Category: OVCF News




The elders/leaders would like to keep you informed as to what is going on with OVCF-now and for the future.  We will keep this brief and hopefully answer questions you may have.


#1- The Building Team has given us an update on the Shelter.

  • First we want to thank Jerry Standeford for his hard work in spearheading the project of making tables for the shelter.  We also want to thank those who spent their precious time helping with that project.  Jerry & Milt Means have also spent several days putting a coat of polyurethane on the tables.
  • The immediate plans of the Building Team are two-fold:  the first is to complete the firepit (Ryan and some of the youth have taken on this project); the second is to install electricity in the shelter.  Fans and floodlights will also be installed and before next Spring we want to have some chicken wire to prevent nesting.
  • The BT is continuing to meet.  Now that the shelter has been completed we have turned our sites to other projects.  The sewer project for Hoosier Energy (which is highly visible as you can see) is to be completed shortly.  Their plan is to put in our hookup early this week and we have a year to hook on.  Along with that, we have been meeting to discuss a Master Plan for our property.  That does include talk about the installation of an outdoor basketball goal, as well as another building which will allow us to convert this entire building into a youth building.


#2- As you know, we have been having some media difficulty with the screen and TVs cutting out. We are doing our best to alleviate that situation.  We have contacted some other people and are optimistic it will be taken care of soon, in fact, possibly as early as this week.


#3- As you already know, we began having two worship services last week, October 6th.  The question in many peoples’ minds is “Why”, especially after moving into the renovated auditorium just over a year ago.  If you will remember, when we talked about the renovation, we stated numerous times that this renovation was just a band-aid to get us through a tough time until we could do something more.  Before the summer we were near capacity and we talked then about needing more room.  With the summer coming, we felt it wise to wait to initiate two services.  We felt it was time now to do so.  We have had Sundays where space was a premium and if we want to continue reaching out, we need to have space for visitors. We are aware many like one service for various reasons. To be sure it is a strain on our staff, teachers and worship volunteers.  In an effort to keep from starting two churches, we have committed ourselves to having a time every 3-4 months where we are together.  Our first time will be November 17th when we meet at the Tivoli.  Worship will start at 10:00 that morning.  We have also reserved the Tivoli for Easter Sunday morning.   We will keep you posted on something for January or February.  We also want you to know this arrangement of two services is only considered to be temporary until God leads us into the opportunity to build something that will allow us to be together as one again.


#4- Our insurance company has told us we need to put windows in the classroom and office doors for security reasons. Look for that improvement in the near future.


#5- One final word.  Next year, 2014, will be the 10th anniversary of OVCF.  Some of you were here from the beginning and many of you are new.  We would like to give you the word now that we hope to have a big push on our 10th anniversary to either pay off our current mortgage or raise money for a building which will allow us to meet together and to continue meeting the needs of our community.  The leadership and Finance Team will be talking about the best approach and will inform you of that soon.


Thank you for your interest and time in the future of OVCF.  We appreciate all you have done, are now doing, and will do in the future to continue helping us spread the Good News of Jesus.



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OVCF Turns 9

picnicOVCF turns 9!!  Please join us on Sunday, October 13 for our 9th anniversary and stay to enjoy a pitch-in picnic lunch following morning worship.  The elders will share updates and future visions for OVCF.


OVCF 9th anniversary pitch-in picnic details:

We’d like to provide chicken & BBQ pork for the meal.

Please sign up so we can have an estimate of chicken or pork for your family.

2.  Please see the sign up sheet for additional food items we’d like     to have for the pitch-in and let us know what your family would like to bring.

3.  We will have an offering basket if you’d like to donate to offset the costs of the chicken/pork for the meal. THANK YOU!!

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Upcoming Fall Events –

Beginning October 6th –  Two Sunday worship Times – 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM – Children’s Program Offered at both.


September 21st – 22nd      Apple Butter Festival –  Need help with setup and tear down and/or to man the booth


September 29th              World Vision Hope Sunday


October 13th                   OVCF 9th Anniversary – Stay to enjoy a cookout/pitch-in lunch following morning worship.

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4th of July – Picnic


Fourth of July Pitch-in/Picnic at OVCF


July 4th at 4 PM at our new shelter!!


 Bring meat to grill and something to share.


Bring lawn chairs and games to play!

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Change Is In The Air!



Many of you look forward to summer.  This summer will be a season of change for OVCF.

As you have been hearing, Pastor Ryan has worked on a Summer JAM program that will go for 5 weeks (three in June and two in July).  The “Y” and the library are also taking a vital part in it with us as a joint venture.  He is excited about the potential impact upon the lives of the youth of Owen County.  He is looking for volunteers to help in different areas.

Pastor Bill is taking a break from Route 66, but the folks in the class would like to continue meeting as a small group.  His sermon series this summer, “Danger: Toxic,” will be confronting some of the attitudes/struggles which are toxic to our faith-subjects like anger, bitterness, forgiveness, jealousy, greed, and so on.  There will be a corresponding five-week DVD series dealing with some of these same topics.  Bill will preach on a particular subject Sunday and during that week there will be a corresponding small group study.  The lessons will begin the week of June 23rd and every other week after that.  Topics will be:

  • Words: Life-giving or death-producing (June 23)
  • Fear: Getting rid of the chokehold  (July 7)
  • Radioactivity: Relationships  (July 21)
  • Septic: False beliefs about ourselves (August 4)
  • Germs: Dealing with culture (August 18)


If you would like to be involved in a small group, please fill out the registration information below and give it to Pastor Bill, Diana or place in the basket on the table.




Name:  ________________________      Day/time available: _____________


Contact Info (phone or email) _________________________________


Participant’s Guide (Cost is $10):   Yes______  No _______ Need help_________


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May 19, 2013


It has been awhile since the elders have made any kind of report to the congregation so we ask for a few moments of your time this morning.  We would like to bring you up to date on several items of interest and one that some of you have been asking about.


  1. When we hired Ryan, one of our goals was to build a Youth Building and start a youth worship during the morning worship.  The elders have also been talking about the crowded conditions we are having in the adult and youth areas, as well as the parking.  After discussion and prayer, and with the cost of the youth building (in excess of $30k), the elders have decided to formulate a different plan.  Beginning this Fall, we will be going to two worship services (9:00 and 10:45).  We will be giving you more information in the very near future.  Ryan will be starting a youth worship for Jr/Sr High on Sunday night which will also incorporate ROOTS.  There is even talk of a study for the parents during that same time.
  2. What about the youth building?  The Building Team has been working alongside the elders and agree that spending $30k plus on a youth building is not good stewardship.  So we have decided to build a picnic shelter to the south and east side of the parking lot extending into the field.  This shelter will be 30×50, and after taking bids, it was decided to ask Dave Beach to construct it.  He is to begin after June 1.  This shelter will be paid for in cash with money set aside by our Finance Team at the beginning of 2013.  We will be calling on some of our people to help with some finishing touches like electricity, chicken wire for the rafters, and a fire pit.  This shelter will be available to all of for your use.
  3. Someone is graciously donating a lawnmower to us.  Peter Bales is going to make modifications to our shed which will allow storage.  Until those two projects are completed, we still need volunteers who will be willing to cut the grass.  Afterwards, we will have a list for volunteers to sign up, and a training session on the use of the mower, for those who want to cut grass.
  4. As many of you know, the church was planning a missions trip to Haiti for later this year.  The trip ended up being cancelled due to a lack of volunteers.  Before it was cancelled Karen Eckart had collected $1400 to help finance the trip.  Many in our congregation contributed to that cause so the church leadership thought it was prudent to inform you that the church is going to redirect that $1400 to a mission that OVCF supports, Revive Liberia Missions.  Revive Liberia is an organization that was founded by our own Phil Eckart and receives regular support from OVCF.  One of their goals it to enable Christians in Liberia to become self-reliant.  A wood shop was constructed in Liberia by the organization in order to help meet this objective. Recently the Woodmizer Corporation has offered to sell Revive Liberia a used wood mill priced well below its market value ($2500).  Church leadership thought that the Haiti trip money would be well spent helping to purchase the mill for the mission in Liberia.
  5. We also want to thank Ryan, and one of our youth, Brandon Bedolla, for installing the blinds.
  6. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of the elders, Ryan, or me.


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Baby Shower For Stephanie Bales


 Ladies, you are invited to a baby shower for Stephanie Bales on Sunday, March 17th at 2 p.m.


The Bales family is expecting a new baby girl!


Please RSVP to the church office by Wednesday!

*A list of needed/wanted items is available.

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Easter Sunday – Two Services

easterOVCF will offer two services on Easter Sunday, March 31st.




There will be a 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. service

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Spring Forward March 10th


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Volunteer Recognition Banquet


For all of you who returned a volunteer R.S.V.P.,  it will be our pleasure to server you dinner this evening at 5 P.M.    See you then!


Pastor Bill, Ryan, Diana & your youth group volunteers.

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