONALD, SR, Ramon – US Navy
    MURPHY, Mark – US Navy
    NATIONS, Drew – US Navy
    NELSON, Jerry – US Navy
    OWENS, Randy – US Navy
    PELL, Jack – US Army
    REYES, Ike – US Army
    STAUFFER, John – NJ National Guard
    WALKER, Doc – US Army and National Guard
    WALSH, Jack – US Army
    WATKINS, Skip – US Air Force
    WYLAND, Bill – US Army


    Comment by raymcdonald | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. My dad, Robert Ollinger, was 19 yrs. old when he landed on Omaha Beach in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. He is alive and still serving his Lord and Savior today.


    Comment by Barb MacBride | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. James A. (Drew) Nations, husband of Karen Lemmert Nations is serving with the Navy at Norfolk, VA.


    Comment by Donna Lemmeret | July 8, 2010 | Reply

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