Prayer pastor — Cecil Community Church 203 S. Main St., Cecil, has announced that Pastor James Hemenway is the prayer pastor for the church. Text or call Hemenway at 402-278-0459 with prayer requests.

Clothing drive — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is taking donations for a future church clothing giveaway. Drop-off dates are Sundays in July, with the clothing giveaway slated Aug. 3. For more information, text 419-564-8383.

School supply assistance — Parents of attending children and youth can bring Cecil Community Church their student’s supply list for the new school year to get help with school supplies. The church is located at 203 S. Main St., Cecil. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

Block party — Branch Christian Fellowship is hosting its second annual Block Party Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Paulding. All activities will be held in the 100 block of Main Street, east of the courthouse. There will be food, games, raffles, live music and more. Money raised during the event will be used to update and expand the church’s kitchen to make it functional. For more information, call 419-439-1148.

Ice cream social — St. John Lutheran Church, 07611 County Road 87, Briceton, is hosting its annual ice cream social Saturday from 4:30-7 p.m. In addition to homemade ice cream, there will be homemade pies, sandwiches and beverages, for a freewill donation. For more information, call 419-399-4962.

Meal, music & message — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, will host an evening that features a meal, music and message on Sunday. There will be a free cookout meal at 5 p.m., followed by music and message at 6 p.m. by Dr. Mohr. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

Blackwood Quartet — The Fabulous Blackwood Quartet will be in concert at First Presbyterian Church, 506 Oxford Drive, Bryan, Sunday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) The quartet was formed in 1934 featuring brothers Roy, Doyle and James, and Roy’s son, R.W. While none of the founding members are still living, Billy Blackwood, son of James, brought the name out of retirement to continue the 84-year family tradition of gospel singing. The group currently consists of Billy, Wayne Little, Butch Owens and Michael Helwig. The concert is available for a freewill donation. For more information, call 419-636-4208 or send an email to

Free Bible study — Cecil Community Church 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a free bible study on Colossians beginning Wednesday, and on future Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

Park & Party — The first-ever Park & Party celebration will be held July 3 from 5 p.m.-until the end of the city of Defiance fireworks display, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance. The celebration will include: kids activities, a cornhole tournament, indoor euchre tournament, water balloon toss, entertainment on the big screen, a walking path to Putt-Putt Golf & Games, and more. Food that will be served includes: hamburgers, sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, French fries, ice cream, sno cones, cotton candy, pop, water and beer. Parking is free, and attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for viewing the fireworks. Alcoholic beverages will not be allowed outside the air-conditioned hall. All proceeds from the event will benefit Holy Cross Catholic School and Knights of Columbus Council 1039.

Food giveaway — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a food giveaway July 6 from 1:30-4 p.m. For more information, text 419-564-8383.

Independence Day celebration — Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 1544 Ottawa Ave., Defiance, is hosting an Independence Day celebration July 7 beginning with worship at 11 a.m. A cookout featuring barbecue chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, deviled eggs, watermelon, Rice Krispies treats, sweet tea and lemonade will be served following worship. There will also be games for youth and adults. For more information, call 419-438-3873.

Prayer meeting — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a prayer meeting July 7 at 6 p.m. For more information, text 419-564-8383.

Eventide in concert — Auglaize Chapel Church of God, 22652 County Road 60, Oakwood, is hosting the southern gospel trio Eventide in concert July 7 at 6 p.m. The group, based in Kodak, Tenn., has been in full-time music ministry for more than 18 years. The trio enjoy traveling and singing in churches to proclaim the message of salvation, holiness and unity. For more information, call 419-594-2441.

VBS — Rose Hill Church of God, 17965 County Road 138, Paulding, is hosting Let’s Build an Ark Vacation Bible School July 8-12 from 6-8 p.m. each day for youth in preschool through sixth grade. For more information, contact Alesha Gifford at 419-212-4795.

VBS — Trinity United Methodist Church, 413 E. Second St., Defiance, is hosting ROAR! Life is Wild-God is Good Vacation Bible School July 15-19 from 9-11:30 a.m. each day for youth ages 3-12. There will be music, games, crafts and snacks. For more information or to register, call 419-782-9781.

VBS — Emerging Streams Apostolic Hub, 22754 County Road B50, Stryker, is hosting Jesus is Key Vacation Bible School July 22-26 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.

(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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