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Monday, Mar. 27, 2017

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The Read & Review Book Club of First Presbyterian Church, 110 W. Crawford St. in Van Wert, will meet at noon Thursday, April 6, in the Fellowship Hall.

Joan Blankemeyer will moderate a discussion of The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. Area residents are welcome to bring a sack lunch, while desserts will be provided. A $2.50 donation will be accepted, which will go to mission projects.

POSTED: 03/23/17 at 8:30 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles

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First United Methodist Church Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave. in Van Wert, will be hosting an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Stop by to meet teachers, tour the classrooms, and register for the 2017-2018 school year. Those who can’t be at the open house can call Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631, extension 308, to schedule a private tour or register online at (photo submitted)

POSTED: 02/28/17 at 9:21 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

Knights of Columbus contest winners 2-2017

The Van Wert Knights of Columbus recently announced the winners of its “Keeping Christ in Christmas” poster contest. Winners include Katie Gross, first place, and Annabelle Horstman, second place, 5-7-year-olds; Harper Reindel, first place, and Madelyn Berryman, second place, 8-10-year-olds; Tyler Spray, first place, and Haley Owsley, second place, 11-14-year-olds. First place winners received $25 and second place winners received $10. Presenting checks on behalf of the Knights of Columbus was Van Wert Mayor Jerry Mazur. (Knights of Columbus photo)

POSTED: 02/28/17 at 9:17 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

A Christian film, “The Investigator,” will be shown at the Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St., on Sunday, March 5, at 6 p.m.

The Investigator tells the story of a coach, teacher, and mentor. In his search to help others he learns something about himself.  When a drug bust goes tragically wrong, Police Sergeant James Buanacore is forced to quit the job he loves.  With his faith falling in doubt, he is encouraged to take on a job at a local Christian high school as a criminal justice teacher to troubled students and as coach to the struggling baseball team.  Just when James is thinking of giving up, a student challenges him to begin the investigation that will change all their lives forever – an investigation into the existence of Jesus Christ.

The Investigator will begin in the church’s main auditorium at 6 p.m.  An Intermission will start at 7 p.m. for all who attend to enjoy a free Mexican Nacho Bar meal.  The Investigator showing will proceed after the meal.  According to the church’s Pastor Jim Burns, everyone is welcome and there is no charge for this event.  For more information see the church’s Facebook Page at:

POSTED: 02/22/17 at 2:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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First United Methodist Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave., will host an art show and fundraiser at Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert on Thursday, February 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Preschool students are working hard on “masterpieces” that will be available to their families by donation. There will also be many items donated by local artists and available by silent auction. This event is open to the public.

For more information on the art show or preschool please contact Administrator April Ellerbrock at 419.238.0631 ext 308 or by email at

POSTED: 02/15/17 at 2:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles, Youth

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Calvary Preschool will hold early registration from 8 a.m.-noon February 21-24 and on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Parents are invited to check out the preschool facilities. Forms are available on the preschool website,, under “preschool” and then “forms”.

A portion of the playground equipment at Calvary Preschool in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

A portion of the playground equipment at Calvary Preschool in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Calvary Preschool has been serving the Van Wert community and surrounding area since 1966. The preschool is committed to help children develop spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. Its goal is to introduce the boys and girls to a variety of learning experiences that will prepare them for kindergarten.

The preschool also has an outdoor playground for students to enjoy, with a climbing wall, swings, and slides.  Inside, there is a playroom that includes a variety of learning centers. There is ample parking for parents. Snacks, which include milk or 100 percent juice, are provided daily by the preschool. Four- and 5-year-old children go on field trips during the school year and the preschool has special guests visit during the winter months.

The 4- and 5-year-olds’ classes have take-home bags that are used over the weekends. The totes provide activities and games for parents to do with their children. All materials needed are provided in the tote bag. A child chooses a theme.

All classes meet from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The 3-year-olds’ class meets two mornings per week: Mondays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-olds meet three mornings per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Pre-K Plus (older 4- and 5-year-olds) meet four mornings per week. The classes offered depend on the number of students enrolled.

Calvary Preschool has extended care between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Those interested in extended care should note that at registration.


POSTED: 02/07/17 at 1:02 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Beginning Sunday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St. in Van Wert, will conduct 10-week Sunday night sessions for adult men: the Stepping Up to Manhood DVD Video series by Dennis Rainey.

These Sunday night sessions are free to all adult men in the area, and workbooks may be ordered by those wanting one.

Liberty Baptist Senior Pastor Jim C. Burns will facilitate the weekly sessions and lead discussions after the group views Rainey’s video presentation. Light refreshments will be served and men from all backgrounds and faiths are invited to come. The sessions are on Sunday nights only in the church’s Blue Room Fellowship Hall.

For more information about Stepping Up to Manhood go to: For questions on Liberty Baptist, contact Pastor Burns at 419.203.4759 or visit the church website at

POSTED: 02/01/17 at 7:57 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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Identifying and applying unique gifts and abilities will be discussed at Lifetree Café on from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, January 5.

The program, titled “Be Yourself … Everyone Else Is Taken,” features a filmed interview with Dan Meyer, a professional sword swallower who holds multiple Guinness World Records.

be-yourself-artwork-12-2016“This is my gift and my calling — I know it from the bottom of my heart,” says Meyer. “I thrive on it, and I’m passionate about what I do, and I know this is what God wants me to do.”

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the unique gifts and abilities they possess and how they can use them for good.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at the Bachwell Center, 116 N. Washington St. in Van Wert. Park behind the courthouse and enter on Court Street. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to First United Methodist Church at 419.238.0631 or email

January 12 topic: “Playing God. Is Science Going Too Far?”

POSTED: 12/27/16 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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Trinity is excited to announce the release of its newest recording project A Glimpse. This newest CD under the Willowood label was produced by John Darin Rowsey at Hitmakers Studio.

Trinity. (photo submitted)

Trinity (photo submitted)

Trinity is dedicating this CD in memory of Chris Adams, who went home to be with the Lord in January of 2015. The CD features 11 songs, including a very special song written by Cheryl Burk entitled “A Glimpse of Heaven”. The Lord gave her this song on the airplane as the group was flying home from a cruise after hearing of Chris’ passing. Trinity also had the honor of recording one of Chris’ songs, “Hallelujah to the Father”, on this CD.

Another special feature is a duet recorded by Gary Adams and his grandson, Chandler, on Gary’s signature song, “The Lighthouse”

Trinity would like to invite the public to a very special release concert on Saturday, October 29, at 7 p.m., at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert. Joining Trinity will be national recording artists The Guardians. The Guardians have had several top 10 hits on the Singing News Charts and bring to fans an amazing harmony of voices, along with a desire to minister and love for the Lord.

To learn more about both groups go to and or follow them both on Facebook. The concert is free and a love offering will be taken.

POSTED: 10/27/16 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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This year’s Walk for Life was a big success for the Pregnancy Life Center. The fundraiser included 350 walkers who gathered at Fountain Park fully prepared to “Love Out Loud” (this year’s theme for the walk).

Of the 350 participants, 160 of them were sponsored walkers who helped raise the most money the PLC has ever raised for its walk. The walk’s results could not have come at a better time, as the PLC is preparing to become a medical clinic and offer free Ultrasounds and STI testing to the community.

Here are just a few of the walkers who participated in this year's Walk for Life fundraiser for the Pregnancy Life Center. (photo submitted)

Here are just a few of the walkers who participated in this year’s Walk for Life fundraiser for the Pregnancy Life Center. (photo submitted)

The Walk for Life fundraising total was $62,886 — a combination of what was raised through business and church sponsorships and what individual walkers raised.

Business and church sponsorship of the walk begins in the spring, is board led, and accounted for $21,945 of the $62,886. The individually-sponsored walkers accounted for the other $40,941.

“We needed the walkers to raise at least $35,000, so to come out  several thousand above that number is truly a blessing, and, for us, validates what we are doing here,”  says Trina Langdon, Pregnancy Life Center director.

Top individual fundraisers included Ron Ripley, Jennings Road Church of Christ, $5,385; Anita Searl, Jennings Road Church of Christ, $3,315; Mindy Longwell, Trinity Friends Church, $1,385; and Linda Baker, New Horizons Community Church, $1,365.

“We appreciate all of our walkers, but this group of four raised a quarter of the total,” says Langdon. “That is huge!  Without them, we would have come in under our budget need.”

The top churches this year included Jennings Road Church of Christ, $11,551 with 17 sponsored walkers; First Baptist Church, $3,815 with eight sponsored walkers; and Trinity Friends Church, $2,875 with 14 sponsored walkers.


POSTED: 09/16/16 at 6:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles