Clean-up/food giveaway — Cecil zip code residents can bring trash to the dumpster at Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday. Items not allowed to be thrown out include: any items with freon, yard waste, hazardous chemicals and tires. The church is also hosting a food giveaway from 1:30-4 p.m. that day. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

Anniversary celebration — St. John Lutheran Church, 16035 Henry County Road U, Napoleon, is hosting several events throughout 2019 in celebration of its 150th anniversary, with the theme: “Jesus Christ — Yesterday, Today, Forever.” The church will celebrate “Jesus Christ, Today,” on Sunday at 9 a.m. The service will feature Rev. Justin Hesterman. A potluck meal will be held in the fellowship hall following the service. An event is also planned for Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. (Jesus Christ, Forever.) For more information, call 419-598-8961.

Baked steak fundraiser — A baked steak fundraiser dinner will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 710 Joe E. Brown Ave., Holgate, on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The menu includes baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage, all for a freewill offering. Carryouts will be available. Proceeds will go to St. Peter’s Faith and Family Daycare Program. Located across from Holgate Local Schools, St. Peter’s is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 419-264-2811.

VBS — St. John Lutheran School, 655 Wayne Ave., Defiance, is hosting The Incredible Race, One Family, One Race, One Savior, Vacation Bible School Monday-Thursday from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. The VBS is for youth age 5 through eighth grade, and there is no cost to attend. The VBS will feature songs, crafts, games, goodies and dramas. For more information, call 419-782-1751 or to register go to

VBS — St. John Lutheran Church, 16035 County Road U, Napoleon, is hosting Jesus Saves the World Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Participating youth will lift off for an intergalactic adventure and learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross. For more information, call 419-598-8961, or to register, go to

VBS – Christ our Savior Lutheran Church, Defiance, is hosting Vacation Bible School at Clinton Circle Apartments, 700 Kiser Road, Defiance, June 10-12 from 1-3 p.m. daily for children ages 4-12, and 3-year-olds with a caregiver present. A large tent will be set up in the courtyard for Bible lessons, crafts, games, snacks and music. To pre-register, call 567-259-9759.

Garage sale — Harvest Fellowship, F-288 Ohio 109, Hamler, is hosting its annual garage sale June 13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 14 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and June 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All items are free. For more information, call 419-274-2195.

Strawberry Festival — St. John United Church of Christ, 950 Webster St., Defiance, is hosting its annual Strawberry Festival, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. The menu includes: shredded chicken sandwiches, beef sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, Jello salad, strawberry pie, an assortment of other pies, homemade ice cream and cakes and beverages. Dine-in is available for a freewill offering and carryouts are $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local food pantries. For more information, call 419-782-4176.

Donuts with Dads — First Church of God, 561 Carter Road, Defiance, is hosting Donuts with Dads June 16 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.

VBS — Ayersville United Methodist Church, 27728 Ayersville-Pleasant Bend Road, Ayersville, is hosting Roar! Vacation Bible School June 17-21 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. Peter Lutheran Church, K980 County Road 17D, Florida, is hosting Mad About Jesus’ Laboratories Vacation Bible School June 17-21, 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

VBS — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John United Church of Christ are sponsoring Athens Vacation Bible School June 19-21 from 9:30 a.m.-noon each day at St. Paul’s UMC, 400 Wayne Ave., Defiance. Youth from preschool-fifth grade will learn how the Apostle Paul shaed the good news of Christ to the ends of the earth. Youth will experience Athens’ Marketplace, arena games and learn about Paul’s journey in the daily Bible story. Each day closes with worship and celebration. To register for this free VBS, contact Julie Sasseen at 419-956-1267 or; or Marcella Ciccotelli at 419-618-5552 or

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.

(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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