Kittner to speak at next Lenten Lunch

| March 20, 2023

The fifth Coshocton County Lenten Lunch will be on Wednesday, March 22, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the fellowship hall of The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. Fourth St. in Coshocton.

Church Women United, currently led by Christa Ciohola, will prepare crackers, vegetables, cheese, coffee and water. Soups, pies, and workers will be provided by Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church. The suggested meal donation is $5. All proceeds after expenses will go to Church Women United for the “clothe a child” project.  In recent years they have been able to contribute more than $4,000 to that project.

Pastor Bryan Kittner will be the next speaker. He was born in Marietta, Minnesota, son of a pastor, and lived in small town and rural settings in Malvern and Marion, Ohio.  He studied at BGSU and graduated with a degree in interpersonal and public communication. His seminary training included Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus; Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago; Appalachian Ministry Educational Resource Center in Berea, Kentucky; and he interned in Seattle, Washington. For 20 years he was pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Dayton, an inner-city eastern European and Appalachian neighborhood, and for five years he was also part-time director of the Montgomery County Jail Chaplaincy Ministry. He is currently serving Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Coshocton, and Westminster Presbyterian Church (John Glenn’s home church) in New Concord. He lives in the historic home of William Green on Fourth Street with his wife and companion, Dana. They have three lovely grown children, Elizabeth, Seth and Sarah. Their pets include two cats – Hobs and Jax, and a Great Pyrenees, Satie.  He adds, “In my spare time I enjoy singing in the Community Choir, playing music (guitar, harmonica, recorder), reading and coloring, puttering around the house, walking and hiking, golf, and various other hobbies.  Most recently I have enjoyed whittling and making rock slings.”  He will speak on “The Changed Heart.”

Emmanuel’s treasurer, Karen Andrews, will read the scripture for the day, and introduce the speaker. Pastor Kittner and his guitar will provide the special music.

Many are involved in making the five-week series possible. They include Christa Ciohola and Kay Dunfee for scheduling food and kitchen workers; Carol Todd and Nancy Cox, greeters; Tina Johnson, preparing worship guides; Pastor Richard Hoover and Charles R. Snyder, planning committee; and The Presbyterian Church, who has hosted this event since 1986.

The 52nd season’s final lunch will be Wednesday, March 29. Pastor Bob Mitchell from Roscoe United Methodist Church will speak on “The Burning Heart.”

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