Potluck breakfast planned
SALEM-A potluck breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1 in the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 436 E. Second St. Everyone is welcome and asked to bring their favorite breakfast dish to share. For information call 330-337-9555.
Winona food pantry open
WINONA-Food for Friends by Friends, a food pantry ministry, will be open from 10 a.m. to noon July 24 at the Winona Friends Church, 4615 Whinnery Road. Families and individuals living in the United Local School District are eligible for this food distribution.
Bible school program
LISBON-A Bible school program for children in grades pre-kindergarten to fifth grade 5 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 24 at New Lisbon Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be provided. Children will explore the parables of Jesus through a "Sonquest Rainforest" theme. A follow -up session begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 14 followed by the church picnic. For information call 330-424-5107.
North Lima breakfast buffet
NORTH LIMA-The public is invited to a breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. July 31 at the North Lima Mennonite Church. Donations will be accepted for the all-you-can-eat meal. Items on the buffet will include eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, potatoes, homemade rolls, sausage gravy and biscuits, peppers and onions, coffee, orange juice, and other beverages. For information call 330-549-2333.
Pastor wins Russell Sermon Award
COLUMBIANA-The Rev. Dr. Rob Joy, pastor of the Grace Church of Columbiana, has won the J. J. Russell Sermon Award for 2010. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches held recently in Anchorage, Alaska. Candidates from around the country submitted sermons on the general topic of "Congregationalism: Its History and Its Future." "Pastor Rob," as he is known by his congregation, delivered a sermon in April titled "Which Mayflower Are We On?" The sermon addressed the past and future of the Congregational Christian movement brought to America first by the Pilgrims and then the Puritans. One of the main points Rev. Joy made was that "the church will always do best when it is faithful to the mission of that first Mayflower: To deliver Pilgrims to the Promised Land."
Grace Church has been a member of the NACCC since 2006. Rev. Joy is married to the Rev. Juliann Joy, pastor of Petersburg Presbyterian Church, and has four children, Ben, Nathaniel, Shannon, and Anna.