Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lawson Family returns to Pitsburg for concert

PITSBURG – The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will once again host The Lawson Family in concert on May 4, 6 p.m. This great musical family is comprised of nine siblings.

The Lawson family includes mom and dad and 10 children – three boys and seven girls. The oldest, Benjamin, is 25 and lives in Atlanta, GA working for Delta. He is an accomplished pianist but is not home very often and does not play with them anymore.

Though we are originally from Ohio, they spent a good part of their youth in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, then lived in a 40 foot converted bus for a year, travelling the United States before moving to Punta Arenas, Chile, where they were missionaries from 2004 to 2006. They sang in different church groups and occasionally as a family during that time, but it wasn’t until they returned home to Ohio that they really started to pick up their instruments and realized what fun it was to harmonize and arrange songs. They come by it honestly, several generations of Lawsons have sung in gospel music for many years and they found it exciting the people liked to listen as much as they liked to play and sing!

They now live on a farm in Darke County where anyone who passes by can hear which house is theirs. They travel here and there to play and sing, first and foremost to bring glory to God and proclaim His message of hope and love, and they pray also to be an encouragement to folks along the way.

This free performance is open to the public and a love offering will be accepted during the evening. You will not want to miss this performance. For further information regarding the concert, contact Bruce Shank at 937-692-5789. You can also contact The Lawson Family on line at

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Holy Humor Sunday

LEWISBURG – April 27 is Holy Humor Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 North Commerce St., Lewisburg, directly across the street from Tri County North High School.

What is Holy Humor Sunday? For centuries, in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries, Easter Monday and "Bright Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) were observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter." Parishioners and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, sang, and danced. The custom of Easter Monday and Bright Sunday celebrations were rooted in the musings of early church theologians that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. Easter was God's supreme joke played on death. "Risuspaschalis the Easter laugh," the early theologians called it.

This year’s theme for Holy Humor Sunday is “Under the Big Top” and will feature the Life in Christ Circus Clowns. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. There will be plenty of laughter, plenty of Gospel and plenty of balloons.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Majestic Sounds to sing in Greenville

GREENVILLE – The Majestic Sounds Quartet will return to Greenville April 27 for a free concert at Triumphant Christian Center, 1129 South Towne Court. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

Jim Spradling, Keith Petrequin, Ben Russell and Norm Patterson are the members of this well known Southern Gospel singing group from Wilmington. They travel throughout Ohio and the tri state area with the purpose of uplifting their brothers and sisters in Christ and they have the desire to see the unsaved come to know Christ through their music ministry.

Local C&MA welcomes new associate pastor

GREENVILLE – Greenville Christian & Missionary Alliance Church is excited to announce the arrival of its new Associate Pastor, Shawn Harrison, and his family. New to the area, Shawn and his wife, Emily, have three kids: Gloria (12), Aidan (10), and Joshua (3). Since 2002, Shawn has been a full time youth pastor, working in churches in Indiana and Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised. He attended Taylor University, Fort Wayne, IN and graduated in 2009 with a BA degree in Pastoral Ministries.

In October 2013, Shawn became a licensed pastor with the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination, and is currently working towards his ordination. At Greenville C&MA, Shawn oversees the children’s ministry, the newly developed student ministry (grades 6-12), the church’s Outreach Team, and leads a men’s discipleship group at his home. Shawn is also a leader with the local Youth for Christ chapter that meets at his church Monday nights from 7-9pm.

Shawn and Emily are excited to be at Greenville C&MA, saying, “We know God has big plans for our church and the city of Greenville. We are pumped to be a part of what God is doing in and through His people.” Besides spending time together with family and friends, Shawn and Emily both like meeting new people, missions, music, reading, and movies. Recently, Shawn published his first book for church leaders and families, “Ministering to Gay Teenagers,” by Group/SYM. He weekly writes his own blog and for other ministry outlets.

Shawn passionately invites everyone to “come and be a part of what’s happening at Greenville C&MA!” On Sunday mornings, the Adult Bible study meets at 9 a.m., and Worship begins at 10, with Kids Worship at 10:15 a.m. On Wednesday nights, a prayer gathering meets at 7 p.m., and on Thursdays, a men’s discipleship group meets at Shawn’s home. For more information about the church and events, call the office at 548-4955, and “Like” them on Facebook at Greenville C&MA Church.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Holy Week at Trinity

UNION CITY, IN – Trinity Lutheran Church of Union City, Indiana, will be celebrating Holy Week and invites the public to join them. The celebration begins with Palm Sunday service on April 13 at 10:15 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, they will be having a free community spaghetti dinner from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and service will follow at 7 p.m. A community Good Friday service will be held on April 18, 7 p.m. On April 19, 10 a.m., they invite the community children to join them for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Be sure to bring your Easter basket to collect the many eggs that need to be found. The celebration week will conclude on Easter Sunday, April 20, with an Easter Breakfast served at 9 a.m., which is followed by the Easter Celebration service at 10:15 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church is committed to “Caring, Loving and Serving ALL God’s People” and open their hearts and doors to the community to join them as they celebrate.

Beyond the Bunny service

GREENVILLE – On Easter Sunday, April 20, the East Main Church of Christ, 419 East Main St., Greenville will be having a special “Beyond The Bunny” Sonrise Service at 8:30 a.m. The program will include special readings, communion, an inspiring video, skit and devotion. Then at 9:30 a.m. the congregation will have its regular Bible School for all ages followed by their Praise Celebration at 10:30 a.m. The service will have special music by Kandee Combs and the choir in addition to communion, special readings and a message by Minister Jim Morehouse focusing on the theme, “Easter: Tragedy or Triumph?”.
After the worship service, there will be an Easter Brunch potluck meal. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church at 547-1557.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Balloon launch at Oakland COB

BRADFORD – Easter services at Oakland Church of the Brethren begin with Love Feast on Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. This evening of meditation, feet washing, simple supper and communion is in remembrance of the Last Supper.

On Easter morning, April 20, there will be a sunrise service beginning at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served by Oakland’s youth after this service. Sunday school classes will be from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. with Sunday service following. At 10:30 a.m. will be another worship service filled with praise and music. To finish the service all attending will be given a balloon. As a group they will release the balloons into the morning sky announcing “He is Risen.”

All are welcome to Oakland Church of the Brethren where they love God, love people, celebrate life and pass it around!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

First United Methodist presents The Twelve

GREENVILLE – First United Methodist Church, corner of 4th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Greenville, will be the site of the dramatic presentation of "The Twelve." The reenactment will be performed on Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., at the church. This will be the 38th reenactment of the "Last Supper" acting out the drama of the meal Jesus shared with his disciples in an Upper Room on the eve of his suffering. The drama unfolds around a living tableaux of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece painting of "The Last Supper."

This service of drama and worship is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are recommended to help ensure adequate seating'. Holy Communion will be served and all who wish to share the bread and cup are invited to do so.

The church is accessible to all persons with limited mobility and special needs and welcomes everyone in the community to worship at all their Holy Week services.

Palm Sunday, April 13 - Traditional Worship, 9:30 a.m. and Contemporary Worship, 11 a.m.

Good Friday, April 18 – Join the Community Good Friday Services beginning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at noon.

Easter Vigil Saturday, April 19, 8:30 p.m., at The First United Methodist Church, which begins in the church parking lot and proceeds into the church in celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

Easter Sunday Celebration, April 20 – Traditional Worship, 9:30 a.m. and Contemporary Worship, 11 a.m.

The Easter Egg Hunt for children, ages toddler to sixth grade will be at 10:30 a.m.

For more information or to make reservations for The Twelve, call the church office, 548-3075.

Easter VBS Weekend

CASTINE – Castine Church of the Brethren, 624 U.S. 127, Arcanum, is offering to the community an exciting two-day event, Hayday! Growing in Friendship with Jesus. Kids will be up to their elbows in farmin’ fun as they explore one simple Bible truth: Jesus will always love us!

There will be lots of games, music, a craft, a Bible Adventure and of course the annual hunt for Easter eggs in memory of Brandon Arndts. Children up to 10 years of age are invited and it will be held rain or shine on April 11, 6:30–8 p.m. and April 12, 9–11 a.m. Contact the church office, 678-9945, if more information is needed or to register in advance.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GGMA Good Friday services

GREENVILLE – The Greater Greenville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Good Friday services on April 17, noon to 2 p.m. They will follow Christ as he made his way to the Cross down the Via Dolorosa beginning with the first station where he was condemned to die. Join them as they walk and pray the steps that Jesus took to Calvary. They begin their journey at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and will end at St. Paul Lutheran Church. All are welcome to join them at any stop along the journey. Please note the various locations and times of each station are approximate.

Noon – St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 233 West Third Street

12:20 p.m. – St. Paul United Church of Christ, 129 West Third Street

12:50 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, 202 West Fourth Street

1:20 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, 114 East Fourth Street

1:45 p.m. – St. Paul Lutheran Church, 131 East Fourth Street

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Egg hunt

HOLLANSBURG – A community wide “Easter Egg Hunt” has be set for April 12, 10 a.m. The children will be divided into three different age groups allowing all children a fair and fun egg hunt. Easter baskets will be provided.

During the morning the children will enjoy a magic show by Pastor Dewayne Heck. Easter crafts and fun games will also be provided. A free lunch of hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks will be served to everyone at 11:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren located at 3420 Harrison, Hollansburg. If you have any questions please call 997-3336 or 996-0162.

Souper Bowl Sunday gives donation to FISH

NEW MADISON – Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial presents a $350 check to Doug Bickley, representing FISH Choice Pantry. Thrivent Financial and First Universalist Church of New Madison have teamed together to tackle hunger in Darke County through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Started more than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become a powerful movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of sharing, caring and serving communities across America. First Universalist collected funds and food for FISH, with Thrivent helping with matching funds from their Care Abounds in Community program. A total of $1,207 was presented to FISH, plus the many food items that are donated each month at First Universalist.

First Universalist Church is a vital congregation with many projects helping those in need. The church was honored to join Thrivent to tackle hunger locally, culminating the project with a Souper Bowl of Caring celebration luncheon following the 10 a.m. service on Feb. 2. Thrivent Financial is a century old Fortune 500 Financial Service organization supporting the values of faith, family, stewardship and service. FISH Choice Pantry serves the Darke County community by providing food through a “choice” walk-in pantry for those in need. Thrivent, First Universalist, and FISH are proud to work together to tackle hunger in Darke County.

Learn more about Souper Bowl of Caring at

For information about Thrivent Financial, call 996-3403

First Universalist is located at 331 E. Washington St., New Madison.

FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave., Greenville. For more information, call 916-6033.

Doug Bickley, Fish Choice Pantry (Left) receives a check from Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial, as part of First Universalist Church Souper Bowl Sunday

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bake sale and breakfast set

VERSAILLES - The St. Ann Sodality of Holy Family and St. Denis Catholic churches is having its annual bake sale on Palm Sunday April 13. The sale begins at 8 a.m. and continues until sold out. Members are to bring four items each and have them delivered to the Holy Family Parish Hall by 8 a.m. that morning. The bake sale will be held in conjunction with the Holy Family Youth Group Breakfast. The breakfast is an All-You-Can-Eat that includes sausage, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. Serving times will be from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Holy Family Parish Hall in Frenchtown.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Collingsworths assist Pregnancy Help Center

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Pregnancy Help Center, 105 W Third St., Greenville, is bringing the Dove Award-winning Collingsworth Family to The Lighthouse Christian Center on April 25. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. The event is sponsored by Creative Carpets, Jim Gable's State Farm Insurance and Eric Fee of the Braund-Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. There are a limited number of tickets remaining for this great evening of music. For tickets and information, call 423-4836. All proceeds benefit the Pregnancy Center.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hoosier Harmony Quartet to perform

ARCANUM – The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Hoosier Harmony Quartet on April 6, at 6:00 P.M. The public is invited to come and listen to this nationally known gospel singing quartet.

In April 2003, Hoosier Harmony Quartet was formed, bringing a fresh and exciting approach to Southern Gospel Quartet music in the Midwest. Since that time, Hoosier Harmony has continued to proclaim the gospel of God’s forgiving grace to congregations and events from Michigan to Tennessee and Illinois to Ohio. The members of Hoosier Harmony, Tom Correll (Tenor), Johnathon Dodrill (Lead), Mike Shubert (Baritone) and Steve Bahler (Bass and Manager) are true examples of what God’s Grace and Forgiveness can do in the lives of individuals. If you love Southern Gospel Quartet music, especially the “old songs”, you will love the harmony and testimony of the Hoosier Harmony Quartet.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. (Mailing address is Arcanum, 45304) The public is invited to come and listen to this nationally known gospel singing quartet.

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