Church and religious events

College First Church of God
College First Church of God, 1100 N. Main St., will offer the DivorceCare program beginning Sept. 3.
DivorceCare helps people going through separation and divorce to find ways to deal with the pain and give them hope for the future. The Christ-centered program includes 13 video sessions, group discussions and a workbook. The videos feature teaching from over 50 Christian counselors, teachers and pastors.
Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 3 through Dec. 10. The cost is $20 for materials. Child care will be available at no charge.
To register, call the church at 419-422-7365 or Chris at 419-420-3709.

First Baptist
The Joyfulaires Quartet will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave.
The quartet will soon celebrate 53 years of singing together. It features the oldest, if not the only, set of twins in Gospel music today. Gary and Jerry Fisher, from West Virginia, are the group’s only remaining original members.
Separately, the First Baptist congregation is welcoming a new pastor, Michael Maskell, and his wife, Edie, after 18 months without pastoral leadership.
Maskell spent 20 years as lead pastor of two Baptist churches in New York. Their hope is to grow the church numerically through an outreach ministry.
Under Maskell’s leadership, First Baptist Church, a member of the Greater Area of Regular Baptist Churches, plans to continue to teach and promote the “biblical doctrines of salvation by grace through faith and the security of the believer.”

First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will host a community dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in its great room.
The menu will include soft and crunchy tacos with refried beans and toppings, fresh corn on the cob and fresh fruit.
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich will be introduced as the new pastor Aug. 17. She will preach at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
An outdoor worship service and fall kick-off celebration is planned Sept. 7, and will feature games, inflatables and food.

Pandora-Gilboa churches
PANDORA — Registration is due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15 for food boxes for those in need in the Pandora-Gilboa School District.
To register, call 419-384-3038.
The boxes will be available for pick up at 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 E. Main St., Pandora.

McComb UM
McCOMB — Due to a fire on Aug. 1 that damaged its sanctuary and basement, the McComb United Methodist Church will hold Sunday’s worship service at 10:30 a.m. at McComb Local School.
Any future changes in service locations will be announced.

New Hope Community
New Hope Community Church will sponsor a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the multi-cultural religious center at 2415 N. Main St.
Donations of usable, working items will be accepted beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15. To arrange pick up of larger items, call Jesse at 419-421-9778.
Any items left after the sale will be donated to Goodwill.

St. Wendelin Roman Catholic
FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin parish and school will celebrate the Rev. Nicholas Weibl’s 50th jubilee Aug. 17, with a Mass at 11 a.m. and a reception to follow. There will be a special focus on vocations for the diaconate or priesthood during the Mass and reception.
Weibl was born in the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia) and his family fled to Germany when he was 5. They migrated to the United States in 1951, when he was 12.
He knew at a young age that he wanted to be a priest and entered the seminary after his freshman year. He was ordained a year early on Aug. 15, 1964 so he could help with Masses at the seminary. He began his ministry in June 1965 at Heatherdowns Parish in Toledo.
His second assignment, from 1957 to 1972, was as assistant pastor and principal of St. Wendelin Parish. His other assignments have included rector/principal at Holy Spirit Seminary in Toledo, pastor of Fremont St. Joseph and Sandusky Holy Angels Parish. In 2000, he became vicar of priests until his reassignment as pastor of St. Wendelin parish and school in 2007.
“Although there have been many different opportunities to serve the church,” Weibl said. “There has been a wonderful progression in the learning curve in my service as a priest. Being principal helped me in dealing with parishes that have schools. Having different assignments has helped me to understand the various challenges of priests when I served then as their Vicar. It has been a real jewel to come back and be welcomed by the folks here at St. Wendelin and the entire Fostoria community. God has blessed me.”

Trinity UM, Bluffton
BLUFFTON — Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church will host the De Colores Dash, a 5K charity fun run/walk and barbecued chicken dinner, at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Bluffton Village Park.
The early registration fee of $25 is offered until Aug. 26. The chicken dinners will be available for pick up at 11 a.m. Meals are $8 and it is encouraged they be ordered in advance.
A short worship service, Zumba demonstration and live music will be offered at the park prior to the start of the race.
Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Project Hope of Bluffton and the Bluffton Food Pantry.
More information and online race registration can be found at

Truck Stop Ministries
NORTH BALTIMORE — Truck Stop Ministries Inc. will hold a dinner concert featuring Jericho Road Sunday at the Iron Skillet Restaurant in the Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore.
Dinner is at 5 p.m. and the concert is at 6 p.m.



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