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Faith, Hope and Love

| October 21, 2013

COSHOCTON – The faith, hope and love special needs ministry group, under the direction of Jen Jones, led the 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 morning worship at Roscoe United Methodist Church. The church also recognized the many volunteers who help with the program. The congregation applauded several times during the service which included Adam Wells playing the piano.

Roscoe UMC Pastor Steve Sullivan said of the ministry, “First, this means that all persons are welcome in God’s family. It means that love is unconditional in this place. For the families it means that kids who are sometimes not accepted in their classrooms by their peers are accepted somewhere. They know they have a place where they are loved for who they are, that they are cared for just because they are children of God.” Speaking of the morning’s service, Sullivan said, “It’s an amazing service, these kids are so full of love. You can’t help but be moved when you see these kids get up and share their talent. It speaks to the fact that they may be differently abled but they are very capable, very able of doing some wonderful things. It’s a blessing to have these kids as part of our church.”

Jen Jones, who heads up the ministry, said about the program, “For the parents and families it’s a chance to come and worship God without worrying about their kids every week. For our timeouts it’s a time for the parents to go have lunch or take a nap if that’s what they want to do. During our timeouts we take care of all the kids for three hours on a Saturday.” The timeouts are held six times per year. Jones said there are many special moments of the program, “I don’t know if I can do just one. It’s seeing Adam sing and dance to his favorite songs, and Tyler having the courage to share a story and Willy is willing to share, Casey singing, I can’t name just one. I‘m just so proud of all of them. I’m so proud that all of them had the guts to get up in front of all these people and share their faith in God. I hope that the people that were here realize that they just need to believe in God. They just need to have faith like these kids, these young adults do.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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