From the Hillsboro "Times-Gazette":

"One of the Friendly Village’s most anticipated events, the 32nd annual Leesburg Lions Club’s Luminaria, will be held Sunday, Dec. 12. It starts with the lighting of luminaries at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation of the celebration’s royalty at 5:45 at the Leesburg library.

“Folks especially look forward to this event which brings members of the community together in fellowship, treats at the local businesses and to view lights around the village,” Leesburg Lions Club President Jay Newland said. “The school is involved with sixth-grade students who write essays about what luminaria means to them. The winners selected are king, queen, prince and princess and recognized at a ceremony.

“This year has impacted the Leesburg Lions Club with the loss of Lion Charlie Newland and the illness of several members which saw some folks in the community step forward and volunteer to help facilitate this annual event.”

Newland said there will be wagon rides around town this year to view the beautiful decorations from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with pick-up and drop-off at Square One Heating & Cooling. Santa will also be at Square One from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and many Leesburg businesses will hold open house during those same hours.

There will be a live nativity scene in small building behind the Methodist Church.

A home decorating contest is open to all residents in the Fairfield Local School District. The only stipulation is that Lions Club’s luminaries must be used as part of the decoration. The judge for the event will be a district Lions Club officer and the winner of the individual home contest will receive $50. Participants who do not live inside the village limits need to call and notify the Lions Club that they wish to be considered, or you can sign-up when you pick up your luminary bags.

Leesburg businesses and organizations participating in the event include: American Legion Post 568, Dollar General, Saucy Sisters Pizza, Batter Up Bakery, Southern Hills Community Bank, Leesburg Branch Library, Leesburg Post Office, Leesburg United Methodist Church, Mane Street Salon, DRVN-fit, Sisters Primitives, The Honey Hive, Big Wheel Barber Shop, Simmons Insurance, the village offices, Sweet Peek, and Square One Heating & Cooling.

The evening will end with a community Christmas service at the United Methodist Church on Church Street at 7:30 p.m.

Luminaria kits are available at two locations: Saucy Sisters anytime from Dec 1 to Dec 11; and Square One on Friday, Dec. 10, from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec.11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each kit has 20 candles and 20 bags for $8.

“It is the community’s hope that all residents of Leesburg will help light up the village to celebrate the real meaning of the Christmas spirit,” Newland said."


Not a very pretty day for dedicating 221 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, but the gift each child will receive reflects God’s Sonshine packed with love in every box.


June 27, 2021, was LUMC's 20th Annual "Ride for Christ", led by Jeff Davis. Beautiful weather & a great turnout! Not to mention delicious food served after the outdoor worship! Uplifting praise song leadership by William St. John & residents of the OH Mission Bible Training Center (Rocky Fork area) where the June Mission offering was presented. Robert "Rusty" Russell (photo left) gave an inspiring talk and is a wonderful witness to the Lord. Rusty ministers at the 2nd Chance Church, 3833 Westerville Road, Columbus, OH, Sunday nights, 18 years old & over only), 6:30 PM.

Photos from the Ladies’ Day Out for Service & Fellowship

On Monday, June 21, twenty-one ladies visited the Ohio Mission Bible Training Center, McCoppin Road (Rocky Fork Area), bringing with them several items to donate, including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, liquid shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, coffee & powdered creamer, sugar, liquid laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, toilet paper & paper towels

 The ladies received a tour of the facility and then drove to Chillicothe for lunch afterward.





   Just a reminder that our youth will be having a special local camp this year from June 29-July 2. Rick & Sue Priest have graciously offered the back of their property for a secluded area to enjoy the great outdoors. Amber Foster & Kim Hiatt have come up with a list of food items needed for the week.  A tub will be available on the kitchen counter for donated items. If you have something that needs refrigerated, go ahead and put it in the fridge in the basement. Kim will have a poster available with sticky notes of items that are needed by Sunday, June 20. When you take a sticky note, please write down your name & the item on the tablet, left on the table. Don’t hesitate to talk to Amber or Kim about this if you have questions.

   Items needed will include; Breakfast cereal, granola bars, pop-tarts (brown sugar & strawberry), individual yogurts, peanut butter, grape jelly, mustard, mayonnaise, supplies for s’mores (graham crackers, chocolate bars, large marshmallows), assorted chips (individual bags - mixed variety pack- usually 18/box), powdered lemonade and Kool-Aid (tropical punch & orange), bread, buns, milk, orange juice, paper towels, Styrofoam plates, plastic forks & spoons.


Please look for the poster board with a complete list, along with sticky notes. If it’s easier to donate money, that is fine, too. As always, we appreciate your willingness to help!



20th Annual “Ride for Christ”


Sunday, June 27

Come at 9:45am for coffee and donuts and take part in our special outdoor service, 10:30am ~ featuring a guest speaker and a live band! This will be a benefit ride, and a free-will donation will be taken. All proceeds will go to the Ohio Mission Bible Training Center (OMBTC), a Christ-centered residential discipleship training program specialized for men & women who have drug, alcohol & emotional problems.


A lunch will be provided at the church before the ride which will end at the OMBTC.


Please bring a covered dish to share!

Invite anyone you know who likes to ride. Come dressed to ride! Hope to see you there!

Questions? Call Jeff Davis @ 937-205-9135. edit text. What do visitors to your website need to know about you and your business?


Photograph from today's LUMC Ladies' Day Out Potting Party at Moore's Garden Center, Antioch Road, New Vienna, OH. It was an absolutely perfect day for this - what a joy to see all the beautiful floral colors and greens! When each was finished choosing & potting her plants, all drove to Lydia Duncan's beautiful new home for a fresh greens salad, an over-the-top hot lunch, home-made dinner rolls, 3 amazing desserts & beverages! Kim Hiatt treated everyone to stories about the history of aprons and a timeless story written years ago by Erma Bombeck about a mother's love. Thank you Kim Hiatt, Twana Zimmerman & Lydia Duncan for planning such an uplifting event! Such a blessing for all!


Photos from the

Shrove Tuesday Free All-You-Can Eat

Pancakes & Sausage Dinner 

Community Outreach

February 25, 2020

Last evening, February 23, we were truly blessed to have with us Yusuf Herman, a missionary who has been traveling the world for many years sharing Christ, and his friend, Dominggus. Dominggus spoke in his native language, while Yusuf translated. His testimony was extremely powerful. When he was 18, his college was attacked by Islamic radicals. When they gave Dominggus a choice - either deny Christ and die, or accept Islam and live - he chose Christ. Dominggus then received a severe blow to the neck, in addition to other injuries, and was not expected to live. He felt himself leave his body and was able to look down upon it. He then saw visions of angels leading him to magnificent rooms in heaven. Dominggus was told by the angels that he needed to return to his body. He was miraculously healed, so he would live to testify and witness so people would be saved. We viewed an actual news video from the aftermath of the attack which showed Dominggus and many others, lying wounded on the ground. We prayed over Yusuf & Dominggus before they continued on their separate journeys to spread the Good News.


Photos from February 16's Youth Art Party. All did a great job using pastels to create beautiful crosses on canvas that are now hanging above the information table at the back of the Sanctuary. The youth also did some wood-burning on some wooden heart plaques. Fun!