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West Ohio Conference UMC bishop preaches at First United Methodist March 29

Rev. Gregory V. Palmer, resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference, will be the preacher at the Ada First United Methodist Church on Palm Sunday, March 29. The service begins at 10 a.m. in the newly-built church on North Main.

Bishop Palmer leads a conference of 182,000 members in 1,037 churches. He became bishop in Ohio in September of 2012. He received degrees from George Washington University and Duke Divinity School. (Monty Siekerman)

United Methodist Women host April 7 concert

The Ada United Methodist Women will host a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 7, at the church, 301 North Main St. 

The program is by Barb Swartz and her topic is "New Beginnings."  She is a member of a trio called " Believe," and will be singing solo for the evening. 

The program is open to the  public. Refreshments will follow the program. Call the church at 419-634-4626 for more information.

First United Methodist congregation beginning to feel at home in new surroundings

Youngsters gather in the front of the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church on Sunday to hear the childrens' sermon. Becky Bodey taught the lesson. This was the first Sunday worship service in the new church, three years after it burned to the ground.

The church has had a series of special occasions leading up to today. There was an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 18, a prayer vigil from dawn to dusk on Feb. 19-21, and the last service at the ONU Chapel on Feb. 22.

Ada Methodists united in historic walk through town

Additional photos of the procession are below.
The members of the United Methodist Church worshipped in the Ohio Northern University Chapel for the last time Sunday.

Following the service members paraded from the campus to their new permanent home on North Main Street.


Members and pastors of the other congregations in Ada were invited to join the walk to the new facility and have refreshments and socialize for a time. 


Auglaize Bible Church holds Scout Sunday

Auglaize Bible Church held Scout Sunday on Feb. 8. Melanie Butterfield, Jacob Butterfield, and Mason Kirkpatrick were greeters. During the flag ceremony the pledge of Allegiance was led by Miranda K and carried by Eve Brown. Mason  carried the Christian flag and pledge led by Jacob.

Samuel Brown read a piece of scripture from Psalm 40 and prayed. Emily Brown played harmonica for offering while the offering was taken by Mason, Jacob, Sam, and Jared Hunt.

The scouts sang trust and obey as special music.

Easter is already here for Ada's displaced United Methodist congregation

By Amy Eddings

Ash Wednesday has the potential of being an emotionally awkward moment for the fire-displaced members of Ada’s First United Methodist Church. The service, which launches the solemn, 40-day Christian season of Lent, will be the first in the new building on the grounds of the former church at North Main Street and Highland Avenue.