Church and religious events

Gilboa UM
GILBOA — The Gilboa United Methodist Church is closing its Chapel Belles Boutique Etc. Shop after many years of operation. In order to liquidate the inventory, an auction will be held at 11 a.m. July 12 at the church, 102 Franklin St., Gilboa.
There will also be an ice cream social, featuring Lugibihl’s homemade ice cream churned on site. A food wagon will offer sandwiches and other foods. Games and activities will be offered for children.
Clark Nash, Kevin Lamon and Mark Roberts will serve as auctioneers. Items to be auctioned include antiques, collectibles and other items from the shop, as well as items donated to the church.
To donate an item, call 419-456-3205 or 419-348-3012.
All proceeds will help fund local mission projects.

Grace Mennonite
PANDORA — Registration for July food boxes, provided to families in the Pandora-Gilboa School District by the churches of Pandora and Gilboa, is due by 5 p.m. July 15 by calling 419-384-3038.
Boxes will be available for pickup at 11 a.m. July 26 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 E. Main St., Pandora.

Good Shepherd UM
BENTON RIDGE — Registration for July food boxes for residents of the Liberty-Benton and Cory-Rawson school districts will be accepted Monday through Thursday next week.
To register, call the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church office at 419-859-1234 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Boxes will be available for pickup between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. July 19 at the church, 119 W. Main St., Benton Ridge.

Tree Town Festival Church in the Park
FOREST — The ninth annual Church in the Park service, part of Forest’s Tree Town Festival, will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 13 at Gormley Park in Forest.
The guest speaker will be Brock Mealer. Music will be performed by Jim Bloomfield.
Mealer was involved in a car accident near Stryker on Christmas Eve 2007 which killed his father and his brother’s girlfriend. Mealer was seriously injured and paralyzed from the waist down. He was told he would never walk again, but was determined to prove the doctors wrong.
Seating is available at the park but those attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs as well as a picnic lunch. A food vendor will also be on site.
The festival will kick off at 6:30 p.m. July 11 and will feature a Church in the Park float.
Becky Reiser, last year’s Church in the Park speaker, will be at the park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to sign copies of her book, “Through My Tears, Awash in Forgiveness.” The book tells of how Reiser and her husband, Jeff, were able to forgive the man who kidnapped and murdered their daughter.
For more information, call Lee Ann Loveridge at 419-767-0343.

Unitarian Universalist
“Let Freedom Ring” will be the theme Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St.
The 10 a.m. service will include readings from America’s history, including selections from the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Music from America’s history will highlight the readings. Attendees are invited to share stories, songs, poems and memories of what freedom means to them.

Upper Room Church of God
A concert to benefit the Hancock Gospel Pavilion will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Upper Room Church of God, 520 W. Bigelow Ave.
The event will feature performances by Grace Notes, 441 Quartet and Randy Long.
A freewill offering will be taken to help with expenses of the gospel pavilion during the Hancock County Fair.



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