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James River Assembly ends 'I Love America'

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James River Assembly of God has put an end to its annual "I Love America" Fourth of July fireworks celebration, which has run for 14 years, according to a news release from Kert Parsley, chief operations officer for the church.

According to the release, a scheduling problem has occurred at the Springfield Underground, where the event has been held since 2000. This year, the Show Me Music & Arts Festival will be held at the same site.

"Considering the limited turnaround time between the two events, and the necessary site preparation, the James River Charities Board has determined it will not be feasible to host the 'I Love America' celebration," Parsley said in the release. "It has been our joy to serve the Springfield area in this capacity, and we look forward to new opportunities in the future."

While it is unclear if a similar event will be hosted in the future, John Lindell, James River Assembly lead pastor, speculated on the possibilities on his blog.

"You might ask, 'What does the future hold?' It is our conviction that when God brings one season of life to a close, it is not the end but the beginning of a new season with new opportunities," he wrote. "While we are grateful for all that has happened over the years at 'I Love America,' we believe the best is yet to come and we can't wait to see what God is going to do next."[[In-content Ad]]


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