Church to have community family event

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown is having a free community family event on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

Dick McCune, also know as Blathmac the Illusionist, will be performing tricks with a faith connection to entertain the audience.

He will also be bringing along a few reptile friends.

Later in the evening, St. Paul Lutheran is also having a St. Patty Irish Stew community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 5-12 years old, and children younger than 5 are free.

For questions, contact the church office at 498-6682.

Church to welcome symphonic band

COSHOCTON -- The Roscoe United Methodist Church Music Department announces that the Moody Bible Institute Symphonic Band will be in concert on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

"It's more than just the music," said David Gauger II, professor of music and director of the Moody Symphonic Band. "We also thoroughly enjoy the personal interaction we are privileged to have with the wonderful people we meet on our tours."

Founded in 1970 at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., the Symphonic Band is comprised of undergraduate students. Its purpose is to minister the Word of God through music, leading men and women in worship of Jesus Christ. Their repertoire includes band and orchestral concert music as well as hymn and gospel song arrangements in both traditional and contemporary styles. The group ministers in the United States twice a year, and has toured internationally in China, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Israel, Romania and many other countries. In addition to the Symphonic Band, Moody has three other music ensembles: The Women's Concert Choir, the Men's Collegiate Choir and Chorale.

David Gauger II joined Moody's music faculty in 1994 and teaches music technology, instrumental conducting, church music courses and applied trumpet. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Since late 1999, Mr. Gauger has played extra and substitute trumpet regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is assistant principal and third trumpet of the Elgin Symphony, in Elgin, Ill..

Moody Bible Institute is a higher education and media ministry that exists to equip people with the truth of God's Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world. Moody is best known for its education branch, which includes a fully-accredited undergraduate school and seminary, as well as distance learning. Other primary ministries include Moody Radio and Moody Publishers. For information about Moody, visit

Pastor Steve Sullivan and Director of Music Ministries Les Widde, cordially invite the community to this event.

Roscoe UMC is located in Coshocton, (Historic Roscoe Village) at 475 High St.

More information can be obtained by calling the church during regular business hours at 740-622-7780 or visit their web site