Church and Religious Events

Concordia Lutheran
Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will host fourth-year student Craig Stephens from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach the adult Bible class at 9 a.m. Sunday, and to lead the 10:15 worship service, where he will deliver the message “Prepare,” based on Mark 1. At 4 p.m., Elder Bob Zellers will conduct the church’s second Sunday chapel service, now in its 20th year, at Birchaven Village. The young adult class will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at George House under the leadership of Elder Greg Cole. The church is handicap accessible with parking at the north entrance. Additional information is available at, or by phone at 419-422-4209.

First Baptist
FOSTORIA — First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., Fostoria, invites the public to its Christmas program, “How Shall THE King Come,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The program will consist of music by the children and the adult choirs, as well as special numbers, congregational singing and a message from Pastor Mike Maskell from Luke 2:7 and other portions of the Scripture.

First Lutheran
First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent, a time of anticipation and hope, this week. The Kids of the Kingdom Children’s Choir will provide the message at the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The title of this Christmas program is “Hold on to Your Hats, It’s Christmas,” composed by Cathy Skogen-Soldner; directed by Sally Rice, Heather Nielsen and Jenny Welte; and accompanied by Miriam Gibson. The brass ensemble will also contribute Christmas music.

Gateway Church
Sojourner Quartet, national recording artists based in Findlay, will present a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the North Main Street campus of Gateway Church, 620 N. Main St. Parking is available in the back of the church and on Main Street. The concert will include favorite Christmas songs such as “Mary Did You Know” and “Joy To The World,” along with a medley of several traditional songs. A freewill offering will be received to assist the quartet with its January 2018 recording project, “25th Anniversary Best of Sojourner.”

Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Items for the food pantry will be collected during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church. Items needed are laundry detergent, fabric softener, soap and shampoo.

Our Lady of Consolation
CAREY — The 46th Carey Ecumenical Christmas Concert is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay St., Carey. The choir is co-directed by Jack Gerding and Patricia Murphy, and the accompanists are Joy Orians and Ruth Coldwell. Kate O’Reilly serves as the secretary and rehearsal assistant. Music will include traditional melodies and newly composed contemporary works based on traditional hymn texts. A freewill offering will be collected during the concert to support the ongoing ministry of the choir, and the shrine cafeteria will be open for dinner immediately following the concert. For more information, contact the shrine at 419-396-7107 or visit or

Pandora UM
PANDORA — The Pandora United Methodist Church choir will be presenting its Christmas cantata, “Season of Praise,” written by Lloyd Larson, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. The service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterward are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Pat Michel. The church is located at 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

Salem Cass UM
Salem Cass United Methodist Church, 4699 County Road 236, will host “A Quartet Christmas” featuring Sojourner Quartet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The public is invited to join the congregation for beloved songs about the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

St. Andrew’s UM
The St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Jubilation Choir will present “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem,” a choral production with orchestral accompaniment that uses carols, familiar folk songs, original music and narrative to convey the true meaning of Christmas, at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The church is located at 120 W. Sandusky St.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — A children’s Christmas program titled “The Best Christmas Present Ever” will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, with 30 minutes of preservice music before each performance, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera. A traditional worship service will be held at 7:50 a.m., but there will be no Sunday school or contemporary service. A dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Guests are welcome.

St. Wendelin Catholic
FOSTORIA — The Toledo Symphony will perform a Christmas concert from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 323 N. Wood St, Fostoria. Tickets are $10 each, available at the parish office.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, will hold its final Advent service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Al Schmitzer will deliver the message on “See Your King Comes to You — The King of Peace,” based on Zechariah 9:9-10. The choir will sing “Peace, Peace” by Rick and Sylvia Powell, which has the familiar carol of “Silent Night” woven through it. Everyone is welcome. More information is at or by calling 419-326-4402.

Truck Stop Ministries
NORTH BALTIMORE — A dinner concert will be presented by Truck Stop Ministries on Sunday at the Iron Skillet Restaurant at Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore. Dinner is at 5 p.m., with a concert by Mercy River and Jericho Road following at 6. Call Chaplain Jon Reynolds at 419-704-0242 for more information.

West Independence UM
The community choir will present its annual community Christmas cantata, “The Story of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. this evening at West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224. Refreshments will immediately follow. All are invited to attend this musical celebration of Christmas, combining members of many local choirs. The church will continue its Advent sermon series of “The Gift” with Sunday’s sermon message titled “Prepare Ye The Way: The Gift of the Holy Spirit.” Special Christmas music for the service will be presented by Pam Bowers and the adult choir. Following the worship service at 10:15 a.m., the kids club will celebrate with its annual Christmas program, “The Party.” Nursery care will be available for the 9 a.m. service and the cantata.


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