The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

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The First United Methodist will welcome people of all ages on Saturday, October 1, to help package meals in association with Project 216. The event, which will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Goedde Building gymnasium on Crawford St. in Van Wert.

Project 216 is an international organization which provides nutritious, life-saving meals for starving and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and in the United States.

The goal of the First United Methodist Church event on Saturday is to pack and prepare for shipment 28,000 meals. 2022 marks the 11th annual FUMC event and require lots of willing workers. it is always a rewarding and joyful experience.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the church office at 419.238.0631.

POSTED: 09/16/22 at 3:47 am. FILED UNDER: Church, News

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Everyone is welcome to attend Fall Homecoming on Sunday, September 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 110 W. Crawford St. in Van Wert.

Come for worship at 10 a.m. and stay for lunch, games, fellowship and fun after the service.

POSTED: 09/15/22 at 1:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 6299 German Church Road, in Harrison Township will celebrate 175 years of preaching the Gospel on Sunday, September 11.

The earliest records of the congregation tell us German immigrants began to hold worship services in their homes in 1839. A few years later, a preacher from the Ft. Wayne area known as a circuit rider happened upon a German settlement at Schumm, in Willshire township. He ministered to them and also to German Lutherans to the “north and east” in Harrison Township.

As the settlements grew, a need for pastors was evident. In July 1847, John George Sreckfusz organized the St. Thomas congregation and they built a log cabin for worship at the corner of Convoy-Heller Road and German Church Road. In the spring of 1860, Charles and Elizabeth Germann sold seven acres of their land for $100 to the “German Evangelic Lutheran St. Thomas Congregation” and that location is the present day location.

The theme for the celebration is “Now Thank We All Our God” with the worship service beginning at 4:00 p.m. The guest preacher will be Rev. Joel Sutton, a former fieldworker and vicar at St. Thomas who grew up in the Convoy area. The organist is Kantor Matthew Machemer, Corcordial Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. A catered meal will be served at 6:00 p.m.

POSTED: 08/29/22 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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First Baptist Church will be live streaming the True Woman ‘22 Conference held in Indianapolis, presented by Revive Our Hearts, from 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 22-23 from from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 24.

“Heaven Rules” is the theme, where we will open our Bibles together to anchor our hearts in the unshakeable truth that Jesus is King! The speaker lineup is incredible, the worship leaders will point our hearts to Christ, and the session topics are relevant, impactful, and equipping. Is this the Word-saturated and hope-infusing weekend you need?

The cost is only $5 at the door and includes all sessions. You may visit for a full profile of speakers, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Mary Kassian, Dannah Gresh, Chris Brooks, Kay Arthur, musicians Keith and Kristyn Getty, and more.

This event is open to all women and will be held at First Baptist Church, 13887 Jennings Road, Van Wert. Please register by September 8. Visit to fill out the form, email, or call 419.238.0333.

POSTED: 08/26/22 at 1:13 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

St. Paul’s Church in Ohio City recently collected over 500 pounds of school supplies for the children affected by the flooding in Kentucky. These items plus others collected by Christian Union Churchs in Ohio have been combined and delivered. Pictured are some of the children from St. Paul’s Church with some of the school supplies. Photo submitted

POSTED: 08/26/22 at 1:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Church

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West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is pleased to present the annual Golf Scramble. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 17, at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the Youth for Christ ministries in Van Wert, Convoy, and the surrounding areas. There are many ways to be part of the Youth for Christ Golf Scramble. Any member of the community is welcome to form a team. To register a team, call 419.238.1370 or visit by September 10.

September 17 is when the West Ohio Youth for Christ Golf Scramble will be held at Hickory Sticks in Van Wert. Photo submitted

On the day of the scramble, team registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by golf at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided after the conclusion of the scramble. Event sponsorship is available by contacting the Community Engagement Coordinator Kirsten Brunswick, at

West Central Ohio Youth for Christ is a relational ministry that reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. West Central Ohio Youth for Christ serves all of Van Wert County, Mercer County, Auglaize County, and part of Allen County. To learn more, visit or West Central Ohio Youth for Christ on Facebook.

POSTED: 08/21/22 at 10:53 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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Louie Crow of the First Presbyterian Church Mission Committee donated a check for $1,000 to Terry Dietsch, representing the public charity Real Prayer Inc.

This organization of three volunteers delivers digital booklets of faith worldwide at an average cost of under 11 cent each. These booklets are particularly relatable while blended with the concise brevity style of writing that Terry used in police reports years earlier.

A check for $1,000 is passed from Louie Crow to Terry Dietsch. Photo submitted

One of the more humbling experiences occurred in March while the capital of Ukraine was being bombed. People from that community continued to read the Russian translation of the “Real Prayer” booklet. The summer focus of this ministry is to expand the “Real Prayer” booklet from area jail libraries to a .pdf edition in a digital library which services various jails and prisons within the United States.

Because of the ministry’s focus on impoverished countries, the primary website ( contains no solicitation.

Fundraising is limited to the immediate area on their business website, which includes their annual report and a three minute video on how donations are used:

POSTED: 08/04/22 at 10:13 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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A preschool open house will be held at First United Methodist Church from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, August 10. Parents will also be able to register, tour and meet the teachers. The church is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, across from Fountain Park.

FUMC offers a half-day program from 8:30-11:30 a.m. two, three or four days a week. The curriculum is guided by the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards and incorporates Christian principles daily.

Students and staff participate in field trips, theme parties, progress monitoring and assessments, Chapel, Christmas and Spring programs and much more, with the goal to prepare children for kindergarten in a loving Christ-centered environment.

For more information please contact Administrator Marilyn Agler by phone at 419.238.0631 ext. 308, by email or register online at

POSTED: 08/04/22 at 10:06 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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Trinity Friends Church invites everyone in and around the Van Wert area to a Community Worship Night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, in the Family Life Center auditorium/gymnasium at 605 N. Franklin Street, Van Wert.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available.

POSTED: 07/21/22 at 11:53 am. FILED UNDER: Church

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First United Methodist Preschool, at 113 W. Central Ave. in Van Wert is now accepting registrations for the 2022-2023 school year.  

First United Methodist Preschool is a Christian based school which prepares children to succeed in all areas of life. The curriculum is driven by the Ohio Department of Education standards and each teacher is there to provide a positive and nurturing environment for all children as they begin their educational journey.  

The preschool offers two day classes for those students turning 3 years old by October 1 of the current school year they will be attending. Enrollments are accepted any time during the school year pending assessment and evaluation of readiness by the teacher. A child who is at least 4 years old and is planning on attending kindergarten the following school year may attend the pre-kindergarten classes. A student attending a pre-kindergarten class has the option of choosing three or four mornings per week. All classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Register online at or contact Administrator Marilyn Agler at 419-238-0631 ext. 308 or by email at

POSTED: 07/11/22 at 8:41 am. FILED UNDER: Church