Ritter named administrator for Diocese of Toledo PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:45
Father Charles F. Ritter
TOLEDO - Following the transfer of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair who was installed as Archbishop of Hartford, CT on Monday the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Toledo has elected Father Charles F. Ritter to serve as diocesan administrator.
According to canon law, the College of Consultors is required to elect the administrator within eight days of the vacancy of the see - the day on which Archbishop Blair was installed in Hartford. Ritter will begin serving as administrator immediately.
According to Rev. Monte Hoyles, chancellor for the diocese, "the role of the administrator is to essentially maintain the operations of the diocese - to keep the status quo - and provide for the needs of the faithful until the next bishop is named by the Holy Father."
Ritter, 71, currently serves as associate pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Sylvania. He has previously served as pastor of Saint Patrick Parish, Bryan, and Saint Mary Parish, Leipsic; he also has served as an associate pastor at various parishes throughout the Diocese of Toledo. In addition to his parochial assignments, Ritter has also served as director of the diocesan social justice office. He was ordained in 1967.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 15:55
Church Briefs: 12-20-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:39
Blue Christmas service
PERRYSBURG - Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, will hold a Blue Christmas worship service for those who are grieving at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bethel church change name
NORTH BALTIMORE - Bethel Baptist Church at 350 N. Beecher St.,  North Baltimore, has officially changed the name of the church to Bethel Bible Church.
Sunday service time remains at 10:15 a.m. The pastor is Rodney Betts.
Church Events: 12-20-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:20
Pastor Carlton Sielaff's sermon Sunday at Abiding Word Evangelical Lutheran Church will be "A Voice in the Wilderness."

"God's Indescribable Gift - Jesus," will be Pastor Dennis Gugger's sermon Sunday at Bowling Green Alliance Church.

Evangelist Harold Driver's sermon Sunday morning at Bowling Green Church of Christ will be "The Significance of the Birth of Jesus." The evening service will be "The Christian and Christmas."

Pastor Kevin Crawford will be speaking on "Transformed to Engage," part of the "Transformed" series Sunday at Brookside Church.

Rev. Howard Mayne's sermon Sunday at Cloverdale United Methodist Church will be "The Gift." Following worship there will be a Christmas program followed by an all-church holiday dinner.
Food pantries restocked in different ways PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:22
Helen Simpson adds to the food donation as Brayden Luidhardt pedals the John Deere down the aisle while his brother, Drew Luidhardt helps gather items to fill the wagon. (Photos provided)
Churches often house food pantries, and many who don't have one of their own will support the community food pantry. In this holiday season of giving and thanksgiving, most every church congregation makes a special effort to remember those in need.
Among the food drives this year, one involved two young lads who charmed the congregation at a Luckey church, and the staff of Wood County Hospital who honored one of the volunteers by supporting the food pantry at her Bowling Green church.
At Zion United Methodist Church in Luckey, the congregation were surprised as a John Deere tractor came down the aisle? No, it wasn't a full size Deere, but one being pedaled by a young man with a wagon in tow and the driver's brother close at hand.
Although food collections are a regular occurrence, this one was different. As the time for the offering came, Pastor Ernie Sampson of Zion asked two young boys to come forward.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 15:57
Christmas Events: 12-20-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 10:15
(Editor’s note: The Wood County and area churches will hold a wide variety of Christmas Eve and Day services this year. Those who have reported their service to the Sentinel are listed below.
Around Christmas many churches hold a “Service of Lessons and Carols.” Stonebridge Church in Perrysburg will use that model for its Christmas Eve service. As Dean Eric Milner-White, the originator of this service nearly one hundred years ago said, “The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God … Seen through the windows and the words of the Bible.”
Each of the congregations will welcome guests and visitors to these holy services which mostly are held on Tuesday night, Christmas Eve.)

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Abiding Word Evangelical Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.

The Christmas service for Bowling Green Alliance Church will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

There will be a 7 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Eve service at Christ’s Church in Bowling Green.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Church of the Nazarene will be held at 7 p.m.
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