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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

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Trinity United Methodist Church, 220 S. Walnut St. in Van Wert, is offering a six-week study entitled “Parenting: Single and Successful”. The small group sessions will begin Wednesday, June 28, and continue through Wednesday, August 2. The sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 8 each evening, with childcare provided.

The sessions will begin with a 25-minute video by Dr. Kevin Leman. Dr. Leman is an internationally known Christian psychologist, best-selling author, speaker, educator, and radio and television personality who has ministered to and entertained audiences worldwide with his common sense psychology and wit.

Week 1 will look at “Putting First Things First” — How to bring stability to children by getting one’s own life in order.

Week 2: “Healing the Past, Looking to the Future” — How forgiveness opens the door to healthy relationships.

Week 3: “Creating Harmony with Your Ex-Spouse” — How to relate to one’s “ex” with an olive branch, instead of a hammer.

Week 4: Helping Children Thrive in a Single Parent Home” — How to develop positive self-esteem when kids need it most.

Week 5: “Learning to Discipline with Love and Limits” — How “reality discipline” teaches kids to be respectful, responsible, and resourceful.

Week 6: “Understanding Your Child’s Personality — God’s Indelible Imprint” — How birth order affects children and the way parents should relate to them.

Toni Healey and Sue Lichtle will be facilitators for this group and there will be plenty of time for feedback about the videos and discussion. Trinity is opening the sessions to the public, with the hope this will be instrumental in answering a need for single-parent families that need love and support.

Those interested may contact the church office to register, as well as whether childcare is needed, at 419.238.9541. Use the front entrance of the church off South Walnut Street for the evening meetings.

POSTED: 06/22/17 at 7:26 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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It was an epic battle of boys versus girls. As the moment of declaring the winning team approached, the lights lowered, the cheers got louder, and the drum roll intensified as both Craig Alix (boys team) and Carrie Pauquette (girls team) were armed with a pie, awaiting the announcement.

Craig Alex and Carrie Paquette react after receiving pies in the face as part of a fundraiser at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Craig Alex and Carrie Paquette react after receiving pies in the face as part of a fundraiser at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. (photo submitted)

Then it happened: the girls were pronounced the penny war champions and Alix’s face received a pie in defeat. As Paquette gloated in victory, though, Alix greeted her with a face pie of her own.

The kids and volunteers of Calvary Evangelical Church’s Summer Bible Venture — Gadgets and Gizmos: Uniquely Wired and Wonderfully Made, were challenged to bring in coins to donate to the YWCA Summer Lunch Program. Whichever team brought in the heaviest amount of coins was declared the winning team. The boys collected 124.2 pounds of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, but the girls outweighed them in change with 151.2 pounds. Collectively, the kids and volunteers of SBV17 raised a total of $1,024.37 to give to our local YWCA.

The YWCA Summer Food Program has 225 boys and girls registered and will be providing breakfast, lunch and weekend backpacks filled with food through August 4. Besides food, the YWCA also offers recreational activities to these boys and girls of Van Wert.

“Because of donations like this, we can take the kids on field trips like bowling and going to the movie theater that otherwise would not have been possible,” said Jordan Dettrow, supervisor for the Summer Food Program.

He noted that, in addition to monetary donations, the program also needs playground equipment, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunscreen, books, and games.

Craig Alex (left) and Carrie Paquette present Jordan Dettrow with a check for $1,024.37 for the YWCA's Summer Food Program. (photo submitted)

Craig Alex (left) and Carrie Paquette present Jordan Dettrow with a check for $1,024.37 for the YWCA’s Summer Food Program. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 06/17/17 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

CLC donates to groups 6-2017

Van Wert Catholic Ladies of Columbia Chapter 121 made two presentations at its May meeting. Through the state organization’s assistance and fundraisers, C L of C presented a total of $300 to the Pregnancy Life Center and $250 to St. Mary’s Purse Bingo. Shown are (from the left) Jan Keipper, co-president, presenting Theresa Marshall, committee chair, the money for Purse Bingo. This event will be held September 15 at the K of C Hall, with proceeds used for a need in the parish or school. Also, Cathy Steffan, PLC Board member, accepts a donation from Barb Laing, co-president, to be used for operating the center. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 06/17/17 at 7:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Lifestyles

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Pastor Melissa Steinecker

Pastor Steinecker

CONVOY — Pastor Melissa Steinecker of Convoy United Methodist Church will be relocating in June and leaving the area.

Pastor Steinecker came to Convoy United Methodist Church in July 2015, sharing her love for Jesus and her love of preaching and teaching the Bible.

She has been very active in the community, including walking kids to Bible, volunteering at the Village Ministry Center, and becoming a member of the Convoy Ministerial Group. Also a Salvation Army bell ringer, she has implemented the Circles of Hope ministry and participated in many church and community activities.

A reception will be held at 11 a.m. this Sunday, June 11, in the church’s social room.

POSTED: 06/10/17 at 6:57 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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The church’s stance regarding same-sex attraction will be explored at Lifetree Café from 7-8 p.m. this Thursday, June 8.

The program, titled “The Church and Gays: One Pastor’s Dilemma,” features a filmed interview with Danny Cortez, a pastor whose changing views regarding same-sex attraction led to his being removed from his denomination.

During the interview, Cortez explains how the church’s traditional response to same-sex attraction never gave him a sense of peace.

Lifetree graphic-Church & gays 6-2017“I remember thinking about Jesus and the way he gave life, and I started thinking maybe the church is wrong,” Cortez says. “Maybe the traditional interpretation of this issue is wrong. I remember thinking maybe I don’t believe what I grew up believing.”

Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to share their views and stories of their encounters with the church regarding the issue.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at the Bachwell Center, 116 N. Washington St. in Van Wert. Enter on Court Street and park behind the Courthouse.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to First United Methodist Church by calling 419.238.0631 or emailing

Topic for June 15: “Surrounded by Stuff. Understanding the hidden world of hoarding.”

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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On Sunday, June 18, free Father’s Day pictures will be taken in the Gathering Room of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church corner of Washington and Sycamore streets in Van Wert.

Portraits will be taken between services at 9 a.m. and after the second service at 11:30 that morning.

Bring dad in for his very own free photo.

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POSTED: 06/05/17 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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The public is invited to a special Memorial Sunday service on May 28 from 10 a.m. until noon at Whitehorse Biker Church, 408 E. Main St. in Van Wert.

On that day, the church will welcome veteran Marine Corps Sniper Chico Simich as our guest speaker. Chico went from the physical battlefield, where he was decorated with two Purple Hearts, into the Spiritual battlefield where his prison ministry works with criminals most people believe are beyond redemption.  Hear how Chico’s capacity to love and the power of God brings death row inmates to Christ!

About Whitehorse Bike Church

Whitehorse Biker Church is a non-denominational Christian Fellowship that believes in ministering to people right where they are, in their “situation of life”. Regardless of where we find them, we receive them as they are, love them unconditionally, and “sow seeds” of love, grace and the mercy of God, which produces life changing, radical transformations.

POSTED: 05/26/17 at 6:28 am. FILED UNDER: Church

Presbyterian Church gives to PLC 5-2017

Trina Langdon (left), executive director of PLC Health Clinic, accepts a $300 donation from First Presbyterian Church Mission Committee member Dianna Early. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 05/17/17 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: Church

Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt 4-2017

The Salvation Army recently had its first Easter Egg Hunt. Lt. Josh Morales and Waltmire (a Crestview High School senior) worked together on the project, along with volunteers to create an Easter Egg Hunt held in Fountain Park. Eggs were collected, a bike was given away to the child finding the “right” egg, and some squirrels even ran off with an egg or two. Rich Jellison was the photographer who took pictures with the Easter Bunny. The event was a huge success in its first year and Lt. Morales, along with Salvation Army volunteers, hope to see more kids and parents next Easter. Shown is Lt. Morales of the Salvation Army with Waltmire and the Easter Bunny (also known as Sonny Chorvas). (photo submitted)

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 7:11 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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Maker Fun Factory VBS logo 5-2017First United Methodist Church, 113 W. Central Ave. in Van Wert, will hold its Group Publishing “Maker Fun Factory” Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22. Children ages 4 through fourth grade can participate.

Registration can be accomplished online at under the “VBS 2017” heading or stop by the church office to fill out a registration form.

Beginning each day from June 19-22 at 9 a.m., plan to make new friends, participate in experiments, have game time with snacks, along with surprising adventures and great music.

For more information, call 419.238.0631.

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 6:45 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth