Good Shepherd UM
BENTON RIDGE — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Benton Ridge will sponsor “The Incredible Pirate Treasure Hunt,” an adventure for families, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 9-13 at the Benton Ridge Park.
Activities are geared toward families with children ages 3-12.
The schedule for the week is:
June 9 — “Pirates in training” and family photos. Families have the option of dressing in pirate costumes.
June 10 — “The Incredible Treasure Hunt.”
June 11 — Inflatable obstacle course.
June 12 — Water wars. Families should bring a swimsuit and towel as they will get wet.
June 13 — Family cookout. A meal will be served at 7 p.m. Activities will follow.
Registration may be made online at www.focusonthecross.org.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 Northridge Road, will begin its summer schedule this weekend.
Worship will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sunday school for adults and high school youth is at 9 a.m. The Sunday school for younger children will not meet during the summer.
On Sunday, high school and college graduates will be honored at a reception after worship.
Local Jehovah’s Witnesses will attend the denomination’s annual convention at Ford Field in Detroit. The first of two three-day events will begin at 9:20 a.m. on June 6. The second will be the weekend of July 25 through July 27.
The theme this year is “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom!”
A core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus Christ began to rule as the King of God’s kingdom in 1914. The June convention program marks the centennial of that event.
Area congregations who will be attending are distributing printed invitations to the convention throughout the community. There is no cost to attend.
This year’s conventions will be international conventions with an estimated 45,500 people expected to attend each event, including 5,000 foreign delegates.
Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States plan to host 193 conventions in 71 cities. Worldwide, there are more than 7.9 million Witnesses in more than 113,000 congregations.
Sandusky River Valley Gospel Festival
UPPER SANDUSKY — Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church, 108 Malabar Drive, Upper Sandusky, will host the Sandusky River Valley Gospel Festival June 13-15.
The festival will feature 26 groups from Ohio and surrounding states. Food service will be provided. Freewill offerings will be taken each night for the performers.
For more information, call Jacob Reel at 567-230-3811.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — Trinity Lutheran School will hold graduation during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera.
Class members are Sarah Elizabeth Curth, Abigail Elizabeth Heldman, Drew Michael Insley and Alissa Joy Rutherford. Heldman will be the class speaker.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will sing.
A regular church service will be held at 8 a.m. A reception for Traci Hummer, the school’s preschool and kindergarten teacher, will follow. Hummer recently completed her Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod certification through Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Trinity UM, Ottawa
OTTAWA — Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Pratt St., Ottawa, will hold its Yesterday’s Treasures garage sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
A bag sale will be held on selected items from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Early bird sales will not be offered.
The annual flower communion will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St.
The service highlights the life of Norbert Capek, who was determined by the Nazis to be “too dangerous to the Reich for him to be allowed to live” when the Nazis took control of Prague in 1940. Capek’s crime was his belief in the inherent worth and beauty of every human person.
Participants are invited to bring a flower to share in the ceremony. At the close of the service, each person will get to choose a flower to take home.
Upper Room Church of God
The Upper Room Church of God will host a celebration for Bishop Terry and Donna McBeath Sunday.
The couple are marking 35 years as pastors of the church and as community leaders.
The 10:30 a.m. service will feature a message by Bishop Bill Isaacs.
An open house will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. An evening service will be held at 6 p.m.
All activities are open to the community.
Wyandot Mission Church
UPPER SANDUSKY — Services at the Wyandot Mission Church in Upper Sandusky will begin Sunday, with the Rev. Jim Stauffer, pastor of Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky as the preacher.
The landmark church, located on East Church Street, is open during June, July and August. Sunday worship services are held at 8 a.m. The church is also open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours may be arranged by calling Jean Moon at 419-294-2510, John Stewart United Methodist Church at 419-294-2867, or by emailing the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyandot Indian Mission was founded by John Stewart in 1816. It was recognized as a mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America in 1819. The stone church was built in 1824, and the Wyandot Indians worshipped there until 1843. The building was restored in 1889 and designated a national historic shrine by the General Conference of the Methodist Church in 1960.
The preaching schedule for the remainder of the summer is:
June 8 — Chief Ted Roll of the Wyandot Tribe of Anderdon, Michigan.
June 15 — Bob Green of Upper Sandusky, ministry candidate at Ausbury Seminary.
June 22 — Fred Shaw of Oxford, shaman of the Shawnee Tribe.
June 29 — Chief Billy Friend, chief of the Oklahoma Wyandot Tribe.
July 6 — Eagle Bear Burling, Ohio representative of the Wyandot Tribe and a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.
July 13 — The Rev. Anna (Barrett) Guillozet, associate pastor at King Avenue United Methodist Church, Columbus.
July 20 — Doug Pummell, ministry candidate and youth director, John Stewart United Methodist Church.
July 27 — The Rev. Dennis Livingston, Forest/Wharton United Methodist Charge, Forest.
Aug. 3 — The Rev. Bill Williamson, pastor, Community Christian Center, Upper Sandusky.
Aug. 10 — The Rev. Scott Moore, pastor, Liberty Church, Upper Sandusky.
Aug. 17 — The Rev. Ken Wessler, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Upper Sandusky.
Aug. 24 — The Rev. Soo-Hea Park, pastor, Harpster United Methodist Church, Harpster.
Aug. 31 — The Rev. Brad McKibben, pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Upper Sandusky.
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