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Fourth of July festivities at Christ the King Community Church

by Patty Unruh

Folks at Christ the King Community Church welcomed members of the community last Saturday for a jubilant celebration of the Fourth of July holiday. Nearly one hundred people from Gilpin County and the metro area and their out-of-state visitors gathered at the church across from the Gilpin County Fairgrounds to enjoy a day of fellowship, food, and fun. The energetic band Crosley Hotshot entertained the responsive crowd with two sets of patriotic and country songs.

Attendees were drawn to the church by American flags and a red-white-and-blue fringed banner running the length of the driveway. The event began early in the day with a bounce house and games for kids and plenty of visiting, hugs, and laughter for all ages. Door prizes of Chick-Fil-A gift cards and certificates to the Gilpin Community Center were announced periodically throughout the day.

The band, fresh from a gig at the Greeley Stampede just the night before, fired up their repertoire with “Sing Freedom’s Song,” “The National Anthem,” “Radio Flyer,” and a fitting fiddle tune for church, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Veterans were recognized and thanked during the concert for their service and sacrifice. Andy Fontana, lead guitarist and vocalist for Crosley Hotshot, got “amens” and nods of agreement as he noted, “Even though our country is kind of messed up right now, it’s still the greatest country in the world and we still love America!”

The six band members fit right in with the members of the non-denominational church. Several of the musicians are Christians; one even holds a degree from Moody Bible Institute. However, churches are not their typical venue. Instead, they generally play secular music at fairs or other public events and at bars – “shining a light in a dark place.” Just like the church members, they come from many walks of life: president of a videoconferencing company, auto technician, street sweep, and violin teacher. They really impressed the crowd with their great music and humble attitudes and have been invited back for next year’s celebration. Check out their website, www.crosleyhotshot.com, or go see them at Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 18.

The crowd got to know the band as they mingled during the potluck barbecue. There were enough cheeseburgers, brats, salads and desserts to feed an army – or anyone from any other branch of the armed services.

Although it was a time for fun and outreach rather than a religious service, the people were glad that in America they still have freedom to worship as they choose. As Christ the King Community Church is founded on faith in Jesus Christ, this article will conclude with some quotes of faith and patriotism by great Americans.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Patrick Henry, American patriot.

“I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning.” Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, American inventor.

“The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible.” George Washington Carver, botanist, inventor.

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. President.

“Sure, I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure, I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.” John Wayne, American film actor, director, producer.

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