The scene at last year's Back to School Blessing Service.
The scene at last year's Back to School Blessing Service. (photo submitted)

ADA — The 2nd annual “Back to School Blessing Service” in Ada is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Ada Schools Cafeteria. Everyone welcome!

Last year the event drew some 150 people.

It is being sponsored by Ada’s First United Methodist and Sugar Grove Methodist churches.

Ada Schools Superintendent Meri Skilliter said, as with last year, that the churches will be, in essence, renting the space at the school to hold their Sunday Worship Service, which will revolve around a “Back to School” theme.

First United’s Worship Chair Dave Lusk said the intent is to “build a bridge between the community and the school.”

Mr. Lusk continued that the congregation members of the two churches represent, not only the church community, but the business community, civic organizations, and so on. And it’s essential that the schools receive community support when it comes to the amalgam of monetary support, emotional support and spiritual support.

Ms. Skilliter said she has worked in a number of communities over the years, and finds Ada to be a stellar example of all the latter.

First United’s Judy Lusk, Dave’s wife, is helping coordinate some of the event.

She said there will be a Praise Band playing some decidedly “up-tempo” music that day.

A talk is also slated to be given by Ms. Skilliter, who is also a “Methodist lay speaker” who has talked in a number of churches over the years.

Ms. Skilliter said she is extremely appreciative of, not only the Methodist churches, but all the local churches and their various roles in supporting the school and its students in general.

After the talk that Sunday, teachers in attendance will be invited to come forward for a “blessing.” Then the students will be invited to come forward as well.

The Service will be followed by a potluck lunch.