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Road to Damascus The


For ChristianFamilies,Singles,& Youths Celebrating Ministry throughout Western & Central Ohio

Volume 1, Issue 5


Champaign, Clark & Logan Counties


Featured Church What's New! Please go to our website at: Take our 10 question survey Your feedback is important & we want to hear from you. Thanks you in advance for helping us get better! Rev. Dr. Charles & Janeen Plogger

Words From The Pastor Answer this question in thirty seconds - Why do you exist? A seemingly simple question to answer at first thought. This question was posed to me at the end of a meeting. As a pastor, one would imagine that I would be able to rattle off 100 reasons why I exist. I exist to preach the gospel, to pray for the hurting, to lead the Church and much more. But when I only had thirty seconds to describe why I am here I have to admit, I froze.

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purpose and that can be answered in three words.” Then the Lord continued, “You exist for ‘One Step Closer’”

the miracles He was performing. After the challenging discourse, scripture My purpose here on this earth is to help people take one step closer to tells us many of the disciples Christ. Whether it be a person who has not yet entered into a left. Jesus turned to the twelve relationship with Jesus or if it is someone who has been saved for disciples and asked, “Are you fifty years. For a person who not yet experienced and encountered the leaving too?” Peter’s response, amazing grace of our “Where can we go? You only "My Purpose here on this earth is to help loving Savior, I am have the words of eternal life.” people take one step closer to Christ." here to teach and Peter had just taken a step closer encourage them to take that step to know Him. For those who cut to God. Peter was starting to get their teeth on the pew Bibles, I am here to encourage them to dive it. I want to continually take a into a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Living Lord. Then step closer to God and help when they have taken one more step to Jesus, I want my life to those I come in to contact with encourage them to take one more step. Our God is so big we are to do the same. going to spend eternity being wowed by Him and we can start now CHECK OUT by taking one more step closer to Him.

I was deeply convicted that I could not sum up my purpose in thirty seconds so I went to the Lord. After a time of prayer, He My favorite scripture verse is John 6:68. Jesus had just delivered a said, I have put you here for this difficult teaching for the multitudes who followed Him because of


Inside this Edition… - Bellefontaine First Church of God – Pg. 1 & 4 - Community News – Pg. 2 - Hi Point Women's Center (Bellefontaine) – Pg. 2 & 3

- Messiah Lutheran School Program – Pg. 5 (Urbana) - The Young & The Righteous – Pg. 6 (Area Concerts) - Music & Entertainment - Pg. 7

Find your next concert, bible study, church play and more in the EVENTS section on page 8.

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The Hi Point Women's Center, Giving Life a Second Chance The Hi Point Women's Center (HPWC) is a pregnancy care center defending unborn precious human life. The HPWC presents positive alternatives to abortion in a loving and compassionate manner, allowing men and women to choose life for their unborn child. The organization was established by a group of Christian men and women in 1985 who wanted to make a difference in abortion. They wanted mother's to choose life for her unborn child. The HPWC is a faith-based organization, helping transform lives and to saves lives in Jesus name. The curriculum used is faith based. April Staten, Executive Director, said, "We transform lives by providing the gospel message to

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our clients. We saves lives through Gods word about how each life has a purpose; no matter the circumstances.” Staten said, “We are proud of parents choosing life over abortion for their unborn child. One of our successes is starting our parenting classes last May, the difference it makes in our clients parenting style and how that will hopefully impact generations to come.” The program, Grace and Mercy is a faith based incentive program geared to help motivate clients to make positive lifestyle choices and earn items available in the baby store for purchase with baby bucks. Baby Bucks are earned by attending classes, doctor’s appointments, church services and more. In 2013, the center had 1,377 visits. However, due to the increased awareness of educational, parenting, and pregnancy classes - by the end of June of this year the center has already reached 1,250 visits. So far this year the center is averaging about 200 to 250 visits a month. The biggest opportunity which is also presenting the center with a challenge is converting the center to a medical center to offer free ultra sounds to their clients. Their biggest need is expanding the center to continue the classes with the growing number of clients. Staten said, “We are in the planning stages of this and God has been blessing us with the support needed but there is more support to be gained.”

COMMUNITY NEWS! Emmanuel Christian Academy Emmanuel Christian Academy’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Superintendent, David P. Hook Ed.D. Dr. Hook comes to us from Houston, Texas, where he, his wife Tami and their two children have lived for 32 years. He is not a stranger to the area however; he was born in Lima, Ohio. Dr. Hook is leaving Fort Bend Christian Academy in Sugar Land, Texas after 12 years as High School Principal. He also worked 20 years in the Alief school district and was an adjunct lecturer for The University of Houston-Victoria and Houston Baptist University. Emmanuel is blessed to have Dr. Hook on board and believe with his wealth of experience, love for the Lord and passion for Christian education, he will lead us with integrity and grace as we move forward. “It is good to return to our Midwestern roots, but it is even better to continue our work in God’s kingdom here with the families at ECA. We are looking forward to settling down and meeting a lot of new friends” Dr. David Hook commented. “We are excited about this new chapter for Emmanuel being led by Dr. Hook and also grateful for Dr. Simon and his leadership this past year. He has been the constant that has gotten us through this transition year” Gillis West, board president. Emmanuel Christian Academy is a Transitional Kindergarten-twelfth grade, non-denominational school based upon evangelical biblical principles. For more information on enrollment opportunities, please call 937-390-3777. Article courtesy of ECA

The center is in need of not only financial support, but also in need of a few good men and women who can volunteer and mentor the clients. The volunteers must understand grace, truth, forgiveness, holiness and redemption. They need to be compassionate, patient, humble, kind and prayer warriors. There are two types of volunteers needed. Life Support Volunteers who help with the day to day needs, behind the scenes at the center or special events and the Client Care Volunteers who are committed to working directly with their clients. There are other people using their gifts continues on page 3

The WhereHouse Food Ministry At 110 W. Church St., Urbana, is open the third full week of each month (August 18-22). Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Mon., Wed., Thurs. and Fri., and 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tues. The ministry, coordinated by the Urbana United Methodist Church, provides basic food and personal care items for those in need. Partnering churches include Bowlusville UMC, Cable UMC, First Christian Church of Urbana, Kingscreek UMC, Fifth Lutheran Church of Springfield, Messiah Lutheran Church of Urbana, Church of the Nazarene Urbana and Terre Haute UMC. All are welcome to help. To volunteer, call The WhereHouse, 653-4892. Article courtesy of Schenkel Communications

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to support the center in different ways. Such as the benefit concert held Tues. July 12, by Carolyn Dunn and her friends, who used their God given gifts to raise $767 for the center.

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Janet Dunn, who is Carolyn's mom said, “Carolyn had been asked for the last 2-3 years if she would ever do a concert, she didn't want the focus to be on her. So when I suggested doing a concert to benefit HPWC - the answer was YES!” Janet is a pediatrician and a mother of four children.

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Janet said, “Even though I haven't been actively involved with the Women's Center, I have always had a passion for their mission and the work they do. I believe nearly all of newborn infants that I see, I think to myself about these babies, “You are here....every little detail created by God in HIS image. How heartbreaking it is to think that many babies never get a chance at life.” So, supporting the Women's Center is an avenue to support these infants and their families, and to show God's love in many ways.”

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The Road to Damascus Publication is bringing Churches and Christians together in an unprecedented way. We want to serve as an extension of your ministry and your voice. List your upcoming events in the EVENTS section of our paper for FREE!. Through our Partnerships and our efforts, people around the world are able to enjoy our eNewspaper versions via email and Social Media websites. We are now accepting submissions for events occurring between Sept 1 - Sept 30, 2014. We invite you to list your July events. The deadline for submittal is August 20, 2014. Visit us at: and click the tab at the top "SUBMIT EVENT". Advertisements make this paper possible. Call or email for our Summer pricing. Ask about our Summer Specials.

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Our Food Pantry is open 3rd full week of every month, (the full week must start with a Sunday)

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The HPWC is a non-profit organization, relying solely on the gracious monetary donations of their local supporters; churches, businesses and individuals. All services are free of charge and are available from pregnancy until age five of the child. All services are confidential. For more information call (937) 592-7734; website: or email April Staten at [email protected] The HPWC summer hours are Tues. & Weds. 10 am to 5 pm, their location is 110 N. Detroit Street, Bellefontaine, OH. by Deborah E. Evans

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Bellefontaine, First Church of God Established in 1899, First Church of God has been a pillar in the community of over a century. Discipleship & ministry has been at the forefront from the beginning. In 1972 they began an outreach ministry for kids and started a bus program, utilizing up to 14 school buses to transporting 450 to 500 kids to church every Sunday. In 2007 the Upward program was born - a faith based non-competitive sports league. Through this outreach ministry First Church of God is able to connect with over 400 kids primarily in basketball, softball and flag football. The kids have devotion during practice and before games and games are played in FCOG’s multi ministry room which seats 1,137 people. Other ministries include FCOG’s “Happy Saints”, which is their Senior Adults ministry headed up by Pastor Ray Headings. They meet monthly, take trips 3 times a year and host banquets to serve the community - last year hosting almost 30 banquets. Pastor Plogger says, “it’s just incredible outreach ministry”, he goes on to say they have approximately 35 to 50 of their seniors participate in this ministry, depending on the event size. The banquets are held on-site and consist of set-up, preparation, serving and clean up. Pastor Plogger shares the emphasis put on discipleship at Bellefontaine First Church of God. Plogger says, “My purpose here on earth is to help people take one step closer to God”. He has developed and written a Discipleship Program that’s now offered in Sunday school and currently utilized online by nine other congregations. The Discipleship workbooks are available for download at Trunk or Treat is one of FCOG’s biggest outreach ministry. Each year at Halloween time, they kick off a huge trunk or treat program in the parking lot of the church with tons of fun and decorations. This is a time of Christian fun for the entire family where they offer inflatable games, food, and also have a stage with a message. Pastor Plogger says they usually have over 5000 people attend.

First Church of God is also a location for community funerals where the church is able to minister to the families during their difficult time. Other ministries include children’s day care where they currently have 162 kids enrolled. Day care is provided from 5 a.m. To 6 p.m. and meals are provided. They also offer a summer program for kids up through sixth grade, where the kids take part in swimming every day and enjoy weekly trips. For the men of First Church of God, they are able to participate in a men's ministry that meets every two weeks. These men take part in an intensive bible study teaching them on being the Man of God, a Godly man and a man of character. Ministry for the whole family: On the last Saturday of each month First Church of God has a movie ministry at 7 p.m. where popcorn and refreshments and door prizes are offered. Their youth ministry “Fusion” is led by a youth leadership team of 12. Through their food pantry ministry they are able to feed 85 families a month and offer a free meals program for kids every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pastor Plogger says, "we are to be disciples who are growing serving and reaching out to make other disciples". by Pat Bass

MESSIAH LUTHERAN SCHOOL PROGRAM, URBANA This year will make the 22nd year that Messiah Lutheran Church, Urbana has been providing free school supplies for the kids of Champaign. Although Messiah Lutheran Church does have a small budget to contribute to the supplies needed, they rely heavily on donations from the community to make this event a success.

assist with sorting supplies and folding/hanging clothes. This year they are prepared to provide 950 school supply bags which meet the Urbana school system school supply lists.

For more information or to inquire about volunteering before or on Distribution day In 2013, they raised visit their $20K and over 900 kids received supplies for school. In 2001 they website at or added a bag of school supplies that the kids call Karen Adams at 937-215-5465 for supplies or April Sapp at 937-390-1287 now receive. All items are either new or gently used and are either bought or donated for clothing or call the office at 937-653-4110. from area churches businesses and individuals. Distribution is on August 16th from 9am - 1pm. Everyone welcome. Lines In the weeks leading up to the distribution day, Messiah relies on volunteers from the form early, please plan to arrive early. See page 5 for volunteer days/times community and area churches to come and

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Couples Canoe Date, Sat - Aug. 16 @ 5 pm

Vows to Keep

This date night is taking place near Urbana at Birch Bark Canoe Livery

Vows to Keep founded by David & Tracy Sellars to help couples (married or engaged) understand & apply scriptures to their relationship. "It's all about serving people in their marriage and apply God's word to their life", Tracy says. "We love people and we care about marriage".

Grab your honey and float down the clear waters of the Mad River! VowsToKeep brings you that face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder time you are BOTH looking for in this fun outing. The date night will enhance your marriage as you work together to maneuver your canoe and talk about your marriage.

David and Tracy moved to Ohio in 2010 after being involved in a startup church in South Dakota. Upon taking a summer vacation in Ohio, Tracy said God told them this is where He wanted them - so they packed up everything they owned and moved across the country.

training helps connect the things we deal with in life to Scripture. They offer couple to couple coaching & mentoring, marriage training & conferences, and soon will be building a retreat center where couples can come & work on what's happening in their life. For more info call or visit:, 860-531-VOWS

David and Tracy's biblical marriage

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Heavenly Treats Over the last few months you have discovered my love for all things sweet. This month I am passing on quick and easy dessert recipe for all the chocolate lovers out there. The hardest part of this recipe is letting the pie cool and set in the refrigerator. It has a deep chocolaty flavor. Good to serve on its own or with a big dollop of whipping cream. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pie 1 1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 eggs 2/3 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pre made pie crust (if use frozen pie crust, let thaw) In bowl beat the eggs. Add in the sugar and cocoa powder and mix well. Beat in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour into pre made pie crust. Bake in a 350 preheated oven for 55-60 minutes. The center of the pie will not look completely set when you remove it from the oven. Cool for 25 minutes. It can be served at room temperature. Just as tasty served cold.

Once again, I hope you and your family enjoy this sweet treat. I look forward to sharing with you next month another new recipe for your friends and family to enjoy. I would also like to share some of your favorite recipes with the community. Please send me some of your favorites to be shared with our readers. Email recipes to: [email protected]

Ms. Dionna Your "Faithful" Culinarian

Plan some special time with your spouse this August as you float down the crystal clear waters of the Mad River. This 2 hour canoe date will be the time away your relationship has needed. David andTracy Sellars with VowsToKeep will be your hosts. Join other couples around a bonfire afterward for a time of connection. The cost per couple is $35 and includes canoe rental and s’mores at the bonfire. Register Online: Supplies are provided for kids, kindergarten through 12th grade. Messiah Lutheran Church is still in need of donated clothes and school supplies.

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"The Young and the Righteous"

ADAM CAPPA (BEC Recording Artist) will be performing a benefit concert for the Springfield House of Prayer on August 18th, 2014 at 7pm! Discovered and mentored by Grammynominated Christian music veteran Jeremy Camp, Cappa released his debut album, The Rescue, in March 2012. Filled with heartfelt anthems, passionately focused on Christ Jesus such as "The Rescue" and "All I Really Want", The Rescue garnered positive critical and commercial acclaim. With a heart focused on ministry, Cappa is excited to come and support the ministry of the Springfield House of Prayer, located at 616 N. Limestone Street! Join us for an amazing night of worship, ministry and mission as we lift up the cause of revival in Clark County! Tickets are Free!!!

Amy Savin and About A Mile: Mon. July 7th Amy Savin and About A Mile opened up for the Sidewalk Prophets at the Bellefontaine High School. Sidewalk Prophets: Mon. July 7th Shine FM held a night of worship at the Bellefontaine High with the Sidewalk Prophets, the auditorium was packed and they had the crowd praising Jesus. Shine FM was partnered with Dave Carothers Custom Auto Sales, Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, Reliant Mechanical Heating & Cooling, and RV Wholesalers Royal Taylor: Sun. July 20th Shine FM held a concert with Royal Taylor at the Union County Fair; Marysville. The grandstand was packed with families and kids who danced and sang along with them. Shine FM was partnered with Marysville Honda & RV Wholesalers. Hi Point Women's Center: Tues. July 15th, a benefit concert was held to raise money for the Hi Point Women's Center at the First Church of God in Bellefontaine. Left to Right: Christie Dunn, piano; Kylee Jenkins, guitar; Kenna Wedge, Cajon; Brian Dunn, Conga; Carolyn Dunn, Vocalist.

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Wright's Bikes - STRIDER Races

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AUGUST 2014 Calendar of Events Jun 24 - Aug 15 Summer Bible Reading Dive into summer with 101 Chapters from God's word. It'll refresh & cool your soul on these hot days & rev-up your walk with the Lord! We'll cover 101 chapters of the New Testament, all from the writings of Paul. So take the plunge and register today. We will send you updates as well as incentives (prizes,etc.) when you've reached certain milestones! Print out the scheduld from the website & be refreshed with God's word.

Friday, Aug 15 & 29 Wright's Bikes - STRIDER Race 5pm - 6pm. Race at 6:00 p.m. 960 N. Main St., Urbana Ohio Wright's Bikes STRIDER Race Series is STRIDER Racing for 18 month to 10 year old racing on STRIDER Bikes. A two wheeled Balance Bike. We race every other Friday evening. Registration is at 5pm and racing starts at 6pm. This is fun for the whole family. Race fee is $5. Web site with schedule: Dates-8/15, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/21, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14 Trophies for 1st - 3rd places & ribbons - 8th

Saturday, August 16 RINGS Marriage Class 9:00 a.m. at North Hills Church of God 2950 Moorefield Rd., Springfield The class is about “learning skills in a group setting that create a healthy marriage.” It’s designed to “equip couples to better communicate, manage conflict and experience a deeper connection.” For more info contact Lavern Nissley at 937-324-3604 or email at: [email protected] This event is FREE

Sunday 9/21- Ohio Fish & Shrimp Fest 12p-1p Race 1pm FREE

Saturday, August 16 Messiah Lutheran School Program 9 a.m. * Messiah Lutheran Church 1013 East Lawn Ave, Urbana 937-653-4110 This event is to assist Champaign County children as they perpare for a new school year. We purcahse and collect new school supplies along with new and used clothing for children. Assistance is needed beginning July 28 at 2:00 pm to unload, sort, and bag school supplies. Work will continue thru Aug 7th. Most day work will begin at 9:00 am, 1:30 and then again at 6:00 In addition, each Wednesday beginning July 23 at 6:00 pm we will sort new and used clothing. You can check or call for further information. .

Sunday, August 24 Family Day Jerusalem Second Baptist Church 11am - 1036 South High St., Urbana Come out & enjoy Friends & Family Day for morning service. Guest Speaker, John Thomas Jr. formerly of J2BC.

Thursday, September 18 State of the Union - 10 Year Anniversary 11 a.m. at Hollenbeck Bayley Center 275 S. Limestone St * Springfield On September 18, 2014 Marriage Resource Center of Miami Valley is hosting a 10 year anniversary celebration luncheon, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in Springfield. We are commemorating the initial signing of a Community Marriage Policy on September 17, 2004. The program will feature a “look back” at the origins and progress of this major marriage initiative as well as a “look ahead” to what could be accomplished in the next 10 years. For more info contact Derek Ellis at 937-324-3604 or email: [email protected]

Mon - Fri, Aug. 18 - 22 The WhereHouse Food Ministry located at 110 W. Church St., Urbana Open the third week of each month (Aug 18-22). Hours are 9 a.m.- noon, Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri and from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays The ministry, coordinated by the Urbana United Methodist Church, provides basic food and personal care items for those in need. Partnering churches include Bowlusville UMC, Cable UMC, First Christian Church of Urbana, Kingscreek UMC, Fifth Lutheran Church of Springfield, Messiah Lutheran Church of Urbana, Church of the Nazarene Urbana and Terre Haute UMC. All are welcome to help. To volunteer, call The WhereHouse, 653-4892.

Saturday, August 30 Free Family Movie Night 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bellefontaine First Church Of God 1000 E Brown Ave, Bellefontaine Come enjoy Movie Night with the whole family. Popcorn, refreshments and door prizes. For more information visit: www. or call the office at: (937) 592-2546

Wed, Sept 10

Monday, August 18 Adam Cappa in Concert 7pm - 10pm (tickets are Free!!) Champion City Vineyard Church 137 East Main St., Springfield ADAM CAPPA (BEC Recording Artist) will be performing a benefit concert for the Springfield House of Prayer on August 18th, 2014 at 7pm! Discovered & mentored by Grammy-nominated Christian music veteran Jeremy Camp, Cappa released his debut album, The Rescue, in March 2012. Join us for an amazing night of worship, ministry and mission as we lift up the cause of revival in Clark County! Free!!!

3rd Saturday of Each Month Free Community Pancake Breakfast 8a.m.- 11a.m. * at St. Paris Municipal Building Sponsored by the St. Paris 1st Church of God For more info contact St. Paris Church of God 937-663-4441 or [email protected]

The Gathering Fall Breakfast with Sujo John

Saturday, September 19 Annual Harvest Day

7:30am- 9am * Hollenbeck Bayley Center 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield

10 a.m. at Lighthouse Tabernacle 5202 Valley Pike, Urbana

We are blessed to bring in a man, who travels the world, to share about one of the most tragic events in US history. Sujo will share inspiration and challenge us that hrough great difficulties more significant and impacting times lie ahead. Contact Jeff Pinkleton for more @ [email protected] or 206-5595.

Auction of Homemade Baked Goods and New & Gently Used Donated Items. Breakfast sold at 8:00 a.m.; Lunch throughout the event. For more information contact Charlene Culp at 937-788-2050 or email: [email protected] This event is FREE

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