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Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities’ Project Rachel program will host a retreat, “Hope and Healing after Abortion,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at a confidential location in northwestern Ohio.
The retreat is offered to help women who experience grief, anxiety, depression or guilt after an abortion to find healing and peace and is open to women who have had an abortion recently or in the past. It will include Scripture reflection, prayer and an opportunity to connect with a support system.
The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required.
To register, or for more information, contact Tara Woodbury at 888-456-HOPE or projectrachel@toledodiocese.org.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Findlay Ward, is participating in Feed Ohio 2014, a statewide food drive to support Ohioans struggling with hunger.
The local campaign will benefit Chopin Hall. The church is accepting donations of nonperishable food, personal care items and checks made payable to Chopin Hall.
The campaign is already underway and will continue through Sept. 13, in conjunction with Sept. 11, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Throughout the campaign, volunteers will deliver information door-to-door throughout Hancock County. Donations can be collected by a volunteer or delivered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6482 County Road 18.

Financial Peace University
Several Findlay churches will offer Financial Peace University classes this fall.
The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave Ramsey, founder of the program, on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
Participating churches include:
• StoneBridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Contact Elisabeth Hultz at 419-422-6862 for more information or to register.
• CedarCreek Church, located at the Findlay Village Mall. Classes will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Contact Tina Bryant at 419-661-8661 for more information or to register.
• St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Contact Jamie Bollenbacher at 419-422-4236 for more information or to register.

Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church will hold a worship service at Mount Blanchard Island Park at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The praise band, Broken Ground, will provide music. A potluck lunch will follow the service. Seating will be provided, but those attending may bring a lawn chair.

Pandora UM
PANDORA — A free community meal will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall of the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.
The meal, provided this month by the Mission Committee, will include a hamburger or hot dog, potato salad, chips, brownie and a beverage.

Restore Community Center
ADA — A gospel sing will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Restore Community Center, 210 N. Main St., Ada.
The event will feature Vickie Mills, Chris Baldwin, Randy Long, New Presence and Between Here and Heaven.

St. John’s UM
COLUMBUS GROVE — St. John’s United Methodist Church will host Women of Worship 2014, a women’s retreat, on Sept. 20.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. Jennifer Keat-Beck from WTLW-TV will be the guest speaker, and her daughter, Hannah, will be the musician. A skit will be presented by some of the congregation’s performers.
A light breakfast and a hot meal, prepared by the men of the church, will be served.
Reservations are due by Sept. 17 by calling Tina at 419-659-2807, or by calling the church at 419-659-2380 and leaving a message.

Sts. Patrick and Andrew Roman Catholic
BASCOM — Sts. Patrick and Andrew Parish will hold its 18th annual chicken barbecue and ham dinner Sunday at St. Patrick Hall, 6250 W. Tiffin St., Bascom.
Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry out is available.
Dinners include a choice of chicken or ham, potatoes, applesauce, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage. The cost for half a chicken or a whole slice of ham is $8, while a quarter chicken or a half ham slice is $5.

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