Zion Lutheran welcomes new pastor

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Terry Rebert
Terry Rebert

Zion Lutheran Church of Ottawa Lake, Mich., announced that Pastor Terry Rebert has accepted the Divine Call to be the 17th Head Pastor of its congregation. The 156-year-old church, which was founded during the Civil War, is located at 8307 Memorial Hwy.

Pastor Rebert has a long heritage of being trained in the Lutheran Church and serving the country. He has served congregations in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Chicago, Detroit and Rochester Hills, for 27 years, including one year of active military service as an Army Chaplain during Desert Shield/Storm. Recently, Pastor Rebert started a mission congregation in Lake Orion. He also is a licensed addiction counselor on the staff of health and wellness counseling and on the board of directors of the American Red Cross and Brian’s Hope, a heroin and opiate prevention and education organization.

His installation will be Nov. 6 at 10:15 a.m. with a fall harvest dinner following the service.



Sylvanians to be honored at Ray of Hope Dinner on Oct. 26

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff


The 2016 Ray of Hope Awards recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations who have had a significant impact on the greater Sylvania area. An event to honor this year’s recipients will take place on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Main Event Hall of the Sylvania Area Family Services, located at 5440 Marshall Rd. Those being honored are the Sylvania Community Arts Commission in the category of Arts & Sciences, Toledo Memorial Park and Monument for Business & Industry, Community Leader, Jane Larsen, president of Christ Child Society, Designetics, as Community Organization, The Do-It Group for Community Service, and Sr. Barb Vano and in the Education category. Dr. Milo Danzeisen will also be honored at the event. Claire Kohler will be the recognized youth in the newly added Youth Service category.

You may purchase tickets online at:

or by calling: 419/882-8415.

Tickets are $70 per person
or two for $130

Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit the Sylvania Area Family Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


The 31st annual Fall Festival Features a New Look

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sylvania Fall Festival 2015 from Flanders Creatives on Vimeo.

For 31 years, October’s third Sunday has been Sylvania downtown’s celebration of its Fall Festival. Main Street is lined with an assortment of booths featuring craftspeople, politicians and representatives from local organizations, setting the stage for the annual parade led by Sylvania city officials and their Sister City Woodstock, Ontario, Canada counterparts.

This year, Mercy Health is the major sponsor for the day. According to Katie Cappellini and Dani Fuller, the event organizers, there will be several innovations for adults and children to enjoy, including Mercy’s Life Flight helicopter, which will be on display near the children’s area.

The Free Family Fun Zone, sponsored and hosted by Westgate Chapel, is moving behind the Sylvania Heritage Center Museum. The folks from Westgate will offer bounce houses, games and activities for children of all ages.  Free pumpkins for children, sponsored by Sunset Communities, will be handed out in the adjacent Sylvania Historical Village.

“The new location for the children’s area just makes good sense. There is more room for all of the activities, games and inflatables that children enjoy. It is also near where the pumpkins are distributed,” Cappellini said. “This also opens up the parking lot around the Edward Jones building for more craftspeople who will be having items for sale at the festival.”

Cappellini and Fuller agreed that several new vendors would be at this year’s event, which they credit to an aggressive Facebook campaign they launched late last summer.

The Evergreen High School marching band will make its debut joining the Northview and Southview bands in the parade, which starts at 1 p.m. Several other new groups will also make their inaugural appearance. Parade hosts and emcees Bob Wambold, the voice of the Northview Wildcats, and Stephanie Dennehy of Cutting Edge Theatre will keep the parade moving along and the bystanders informed. As the parade comes to an end, the headline band, Lonely Friends, will take the stage and play until 4 p.m.

The new Fall Festival Pie Contest will just add to the aura of Americana the Fall Festival evokes. All entries for amateur pie makers in youth division ages 10 to 17 and adults 18 and up must be dropped off between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Sylvania Historical Village. Judges are Laurie Vincent of Earth to Oven, Barb Hudson of Hudson Gallery and Emmy Jakes, a previous pie baking contest winner. The awards will be presented at 2 p.m. following the parade. Pies must be in a disposable pie tin or plate, made from scratch and contain a bottom pastry crust. No pies that require refrigeration or have whipped cream or meringue toppings will be judged. There is a $5 entry fee. Entry forms can be found online at:
or at Earth to Oven Bakery in Haymarket Square.

The new beer garden, tucked behind the River Centre Gallery, 5679 N. Main St., is yet another new feature of this year’s festival. Open from 2 to 8 p.m., the River Centre’s very own Demon Killer craft beer will be on tap to be served with the fare from the Not Dogs Food Truck while music will be from a local disc jockey. “This will be a nice addition for all of those attending the Fall Festival but will be especially great for all of those festival volunteers who work throughout the event and do not have time to enjoy the festivities,” Fuller suggested. “This will really be a fun way to complete the day.”

The Fall Festival is a collaboration of the Downtown Sylvania Association, the Sylvania Community Arts Commission, the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sylvania Historical Village and Heritage Center Museum, the city of Sylvania and the Sister Cities Commission. For more information and update visit:
or the Sylvania Fall Festival page on Facebook.