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April 28, 2017

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BACH 3 - does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is Bach 1 and Bach 2? The Icon spotted this plate on a slate-colored Chevy Cruze in Ada. And, it's on a Bald Eagle special plate. Anyone who can tell us about the plate's meaning, please let us know at: info@adaicon.com

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Ada congregations celebrate Easter

Plus Easter egg hunts planned

Ada church plans for Easter weekend include:

•Ada Full Gospel Church will have an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

• St. Mark's Lutheran Church will have an Easter egg hunt for the community from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday.

• Grace Gospel Church will have a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. There will be a sunrise service at 8:30 a.m., a breakfast at 9 a.m., and a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Grace Gospel Church breaks ground for addition

New fellowship hall will provide space for children, dinners and outreach

Grace Gospel Church broke ground Sunday for a 40- by 80-addition.

The new fellowship hall will provide space for children's ministries. The multipurpose area will be large enough to host outreach events and church dinners.

Pastor Trent Boedicker said, "The project of building a larger fellowship hall began as a dream a little more than two years ago, but through prayer, seeking the Lord's wisdom and guidance, it has become more than a dream, but a possibility.

"When Grace Gospel Church was built, in 1939, it was established on the foundation of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and this continues to be true for our ministries today."


Grace Gospel Church groundbreaking

Grace Gospel Church, 321 N. Gilbert, will have a groundbreaking ceremony for a new fellowship hall next Sunday after the church service, about 11:30 a.m. A pot luck will follow.

The 40x80 foot addition will be attached to the northwest side of the present structure. The current fellowship hall will be remodeled into a classroom, a library/lounge, and have expanded restrooms.

Pastor Trent Boedicker, an Ada High School grad who received his ministerial degree from Grace Bible College, has served the local church for 17 years.

First United Methodist pastor called to church near Columbus

Pastor Mary Jo Yeakel saw Ada church through a major tragedy

By Monty Siekerman
Pastor Mary Jo Yeakel, who saw a church through a major tragedy, announced to the Ada First United Methodist Church congregation on Sunday that she will be leaving to lead the Asbury United Methodist Church near Columbus.

Her last service here will be Sunday, June 18.

Rev. Gregory V. Palmer, Bishop of the West Ohio Conference, will appoint a new local pastor in time for the June 25 service.

Pastor Yeakel's new church, located just outside the beltway on the southeast side of Columbus, is about the same size as the Ada church. She is leaving because she felt a definite call from God to serve the Columbus area church.

First United Methodist congregation shreds its mortgage

As a result of the May 2012 fire

By Monty Siekerman
The First United Methodist Church members retired the church's mortgage during the morning worship service last Sunday.

Pictured are Pastor Mary Jo Yeakel and Brian Hofman, lay leader, shredding the mortgage document.

Usually, when a mortgage is paid off, there is a burning of the mortgage, but not in this case. Tragedy struck the church on March 13, 2012, burning the structure to the ground. Thankfully, no one was injured in the all-consuming fire. So, last Sunday's ceremony was a shredding, not a burning of the mortgage.

Ada congregations celebrate Christmas

Several opportunities to worship this weekend

By Monty Siekerman
Church services in Ada and Alger have different schedules this weekend since Christmas falls on a Sunday. Several churches will have Christmas Eve services on Saturday. Some churches have modified their usual Sunday schedule, perhaps not having Sunday School (when children may be opening presents) or cancelling an evening service. Dress in some cases is more casual.

Here's what's happening at several Ada and Alger churches.

Ada Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve service includes carol singing

The Christmas Eve service at the Ada Presbyterian Church, 201 S. Main, will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. Those present will read Scriptures about the birth of Jesus and sing carols.

Ada Family Center Christmas eve service in McIntosh Center

The Ada Family Center will have a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. The Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. and will include communion. The church meets at McIntosh Center on campus. Ray Hadley is pastor.

Bethel Church of Christ candlelight service Christmas eve

Bethel Church of Christ will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 23. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, which is old route 30. Brandon Mayden is pastor.

Cornerstone Gospel sings at Church of Christ

Cornerstone Gospel sings at the Ada Church of Christ community candlelight service on Saturday evening. From left are Larry Leach , Don Barrett, and Mel Melody. They have been singing together for 20 years.