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Gospel music on the calendar

Multiple opportunities to hear – and sing – gospel music are in the offing:

Gospel singing and dinner are planned for 4-7 p.m. June 7 at Shoey’s Cool Creation Restaurant, 706 S. Sandusky St., Tiffin. Danny Ray, Arda Beekman, Marlene Vance and One Voice are on the schedule. For more information, call (419) 934-5456, (567) 230-3926 or (419) 447-3120.

Plans call for more singing and dining at Cool Creations 5-7:30 p.m. June 9, this time featuring Trulla Thompson, Clayton & Mabel and friends. For details, dial (419) 336-0915 or (419) 684-7884.

The 12th annual Sandusky River Valley Gospel Festival is set for June 13-15 at Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center Auditorium, 108 Malabar Drive, Upper Sandusky.

Twenty-six groups from Ohio and surrounding states are to appear 5-9 p.m. each of the three days of music and ministry. Joy Lance, John Morse Family, Chris Baldwin, The McMillions, The Fishermen and Pat Roberts are to perform June 13; Rob DeBouver, Jericho Road, Crimson Stream, Jason Woods, Gideon’s Call, 4-4-1 Quartet, Danny Ray and Heartsong are to perform June 14; and Between Here & Heaven, One Voice, Paula Barron, Jimmy Bloomfield, Donna Sue, Sandi & Kaylene, Jimmy Potridge and Master’s Promise are to perform June 15.

Food service is to be provided, with offerings taken nightly to support the performers. For more information, contact Jacob Reel at (567) 230-3811, Richard Clark at (567) 232-0745 or Edna Armstrong at (419) 310-0566.

Jehovah’s Witnesses plan pair of international conventions in Detroit

DETROIT – Jehovah’s Witnesses are to host two annual convention at Ford Field in June. The theme of this year’s program, which is open to the public, is “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom!”

Michael Gearhart, a convention spokesman, states: “People of many faiths pray for God’s Kingdom. This convention will explain what that Kingdom is and how it can be a positive influence in our lives. A highlight of the program will be the keynote address on Friday morning, which will discuss how that Kingdom is benefiting people today.

“A core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses, based on biblical and historical evidence, is that Jesus Christ began to rule as the king of God’s Kingdom in 1914. The convention program marks this year as the centennial of that event.”

All of the area’s congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses who attend the Detroit conventions are to support the activity of distributing printed invitations to the convention. The first of two three-day events set for Detroit is to begin at 9:20 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at 9:20 a.m. The second is set for the weekend of July 25-27. There is no admission fee; conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported by donations.

The two conventions at Ford Field are to be international conventions, with an estimated 45,500 people expected to attend each event, including 5,000 foreign delegates between the two events for the Bible-based programs.

Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States plan to host 193 conventions in 71 cities. Worldwide, there are over 7.9 million Witnesses in more than 113,000 congregations.

Procession June 22 in downtown Tiffin to mark feast of Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ) is to be celebrated with an outdoor procession June 22 in Tiffin. It is to follow the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church, 85 S. Sandusky St. Participants will walk through downtown to St. Joseph Church on Melmore Street for a closing benediction.

St. Francis announces June events

Movie with a Message returns to St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The film for this month is “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning documentary on climate change. The doors open 6:15 p.m. in the air-conditioned Greccio Room. A brief discussion (15 minutes) is to follow the movie. An offering is to be accepted. The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is co-sponsoring the screening. For more details, call (419) 443-1485.

Straw bale house tours are to be offered 7-9 p.m. June 9 behind the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH.

To learn more, call (567) 207-5393.

A summertime pottery class for youths ages 8-13 is slated for 10:30 a.m.-noon June 24-26 at the St. Francis Pottery Studio, located on the St. Francis Campus, 200 St. Francis Ave. The cost is $70 per child with a reduced fee of $50 for second family member. Class size is limited.

To register, call (567)207-5393.

A directed retreat, titled “With a Listening Heart,” is to run from 5 p.m. June 22 through early afternoon June 28 at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave. Directed retreat is a time specifically designed to help individuals experience the presence of God in their lives and to listen to the call of God to them at this time. Each retreatant is assigned a director who is trained in the art of spiritual direction. The retreatant has the opportunity to meet with his or her director for about 50 minutes each day. The director listens and helps discern the presence of God in all that is happening in the individual’s prayer and reflection.

This retreat begins with supper. Attendees should plan to arrive between 3-4:30 p.m. Introductions and opening prayer begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $450 for the full retreat or $300 for commuters. Massages can be scheduled for an additional fee. The registration deadline is June 13.

For details or to register, call Jenifer at (419) 443-1485 or email

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Those who cannot stay the full week can consider a shorter stay. The following options are available:

Evening meal, June 22 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday noon meal June 24. Cost: $165; commuter, $100.

Evening meal June 24 at 5:00pm -Thursday noon meal June 26. Cost: $165; commuter, $100.

Thursday evening meal June 26 at 5 p.m. through brunch June 28. Cost: $165; commuter, $100.