Christmas spirit beyond the church walls PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Friday, 27 December 2013 10:09
Many area churches show their spirit for supporting others through the adoption of area families to help make their Christmas season brighter.
Those churches may approach their giving in different ways, but the goal is the same - to show God's love for humanity by giving back to the community at Christmas.
What follows is a brief look at two of the efforts this year.

The 15 bicycles donated to the Angel Tree Project in Pemberville by the “bike angel” sit in the sanctuary of Pemberville United Methodist Church waiting to be delivered to children of families adopted by the project. (Photo provided)
Pemberville angels community effort
One community effort is the Pemberville Angel Tree Project. Marty Braucksieck says she has been organizing that project for the last 12 years.
"The word has indeed spread since more people and organizations get involved every year," the organizer said.
She said this year the project was blessed with the fact that they had more people asking for an angel to buy for, than they had angels to give out.
She said that was not an issue, noting, "There are other ways they could help if they chose to and many did."
Latcha church offers Christmas devotions for all at its website PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 20 December 2013 10:50
LATCHA - Zion Lutheran Church in rural Perrysburg (Latcha), is featuring an online daily devotion for the Christmas season. The devotion, found at, mixes the tradition of daily devotions during the Advent season with the more modern use of social media.
Each day features a word which highlights the meaning of the season, a blog and a picture taken by photographer and graphic designer, Erik Teichmann.
"It's a wonderful way to prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth, and we hope that by using social media we may reach out to folks who are on the go during this busy season," says Pastor Sarah Teichmann of Zion Lutheran.
The devotions and photos will continue to be posted daily through Christmas Day, and will remain archived online after the holiday season.
Church Briefs: 12-20-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
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.
Ritter named administrator for Diocese of Toledo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
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
Food pantries restocked in different ways PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
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
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