SADSBURY TOWNSHIP — High Street Community Church welcomes Rev. Mike Stinson and his family as its new family pastor.

The Stinson family is from New Jersey but has served in ministry in New Jersey, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has experience overseeing children, youth and adult ministries. He has also led worship in his previous positions and loves to use his talents for Jesus Christ.

He is excited to begin to build the children and youth ministries by reaching families within the church and community, according to the church. He believes in equipping parents to be disciple-makers at home and for the church to support them in their calling, the church said.

His desire is to see families thrive. He is also passionate about networking and connecting with other pastors in the area and serving the community together. He is looking forward to getting to know the community of Conneaut Lake and seeing it be built up, the church said in a press release.

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.

LINESVILLE — Linesville United Methodist Church, 334 W. Erie St., hosts a number of summer Sunday evening worship services starting at 7 p.m.

The relaxed and informal services feature a different speaker each week. The schedule is:

• June 24, Debbie Hills of All God's Children ministry who works with disability concerns and has lead numerous mission trips to Guatemala

 July 1, Kurt Crays, executive director of the Erie United Methodist Alliance, speaking on the issues of homelessness

 July 8, Luella Krieger, general evangelist of the annual conference, presents a dramatic portrayal

 July 15, concert by organist Bill Brewer

 July 22, Rev. Dennis Swineford, superintendent of the Erie Meadville District, is joined by the praise band from Harmonsburg

 July 29, Rev. Joshua Harding of the baptist community and family ministry

 Aug. 5, Rev. Keith McIlwain of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church speaks on the every Sunday communion practice

 Aug. 12, Nate Greenway, executive director of Wesley Woods camp and retreat center

 Aug. 19, Rev. Jeff Little of Saegertown UMC brings a message using his artistic talents

 Aug. 26, a picnic is planned for the final evening of the summer season. All are welcome.

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

• CLARKS MILLS — Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, hosts “Shipwrecked” vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday 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. Monday through Friday 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. Monday through Friday for ages 3 through adult.

This year’s theme is “Moose on the Loose.”

VERNON TOWNSHIP — The Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship welcomes everyone to this month's dinner meeting Thursday at Perkins restaurant on Conneaut Lake Road. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7.

The guest speakers for this month are Jon and Dixie Peterson. They have been married for 50 years and have three boys, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Even though they love serving the Lord in their home church, they also felt the leading to be outside the church, in the field. As God led, The Petersons have been in the Christian Motorcycle Association for 23 years and enjoy the ministry of going out and talking with bikers wherever they go.

They have served as Pennsylvania area reps for the past four years. As they traveled on two wheels, God has allowed them to be a part of furthering the kingdom of God. The Petersons say they have witnessed miracles at times in their travels.

Special music will be by Dixie Peterson.

Effective July 1, Rev. Rebecca Patterson will enter into a dual-charge as she serves both Grace United Methodist Church (828 N. Main St., Meadville) and Woodcock United Methodist Church (23048 Gravel Run Road).

Patterson has been serving at Grace since July 1, 2015. This decision was a result of the retirement of Pastor Audrey Lovewell, who had been serving as the pastor at Woodcock.

Both congregations look forward to the new relationship and how they may both be able to grow from it.

Sunday morning service times are 8:15 and 10:45 at Grace and 9:30 at Woodcock.

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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