August 2021
Hungering and Thirsting

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6
Righteousness is such an important topic. We need to be right with God and right with other people! Faith in Jesus is the key. We are right with God through him. Faith can also help us to be right with others. We are truly blessed if we hunger and thirst for righteousness. Jesus said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I preach a lot on righteousness, one way or the other. It’s one of my favorite topics. I might even write a pamphlet on it someday. However, I admit we need other things as well. We should value them along with the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Obviously, we need food, clothing, shelter, security, health care and other basic necessities like belonging. The Covid-19 pandemic has left many of us with a hunger and thirst for fellowship and community. We missed a lot of in-person interaction with friends and family during the shutdown. It’s been nice to resume a more normal church life lately. Many have been begun to enjoy traditional Ayersville fellowship opportunities again. This summer, we resumed the refreshment time after worship, there were 40 children for VBS and 30 helpers, 200 gathered for Barnyard Barbecue, 25 sat together at the Toledo Mudhens game, and we are making noodles and donuts. We anticipate children and youth meetings again on Wednesday nights starting in September. There is hope to resume the free first Saturday breakfast in October, so please help that to happen by volunteering! There will be adult Bible study again on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30pm, staring August 11. In addition to those familiar fellowship activities we have a new one starting Sunday, August 8 at 5pm called Dinner Church!

Acts 2:46 states, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” We are going to attempt that old model of a New Testament concept with a modern approach by having a monthly potluck in the form of Dinner Church. It will be the second Sunday night of the month from 5:00 to 6pm in our fellowship hall. Please bring a food dish to share when you can, but feel free to attend without one. Everyone is encouraged to dress casually. Sometimes we don’t take the opportunity to get to know people after worship service is over, so here is another chance for sharing. There will be some fun questions to discuss around the tables as we eat. Then we will conclude with a closing wrap-up session lead by Leanne or me. We want Dinner Church to be a fun experience that enhances friendships. I trust that all of our activities, including the regular Sunday morning worship services are good opportunities to feed your soul. 

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mo Dunn
Join the Noodle Crew!
Help make homemade noodles!
Tues., Aug. 3 & Wed., Aug. 4, 1pm

2nd Sundays beginning August 8
Food, Fellowship & the Word
Bring a dish to share, invite a friend and come enjoy food and fellowship as we do dinner and church around the table. Hope to see you on Sunday, August 8 at 5pm!
Scrapbook Day
Saturday, August 14
9 am - 4 pm

Bring your current scrapbook project and come work and share with fellow scrapbookers.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 15, 9am
As the new school year approaches, bring your backpack to worship to receive a blessing and gift.
Homemade Donuts Drive Thru
Homemade Donuts Drive Thru
3rd Saturday of every month,
Next dates: Sat., Aug. 21
starting at 7am while supplies last
Ayersville dozen for $4
Movie Nights

Watch the TGIF, announcements and next month's newsletter
for more details!
Cardio Drumming is Coming!
Cardio Drumming will be starting in September. If you are interested in participating and need a drum kit, please contact Leanne or the church office.
Click here or on the picture for August's Church Events Calendar.
Collection ideas for Operation Christmas Child:
August: School supplies, calculator, scissors, learning books, coloring books, crayons, pencils
Collection continues for this year's Operation Christmas Child with different gift suggestions each month. You may bring donations to the church and place them in the collection box outside the Sanctuary. Spread love to children around the world by giving them the gift of Jesus.
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Offering plates are in the back
at each worship service or

Send donations to:
27728 Ayersville Rd.,
Defiance, Ohio 43512

or a donation drop box is available
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Happy Birthday!
Danny Hoshock August 4
Blake Carpenter August 9
Jeff Martin August 11
Kylee Tressler August 11
Kyra Waldron August 12
Taylor Waldron August 14
Bryan Baldwin August 16
AJ Loeffler August 17
Carly Carpenter August 17
Marissa Kosier August 18
Kaden Booher August 19
Nicole Woodson August 20
Hayden McConnell August 28
Rick Edmonds August 29
Happy Anniversary!
Clarence & Joan Dinnen August 21
Jim & Dottie Tobias August 29
Dave & Ellie Adkins August 30

God's blessing to you on your special day! If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we rejoice with you too! Please let us know so we may add it to our calendar.