50th Wedding Anniversary

Priestap 50th Anniversary-May 2013

On Saturday evening, May 4, we celebrated the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Terry and Jean Priestap.  Many friends and family were there to celebrate their 50 years together.  After a wonderful meal, and some musical favorites led by their family, everyone had the opportunity to share their favorite story of Terry and Jean through the years.  It was evident that the years have only deepened the love they have for each other and for Christ.

Western Avenue Capital Campaign


Western Ave LogoWestern Avenue is in the process of transforming the Viking Lodge into a usable place for dynamic ministry.  God has moved the property owners to donate, city council to write off back taxes, churches to volunteer and give, and even a promise of free labor valued at $100,000.00  Our church has pledged $15,000 for this capital campaign.  Two sets of envelopes numbered $1-$100 were distributed last week.  If all envelopes are returned, our members will have raised $10,000 for this project.  The church will donate the remaining $5,000.  There are a few envelopes remaining and they have been placed on the table in the foyer.  Please prayerfully consider taking one of these envelopes and returning it by Sunday, May 26, 2013.  Every gift, no matter the size, will together make a difference.


Real Beauty Night


inner_beautyThis event for all high school girls will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the church.  Please join us for an evening of food, fun, and personal testimonies as we explore the lies that the world tells us about beauty and self-worth, and then compare those lies to the truth that God has for us.  See Jessica St. Johns or Adrianne Wittich for more information.

Men’s Competition Night

Men's Competition Night

On Saturday, May 11th we’re meeting at Dick Altman’s house for an evening of good food, good conversation and games like euchre, table tennis, cornhole, ladder golf, foosball, arcade basketball, volleyball and basketball.  The festivities start at 5:00 pm and end when the last man is standing…or when we get kicked out.  Invite your friends.  Did we forget anything?  Oh yeah. Two words:  Brat.  Wurst.

Dr. Ray Pritchard – guest speaker


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ray Pritchard and his wife Marlene this weekend at Christian Fellowship and Western Avenue Ministries.  They will be conducting a short but focused “conference” on the topic of Encouragement for Christians at Western Avenue Ministries.  We have asked them to especially address how to avoid or counter the burnout feeling so many of us get in Christian service.  Please let David Kaiser know if you can join them for no more than 2 hours on Saturday, April 27 starting at 3:30 pm.  The goal is to encourage you in your work for our mutual Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  An optional (free) dinner will follow the meeting.

Dr. Pritchard will be preaching at the morning worship service at Christian Fellowship this Sunday, April 28.  He will also be preaching at the Mosaic Service at Western Avenue at 5:00 pm on the 28th.

“Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based community serving Christians in 225 countries.  Keep Believing Ministries exists to equip and encourage people to keep believing in Jesus.  For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago.  Dr. Pritchard has authored over 25 books, including An Anchor for the Soul, Stealth Attack, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, Credo: Believing in Something to Die For, In the Shadow of the Cross, and Why Did This Happen to Me?  He and his wife Marlene have been married 38 years.  They have three sons and two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.”

Men’s Competition Night is back!

Men's Competition Night

It’s that time again…time to eat and compete.  Time to talk the talk and walk the walk.  And walk the talk.  And also talk the walk.  And don’t forget about eating.  Men’s Competition Night is back!  Please join us at Dick Altman’s house on Saturday, May 11 at 5:00 pm.  More details will follow.

Senior Banquet coming May 5

Graduation Banquet

The High School Senior Banquet is scheduled for  Sunday May 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be a wonderful Fiesta so make sure to mark your calendar.  Anyone interested in attending this event to honor our graduates may purchase tickets ($10.00 each) from Larissa Kain or Sam Metzger.  The deadline to buy tickets is Sunday, April 28th.


Homeplate 2013


Some men from Christian Fellowship will be going to Comerica Park on Saturday, April 27 to hear testimonies from multiple individuals in the Detroit Tigers organization at 9:30 am and then  attending the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at 1:00pm.  Departure from Christian Fellowship will be between 7:30-8:00 am.  This is a sold-out event, so no more tickets are available.

Mosaic Service planned

Mosaic Service

Western Avenue Ministries has scheduled a Mosaic Service for Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 pm.  It is called Mosaic because we hope to have different classes of people, of different colors, and different tastes come together to create something new and beautiful.  There will be dynamic worship music, heart-felt group and individual prayers and a short, focused and inspirational teaching.  This is a great way to wrap up a weekend and prepare for the busy week ahead.  Western Avenue Ministries is located at 1411 Broadway, Toledo.

New in the Library

Finally Alive

Finally Alive
By John Piper

The term ‘born again’ is very precious and very crucial in the Bible.  And the main concern of this book is to know what God intends when the Bible uses this language, so that by His grace we may experience it and help others do the same.  It is of enormous consequence that we know what being born again really means.  Check it out!