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August 3, 2021

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With yellow hard hats, much fanfare and remembering the past, Ada's United Methodist dedicate the future

The First United Methodist Church, Ada, was dedicated on Sunday.

In July 2013 the congregation voted to move forward with construction of their new church building on their historic site in downtown Ada.

This $6 million, 25,000-square-foot project is supported by insurance receipts from the tragic March 2012 fire and significant gifts from members, friends, and other churches.

The Icon offers a photo series of events on Sunday below this story. Monty Siekerman is the photographer.


Here's Ada church Maundy Thursday schedules

Several Ada churches will have Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. They are:

• First Presbyterian Church of Ada, 200 S. Main
• First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Main
• County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road
• St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 125 S. Johnson

Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Depending on the nation, culture, or denomination the service could include washing of the feet, ringing of bells, a procession, and stripping the altar bare at the conclusion of the service in anticipation of Good Friday.

Icon provides Ada area Easter church schedules

Here is the Holy Week church service schedule for Ada and area congregations.

Ada First Baptist Church, 350 W. North St.
Good Friday Service, 7 pm
Sunday, Easter Breakfast, 8 am
Sunday School, 9 am
Worship Service 10:15 am

First Presbyterian Church of Ada, Main and Lincoln
Sunrise Service, 7:30 am
Breakfast, 8 am
Worship Service, 10:30 am

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 222 E. Highland
Friday, mime service by high school students, noon
Good Friday, 7 pm
Easter Sunday, Regular Hours for Worship Services

The church steeples of Ada - how well do you know them?

Holy Week is here. The Icon challenges viewers to see how good you are at looking up.

Monty Siekerman photographed nine Ada church steeples. These are found in the attachment below this story. See how many you can identify.

There's a challenge in this contest. We've provide a "easy" series of photos that we hope everyone passes. Consider it a warm-up to the Icon Church Steeple Final Exam. In the final we've provided only photos of the very top of the steeples. See how you can master this final test.

And, there's a bonus. Two churches in Ada don't have steeples. See if you can identify those two churches.

Good luck!

Bluffton University Camerata Singers perform at Grace Gospel Church

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers will perform at Grace Gospel Church, 327 N. Gilbert St., at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, as part of the worship service.  This is the home church of Camerata member, Ashley Musgrave.

The chamber choir was established in 1984 as an outgrowth of a larger mixed choir.  Camerata Singers maintains an active schedule of more than 20 annual performances on campus, in area churches and schools, and on tour. 

The choir tours domestically each year, plus includes international travel and study every three or four years. 

Camerata Singers is planning a three-week cross-cultural experience to Great Britain in May.

St. Mark's Easter egg hunt Saturday 10 a.m.

The Easter Bunny makes a second visit to Ada this year.

Looking for a great free activity to do with your kids?  St. Mark's Lutheran Church invites youth to its free Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at the church.

Here's a scene from last year's egg hunt.