Living Free Groups — Cecil Community Church 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is now hosting Living Free groups ( for 10 weeks covering “Crossroads: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity.” It is for men only, including high school young men. Living Free material offers hope and transformation from life controlling problems or issues such as destructive behaviors, harmful emotions, negative attitudes, unhealthy relationships and substance abuse. Registration begins at 6:45 p.m. today. For more information, text 419-564-8383.

Donuts with Dads — First Church of God, 561 Carter Road, Defiance, is hosting Donuts with Dads Sunday from 9:30-10 a.m. to celebrate Father’s Day. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served in the gymnasium, followed by worship at 10 a.m. For more information, call 419-782-0861.

Father’s Day celebration — Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 1544 Ottawa Ave., Defiance, is hosting a Father’s Day celebration Sunday at 11 a.m. All fathers will receive a gift and a free meal. For more information, call 419-784-1010.

VBS — Ayersville United Methodist Church, 27728 Ayersville-Pleasant Bend Road, Ayersville, is hosting Roar! Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. The VBS is for youth age 3-completed fifth grade. Attendees are invited to go on a safari adventure that will include stories, games, snacks, music, crafts and fun. On June 21, Mark’s Ark will be at the church with animal friends. On June 23, a closing celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 19th annual Barnyard BBQ, which will include food, fun and more. For more information or to register, call 419-395-1742, or send an email to

VBS — St. John Lutheran Church, 09088 Openlander Road, Sherwood, is hosting Miraculous Mission Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. each day for youth ages 3 (potty trained) through sixth grade. A VBS program will also be held June 23 at 10:15 a.m. during the worship service. For more information, call 419-899-2850 and leave a message for Bretta Pendleton.

VBS — St. Peter Lutheran Church, K980 County Road 17D, Florida, is hosting Mad About Jesus’ Laboratories Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday, from 6-8 p.m. each day. The VBS is for youth from preschool to fifth grade. Attendees can step into the lab of science to discover amazing science-inspired, Christ-focused Bible lessons. There will be lessons, games, music and snacks. To register, go to

Graduation celebration — Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 1544 Ottawa Ave., Defiance, is hosting an Anchor Bible College graduation celebration June 22 at 11 a.m. A free meal will be served following the celebration. For more information, call 419-784-1010.

Jesus Builds — A special worship service, featuring Pastor Keith Hunsinger of Hope Lutheran Church in rural Hamler, will be held June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hamler Summerfest grounds to raise money for Jesus Builds, an initiative in its fifth year that helps area people with building projects at their homes. The initiative is led by several churches in Henry and Putnam counties. Music will be provided by keyboardist Jim Murcko of Hope Lutheran Church, assisted by Ashley Klein. In addition, a junior choir comprised of youth from the several churches will perform during the service. A barbecue chicken dinner will follow worship, which will be available for a freewill donation. All proceeds from the event will be used toward several future building projects. For more information, call 419-274-5765.

Barnyard BBQ — Ayersville United Methodist Church, 27728 Ayersville-Pleasant Bend Road, Ayersville, is hosting its 19th annual Barnyard BBQ June 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, hot dogs, fresh corn, baked beans, homemade potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, melons, chips and drinks. The meal is available for a freewill offering, and carryouts will be available. There also will be homemade ice cream, funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, sno cones, and a “Blue Ribbon Bakery.” In addition, the event will feature horse-drawn wagon rides by Lily Creek Farms, antique tractors, classic cars, a barrel train, inflatables, a petting zoo and games for children. There will be raffle and door prizes, and Brian Holbrooks & the Poorbottom Singers will provide musical entertainment. For more information, call 419-395-1742.

VBS — Youth in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to plunge into Splash Canyon Oakwood community Vacation Bible School June 24-28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening at Oakwood Elementary School, 309 N. Main St., Oakwood. Early registration is available at; at Auglaize Chapel Church of God; Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Forever His Christian Ministries; or by calling 419-594-2441.

VBS — St. John Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance, is hosting ROAR! Life is Wild, God is Good Vacation Bible School June 24-28 from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. each day. The VBS is for youth age 4 through sixth grade. The registration deadline is June 21. For more information, or to register, call 419-782-7121.

Pub Theology — St. John United Church of Christ is hosting its next Pub Theology event June 25 at 8 p.m. at Miami & Erie Restaurant and Lounge, 406 Clinton St., Defiance. Based on the book “Pub Theology,” written by Bryan Berghoef of Grand Rapids, Mich., this ministry is led by Pastor Jim Brehler. The purpose of Pub Theology is to have discussions about God in a place where people feel comfortable. General rules include: no person or idea is stupid; listen first and ask questions for clarification; it’s not about conversion or preaching, it’s about engaging in conversation; if things get heated, stop and seek commonality and humility; and it’s about learning from one another. For more information, call 419-782-4176.

(NOTICE TO CHURCHES: All events which charge a fee for admission, food or materials can be included in the above listing for $15 per week. To reserve a paid spot in this listing, contact the C-N advertising department at 419-784-5441, ext. 300726, or email: Free events or those with only a freewill offering will continue to be published at no cost, with priority given to events held in the next week. To have an event added to the church listing, call 419-784-5441, ext. 300737, fax to 419-782-2944 or email to: Deadline for both free and paid events is Wednesday at noon.)

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