Ice cream social — Twin Oaks United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at Twin Oaks Fellowship Hall, 200 E. Main St., Oakwood. The menu includes: sloppy Joe sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs, salads, baked beans, pie, beverages and homemade vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and maple ice cream. For more information, 419-594-2992.

Payne Camp meeting — The annual Payne Camp meeting will be held Saturday-Friday on the historic grounds located at 03450 Ohio 500, just west of Payne. Payne Camp meeting is affiliated with the non-denominational Church of God in Anderson, Ind., and everyone is welcome to attend without regard to membership in a particular church. A potluck will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by a time of fellowship around the campfire. On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., there will be the first worship service with Pastor Scotty Brooks delivering the message. Worship services will be held each evening, Monday-Friday at 7 p.m., with Pastor Mike Harmon delivering the message. Harmon is currently the pastor of Wauseon Church of God. Pastor Arlyn Willett will lead the music, she is senior pastor at Calvert Park Church of God, Burton, Mich., and a member of the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame. After each evening service, all are welcome to stay for a campfire and other activities. Teens can participate in youth camp Sunday-Saturday each morning, and kids camp will be held from 9:30-11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parents and caregivers are welcome to register their children, drop them off and then return at 11:45 a.m. Adults are also welcome to stay for “coffee talk,” where they can grab a cup of coffee and relax. Young adults, high school graduates through “30-somethings,” are invited to come together at 1 p.m. Monday-Friday to discuss topics of interest. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served each day in the dining hall, and food also will be available in the Snack Shack on a donation basis. In addition, many other activities will take place during the week. For more information, go to

Parish festival — Immaculate Conception Parish, 211 Church St., Ottoville, is hosting its annual parish festival Saturday and Sunday. An evening social will be held Saturday from 5-10 p.m., featuring Vaughn’s Place barbecue pork sandwiches, Millie’s wings, onion rings, snacks and cold beverages. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., the band Hipnotix will perform. There also will be a 50/50 drawing and Big Tickets will be sold. On Sunday, family style chicken and beef dinners will be served, with all the trimmings and desserts, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in the air-conditioned parish center, with drive-thru service and carryouts available. Church tours from 1-4 p.m. also will be available this year. There will be a lunch stand featuring soup, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, fries and desserts beginning at 11 a.m. A baked goods booth opens at 8 a.m. There will be a raffle booth, indoor bingo, pop toss, fish pond, giant games, a petting zoo, sand art, inflatable bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course and the annual Kiddie Tractor pull. New this year, there will be a balloon artist and face painting from 3-6 p.m., as well as Triple Crown horse racing. A Big Ticket drawing featuring a $1,000 first prize and other cash prizes will be available, with the drawing slated for 9 p.m. There will be entertainment featuring Ottoville’s own The Brass Notes at 11:30 a.m.; Indiana Wild Live Animal Show at 1:30 p.m.; singer/songwriter Riley Jameson Bortner at 3:30 p.m.; and JJ the DJ at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-453-3513.

Baked steak fundraiser — A baked steak fundraiser dinner will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 710 Joe E. Brown Ave., Holgate, Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The menu includes baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage, all for a freewill offering. Carryouts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the 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.

Camp fire — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a camp fire Sunday at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and food to share. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

VBS — First Baptist Church, 448 S. Keyser St., Holgate, is hosting Into the Wild, Amazing Encounters with Jesus, Vacation Bible School Sunday-Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. The VBS is for youth ages preschool-sixth grade. For more information, call 419-264-7035 to leave a message, or 419-264-0005.

VBS — Emerging Streams Apostolic Hub, 22754 County Road B50, Stryker, is hosting Jesus is Key Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day for youth ages 6-12. Attendees will learn how to encounter God through worship, prayer, prophetic and purpose, and discover what it means to live life with the power. There will be music, crafts, snacks, and Bible stories, with lunch included. For more information or to register, call 419-515-2174.

VBS — Bethel Christian Church, 14988 County Road 209, Arthur, is hosting Believe the Impossible, “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” Luke 1:37, Vacation Bible School Monday-Friday from 6:30-9 p.m. each evening. The VBS is for youth in preschool through 12th grade. For more information, call 419-393-4073.

Winkler to speak — Belinda Winkler of Defiance, will be the guest speaker at the Mother Teresa Respect for Life event Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance. Winkler, who grew up as the only girl in a family with seven brothers, will share how she went to the doctor thinking she had the flu, only to learn she had a brain tumor. Winkler also will share how her faith has helped her during her health struggles. There will be Mass prior to the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-782-7778.

Ice cream social — Paulding United Methodist Church, 321 N. Williams St., Paulding, is hosting an ice cream social Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu includes: shredded chicken sandwiches, sloppy Joe sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, baked bean, Jell-O, apple dumplings, Texas sheet cake, homemade ice cream and beverages. The meal is available for a freewill donation, and carryouts will be available. For more information, call 419-399-3547.

VBS — North Creek United Methodist Church, 18564 County Road B-13, Continental, is hosting a one-day Vacation Bible School July 27 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The theme is Fruits of the Spirit, and the VBS is for youth in preschool through sixth grade. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 419-594-3411.

Baked potato bar — Union Chapel Church of God, 17983 County Road A, Bryan, is hosting a baked potato bar supper July 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu includes: white potatoes, sweet potatoes, assorted toppings, sloppy Joe sandwiches, salad, dessert and beverages. The meal is available for a freewill donation and carryout is available. A bake sale will also be available. Money raised from the event will support the church improvement fund. For more information, call 419-658-2479 or 419-428-4945.

Sojourner Quartet in concert — Zion United Methodist Church, 04533 County Road 11, Wauseon, is hosting Sojourner Quartet in concert July 28 at 4 p.m. The southern Gospel quartet, based in Findlay, began as a contemporary Christian group in 1991, before going solely southern gospel in 2007. The group has released several songs to southern gospel radio, and it recently recorded four CD projects and a live DVD with Chapel Valley Studio in Tennessee. Its ministry is to spread the gospel to as many people as God directs. A love offering will be taken, and a light meal will follow the concert. For more information, call 419-867-1528.

Meal, music and message — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a meal, music and message July 28. The meal begins at 5 p.m., with ice cream, music and a message at 6 p.m. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

VBS — Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren, 06970 Domersville Road, Defiance, is hosting The Incredible Race Vacation Bible School July 28-Aug. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. The VBS is for youth from preschool through eighth grade, and will include Bible stories, music, games, crafts and snacks. For more information, call 419-497-3311.

VBS — St. John Lutheran Church, 812 E. High St., Hicksville, is hosting Miraculous Mission, Jesus Saves the World Vacation Bible School July 29-Aug. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. There will be Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks, and all youth are welcome to attend. To pre-register, or for more information, call 419-542-6269.

Holiness camp — The 141st annual Portage Holiness Camp will be held Aug. 1-11 at 12306 Portage Road, Portage. A pre-camp concert featuring Living Water will be held July 31 at 7 p.m. in the Portage Camp Tabernacle for a freewill offering. Refreshments will be served in the dining hall following the concert. There will be preaching services daily at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m., with the exception of Sundays, with services being held at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Rev. Tom Hermiz and Rev. Mike Adams will preach, with music by song evangelists Jeff and Jeanie Shelburne. Missionary Day with Storly and Kate Michel of the One Mission Society will be Aug. 5, with a camp picnic at 4:30 p.m. and a missionary service at 7 p.m. A children’s program for youth under 12 will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day led by Tara Parson, with programs for youth ages 11-18 each day led by Rev. Bradley Buhro. For more information about the youth camp, call 814-265-8751 or email Camping sites and rooms are available. For more information about holiness camp or to make reservations, go to, or contact Dave Doolittle at 567-208-8693 or at

VBS — First Christian Church, 1233 Emerald Road, Paulding, is hosting County Junction Vacation Bible School Aug. 4 from 2-6 p.m. for youth ages 3 through sixth grade. There will be be barnyard praise, a craft corral, funny farm games, farmers field, “Mootown Motel,” have you “herd” the news and farm-fresh food. For more information, call 419-399-4576.

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