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Vigil 2019 Yorks2019 Vigil Celebrates Adoption

Right to Life's annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade was in 2019 "A Celebration of Adoption." The event, held on Tuesday, January 22, focused on the blessing of adoption as an alternative to abortion and highlighted adoptive families among RTL's membership.

Pastor Jon Shriber of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sidney, a longtime friend of RTL, shared about the central and ongoing role of adoption in his life as an adopted child and later as an adoptive father. Members Ken and Shelly York of Russia spoke movingly about God's continual intervention in the growing of their family to seven children, five of whom are adopted.

The group of about 75 prayed a psalm together and then processed by candlelight around the court square, many holding signs with the message, "Adoption: The Loving Option."

Vigil 2019 BannerWe thank all those who attended and contributed to this special event.




Shelby County Right to Life Oratory Contest Information

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 14
2019 Local Contest Date: Monday, February 18 (President’s Day), 6:30 pm in Sidney
State Contest: Saturday, April 27 in Columbus
National Contest: July 6, in Charleston, SC


All high school juniors and seniors who are residents of Shelby County or attend a Shelby County high school are eligible to participate in the Shelby County Right to Life Oratory Contest.


Prizes for 1st through 3rd places are $300, $150, and $100 respectively. The winner will continue to the state contest, with the chance of winning a trip to the national competition.

Contact Anne Schmiesing at 937-492-5584 or by e-mail with questions or to register.

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