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Ada's churches share their stories at Harvest and Herb Fest'

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
Each town's festival is unique.

A distinctive feature of the Ada Harvest and Herb Fest is the participation of a number of churches, which see the event as an opportunity to get the word out about their church, a.k.a. evangelism. 

Some churches make a few dollars for their mission projects through the sale of food and bake sales, but all are welcoming and hopeful that new members will attend. Both village and country churches can be found at the Fest.

Six of Ada's churches are part of this photo essay. Here are descriptions of the photos posted below:

Methodist VBS focus on Fruits of the Spirit

Ada First United Methodist Church joined forces with Sugar Grove United Methodist for VBS for the first time this year.

Here, Katie Sizemore gives a reading, (with a little help from VBS director Becky Bodey,) during the concluding night on Wednesday.

Thirty-five children attended on Wednesday. Fruits of the Spirit was this year's theme. (Monty Siekerman)

Liberty Baptist Church celebrates 20th anniversary

Liberty Baptist Church will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 9. Special meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m., nightly from Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 8, according to Dr. Lon A. Taylor, pastor.

Sunday service begins at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. There will be a carry-in lunch after the morning service.

The church was officially formed Aug. 9, 1995. Gus Guthrie was the first pastor. On March 8, 1998, Lon Taylor became pastor. He and his wife, Shirl, will celebrate their 18th year with the congregation in March.

Next Ada VBS is First United Methodist-Sugar Grove

First United Methodist Church and Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will hold their summer Vacation Bible School from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the First UMC, Ada.

This year's VBS theme centers on devouring The Fruits of the Spirit. Those include patience, faithfulness, self-control, kindness, joy, gentleness, love, goodness and peace.

VBS is open to youth ages 3 to sixth grade. To register your child email to: [email protected], or call the church at 419-634-4626 between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays through Fridays.

Vacation Bible School jousting match

Two knights (Wyatt Helton, red shirt; Josh Arnett, black shirt) have a jousting match at Ada Full Gospel Church VBS on Monday evening.

Attendance was high: 121 kids participated the first night.

The church, located just north of Ada on SR 235, goes all-out to interest children in the Bible.

Here's a description of the VBS from its planners: "Grab your expedition gear and prepare for Journey Off the Map! Come join us as we discover truths about Jesus - the Ultimate Guide! Kids will enter the Worship Rally at Overlook and make their first stop in the  Tangled Branch Tree House for Bible study.

5-Day Club for boys and girls July 27-31

There will be a 5-Day Club for boys and girls 5 to 12 years old from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 27, to Friday, July 31, at 924 Christopher Circle.

The clubs are a Bible-centered ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, which is active in 163 countries.

The clubs feature Bible lessons, songs, games, activities, memory verses, and prizes.

The local club is sponsored by the group that does the Good News Clubs at the Ada Schools. For more information, call Susan Rorabaugh at 419-544-8525. (Monty Siekerman)