Church and religious events

Faith Presbyterian
The Covenant Players, an international Christian drama group, will perform during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 700 E. Melrose Ave.
The Covenant Players team was established in 1963 and teams have delivered performances all over the world. On Sunday, it will present short plays for the Call to Worship, Introduction to the Offering and the Benediction. A longer play will serve as the message and challenge.
A freewill offering will be taken to support the Covenant Player ministry.

First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church has named the Rev. Cynthia Holder Rich as its new senior pastor and head of staff.
Holder Rich represents the fourth generation in her family serving as an ordained minister. She comes to Findlay from Prairie Village, Kansas where she served as executive pastor for ministry at Village Presbyterian Church.
She also serves at the presbytery, synod, and general assembly levels, and currently serves on the Council of Heartland Presbytery and on the General Assembly Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar. She regularly gives presentations and preaches for national and international gatherings. She has served as a mission co-worker, teaching at two seminaries and working for domestic violence prevention in Madagascar.
Holder Rich is the author of three books and many articles, and is the founder and director of website. She holds a music education degree from the University of Dubuque; a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary; a Master of Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Holder Rich will preach her first service at First Presbyterian at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

McComb UM
McCOMB — The McComb United Methodist Church will hold its service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the cafeteria of the McComb Local School.
The congregation is holding its services elsewhere while repairs are made to the church after an Aug. 1 fire.

Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Youth director Emily Bingley and the youth group of Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church will host the Back-to-School Bash from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Mount Blanchard’s Island Park.
In addition to a cookout, there will be shaving cream and water balloon fights. Participants should wear old clothes and/or a swimsuit.
The event is free and open to all youth entering grades six through 12.

Restore Community Center
ADA — Pastor Andrew Yelchuri from Goa, India will share his love for Israel and his experiences on the beaches of Goa reaching the lost at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Restore Community Center, 201 N. Main St., Ada.
Those attending should bring a snack. Drinks will be provided.
On Aug. 23, the center will host a food drive from 10 a.m. to noon. Items especially needed include noodles, cereals, sauces and canned meats.

Trinity UM
OTTAWA — Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa, will celebrate the return to school during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.
The theme of this year’s service is “Life’s Cafeteria.” Administrators, teachers, support staff and students of all ages will be honored and prayed for.
Hospitality will follow in the fellowship hall after the service.

Unitarian Universalist
Carole Elchert will present “Silencing Women: Eve Speaks” at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St.
Elchert will discuss the biblical account of Adam and Eve and its effects on the men and women of the contemporary world.



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