ARCADIA — City Mission of Findlay and the Arcadia community will share the proceeds from an ice cream social being held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Arcadia United Methodist Church, 19397 County Road 216 (Brown Road). Additional menu items include homemade potato salad, noodles, pies, shredded chicken sandwiches and sloppy joes.
The July sermon series “In Christ” continues at College First Church of God with the sermon “One In Christ” from Galatians 3:26-29. Interim Senior Pastor the Rev. Don Dennison will be speaking in the 9 and 11 a.m. services in the College First sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St. University of Findlay Director of Campus Ministries the Rev. Matt Ginter and the Revive Band will lead worship in the 10 a.m. College First Winebrenner service at 950 N. Main St. in the TLB Auditorium. Special guests Caleb and Christina Acosta, Churches of God Latino Ministries directors, will share information about their ministry in Venezuela during all three services. Christina will sing at 9 and 11 a.m. Church youth will participate in the 2019 CGGC National Bible Quiz Finals at Winebrenner Seminary from July 25-27. Watch Facebook for times. Fund-A-Square for Haiti, a fundraiser for projects at the Charette Church in Haiti, continues this month. Contact the church for details. Rod and Mila Ayers, Project Help missionaries to Haiti, will visit the church Friday, where a pizza and salad dinner will be served in the fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. RSVP is required by calling the church at 419-422-7365. Visit www.collegefirst.org or follow College First on Facebook for more information.
BLUFFTON — “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas” is the biennial dinner theatre to be presented by the Ebenezer Drama Ensemble in the Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Performances are Aug. 9-11, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 each evening. Christmas dinner includes tossed salad, a Dough Hook dinner roll, Cooper Farms turkey roast, baked potato, green beans and cheesecake. Tickets are $10 each, available from 8 a.m. to noon daily at the church. Proceeds will be donated to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry. Contact the church at 419-358-8588 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., will welcome Jonathan and Clarinda Halk and their three children, Jonathan, Levi and Daniel, to address the congregation Sunday. The Halks are missionaries with Baptist Mid-Mission and are headed to Zambia. Jonathan will share from Colossians 3:1-17, “Living Life, Risen,” in the 9:30 a.m. adult Bible fellowship class. He will preach the 10:30 message from John 5 titled “The Response of the Believer to the Claim of Christ.” A carry-in lunch will be held in the fellowship hall at noon, and the Halks will share their Zambia presentation with a 5- to 10-minute challenge from Matthew 28 at 1:15 p.m.
Senior Pastor the Rev. Bob Cochran will continue the summer worship theme of “Gimme That Old Time Religion,” preaching on the Fanny Crosby hymn “Blessed Assurance,” Sunday at First Lutheran Church. The congregation has been celebrating The Year of Scripture with a one-year Bible read, having just passed the halfway point and heading into the major and minor prophets. A coffee fellowship is held in the lounge after each service, at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Global Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses
TOLEDO — Jehovah’s Witnesses from northwest Ohio are invited to conventions featuring the theme “Love Never Fails” from July 26-28 at Seagate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson St., Toledo. The Spanish-language convention will be held Aug. 2-4. The three-day events will examine how Bible principles help people in practical ways, including overcoming troubled childhoods, chronic illness or poverty; helping husbands, wives and children show love for one another; and overcoming prejudice and hatred. A complete program schedule can be found at jw.org. Projected attendance is 8,900.
HOYTVILLE — Hoytville United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27 at the HYCO building next to church. All menu items are homemade, including chicken and barbecue beef sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, noodles, pie, cake and beverages, along with several flavors of ice cream “made from scratch — not a mix.” Carryout is available. Contact Jane Beck at 419-306-5862 or email@example.com for more information.
There will be a gospel concert at the Lighthouse, 10055 U.S. 224 W, tonight. Dinner by donation starts at 5 p.m., and singing starts at 6 p.m. Sharing their music ministries will be Eddie Ewing, Carl Woodring, Justifyed, Mark and Cindy Maynard, and the Violet Maynard Family. A love offering will be taken for the singers. Contact Kim DeBouver at 419-889-1622 with questions.
St. Andrew’s UM
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will host this week’s community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The meal will be shredded chicken or sloppy joe sandwiches, pasta salad, tossed salad, watermelon and cookies. Those attending are asked to use the Crawford Street entrance.
St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will hold “Yeehaw!” Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, with a down-on-the-farm theme. Children will learn “God Gives Good Gifts” during a morning and afternoon session. The program is open to ages 3 (potty trained) through adult, and free lunch will be provided to participants. Call the church at 419-423-2023 to register.
St. Paul Lutheran
JENERA — St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold its annual church picnic at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, with a menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, fruit, chips, drinks and desserts. The cost is $5, and due to extreme heat, the meal will be served in the air-conditioned fellowship hall. A traditional worship service will begin at 7:50 a.m., followed by a special service at 10 a.m. that will feature a review of Vacation Bible School. There will be no Sunday school or contemporary worship this week.
Salem Cass UM
A Summerfest barbecue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. July 27 at Salem Cass United Methodist Church, 4699 County Road 236. The cost is $10 for a half-chicken or grilled pork chop, plus homemade potato salad, baked beans or applesauce, rolls, homemade pie and a beverage. Carryout will be available. There will also be a car and truck show, free kids’ zone with bounce house and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting junior church and adult missions projects.
TGMA Gospel Music
TIFFIN — TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will sponsor a day of gospel music at the Seneca County Fair, with performances from noon to 5 p.m. July 28 in the new entertainment building, 100 Hopewell Ave. Performers include One Voice, Ed Ewing, Leroy Driscoll, Wayne Suter, HeartSong, Cornerstone, The Seekers, Chris Baldwin, 441 Quartet, Bobby Jones Family, New Presence and Gary Herron. Call 419-934-5456 for more information.
Attorney David C. Gibbs Jr., founder and president of the Christian Law Association, will be the guest speaker during the 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday services at Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236. His law firm, Gibbs and Associates, represents over 10,000 ministries nationwide and has appealed and argued in defense of religious liberty before 15 different state supreme courts. Gibbs has a daily radio show titled “The Legal Alert,” and he travels the U.S. presenting a Bible ministry. His complete bio can be viewed at christianlaw.org. Findlay residents seeking transportation to services should call 419-422-8462. Valet parking is provided at the church’s front entrance, with assistance for those with special needs.
OTTAWA — A 4K chicken barbecue will be held at noon July 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 N. Pratt St., Ottawa. The menu includes chicken, baked beans, applesauce and a brownie for $9. Both dine-in and carryout are available. Order tickets at 419-523-6496 or from any member. Funds will be used for new windows, roof repairs and updating. The church is handicap accessible.
West Independence UM
This week will be observed as Youth Sunday at West Independence United Methodist Church, with the youth who have just returned from a mission trip to Pikeville, Kentucky, leading the 9 a.m. service. Nursery care will be provided. “Power Up” Vacation Bible School begins from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, continuing through Thursday. Register through the church Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a signup sheet, or register the day of. The program is open to children ages 2 through fifth grade this coming school year. The church is located at 22876 U.S. 224.
Zion United Methodist Church will hold an art show and carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to show off the projects made during this summer’s Kids’ Art Camp. Games and snacks will be available.