January 2015
Polar Plunge 2015
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Special Olympics Ohio is busily preparing to begin the 2015 Polar Plunge season on January 24, 2015.  This popular event, held on Saturdays during January, February, and March at location throughout the state, is among the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics Ohio.  all money raised by Polar Plunge events benefits more that 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio.

There are nine opportunities acroos Ohio this winter to participate in Special Olympic Ohio's Polar Plunges.  the first 2015 Plunge is scheduled for January 24th at Mosquito Lake in Cortland, Ohio.  On Saturday, January 31st, Plungers will be "Freezin' for a Reason" at the Thirsty Pony in Sandusky.

Saturday, February 7th is when Special Olympics Ohio and Special Olympics Kentucky team up for a Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics athletes of both states.  The KY-OH Plunge is held at Joe's Crab Shack in Bellevue, Kentucky.  Ohio University will have a Valentine's Day Plunge of February 14th at Lake Snowden and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Powell, has its Plunge February 21st.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plunge, scheduled for February 28th in Geneva-on-the-Lake, will finish out the month.

The 2015 Polar Plunge season concludes in March as Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina hosts its Plunge on Saturday, March 7th.  Caesar's Creet, in Waynesville, has a Plunge on March 14th, , while Indian Lake in Lakeview hosts the final Plunge of the season on March 21st.

As part of the Polar Plunge experience, participants obtain monetary pledges and then agree to jump or slowly crawl (whatever the case may be) into the frigid waters of an Ohio lake or waterway of the special Polar Plunge pool, depedning on location, to earn their pledges.  Another, less chilly opportunity to raise money in "Too Chicken to Plunge."  To participate, one raises a minimum of $30 and is awarded with a "Too Chicken to Plunge" T-shirt - as well the opportunity NOT to Plunge.  Or, teams of chickens may be formed in support of favorite Plungers.

A minimum is pledges ($50, $75, or $100 depending on age an location) is required to participate.  All Plungers recieve a T-shirt, food, and non-alcoholic beverages at a Post-Plunge party.  There are also incentive prizes for those who raise more than the required minimum in pledges.  Individuals and groups are welcome to participate; personalized online fundraising pages are available.

Information about and the links to registration sites for all Polar Plunges are available at sooh.org or interested participants can get details by phoning Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050.  Also watch for social media posts about the Polar Plunge events.  Special Olympics Ohio can be found on Twitter (@SOOhio), Facebook (Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsOhio), and Instagram (SpecialOlympicsOH).

Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and ecperience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their own families, their peers and the community.  Currently, special Olympics Ohio serves more than 23,000 athletes throughout the state.

Morning Workshop at Saint Patrick Church
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning Workshop

Saint Patricks Church

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Registration & Donuts @ 8:30am

Workshop @ 9:00am - Noon

Lunch to follow

Workshop cost $25.00

RSVP Kathy LeVan, Music Minister, 937-599-6815

For more information:
Kathy LeVan
(937) 599-6815
$5 Clothing Bag SALE at Give and Take Community Thrift Store
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and fill a bag of clothing for $5 a bag. (Bags provided) ALL proceeds support Give and Take Community Serives Food Pantry for Logan county. Top brands, like Old Navy, Aeropostle, and many others included in the sale.  See you there!

For more information:
Stacy Carpenter
(937) 935-6788
John Angotti in Concert at Saint Patrick Church
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

John Angotti in Concert

Saint Patrick Church

Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:00pm

John Angotti is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and faith withness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship.  He is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and now resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.  He is a graduate of West Virginia University, and the U.S. Military School of Music, where he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band as lead vocalist.

John's message is clear:  There is hope, healing, and truth with the love of God.  This message not only extends to churchgoers, but also to those in the world who have not been reached by a liturgical worship or Christian music experience.  With the style of today and the truth of the ancient, Angotti expresses hope and love for those longing for a deeper relationship with god.  "My passion these days is to not only provide music for worship, but music that sings of the true witmess of my experience of Christ in my life, that leads me to the table in faith.  I have found that people relate throught both music and testimony.  All of us have a cross, even thought we try to hide it.  But there is no hiding place from God who is with us all the time."

With a syle reminiscent of Billy Hoel and Elton John, John Angotti delivers a dynamic blend of contemproary styles and meaningful lyrics, leading him to be granted awards including "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year," and "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" from the United Catholic Music and Video Association.  His writing styles include contemporary rock, pop, and Latin rhythms, along with his ability to give new life to traditional classics in chant and classical genres.

John was a featured performer in Sydeny, Australia in 2008 and Madrid, Spain in 2011 for the tri-annual international World Youth Day, performing for crowds of 5000 and more.  He continues to travel throughout the U.S. and the world bringing witness and hope in Christ.

John released a new Christmas album in the fall of 2009 titled Welcome Home for Christmas, and its titletrack was adopted by many parishes as part of their Catholics Come Home campaign.  His latest albu, Extraordinary Love, was released in early 2010.  John has nine recordings to date, and his recorded and print music is found at www.wlpmusic.com, through Christian booksellers, iTunes, Amazom.com and serveral other digital music stores.