CONNEAUT LAKE — Rev. Russell (Russ) D. Hixson has been appointed to be pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church.

He will officially assume his new duties July 1. He will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service June 24.

Hixson was appointed by the bishop to succeed Rev. Jay Sterling, who has been assigned to the Wurtemburg/Kuppel Charge in the Butler District.

After college, Hixson began attending Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood where he met his wife, Elaine.

Shortly after his marriage, he received the call into ordained ministry and began theological studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating in 1990.

In his 31 years as a pastor, he has served at numerous locations.

He believes the primary calling of the church is to make disciples and as a result his leadership emphasizes the spiritual practice of prayer, Bible study and hands-on Christian service. As part of his emphasis, he has either led or participated in many prayer events, Bible studies and mission trips in his tenure as a pastor.

Hixson and his wife will be guests of honor at a welcoming reception following the 10 a.m. worship service July 1 at the church.

Andover United Methodist Church invites all to worship together at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday through Sept. 2 at the drive-in outdoor service, a casual interdenominational worship service.

This service has been sponsored by Andover UMC for more than 50 years. It reaches out to tourists, campers and all interested in worshiping in nature’s environment. Attendees may come as they are and enjoy the service from the comfort of their car or take a chair and sit outside. Some seating is provided.

The outdoor service is held at a site provided by Wildwood Acres Campgrounds, located at the intersection of Route 7 and Marvin Road, approximately two miles south of Andover, Ohio.

Special musical services will be provided June 24 by Sound Witness, Aug. 12 by Dan Schall and Aug. 19 by Golden State Singers.

NEW LEBANON, Mercer County — Campfire Church is held on Sundays at 7 p.m. through Labor Day weekend on the front lawn of New Lebanon Community Church, 4166 Mercer St.

This is a casual, non-denominational church service outdoors gathered around a campfire. Those who attend will worship with hymns and contemporary music, pray, praise and grow in relationship with God.

Campfire Church is brought by the Devine Inspirations. Services are held rain or shine. If raining, they will be held under a pavilion or indoors. 

• More information: Contact the Rev. Adam Devine at (724) 376-7362 or

Area churches plan

vacation Bible schools

• SAEGERTOWN — Saegertown-area “Shipwrecked” vacation Bible school is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Ave.

This is for area children ages 4 through sixth grade. Registration forms are available at the church or at

• GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP — Faith Geneva and Mumford Chapel churches hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Faith Geneva Church, 15439 Route 285.

The theme is “Shipwrecked.”

• More information: Call VBS Director YetiveMarie McComas at 382-6762.

• EAST FALLOWFIELD TOWNSHIP — Rolling River Rampage vacation Bible school is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Fallowfield United Methodist Church, 3993 Leach Road.

Children ages 3 through 12 may experience the ride of a lifetime with God.

• More information: Call Joyce Moore at (724) 699-2236.

• CLARKS MILLS — Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, hosts “Shipwrecked” vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 29 for kids ages 3 through youth.

At “Shipwrecked,” kids discover that Jesus rescues them. They will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour treats, experience Bible adventures and test out sciency-fun gizmos.

Kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called “God Sightings.” Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for the sail-away sendoff at 11:45 a.m.

Kids at “Shipwrecked” VBS will join a mission’s effort with local missionaries, Josh and Jenna Dodson in France.

• More information: Call (724) 253-2424.

• HADLEY — “Shipwrecked” vacation Bible school is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 to 29 at North Salem United Methodist Church, 352 Quinter Road, for children age pre-kindergarten through sixth grade completed. Children younger than 3 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

A closing program is at 10 a.m. July 1 at the church with a picnic to follow. Drinks, hot dogs and table service will be provided; take a tureen dish to share.

• More information or to volunteer: Contact Julie Prentice at (724)-456-1340 or

• Milledgeville United Presbyterian Church holds vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 to 29 for ages 3 through adult.

This year's theme is "Moose on the Loose."

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The Gospel Heralds, a team of seven students from Appalachian Bible College, will give a concert of inspirational music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at McDaniel’s Corners Bible Church, 7175 Route 173.

Vocal and instrumental selections along with personal testimonies combine for an engaging presentation for all ages. A brief introduction to ABC, West Virginia’s only accredited Bible college, is also included in this encouraging event of worship and challenge. Admission is free.

• More information: Visit

Events for the family to explore what it means to be a champion for God through story, music, crafts and snacks are Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 17, 24 and 31 at Meadville’s Diamond Park.

The events are open to all ages, but children must attend with a responsible adult.

They are organized by First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Pre-registration is encouraged by July 13.

• More information or for registration forms: Call 333-2161 or 724-6736, or visit

STONEBORO — Emmanuel Christian Church, 4495 Greenville-Sandy Lake Road, hosts a free kids’ day camp for children age 4 years (by June 1, 2018) through sixth grade.

This event, featuring singing, crafts, games and more, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 to 27. Lunch is provided.

Bus transportation is available to and from Stoneboro and Jackson Center fire halls and Lakeview, Greenville and Commodore Perry high schools. Kids riding the bus must preregister by July 21. Walk-ins are welcome.

• To register: Visit

• More information: Call (724) 376-3412, extension 10.

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