Crystal and Jay Clark will provide special music at First Lutheran Church’s early Sunday service; the late service will feature The Spirit of Lincoln and Main. EPIC Youth will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and the WELCA board will meet to verify the 2017-18 schedule booklet. There will be a communion bread baking class held in the church kitchen at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 for all who are interested in this ministry.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will welcome guest preacher chaplain Mary Bielen from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. The Character Builders Sunday school class continues its summer study on “God’s Urgent Call” at 10:45. “Called to Break Down Barriers” is the lesson this week, based on Acts 8:26-39. The class is open to all adults high school age and older. There will be a social hour and an adult and children’s coloring activity in the fellowship hall at 10:45 a.m. from the Illustrated Compassion curriculum. All are welcome to color over a cup of coffee. A free community dinner will take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the great room. The menu is soft and crunchy tacos, fresh corn on the cob, and fresh produce. The dinner is free and open to the public. Call 419-423-2112 to volunteer. A Bible study and reflection time begins at 8 a.m. every Sunday in the chapel, followed by the prayer ministry group gathering at 8:45. Submit a prayer request at www.findlayfpc.org/connect/prayer-request or by calling the church office. A recycling trailer from Litter Landing will be available in the lower parking lot this weekend. The Kairos book study group will meet upstairs at Logan’s Irish Pub at 7 p.m. Monday for a conversation about the book “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Life of a Sinner & Saint,” by Nadia Bolz Weber. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome.
Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., welcomes the public at 9:15 a.m. Sunday as it begins its study of the DVD series “Is Tolerance Intolerant?” by Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden. Zacharias is founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and Ramsden is the international director of RZIM. Reference www.RZIM.org for additional information. Worship service will follow at 10:30.
St. Andrew’s UM
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will host the “Blessing of the Backpacks” during worship at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, praying over students and teachers alike as they begin the new school year. All are invited to bring their backpack or briefcase to church and place it in front before the service, to represent their work.
St. Patrick and St. Andrew Church Dinner Committee
BASCOM — St. Patrick and St. Andrew churches will hold their 21st annual chicken barbecue and ham dinner Aug. 20 at St. Patrick Hall, 6250 W. Tiffin St., Bascom. Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the air-conditioned hall, with carryout available in a separate line. Dinners include choice of chicken or ham, potatoes, applesauce, green beans, rolls and butter, along with dessert and drink. Prices vary from $8.50 or $6, based on the portion.
TGMA Gospel Music
CAREY — TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present gospel singing at noon Aug. 19 at the gazebo, 141 E. Findlay St., Carey. Performing are New Presence Gospel, Purpose Driven and Paula Barron. Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs. For information, call Mark Glick at 419-934-5456.
Truck Stop Ministries
NORTH BALTIMORE — Truck Stop Ministries will present Carl Woodring and Set Apart in a dinner concert Sunday. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at 6 at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road at Interstate 75 and Ohio 18, North Baltimore.
A free carnival featuring fun and games for all ages will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Zion United Methodist Church, 9009 Ohio 12 West. A potluck meal will follow the 10:45 outdoor service. All are invited.