Briefly, July 27

Harmony UMC to host social

A summer social is planned for Aug. 3 in the fellowship hall at Harmony United Methodist Church, CR 19 and CR6 south of Tiffin.

Serving is to start at 5 p.m., and the menu is to include homemade noodle soup; bratwurst, chicken and pulled pork sandwiches; hot dogs and coney dogs; potato salad; baked beans; fruit cups; and homemade cakes and pies with Toft ice cream. Pop, coffee, iced tea and bottled water are to be available.

Salem UMC in Bettsville

welcomes new pastor

Jim Nevel is the new pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Bettsville. The small congregation, typically served by theology students who move on after ordination, plans to have the new pastor stay for at least five years.

Shiloh UMC announces guest ministers for next two weeks

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 W. CR 592, is to have guest ministers the next two weeks.

Sunday, the Rev. Paul Sittason Stark is to deliver a sermon titled, “How Does One Pray?” The message, based on Luke 11:1-13, is to be given during the 10:30 a.m. service. Stark is director of campus ministry and religious life at Heidelberg University.

Aug. 4, Jeff Wagner is to be guest speaker at Shiloh UMC. Wagner, a former state representative and current member of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners, is a certified lay speaker of United Church of Christ.

Gospel singing continues

Gospel singing featuring New Foundation from Mansfield is set for 6 p.m. today at Tiffin Freewill Baptist Church, 129 Eighth Ave., Tiffin. For more details, call (419) 448-0566.

Gospel singing and dinner are planned for 4-7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Shoey’s Cool Creation Restaurant, 1418 S. SR 53, Tiffin. Carol Foster, Wayne Suter, Jimmy Potridge and Phillip Runion are to perform. For more information, call Mark Glick at (419) 934-5456, Liz Glick at (419) 443-0581 or De Lawrence at (419) 447-3120.

Gospel singing featuring Don & Diane Turpin is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at Little Faith Ministries, 281 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin. For more details, call Leonard Little at (419) 552-1263.

Most loving intimacy linked

to marriage and worship

WASHINGTON – An advocate for traditional marriage says young people need to know that real happiness won’t be found in the hook-up culture.

Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, says surveys have found that married couples who attend church every week have the most fulfilling sex lives.

In a lecture on “Porn in the Dorm” at the Family Research Council, Fagan said that’s information that college students probably weren’t taught in sex education classes.

He said it also suggests that a student’s married parents may be the go-to experts on how to have fulfilling and enjoyable sex lives.

But Fagan warned that pornography pollutes the mind and heart, making real intimacy difficult, if not impossible.


4,500 crosses go missing

from ski hill in Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Thousands of small crosses that were planted on a Colorado ski slope to bring attention to childhood poverty have gone missing.

The Durango Herald reported volunteers with the First Baptist Church of Bayfield planted 4,500 crosses in a cross pattern on the city’s ski slope and had a permit from the city to keep them there for a month.

Police say the crosses were removed between the night of July 9 and the morning of July 10. Sgt. Rita Warfield says the crosses might have been stolen to protest religious symbols in a public park.

City Manager Ron LeBlanc says he approved the church’s project, “thinking it more to be freedom of expression than a religious statement.”

Netanyahu thanks Christians

for supporting Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked thousands of Christians meeting in Washington for supporting the Jewish state.

In a live satellite broadcast to Christians United for Israel, Netanyahu said he’s an avid reader of the Bible, and that he and his son read their weekly Torah portion together every Saturday.

Israel’s prime minister said rabbis and their students also hold Bible classes in his official residence.

Netanyahu said that in addition to containing lessons for people everywhere, the Bible tells the story of the Jewish people – a story he insisted “is not over.”

Christians at the conference were urged to help the Jewish state survive amid turmoil in Egypt, civil war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear threat.