Church and religious events

Ebenezer Mennonite
BLUFFTON — Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton, will host the Power Team in February and March.
Performances will be given at 7 p.m. Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1; and at 4 p.m. March 2.
The church will also sponsor a visit by the team to Blanchard Valley Center in Findlay on Feb. 28.
The Power Team is a group of athletes who perform exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration and motivation. Feats include blowing up hot water bottles like balloons, snapping baseball bats, ripping phone books and license plates and smashing walls of ice or concrete.
The team was organized in 1976 to communicate positive messages, tackling the issues of drugs, alcohol, violence, abstinence, peer pressure and suicide.
The Lighthouse
A gospel concert will be held at 6 p.m. today at The Lighthouse, 10055 U.S. 224 West.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Singing ministries will include Latter Rain and the Singing Crowes, both of Dunkirk; Ed and Deb Damphouse, Marion; and the Calvary Heirs from Kentucky.
Food will be available for a donation. Food donations will be taken for the City Mission.
Healing Streams Pentecostal Church of God
OTTAWA — Healing Streams Gilboa Pentecostal Church of God, 3695 U.S. 224, Ottawa, will offer a “Love and Marriage” seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 28.
The Rev. Joe and Alisha Turner from Carey Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of God will lead the seminar for singles and married couples.
Snacks and dessert will be provided.
There is no cost to attend but freewill offerings will be accepted. Registration is requested by Feb. 26 by calling the Rev. Wayne Baldridge at 419-423-6725 with the number attending or leave a message at the church at 419-456-3495.
St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will host a lecture on the Constitution at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Lisa Smith Snaufer, who teaches Constitution classes in the Dayton area, will be the guest speaker. Her presentation will focus on the Constitution and other founding documents. She will talk about the founding fathers’ formula for liberty, their original intent for the U.S. government when they wrote the Constitution and how their intent has been forgotten.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 750 Bright Road, will host a full-day seminar with Jeff Cavins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8.
The seminar is created from Ascension Press’ “Walking Toward Eternity” program where participants are encouraged to put their faith into practice.
Cavins, creator of the Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study program and the director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, will address common challenges and show how to enter into a dialogue with God through Scripture.
Registration forms are available online at or by calling Geri Leibfarth at 419-422-2646.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — A winter carnival will be held Sunday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera.
The event will begin with a meal at 11:15 a.m. featuring chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, relishes, chips, cookies and beverages. Activities to follow include board games, movies, card games, face painting, a bouncy house, basketball and Wii games.
Donations will be accepted to offset expenses, and proceeds will be given to Linda Jordan for her mission work in Bible translation.
Worship services are held at 7:50 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., which is a praise-style service. Sunday School for all ages is held at 10:15 a.m.
The children’s choir will sing and play handbells at both the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services. The eighth-grade catechism class will watch the movie, “State of Grace,” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Transport for Christ
BLUFFTON – Transport for Christ , a ministry for truck drivers, will hold its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Friday at Bluffton University’s Marbeck Center, 1 University Drive, Bluffton.
An update will be given on the ministry and testimonies will be given from truck drivers. The Pfeifers, a gospel group, will perform.
The Pfeifers combine three-part harmony with trumpet, saxophones and guitar. In 2008 and 2009, they were among the Favorite Trio Top 10 Nominations by subscribers of Singing News Magazine, a southern gospel music fan publication.
There is no cost to attend but reservations are required by Tuesday. To make a reservation, contact Chaplain David Lugibihl at or 419-230-3294, or Nancy Spallinger at or 419-296-0360.
A freewill offering will be collected for the dinner and the Pfeifers’ performance.
Transport for Christ volunteers from area churches serve as chaplains to visit, encourage and lead services to truckers that visit chapels. In this area, the Second Chance mobile chapel is located at the Pilot Travel Center in Beaverdam.

Unitarian Universalist
John Bruna will be the featured speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St., at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Formerly known as Chophel when he was a Tibetan Buddhist monk, Bruna is a counselor, educator and spiritual teacher. He is the director and primary facilitator of the Way of Compassion Foundation.
Bruna will speak on “Cultivating Genuine Happiness.”
Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Winebrenner Theological Seminary will host its annual Pathway to Ministry events for prospective students who want to explore a seminary education.
Events will be held March 8 at Winebrenner’s Findlay campus and March 24 at Dayspring Church in Bowling Green. Visitors will have an opportunity to attend a class and meet with Winebrenner faculty and staff.
To register, or for more information, call 800-992-4987 or send an email to



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