BLUFFTON — Malinda Berry, assistant professor of theology and ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, will present the forum “In Praise of Being Different: Nonconformity, Integrity, and Being Christian” at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 in Yoder Recital Hall on the campus of Bluffton University. Berry’s presentation is based on her approach to peace theology, shalom political theology, which offers congregations, communities and organizations of all sizes process practices to help them integrate their internal commitments to peace and justice to external activities and behaviors while also accepting complicity in perpetuating harm and violence. The event is free and open to the public.
The second Sunday of the month at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., is designated a music Sunday. Featured at the 10:45 a.m. worship will be the Sunday school “Kids of the Kingdom,” who will sing “Arky, Arky.” The Brass Ensemble will provide special music and hymn accompaniment at the 8:15 a.m. worship. A special noisy offering will be collected for Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus.
Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — During the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church will be collecting food for the food pantry; prenatal vitamins with iron (no gummies) for Shari Neubauer to take to pregnant women in Haiti; and underwear for boys and girls (sizes 5-10) and boxes of tissues for Riverdale schools.
Truck Stop Ministries
NORTH BALTIMORE — A dinner concert will be presented by Truck Stop Ministries at the Iron Skillet Restaurant at Petro Truck Stop, 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore, on Sunday. Dinner is at 5 p.m., with a concert by Jimmy Bloomfield, Tommy Campbell and Pat Roberts following at 6. Call Chaplain Jon Reynolds at 419-704-0242 for more information.