Open house — Ayersville United Methodist Church, 27728 Ayersville-Pleasant Bend Road, Ayersville, is hosting an open house in honor of Pastor Clarence and Joan Dinnen on Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited to show its gratitude for their 41 years of ministry and wish them well in retirement. For more information, call 419-395-1742.

Summer lunch registration — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting summer lunch registration and activities Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Parents/guardians can complete a form for each child/participant ages 4-18. Lunches will be provided at the church Monday-Friday most weeks during the summer. Details will be provided for those who sign up. Transportation is not provided. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

The Role of Guns in America — Grace Episcopal Church, 308 W. Second St., Defiance, will present The Role of Guns in Rural America, a panel discussion on gun safety and how guns are a part of our community, Sunday at 4 p.m. The panel discussion will include Todd Shafer, chief of the Defiance Police Department; Brad Grillot, Defiance County Sheriff’s deputy and a firearms instructor; Steve Sondergaard, a local attorney and gun enthusiast; and other area firearms professionals. In addition, a Guns to Garden exhibition in which guns are melted down and turned into garden tools, will be presented by Pastor Joel Shenk of Toledo Mennonite Church. Shenk is affiliated with RAWtools Inc. of Colorado, which was started by former pastor Mike Martin following the deadly shooting attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. For more information, call 419-782-8484.

Free meal — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting a free meal featuring soups, sandwiches and desserts Sunday at 5 p.m. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

Music & Message — Cecil Community Church, 203 S. Main St., Cecil, is hosting Music & Message Sunday at 6 p.m. Area musicians will play Christian music, and Cecil resident James Hemenway will give the message. Hemenway is a truck driver, a former U.S. Marine and the Children & Prayer pastor at Cecil Community Church. For more information, send a text to 419-564-8383.

The Royalheirs — First Baptist Church, 448 Keyser St., Holgate, is hosting The Royalheirs in concert Sunday at 6 p.m. The group is one of Michigan’s longest tenured male trios, organized in 1995 for the primary purpose of praising the Lord through gospel music. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call 419-264-7035.

Summer schedule — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 400 Wayne Ave., Defiance, has announced its summer hours at the church. There will be one service at 10 a.m. Sunday, beginning May 26. Adult Sunday school will be held at 9 a.m. For more information, call 419-782-3751.

Shumaker to speak — Tara Shumaker, principal of Good Samaritan School/Defiance County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCDBB), will be the guest speaker at the Mother Teresa Respect for Life event May 28 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance. Schumaker received her bachelor’s in special education and master’s in education from Bowling Green State University. She worked as an intervention specialist for 10 years before becoming a special education supervisor for the NwOESC. She has served as the principal of Good Samaritan School/DCBDD for six years. Good Samaritan School currently provides educational services for 60 Defiance County students with significant needs, ages 6-21. Schumaker will discuss the specialized services offered at Good Samaritan and the opportunities it provides to meet the individualized needs of each student. There will be Mass beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by Schumaker speaking at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life. For more information, call 419-782-7778.

Pub Theology — St. John United Church of Christ is hosting its next Pub Theology event May 28 at 7 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.

Day of reflection — The Diocese of Toledo office for diocesan priestly vocations will host a day of reflection for men June 1 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 02649 Ohio 120, Swanton. All high school graduates ages 18-25 who are open to considering a call to priesthood are invited to this free event. For more information or to register, contact Father Phil Smith by email at, or call 419-244-6711 ext. 4945.

VBS — St. John Lutheran School, 655 Wayne Ave., Defiance, is hosting The Incredible Race, One Family, One Race, One Savior, Vacation Bible School June 3-6 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

(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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