Patriotic Sunday, July 2, 2017
The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence
July the Fourth, 1776
What happened to those who signed the historic document? Five were captured by the British as traitors, then tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
These first American heroes pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners. They were men of means, well educated. But they signed knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire … his home was totally destroyed. Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such are the stories and sacrifices of the American revolutionaries. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” They gave us a free and independent America. We must never take our liberties for granted!
52 of the 56 signers of The Declaration of Independence
were orthodox, deeply committed Christians!
Tonight, at Six: “I Love America” Service
A collectively time for the Church Family
… to rekindle consecration to our God.
… to revitalize patriotism to our Nation.
Following the service: Fellowship Hall / Picnic
Hot Dogs, Beans, Potato Chips,
Watermelon, Iced Tea, Lemonade
(no cost for you & yours & guests)
Wednesdays: 6:45 PM
Vacation Bible School (K through 6th Grade)
Youth Meetings (Teens)
7:00 PM … Regular Mid-Week Service
Saturdays at 9:30 AM Visitation
July 10 through July 14 – Junior Camp
August 31 at 6 PM – Teachers and Workers Banquet
Tuesday, July 4th, proudly fly the “Stars and Stripes” at your home.
Tuesday, July 4th, “Old Glory” will be flying on our Church property and in our auditorium … as it has and shall, the Lord willing, for all the 365 days and nights of 2017.
Church Office Closed Monday and Tuesday
RU Meets Fridays at 7 PM / Sundays at 9:30 AM – Everyone is welcome. We especially need a van driver for Friday nights.
RU has a great curriculum for the study of the fruit of the Spirit and fruits of righteousness: Some RU Definitions from our curriculum: Purity is maintaining innocence from guilt in the meditations of my heart. Immorality is guilty misconduct in the imaginations of my heart. — Come join us!
After each service, we make available to families in need of a bag of non-perishable groceries (limited to one bag per month). To help us keep our pantry stocked we welcome you to bring in non-perishable items. We do not need any vegetables at this time. We are short on peanut butter and canned meats such as tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, Spam, etc. Please bring your items to the front foyer and let an usher know. Richard and Judy Sabin oversee this ministry.
Please look at the expiration dates. We cannot give out expired food items.
FOR 58 YEARS … PREACHING the BIBLE
… the WHOLE BIBLE
… and NOTHING but the BIBLE!
2855 N. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712
Church Office Phone: 327-5938
Dr. J. C. Joiner, Pastor
Rev. Carroll Frankland, Assoc. Pastor
Jamie Frankland, Children / Activities Coordinator
Jacque Joiner, Ladies Ministries
Ron Cox, RU (Ph. 248-5216)
Sunday Services at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, & 6 PM
Wednesday Services at 7 PM
(VBS & Youth Ministries at 6:45 PM)
RU: Fridays at 7 PM
Visitation: Saturdays at 9:30 AM
After each service, audio is available on our web site: