LIMA — Lima Community Church at the corner of North Cole Street and Diller Road has started a teen edition of Celebrate Recovery called The Landing. This weekly meeting is for teens to find healing with hurts, hang-ups and habits.
Thursday was the first meeting.
“We had 11 teens show up,” volunteer Carol Romey said. “We knew there was a call for teens but did not know what to do. The church decided to host Celebrate Recovery for adults, and this is the teen version.”
According to the website, the meetings are structured as an ongoing 52-week program based on the beatitudes where Jesus laid out principles for happiness in the Sermon on the Mount. The Landing is a safe, healing place where teenagers can live a freer, healthier and more God-centered life.
“No matter what the issue, everyone needs hope. Hope is central to freedom,” Romey said.
Teens do not need to attend a church to come to the meetings.
“You do not have to be a Christian to attend. We want to help teens embrace life,” Romey said. “We want to provide them with an outlook that, yes, teenage life can suck, but it doesn’t have to be the future.”
The program consists of activities, small groups and a message from a speaker.
This is the first program of this specific kind in our area, however, Romey and the other volunteers at Lima Community Church hope to involve other churches in this teen resource.
“The goal would be for us to be like a training center to train volunteers for other churches,” Romey said. “When we were looking into this, there was no place to go for training.”
For information on the Landing at Lima Community Church or to become a volunteer, contact the church office at 419-223-9646.
Summer Slam Raffle back at West Ohio Food Bank
LIMA — The Summer Slam Raffle is back for 2015 as the West Ohio Food Bank’s fundraiser. Potash Corp. has sponsored the event this year and it is now known at the Summer Slam Raffle presented by Potash Corp. Tickets are $50 each.
This year’s event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. July 25 at the West Ohio Food Bank, 1380 E. Kibby St.
Buy two Summer Slam Raffle tickets before Feb. 27 and receive one free.
Early bird drawings will be held Feb. 28, April 18, and June 6.
Knights of Columbus give to baby
ST. MARYS — Pro-Life Committee Chairman Joe Kuebler, of Knights of Columbus Council 1592, presented a $50 gift card to Sophie Elking, daughter of Kyle and Kelly Elking, of New Bremen. Sophie was the first baby born at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital on Jan. 22, March for Life Day.
The Elking’s have an elder daughter, Chloe, who is 3. Grandparents are Shirley and Jeff Elking, of New Bremen, and Jeff and Marcia Rosenbeck, of Chickasaw.
Putnam County holds wellness day
OTTAWA —Putnam County held a wellness day on Jan. 21 for Putnam County employees on the Anthem Group Plan. This wellness day was sponsored by Fortman Insurance Services.
Wellness booths and blood draw was set up on the first floor of the Putnam County Court House. A complete metabolic panel, blood count, lipid panel, diabetes and thyroid blood draw was taken. This required a 12-hour fasting. The results of this blood test will be mailed directly to the employees’ doctors. Lab services were provided by Lima Memorial Health System.
More than 100 people took part in the ninth annual wellness day.