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Emily Richards

June 26, 2017

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You'll find this license plate in Bluffton near the St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to the congregation's pastor, Rev. Carol Clements.

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New First United Methodist pastor is an ONU graduate

Brandi Grant-Rigsby will preach her first sermon here on Sunday

Brandi Grant-Rigsby, new pastor of First United Methodist Church, will preach her first sermon in Ada on Sunday, June 25.

She already had an Ada connection as a 2005 Ohio Northern University graduate with a degree in psychology and youth ministry.

“I am thrilled to be moving back to Ada and having the opportunity to raise my kids in this town that has always felt like home to me,” she told The Icon.

Originally from Ayersville, the new pastor earned a master’s of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Delaware, in 2011.

Rev. Patrick Allen honored for 20 years in Ada Presbyterian pastorate

Longest serving pastor in 175-year-history of the congreation

Members and friends of the Ada Presbyterian Church joined together on Sunday, June 4, to honor Rev. Patrick Allen’s 20 years of pastoring the local congregation.

The celebration began with morning worship and followed with a potluck luncheon. Following the meal, Rev. Allen received gifts of appreciation from the congregation along with well-wishes that he would continue his ministry at the Ada church for at least another 20 years.

Rev. Allen to be honored

Rev. Patrick Allen will be honored by the Ada Presbyterian Church on June 4 for 20 years of service to the local church. The celebration will begin with the 10:30 a.m.worship service followed by a carry-in luncheon.

Guests are invited to join together to thank the pastor for his 20 years of faithful leadership of the church.

Ada High School baccalaureate May 24

In English Chapel; Tom Garmon is the speaker

Ada Ministerial Association will host the 2017 Ada High School baccalaureate service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, in English Chapel on the ONU campus.

Tom Garmon is this year's speaker.

The service is open to the public and all graduating seniors and their families.

Special music will be provided by senior choir and band members.  At the close of the service, pastors will pray over and for the graduates. 

There will be refreshments in the foyer area of the chapel following the service.

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.