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Portsmouth, Ohio, Church Plans for New Worship Center (Plus News Briefs)

by | 3 July, 2019

Compiled by Chris Moon

Central Church of Christ in Portsmouth, Ohio, is preparing to break ground on a new worship center.

The structure will replace the church’s longtime home that was built in 1912 and later expanded. “The building . . . is in really bad shape,” the church explained on its website.

The church’s new building will be constructed in the parking lot of the existing structure and will house the church’s worship services. The old building will continue to be used for fellowship activities.

The church, which averages about 120, held a groundbreaking ceremony last week. The new sanctuary will seat 200 to 230 people.

Pastor Dennis Dawes told the Daily Times that construction is expected to begin in August and be finished by February 2020. The new building is being financed by The Solomon Foundation.

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Fortville (Ind.) Christian Church is preparing for its third-annual Harvest of Talents fund-raiser, which supports International Disaster Emergency Service. The Sept. 7 fund-raiser will include an arts, crafts, and food festival. A car show is being added this year. Last year the event raised $10,475.

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Twenty volunteers from Westerville (Ohio) Christian Church spent several hours recently handing out quarters at a laundromat.

The church participated in the “National Laundry Project Tour” by Current Initiatives, a national nonprofit that educates others about various social issues. The organization’s laundry project uses $600 to $800 in quarters for each of its three-hour events, which cover the laundry costs of families in need, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“I think it just helps for people to know they matter. They’re not hopeless. There are people that care about them,” said Becky Medley, who volunteered with WCC’s group.

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Third City Christian Church in Grand Island, Neb., held its annual Heartland Celebration of Freedom on Saturday. The event included fireworks, music, food, and a walk-through zoo. The day was aimed at honoring local first responders and military veterans, according to the Grand Island Independent. The church presented a Freedom Award to a 19-year veteran of the Grand Island police department who was stabbed several times in the line of duty earlier this year.

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Nate Ferguson, lead pastor with the Village Christian Church in Minooka, Ill., was honored as “Volunteer of the Year” by his local Lions Club. According to the Herald-News, the club credited Ferguson for his work with local events—such as organizing a kiddie tractor pull—as well as his efforts with several charitable initiatives, including a backpack program for schoolchildren and a foundation that raises money for local education.

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