Church Briefs: 04-05-13 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 April 2013 09:29
Two churches celebrate 'Holy Humor Sunday'
Bloomdale Trinity United Methodist Church celebrates "Holy Humor Sunday" this week with a sports theme, complete with songs such as "Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the Goalposts of Life" and jokes suitable for all ages.
According to Pastor Jeff Ridenour, the tradition of Holy Humor Sunday goes back to a rite called Risus Paschalis or "The Easter Laugh."  The day refers to God playing a trick on Satan by letting him kill Jesus, thereby letting him think he had won, only to raise Jesus back to life on the third day.
The pastor says this custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
Haskins Community Church has also slated an observation of Holy Humor Sunday. Rev. Jennifer Jackson will deliver the sermon, "Something to Laugh About!." There will be no Communion at this service.
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Dinner concert planned at 'Truck Stop Ministries'
NORTH BALTIMORE - Truck Stop Ministries, Inc., is planning a "Dinner Concert" on April 14 featuring One Voice. It will be held at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, located at the Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road.
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The concert follows at 6 p.m.

Donations made by CedarCreek Church
PERRYSBURG - The community was blessed by a $20,000 donation from CedarCreek Church's $1 for 1 initiative! Once a month the church donates $1 for every person who attends one of their services to support organizations who are making a positive difference in their community.
From the Easter weekend services the church was able to donate $20,000, split for three organizations, The Aurora House, Rebeka's Haven and The Arms Forces Way.
Nancy DeWitt, director of Rebeka's Haven said, "We can't thank you enough. You have no idea what this means to our women!"
The next $1 for 1 is scheduled is for "pastors in oppressed countries."

Findlay church to host seminar
FINDLAY - St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, in cooperation with the Northwest Plains District UMC and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, will present the seminar, "Walk Thru the New Testament" on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church.
Cost is $15, which includes a seminar workbook (required). Lunch is available for an additional $8. Proceeds will be used for the youth ministry's Appalachian service project.
For information call the church at (419) 422-4845 or visit

Baked steak supper
McCLURE - The McClure United Methodist Church will have a baked steak supper next Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Carry-outs are available.
A free-will offering will be taken. The church is located on Ohio 65, just south of U.S. Route 6.

Educational seminar set
The Health Ministry Program of Northwest Ohio will hold its 20th annual educational seminar, "Walking With Families in Crisis" next Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Westgate Chapel, 2500 Wilford Drive, Toledo. The fee is $65.
Presenters will be Rev. F. Anthony Gallagher, a retired Catholic priest and licensed social workers Cary Brown and Vanessa Fitzpatrick.
For information contact Mary Jane Fulcher at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Campaign fights hunger
PERRYSBURG - CedarCreek Church has begun its third annual campaign to end hunger and assist more than 300,000 families across the region receive food by collecting food donations. The campaign runs through April 14 as organizers are collecting non-perishable food items at any CedarCreek Church campus.
Last year more than 52.549 pounds of food was distributed to local food pantries/kitchens across the region.
For information on how to assist go to or call (419) 661-8661.

Series offered at the 'Creek'
PERRYSBURG - CedarCreek Church expects 10,000 people to start a journey together to find out the answer to: "What On Earth Am I Here For? " as a No.1 bestselling author leads a study for all the congregation and guests.
On your mark, get set, go! It's time to win the race we call life as CedarCreek Church presents a six-week series on Rick Warren's re-release of this top selling book (second only to the Bible), "The Purpose Driven Life" called "What On Earth Am I Here For," beginning this weekend at all campuses for all services. Those attending are also encouraged to bring their friends, family, and anyone else who feels there has to be more to this life than just constantly running, working, and just plain business to join us.
Organizers say "This series is guaranteed to help you answer those questions from what is my purpose? to What am I supposed to be doing in this life?"
For more information go to or call (419) 661-8661.

Pancakes to be served
TOLEDO - The Church of St. Andrew United Methodist Men have found a unique way to help hungry pets. On Saturday they will host the third annual all you can eat pancake breakfast for humans; proceeds will benefit Humane Ohio, a local non-profit organization that runs a pet food bank (serves Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties) and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic (serves anyone in Ohio or Michigan).
The event will include old-fashioned pancakes, blueberry pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, "Chef Paul's Soon-To-Be World Famous Potato Pancakes," French toast with warm fruit and whipped toppings, low-carb and vegetarian selections, beverages of many kinds and more.
The cost is a donation of any amount at the door (3620 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo 43614), and the event runs from 8 to 10:30 am.
Humane Ohio's Marketing Director, Jill Borkowski, says "As a non-profit organization, Humane Ohio is funded solely on fundraisers, private donations and grants.  Proceeds from events like this allow us to off-set the true, high cost of spay/neuter procedures so we can keep our prices low, and offer programs like the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank."

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