The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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Wesley United Methodist Church is seeking vendors to participate in its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested, want more information, or would like a form mailed or emailed to them should call 419.238.6216 between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.

Cost for an 8-foot table is $20, or $15 if vendor is donating an item to be raffled off.

POSTED: 08/07/18 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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MIDDLE POINT — The public is invited to a special service on Sunday, August 19, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Whitehorse Biker Church, 303 S. Adams St. in Middle Point.

Whitehorse is blessed to welcome Dr. Thomas McDonald for a special “setting apart” service.

Dr. McDonald is pastor/bishop of the Church of the Great Peace Native Fellowship/Bible Believers Assemblies, Ohio’s only Native American church. He is a well-respected theologian and author of the book The Black Book, Native Americans and the Christian Experience: Overcoming the Negative Impact of Nominal Christianity“.

POSTED: 08/07/18 at 6:38 am. FILED UNDER: Church

Jesse Eckert, First Presbyterian Church’s coordinator for young life discipleship, presents a donation to Trina Langdon, PLC Health Clinic director, while members of the church’s Mission Committee look on. photo provided

POSTED: 08/04/18 at 7:46 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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MIDDLE POINT — Residents are invited to Whitehorse’s first Southern Sunday on August 26 at 10 a.m. at Whitehorse Biker Church, 303 South Adams Street in Middle Point.

The event, which will include a special performance by celebrated southern gospel singer Kevin Wilson, is described as a special day of faith, fellowship and fun for everyone in and around Van Wert County.

“Southern Sunday will be fun for the whole family and will feature great gospel music, southern attire, games and our first ever Fried Chicken Cook-off,” Steve “Slowride” Haskin, Pastor of Whitehorse Biker Church said. “We invite everyone to come out for a great day of music, fun and fellowship.”

For more information on this and other things happening at Whitehorse Biker Church, visit

POSTED: 07/28/18 at 5:26 am. FILED UNDER: Church

The Van Wert First Presbyterian Church is one of the area churches that help support “The Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen” in Lima. The Soup Kitchen feeds both body and spirit of people in the area with food for the hungry, clothing for the needy, a place of rest and comfort for the weary, and fellowship in a Christian atmosphere. Free meals are served from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Monday through Friday .Over 40,000 meals were served during 2017. The Soup Kitchen Mission is supported by over 50 churches in the area, private individuals and businesses with donations of funds, food, supplies, personal hygiene items and volunteer workers. The Soup Kitchen accepts no financial support or food from any government agencies or programs. Presenting a mission support check to Soup Kitchen Director Randy Kimpel meal are: Van Wert Presbyterian Church members: Earl Green, Leslie Wilkin, Louis Crow, Soup Kitchen Director Randy Kimpel, Barb Everidge and Fred Early. photo submitted

POSTED: 07/26/18 at 6:16 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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MIDDLE POINT — Area residents are invited to Whitehorse Women’s Conference 2018 on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Whitehorse Biker Church, 303 S. Adams St. in Middle Point.

Church officials are pleased to announce this special day of faith, fellowship, and fun for women in and around Van Wert County and are excited to have special guest and featured speaker Snow Wolf join them to share her story and the opportunities God has found to bless others through her work.

A coal miner’s daughter with a love of animals and a passion for writing and drawing, Snow Wolf was raised a country gal who always had a fishing pole, cowboy hat, and jeep to ride the back roads. She was a Believer until the day she went down and out and turned her back on the Lord. Hear where Snow Wolf’s life was heading without Christ and the events that would change her life forever.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 9-10 a.m. – Welcome and fellowship (light breakfast provided)
  • 10 a.m.-noon – Morning session
  • Noon-1 p.m. – Fellowship (lunch provided)
  • 1-3 p.m. – Afternoon session and featured speaker

POSTED: 07/20/18 at 8:03 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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“Dino Detectives: Digging for God’s Truth” is coming to Van Wert at this year’s Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church.

Dino Detectives (from the front) Kiptyn Mills, Lane Schaadt, Piper Mills, Samantha Klinger, and Kirra and Angie Dey invite all boys and girls to join in on the fun adventure. First Baptist photo

Get ready for the adventure! All boys and girls (ages 4 through sixth grade) are invited to join the “Dino Might” adventure as they dig for “Truth in God’s Word.” VBS will be held from 6:45-9 p.m., July 30 through August 2 at First Baptist Church.

This year’s VBS theme is bound to be the excavation of a lifetime as children take a virtual trip through time to discover a world of Dinosaurs! Kids will also learn timely lessons from the Bible and will experience firsthand what life might have been like before Noah built the ark. Each evening will be packed with stories, music, games, crafts, refreshments, and surprises.

For those living in Van Wert, transportation is available for VBS. Those who need a ride should call the church office at 419.238.0333. First Baptist Church is located at the corner of Jennings and Mendon roads in Van Wert.

Boys and girls eager to learn more stories about Bible heroes can call the church’s storyline at 877.509.3476 to listen to exciting Bible stories. There’s a different story every day.

POSTED: 07/14/18 at 5:45 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

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First United Methodist Church recently said good-bye to Pastor Gus Christo-Baker, who is leaving to pastor another church, and will now welcome new Lead Pastor Chris Farmer this coming Sunday, July 1.

Pastor Farmer is married and he and his wife, Melinda, have two grown children.

New First United Methodist Pastor Chris Farmer and his wife, Melinda. photo submitted

The Farmers share a love for Jesus, the Church, and sharing His amazing life-transforming grace in word and deed. Pastor Farmer loves engaging in conversations about the Bible and applying it to everyday life, while Mrs. Farmer loves all kinds of music, being with family and friends, singing, and participating in women’s ministry.

Pastor Farmer provides leadership for the church by shepherding the congregation’s embrace of God’s grace in worship and hospitality, equipping Christ-followers with knowledge and gifts to fulfill the Church’s mission, and offering the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for life-changing mission all for the sole purpose of evangelizing new persons with God’s message.

Pastor Farmer has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in communications from Asbury University, a Master’s of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and has served as an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church of West Ohio for over 25 years.

The congregation of First United Methodist Church invites the public to meet Pastor Farmer and his wife this Sunday during one combined service beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcome to come and worship.

First United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Central Avenue, across from Fountain Park in downtown Van Wert. The church regularly offers two Sunday worship services: a relaxed/blended service at 8:15 a.m. and a more traditional/blended service at 10:45 a.m.

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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The Liberty Baptist Church congregation was presented with a special surprise on Father’s Day, June 17. The church has spent several years waiting and months of fund raising to purchase a new movable baptistery. This dream come true came a week earlier than expected.

Liberty Baptist Church Pastor Jim Burns and members of the congregation pose with the church’s new baptistry. photo submitted

The church’s four trustees and Pastor Jim Burns searched across the country trying to find the best quality baptistery at an affordable price. After looking at three different companies, the church trustees voted unanimously to order a movable immersion baptistery from American Rehabilitation Ministries in Joplin, Missouri. American Rehabilitation Ministries custom builds baptisteries and communion tables for churches and prisons.

“We located a baptistery made by this ministry organization in a church in Celina, Ohio, and it was exactly what we wanted,” Pastor Burns said. “We are very humbled with the way the Lord provided our new baptistery, and honored that a portion of our purchase price will go towards reaching prisoners for Jesus Christ.”

The fiberglass immersion baptistery is incased in a solid oak cabinet that matches the church’s auditorium oak trim. When the lid is placed on the baptistery it becomes a communion table. Liberty Baptist’s new baptistery was paid for by individual donations and special church offerings.

POSTED: 06/30/18 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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CIRCLEVILLE — Pastor Bill Watson and Bob Lippi from Turn Right Go Straight and Pastor Paul Hamrick of New Hope Recovery from Van Wert attended the Epidemic of Hope event in Circleville.

Local residents who attended a Circleville Epidemic of Hope presentation include (from the left) Pastor Paul Hamrick, Darryl Strawberry, and Pastor William provided

The local residents joined more than 500 area community leaders, law enforcement officers, church leaders, and concerned family members who listened as Darryl and Traci Strawberry, Recovery Specialist Pastor Greg DeLaney, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Pastor Jack O’Brien of Harvest Ministries, and others talked about the opiate crisis that is devastating the state, counties, and communities economically, socially, and spiritually. Not only did they share the magnitude of the disaster that Ohio is presently facing, but also communicated that — across Ohio — the call is “enough is enough”.

It is time Ohioans come together as a united team: the faith community, law enforcement, courts, and probation, business community, mental health, recovery services, and state and local government, to bring together resources to defeat this darkness that is robbing people of their future and the lives of young adults. Ohio has become the epicenter of opiate overdose deaths in America, while Dayton has been reported as the No. 1 drug city in the U.S. today.

But there is hope if Ohioans determine to work together to give the state, counties, and communities a better future than they are facing now. Hope is the reason the Van Wert County Ministerial Association and area churches have determined to be pro-active against the opioid/drug crisis. No longer can people have their heads in the sand or ignore the tragedy that is soon to become a tsunami sweeping the nation, state, communities, and homes.

The Ministerial Association is excited to bring The Epidemic of Hope event with Darryl and Tracie Strawberry and others to the area on April 15 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. From 4 to 5 p.m. will be youth event while Darryl will be speaking, we will be bringing a prevention specialist to share from 4-5 pm youth leaders, coaches, and families. At 7 p.m. will be the Tri-County Main Event evening program at the NPAC. This is ticketed event (people must have a ticket to attend).

The Ministerial Association wanted to have as many people as possible attend, which is why the event is free. The group is receiving donations from churches, community minded businesses, and individuals to underwrite this event.

For more information about the Epidemic of Hope, contact Pastor Hamrick at 419.771.9378 or call Trinity Friends Church at 419.238.4506 to become a co-sponsor or donate to the event.

POSTED: 03/13/18 at 8:36 am. FILED UNDER: Church