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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

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First United Methodist (FUM) Church Preschool, a State Licensed Preschool established in 1974, is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year for children who will attain ages 3-5 by August 1, 2017.

image001The preschool offers a half-day program from 8:30-11:30 a.m. two, three or four days a week. The curriculum is guided by the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards and incorporates Christian principles. Activities include monthly field trips, theme parties, progress monitoring and assessments, weekly Chapel, Christmas and Spring programs and more.

The staff is trained in CPR, Communicable Disease, First Aid and Child Abuse Awareness. The preschool’s stated goal is to prepare children for Kindergarten in a loving Christ-centered environment.

For more information contact Administrator April Ellerbrock by phone at 419.238-.0631 ext. 308, by email or register online at

POSTED: 04/19/17 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, Youth

Katie Etter

Katie Etter

Katie Etter of Van Wert has joined the staff of Trinity Friends Church as the new Youth Pastor and Family Life Center Coordinator at Trinity Friends Church (TFC) in Van Wert. Etter recently graduated from Grace College with a youth ministry and educational ministry degree. She began attending Trinity Friends and became involved with the youth group while she was in high school. She interned at TFC last summer in the Youth Department.

Etter began working with the church in December 2016. She has established a new name for the TFC Youth Group. Previously known as the ROCK (Reaching Out for Christ’s Kingdom) the youth group is now known as The Vine, in reference to John 15.

Etter says, “I look forward to getting to know the teenagers of Van Wert and helping them through everyday struggles. I am also pleased to be working with various community groups using our Family Life Center Facility.”

“I am personally thrilled to be joining the fine staff of TFC,” she added. “I believe that together we can build on the youth and future generation of TFC. I am also blessed by the support already shown to me by the people of TFC and by our area schools. God is good, all the time!”

The church invites everyone who would like to meet her to attend Sunday services. Services are held at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Vine meets at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings for a game, snacks, and a lesson.

Trinity Friends is located at 605 North Franklin St.




POSTED: 04/19/17 at 1:07 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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A pancake breakfast will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29.

Free-will donations will be accepted. The event is hosted by the Lincolnview Band Boosters to help with a trip to Walt Disney World.

POSTED: 04/05/17 at 1:27 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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Improving one’s body image will be explored at Lifetree Café on Thursday, April 6, from 7-8 p.m.

Lifetree cafe heygoodlookinThe program, titled “Hey, Good Lookin’: A Healthy Approach to Body Image,” features a filmed interview with artist Adam Schultz, who sculpts plus-size female figures in bronze and stone. The program also includes advice from professional counselor Cheryl Eresman.

“Media depictions have so much to do with how people feel about themselves,” says Eresman. “They make people feel that if they don’t look like the people in the magazines, there is something wrong with them.”

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at the Bachwell Center, 116 N. Washington St. 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 at 419.238.0631 or

POSTED: 03/31/17 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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Nationally known speaker, author, and radio host Dr. Alex McFarland will speak on Saturday evening, April 8, at Trinity Friends Church. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. The church is located at 605 North Franklin Street at Van Wert’s northeast edge.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the band “Worship Experience,” which is made up of people from the Van Wert community. It is led by Craig Alix of Calvary Evangelical Church and Megan Baer of Trinity Friends Church.

McFarland will begin his program at 7:30 p.m., speaking on the topic “The War on the World Views.” He will also speak at the Sunday morning services (9 and 10:30 a.m.) on “The Resurrection and Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ.”

Dr. Alec McFarland

Dr. Alec McFarland

As a speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics, McFarland has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad. He has preached in over 1,500 different churches throughout North America and internationally, and has been featured at conferences such as The Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus On The Family’s Big Dig, Josh McDowell’s True Foundations events, California’s Spirit West Coast, and many more.

He has been interviewed on Fox and Friends, the Alan Colmes Show, “The Strategy Room”, Billy Graham’s Decision radio broadcast, by James Dobson (Focus On The Family radio), NPR’s “All Things Considered”, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chuck Colson’s “Breakpoint” broadcast, CBS, FOX, NBC news, SRN news, the Associated Press (AP) wire service, LA Times, Boston Herald, the BBC, OK-Celebrity News Magazine, Prime Time America, CBN, CSPAN, Bible Broadcast Network, La Vie (France), Christianity Today, Charisma, On Mission, and by numerous other media outlets as well.

In a 2009 story, CNN said, “Alex McFarland is an expert on world religions and cults.”

In 2006 McFarland was named third president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and College, located in Charlotte, NC.  He served in this role for 5 years, during which time the school saw unprecedented growth under his leadership.  Prior to this, he served as Focus On The Family’s Director of Teen Apologetics.

In his home state of North Carolina, McFarland was named one of “Forty Leaders Under The Age of Forty,” by the Jaycees. He is the only evangelist known to have preached in all 50 states in only 50 days, through his “Tour Of Truth.” This crusade across America included 64 evangelistic services and became the subject of his first book.

McFarland is also a nationally syndicated radio host, on air continuously since 2000.  His SoundRezn apologetics broadcast was nominated “Best New Show” by the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) in 2010, competing alongside shows by leaders such as James Dobson and Janet Parschal.  From 2011 to the present, McFarland has hosted “Exploring the Word”, which airs throughout the nation Monday through Friday, live on the American Family Radio network.


POSTED: 03/29/17 at 2:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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Liberty Baptist Church, 501 E. Third St., will have a special missions service with guests Tim and Kathy, who serve as ABWE missionaries in Ireland.

After a 28-year career in corporate America, Tim and Kathy are now career cross-cultural missionaries. They moved to Ireland in 2008 to assist in church planting and will leave in June of this year for their third term.

Tim and Kathy love Ireland and became citizens there in 2015.  They are originally from California but transferred several times ending up in Kentucky for 13 years before leaving for Dublin.  Tim and Kathy currently serve in County Cork, Ireland.

POSTED: 03/29/17 at 1:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

First UM open house promo pic 2-2017

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