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Pastor Jim Case of the Community Church of Stow was celebrated on May 21 by his loving congregation during the Worship Service
The service began with an aisle runner rolled out before Pastor Jim, stating: "April 30, 1977 Celebrating Forty Years of Ministry 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Congratulations from the Congregation. May 21, 2017."
Created by Linda Doepker, of the congregation, the aisle runner served as an introduction to the service that included introductions of old friends from previous churches he had served. Jon Turney of St. Luke's Lutheran Church processed down the aisle carrying high the gold cross that had been given by Pastor Jim's parents to St. Luke's over 50 years ago. To the music of "Lift High the Cross," the congregation sang his favorite hymn.
Pastor Jim's daughter, Heather Pincoe, and wife, Jeannine Case, presented a "sermon," in the place of his planned one, and his life in the ministry was heard.
Pastor Case has served at least 15 congregations throughout his ministry as an interim, supply, part-time, and full-time pastor. As was read at the service, "God has blessed you for many years, and He has led you on a journey that has been a full life, with growth in your faith, and in your circle of relationships."
Many people in the communities of Stow, Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, Sebring, Akron, Clinton and many other towns and villages in Ohio, from Cuyahoga County to Tuscarawas County know Pastor Case. They recognize his need to pastor, to answer the calls as Chaplain of the Stow Police Department, to respond to people who are deep in their grief of loss of a loved one.
He says, "I'll give it a few more years, but no plans just yet. I have a job to do here at Community Church of Stow, and I think they like me here."