Church and religious events

Calvary Baptist
Calvary Baptist Church, 2000 Broad Ave., will hold vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program is open to children age 4 through sixth grade.
The theme is “Cross Training: Focus on the Finish.” It will include Bible stories, games, crafts and snacks.
For more information, or to schedule a ride, call the church at 419-422-6842.

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities’ Project Rachel program will sponsor a retreat, “Hope and Healing after Abortion,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21, at a confidential location in northwest Ohio.
The retreat is offered to help women who experience grief, anxiety, depression or guilt after an abortion to find healing and peace. The event is open to women who have had an abortion recently or in the past. The day will include Scripture reflection, prayer and an opportunity to connect with a support system and network of women who have had abortions.
The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required and the retreat is limited to 10 participants.
Project Rachel provides confidential resources to women and men suffering emotionally or psychologically after an abortion. A helpline at 888-456-HOPE connects callers with local opportunities for healing, including professional counseling, reconciliation and pastoral and spiritual guidance.
Project Rachel also offers training opportunities to priests, mental health professionals and volunteers in order to better serve those who seek help.
To register for the retreat or for more information about Project Rachel, contact Tara Woodbury at 419-654-4886 or

 Diocese of Toledo
TOLEDO — Jan Runion, a teacher at Our Lady of Consolation School in Carey, is one of seven Catholic elementary school teachers and two Catholic high school teachers from across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo who were honored with the Golden Apple Award May 28 at the Toledo Club.
Teachers were nominated for the award by a parent, student or fellow teacher. Each school is allowed one nominee whose application is then sent to a selection committee comprised of educators, administrators and members of the bishop’s Education Council. The Diocese of Toledo recognizes teachers who base their ministry on the Catholic School Credo.
Each honoree received a check for $5,000, a certificate of achievement, a Golden Apple keepsake decorated with a 24-karat gold cross, and a lapel pin.
The Golden Apple Award was established by the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh in 1992 to honor outstanding Catholic school educators. This is the ninth year the award has been presented in the Diocese of Toledo.

 First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will host a free community dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in its great room.
The menu will include ham salad and egg salad sandwiches, Mediterranean pasta salad and a children’s station with cheesy macaroni, brownies, and fruit.
Volunteers are welcome and may register by calling the church office at 419-423-2112.
A recycle trailer from Litter Landing will be parked in the lower lot for collection over the weekend.
The church has begun its summer worship schedule. Traditional worship is held at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Wacky Wednesdays will begin Wednesday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and youths in sixth through 12th grades. The theme is “Water, Water, Everywhere!” Participants will learn how water is used in worship, and get soaked in the process. Sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the back lot of the church.
For more information about Wacky Wednesdays, call Sandra Krueger or Amy VanAtta at the church.
Vacation Bible school, “SonTreasure Island,” is scheduled June 26-29 for children in preschool through fifth grade. Visit website for times, information and registration forms.

First United Church of Christ
The First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave., will honor the Rev. William H. Smith for the 45th anniversary of his ordination during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday.
Congratulatory letters from his former congregations will be read by the Rev. Don Brown. “The Road to the Pulpit,” presented by Trina Snyder, will highlight Smith’s journey to the ministry, and the choir will sing in his honor.

 Grace Mennonite
PANDORA — The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa school district. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four.
In order to receive a box, registration is required by 5 p.m. June 16 by calling 419-384-3038.
Food will be available for pick up at 11 a.m. June 28 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 E. Main St., Pandora.

Harvest Time International Ministries
Bishop Marva L. Mitchell, co-founder of Revival Center Ministries International, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Harvest Time International Ministries, 237 George St.
Her visit will kick off a social awareness crusade that Harvest Time Ministries will undertake this summer.
Mitchell founded Revival Center Ministries with her late husband and grew the congregation to 2,000 members. She oversees churches in five states.
She also founded a literacy program called “Love School” that picks up inner-city children on a Saturday so they can be taught and fed. She founded Project Impact-Dayton, which is an agency devoting itself to low-income families and at-risk children. The program has won national and state awards including the National Exemplary Program Award for truancy prevention.
Mitchell was selected as one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women in 2009 and worked with Gov. Robert Taft to establish a faith-based office for the State of Ohio. She has taught leadership conferences around the world and written three books and several manuals to help churches impact their communities.
Her newest venture is working on childhood obesity and home ownership for low-income families.

 Healing Streams Gilboa Pentecostal Church of God
OTTAWA — The Healing Streams Gilboa Pentecostal Church of God will hold a bake sale and garage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon June 14.
The sale will include clothing, baby items, antique dishes and books, a cabinet with roll-out shelves, a popcorn machine, toys, dolls and miscellaneous items.
Proceeds will be used to fund Teen Youth Camps in July and for general expenses.

 Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic
CAREY — The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, will hold its eighth annual Indian Heritage Day Sunday.
The Mass in the Syro-Malankara rite will be held in the basilica at noon with the Rev. Saji George Mukkoot as the celebrant.
The liturgy consists largely of prayers, songs and chants, and colorful vestments, incense and bells are an essential part.
Masses in English will be offered at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
An outdoor rosary procession and devotions will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Picnic tables are available on the grounds and in the Shrine Park for those wanting to pack a lunch.

Portage Chapel UM
McCOMB — Portage Chapel United Methodist Church will hold a special worship service at 9:15 a.m. June 15, Father’s Day.
Dwight Allen, the founder and host of WFIN-AM’s “A Second Look at Sports” will deliver a biblical message focusing on fatherhood and sports.
“A Second Look at Sports” was started over 12 years ago to connect the dots between sports and the Scriptures. It is designed to be an outreach to unsaved sports fans around the world.
Portage Chapel is located at Township Road 135 and County Road 203 near McComb.
For more information, call Pastor Rick Henson at 419-889-7603.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — New members will be received at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jenera during the 7:50 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday.
Members are encouraged to wear red in celebration of Pentecost.
Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m.
Pastor Steve Edmiston will lead worship at the Good Samaritan Center at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The church is located at 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera.

Trinity Lutheran, Arcadia
ARCADIA — Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia will hold its annual ice cream social from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 18974 Ohio 12, Arcadia.
Church members have been making homemade noodles to prepare and sell at the social, using over 60 dozen eggs and nearly 50 pounds of flour. Egg whites not used for the noodles are used to make angel food cakes, which will also be available for sale.
The social will feature vanilla ice cream and a choice of toppings, as well as potato salad, baked beans, cakes, pies, chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs and coney dogs.
The church’s quilting group will sell tickets for a quilt raffle that will be awarded at the fall Harvest Bazaar.
Proceeds from the social will be donated to local charities such as the Christian Clearing House, Associated Charities and the Fostoria Sharing Kitchen.

Upper Room Church of God
The Thurstons will present a Father’s Day concert at 10:30 a.m. June 15 at the Upper Room Church of God, 520 W. Bigelow Ave.
There is no admission charge but an offering will be received for the group. Free gifts will be given to all fathers in attendance.

 Victory Chapel Fellowship
CYGNET — Jericho Road and the Crimson Stream Quartet will present a concert at 6 p.m. June 15 at Victory Fellowship Chapel, 280 Union St., Cygnet.



About the Author