Trinity plans free community meal

Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeromesville will have its monthly free community meal 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.

The menu includes Italian beef sandwiches, corn, summer salads, watermelon and cookies. Anyone who could benefit from a free meal in a comfortable environment is welcome. The church is at 18 E. North St., Jeromesville.

Bible school has circus theme

Red Haw United Methodist Church is hosting vacation Bible school from June 20 to 22 with a circus theme, Under God’s Big Top: The Greatest Show this Side of Heaven.

A light supper will be served each night from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. June 20 and 21, games, stories, skits, music and crafts will be presented.

On the final night from 6 to 8 p.m., David Cain will give a presentation followed by carnival games, snacks and calliope music provided by Craig Wiley.

Cain is a full-time Christian juggler from Cincinnati, and is known as "The Juggler for Jesus." He has been a professional juggler for 29 years and has developed a program that uses juggling, comedy and audience participation to share God’s word and the gospel in a creative and memorable way.

The event is free but donations will be accepted for school supplies, lip balm, children’s sweat pants, underwear and socks to share with area schools.

Contact Laurie Strine at 419-281-2678 with any questions.

Church of the Nazarene presenting Bible school

Loudonville Church of the Nazarene will present its vacation Bible school 6 to 8 p.m. June 25 to 28 for children 3 years old and older.

Children will learn about the armor of God so they can be strong and stand firm as they battle for the Lord. God’s goodness will be celebrated with music, crafts, Bible stories and snacks.

Call 419-994-3690 for more information.

Trinity Lutheran sets summer reading program

Trinity Lutheran Church will have enrollment for its 25th annual summer reading program. Open to Ashland County students who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade, the two-week program runs 8:45 a.m. to noon weekdays from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 20. This year’s theme is "Go Wild for Books."

The Christian-based, hands-on reading program includes guest speakers and storytellers and activities that focus on reading in different curriculum areas. Certified teachers lead small-sized classes. The program concludes with a presentation for families featuring a display of completed works, a report from each class and lunch.

Cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child from the same family. Scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to keep class sizes small. Registration must be completed early, until the classes are filled.

Application forms may be downloaded from the church website,, or are available at the church office during the weekday office hours. The church is at 508 Center St., Ashland.

For more information, contact Dawn Forbes at 419-289-2126, or by email at