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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Fitchville UMC

FITCHVILLE The Fitchville United Methodist Church has started its summer worship hours. Contemporary service starts at 9 a.m. with children's church at 9:15. Traditional service begins at 10:30.

All senior and college graduates were honored last week.

This weekend (Friday through Sunday), 46 youngsters from Fitchville, Clarksfield and Norwalk are at the Youth Annual Conference (YAC) in Lakeside.

There are two upcoming events. "Show me the Way," the church's annual revival, will take place July 13, 14 and 15 at New London Reservoir.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will run July 30 to Aug. 3. It will wrap up Aug. 5 with a special tribute to the military and veterans in the surrounding communities. The theme this year is "Basic Training at Boot Camp for Jesus."

St Paul Catholic

The Spanish Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Blood pressures will be taken by the Health Ministry Team after the 11 a.m. Mass and the Spanish Mass. Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine on Main Street. There will be no 9 a.m. Mass on that day.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday at the Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center.

Collins, West Hartland UMC

COLLINS The Collins and West Hartland United Methodist Church is sponsoring "Kids and Kickball" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 20 and 27. Youngsters who have completed grades 1 to 4 are invited to participate at the Collins UM Church, 4290 Hartland Center Road. Adult supervision will be provided, and information is available at (419) 668-6203.

First Presbyterian, Norwalk

The Rev. Adrian Doll will continue in the ongoing sermon series, "Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Living Today" at Sunday's 9:30 a.m. worship service. You may support the local Food Bank by bringing donations of peanut butter and jelly.

The community is invited to a summer adult Bible study from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in the Great Room. Guided by N.T. Wright's new book, "Simply Christian," we will explore key doctrines of the Christian Faith.

The Senior High Overnighter takes place from 8 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Brandon Newell at the church office.

The church invites children throughout the community to attend this year's Vacation Bible School, Take the Plunge, from 9 a.m. to noon the week of June 25 to 29. To register, call the church office at (419) 668-1923.

Steuben Congregational UCC

STEUBEN This is the third Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture lessons, based on the theme "Grace-Filled Hospitality," are 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; and Luke 7:36-8:3. The Rev. Patricia E. Welch, pastor and teacher, will lead worship during the 11 a.m. service.

Congregational Community U.C.C.

MONROEVILLE This church's chicken barbecue will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The public is welcome and carry-outs are available.

St. Alphonsus Catholic

PERU St. Alphonsus parish will be having its Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The theme this year is the Great Bible Reef. There are approximately 50 children participating. We will then be having a short program 11 a.m. Friday for family and friends to conclude the exciting week.

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran

Vacation Bible School runs 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The theme this year is "Great Bible Reef Dive into God's Word." It will be a week filled with Bible stories, recreation, music, crafts and snacks for children ages 4 through sixth grade. Everyone is welcome.

Vacation Bible School staff will be installed at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services.

Nineteen seventh and eighth graders and five sponsors are returning from Catechism Camp at Camp Mowana.

First Methodist

Here are the summer hours June 3 to Sept. 2, worship at 9:30 a.m.; office hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Friday. This church's youth are attending Youth Annual Conference June 15 and 16 and Alive June 20 to 23. The Rev. Edna Stahl's last sermon will be June 24. We welcome the Rev. Seth Auman on July 1. Mark your calendars for the Akron Aeros game Saturday, July 28. Please call the church office at (419) 668-1938 for ticket info and details.

St. Francis Xavier

WILLARD The graduating high school seniors were honored at St. Francis Xavier at Sunday Mass. Lunch was served to the seniors and their parents by the Willard Knights of Columbus after Mass.

The Rev. Stanley Szybka spoke to graduates on the meaning of the scripture readings in their lives. Chrissy Daniel spoke to the congregation on behalf of her classmates. She gave thanks to those who influenced the graduates' lives and reflected on their school years.

Five awards are presented each year to the graduates. The awards are presented to members of the parish who participate in religious education, show leadership and service to their family, parish, community and the world over a four year period.

The Rosso Family Scholarship was presented to Annie Hershiser, daughter of Daniel and Sheila Hershiser.

Schaffer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Matt Steinmetz, son of Scott and Betty Steinmetz.

The K of C Award was given to Jacob Schloemer, son of Don and Debbie Schloemer.

The 55+ Club Award was awarded to Lil Phillips , daughter of David and Lisa Phillips.

The Pastor's Leadership Award was presented to Chrissy Daniel, daughter of Joe and Debbie Daniel.

Graduates who participated in the Mass were: Samantha Kurzen, Lil Phillips, Chrissy Daniel, Emily Gerber, Ellie Villanueva, Mandy Reber, Annie Hershiser, Tracey Stockmaster, Jenna Secor, Tracy Trimmer, Bri Clard, Rachel Fitzwater, Sabrina Featheringil, Lindsay Kolhorst, Alec Strong, Lawrence Cavello, Jacob Schloemer, Eric Opatken, Justin McDowell, Matt Steinmetz, Kyle Phillips, Thomas Niedermeier, Jake Miller and Cecelia Camacho.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As published many times, the deadline to submit an item for church news is noon Wednesday.

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