Bicycling to build
The Fuller Center for Housing, begun in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller, cofounders of Habitat for Humanity, came to Toledo in a special way. A group of 38 home-rehabilitating bicyclists was scheduled to arrive in Toledo Friday, and work with volunteers on a house today at 2038 Parkside Blvd. Members of the biking group will speak at five churches Sunday, and then there will be a lunch for volunteers at the house noon Sunday, followed by a 1:30 p.m. dedication service. For more information, call 419-360-1534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epworth United Methodist Church says goodbye to its lead pastor of eight years, the Rev. Bob Thomas, at the 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m. services Sunday, then hello to his successor, the Rev. Doug Damron, at all three services June 29. Pastor Thomas has been assigned to Stonybrook United Methodist Church in Gahanna, Ohio. Pastor Damron comes from Loveland, Ohio, where he led Epiphany United Methodist Church for 12 years. As of July 1 there is also a new superintendent of the West Ohio Conference's Maumee Watershed District, the Rev. Linda Middelberg. And, as previously reported, Collingwood United Methodist Church, 701 Phillips Ave., founded in 1823, holds its final service at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a closing ceremony.
The Rev. James Bacik is being honored by his peers. During the third annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests Monday through Thursday in St. Louis, Father Bacik, who will give a keynote speech at the event, will receive the association's St. John XXIII award “for his rare ability to incorporate theology and the insights of Vatican II into pastoral ministry,” according to an AUSCP press release.
Back to Toledo
The Rev. Colin Adams, a Toledo native who now lives in Raleigh, N.C., where he is a psychology professor at St. Augustine's University, is the speaker for the annual youth weekend at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1502 N. Detroit Ave. Rev. Adams will speak Friday at 7 p.m. and at the youth day service Sunday at 10:45 a.m., on the theme “Let the Children Come Unto Me.”
The University of Santo Tomas Singers, a group of students and alumni from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, bring their international tour to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5373 Main St., Sylvania, Friday for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Their songs range from madrigals to gospel to pop, and they also use their voices to make such sounds as bird songs and truck traffic. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and are available at the door or by calling 419-260-4115.
Blood of faith
It's time for blood donors to prepare for the 26th annual Interfaith Blood Drive, at Grace Lutheran Church, 4441 Monroe St., June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and June 29 from 8:30 to 2. Donors will receive mementos, a $9.99 discount coupon for a Midas oil change, and a raffle entry for a Harold Jaffe Jewelers gift certificate, as well as free infant and child care. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who want to sign up in advance can email email@example.com or call 419-841-4652 or 419-356-0241.
A Celebration of Life service and reception will be held after the drive at Unity Church of Toledo, 3535 Executive Pkwy., June 29 at 7 p.m.