College First

The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 8 a.m. service in the sanctuary at College First Church of God, 1100 N. Main St., and at the contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. at CF Winebrenner, TLB Auditorium, 950 N. Main St., on Sunday. The current sermon series, “Breaking the Cycle,” looks at Judges 6:11-24. Jackie Urbanski will be recognized at the 9:30 a.m. sanctuary service for her seven years of service as administrative assistant in the church office upon her retirement. The first Sunday intergenerational event will take placefrom 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Riverside Waterfall Pavilion, hosted by the College First Youth. Visit or watch the College First Facebook page for upcoming event information.

Concordia Lutheran

The Board of Elders at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will teach the 9 a.m. adult Bible class Sunday, along with the 10:15 worship service. The liturgy will be provided by David Houdeshell, and the worship message, presented by Dan Kovacs, will be “Faith First, Miracles Following,” based on verses 21-43 of the Book of Mark. The young adult Bible class, which is open to the public, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church under the leadership of elder Greg Cole, and will focus on “Making Contacts … What Does the Bible Say?” More information is available at, or by phone at 419-422-4209.

Connections Church

Connections Church, 700 Rockwell Ave., will host an outdoor baptism service beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 15. The service is intended to provide a venue to allow churches to baptize members if they do not have a place to do so at their facility. Each pastor will be able to baptize their own members in the pool, according to their practices and beliefs. Individuals wishing to be baptized are also welcome. A picnic will follow the service. Those attending should bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. The Corrections Officer of the Year Award will also be presented by Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman. Any churches wishing to participate may call the Rev. Jim Klausing at 567-208-7831 or 419-420-9093.

First Lutheran

First Lutheran will observe the Fourth of July with the Brass Ensemble playing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday, along with other patriotic hymns. The 11 a.m. contemporary service will be led by the Spirit of Lincoln and Main. The Rev. Christian Dittmar will preach at both services. The community dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and the menu features shredded pork sandwiches, green beans, chips, fresh fruit and salads, and homemade desserts. The First Lutheran EPIC Youth are partnering with Trinity Lutheran of Findlay and Trinity Lutheran of Arcadia this week, participating in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. The youth will worship, hear speakers from around the country, and complete service projects for those still affected by last year’s Hurricane Harvey.

First Presbyterian

The Rev. Bill Lindeman will preach about “The Fabric of our Lives” during the Sunday worship service at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St. The Character Builders class will meet afterward in room 209-210. The next church and community dinner will be served at 11 a.m. July 8 in the great room.

First United

David Bowden, a retired Donnell Middle School teacher, will lead worship and deliver the message “How Much do You Value Your Soul?” at 10 a.m. Sunday at First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave. A light lunch will immediately follow in the fellowship hall. The church is ground level and easy access.

Gospel sing

A Gospel sing will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, behind the horse barn. Sharing their music ministries will be Arnold Coy, One Voice, Angel Wings and His Servants. Enjoy the music, then stay for the fireworks!

King’s Church

ARCADIA — King’s Church, 205 Jefferson St., Arcadia, will once again present Evangelist Ric Wright from Nashville, Tennessee, for Living Water “WAKE UP! Holy Spirit Revival.” Wright will deliver powerful messages and a healing ministry at 6 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 8. July 7 will feature a 3 p.m. “Biblical Times Jewish Wedding Ceremony Teaching” via a live demo bythe Rev.Joseph and Mandy Reidling as they renew their vows. For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit or .

McComb Church of Christ

McCOMB — Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/ .

Portage Holiness Camp

PORTAGE — Portage Holiness Camp will be held Aug. 1-12, with daily services for the public at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Services will be led by the Rev. Lane Loman and the Rev. Gary Bond. Simultaneously, youth services and sporting activities will be led by the Rev. Brad Buhro for ages 12-18. The camp is located one mile east of Portage, and overnight facilities are available with reservations. The precamp concert, featuring the Morse Family Singers, will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Portage Camp Tabernacle. For reservations, contact Dave Doolittle at 567-208-8693 or More information is at

Redeemer Lutheran

Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., welcomes the public for Bible study at 9:15 a.m. Sunday to discuss James 3:13-18, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” Worship is at 10:30, and a fellowship luncheon will follow.

St. Andrew’s UM

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. (main entrance on Crawford Street), will host Treasure Hunt Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to noon July 7. The island fun will feature free music, science experiments, crafts, food, photo opportunities and more. Call the church office at 419-422-4845 to register.