Church and religious events

Arcadia UM
ARCADIA — A pancake and sausage lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25 at the Arcadia United Methodist Church, 19397 County Road 216, Arcadia.
The cost of the meal is by donation. All proceeds will go to the Imagine No Malaria project.

East Findlay UM
East Findlay United Methodist Church will host a ladies’ tea at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tay Lenhart will serve tea and scones, with music by Nancy Lessig. Afterward, Hope Riegle will display and discuss the quilts she has made.
Those attending are welcome to bring a quilt and share its story.

Findlay First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will celebrate its musicians at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. services Sunday.
Groups and individuals being recognized include the Jubilation Singers; Rockin’ Ringers; GatherRing, directed by Kathy Grady; Chancel Bells; Chancel Choir, directed by Matthew Armstrong; and director of music/organist Deb Niswander. Also recognized will be the instrumentalists and soloists who helped with services throughout the year.
Upcoming events include Confirmation Sunday May 25, Graduation Sunday June 1 and Pentecost on June 8.
The 11:40 a.m. services will conclude May 25.

Fostoria Church of God
FOSTORIA — The congregation of the Fostoria Church of God will bid farewell to its pastor, Bishop Donald Goodwin, this weekend. Goodwin is retiring after 35 years of ministry in Fostoria.
Goodwin, 68, founded the church in 2005, after serving at Fostoria Faith Tabernacle Church for 25 years.
Goodwin’s wife, Janice, said he started his career in West Lafayette and pastored in Lima before coming to Fostoria. He is an ordained bishop through the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Janice said her husband began a coffee house ministry at the Fostoria Church of God about four years ago, which is held one Sunday evening a month. Visitors can enjoy coffee, snacks and music. She said the coffee house drew a faithful audience, many who were not members of the church.
Janice said her husband also served as a chaplain for the Fostoria fire and police departments, work which was very important to him. He often rode with police and fire personnel and counseled them, and took the task to visit families to inform them of the death of a family member. She said her husband is often asked to perform weddings and funerals for people outside the church. The congregation provides a dinner for families after every funeral.
Janice credits her husband’s popularity in the community to his “kind, gentle spirit.”
Goodwin is a cancer survivor, she said, and was declared cancer-free in November after two and half years of treatment.
The Goodwins have been married for 48 years and have three children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sunday will be Goodwin’s last Sunday to minister. After the 10:30 a.m. service, the congregation will hold an election for the new pastor.
A special service dedicated to Goodwin will be held May 25, with the Ohio administrative bishop of the Churches of God of Cleveland, Tennessee in attendance.
An open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church, 124 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria. Light refreshments will be served. Janice said individuals from the church, community and city government are expected to attend.

Harvest Time Ministries
Harvest Time International Ministries, 237 George St., will host a flea market/garage sale and cookout today in its parking lot.

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse, 10055 U.S. 224 West will host a gospel concert at 6 p.m. today.
Performers will include Cornerstone, Trinity, Family Ties, All About Him, Buddy Liles and Jamie Tolley.
A love offering will be taken for the group ministries. Food will be available for a donation.

Our Lady of Consolation
CAREY — Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church will hold a bake sale May 24 and 25 in the information booth across from the basilica. Hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
The sale will feature fresh rhubarb and strawberry-rhubarb pies, as well as pizzas, breads, sweet rolls, doughnuts, an assortment of other pies, cookies and noodles.
Proceeds will go toward the church’s elevator project.

St. Wendelin Roman Catholic
FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin Parish in Fostoria will hold a Spanish Mass at 6:30 p.m. today. The Rev. Joven Matanyaon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo will be the celebrant and Hispanic members of the parish will serve as lectors, musicians and servers.
More information about the Spanish Mass is available by calling Elizabeth “Liz” Garcia, pastoral associate for Hispanic ministry, at 419-619-3625; or Brian Shaver, director of parish and school, at 419-435-6692.
The parish will also offer an eight-week Bible study program, “A Biblical Walk with Mary, the Blessed Mother,” on Wednesdays, beginning June 4.
Classes will be held in the Parish Life Center from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The class will examine why Mary is so important to the Catholic faith. The study is guided by a DVD series filmed on location in the Holy Land.
The cost is $28 for a workbook and study resources. Registration is due to the parish office by Friday.
For more information about the Bible study, contact Jon Hay at 419-435-6692 or

Trinity UM, Ottawa
OTTAWA — Trinity United Methodist Church will be collecting scrap metal beginning Monday and through June 22.
All metal will be accepted in a dumpster located in the parking lot of the church, 137 N. Pratt St., Ottawa.
Televisions, computer monitors, paint or tires will not be accepted.
All proceeds will go to Trinity trustee projects.

Truck Stop Ministries
NORTH BALTIMORE — Truck Stop Ministries will present a gospel sing from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Trucker’s Chapel at the Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore.
Performers will include the Singing Crowes, Heart Song, Jimmy Bloomfield, Pat Roberts, His Servants, Jake Reel, Master’s Promise, New Presence Gospel Quartet, Donna Sue, the Seekers, One Voice, Paula Barron, Randy Long, Jimmy Potridge and Between Here and Heaven.
Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs.

Unitarian Universalist
Bernard Spiegel will speak on “Communicating with Persons with Dementia” at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St.
Spiegel is a communications disorder adviser and professor of speech pathology at the University of Toledo.
A member of First Unitarian Church in Toledo, he and his wife Susan are members of the Gathering, a folk music group that has appeared at Coffee Amici and the Unitarian Universalist Church.



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