Church and Religious Events

Beech Grove
CAREY — Beech Grove Wesleyan Church, 16054 Wyandot County 4, Carey, will hold a spaghetti supper from 5:30-7 p.m. today. Call Pastor Dennis at 740-457-8914 for information.

Bluffton University
BLUFFTON — Steven M. Nolt, senior scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and professor of history and Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, will present the 2018 C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture at Bluffton University at 11 a.m. March 20 in Stutzman Hall. Nolt will examine the debate over military service and conscientious objection in the increasingly diverse Mennonite community of Virginia’s Tidewater area, home to a concentration of military bases and contractors.

Concordia Lutheran
Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will host Bob Etheridge, a fourth-year student from Concordia Theological Seminary of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to lead the 10:15 a.m. worship service Sunday, titled “By Grace you Have Been Saved,” based on the second chapter of the book of Ephesians. At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the International Friends in Christ’s English Class for Women, under the leadership of Mary Domke, will join with their conversation partners in discussing the “Greater Commandments” from Matthew 22, verses 34-40. Elder Greg Cole will lead the young adult class at George House, 1041 N. Main St., at 6 p.m. Monday. Additional information is available at or by phone at 419-422-4209.

First Lutheran
First Lutheran Church continues the Lenten series “Saints Go Marching” featuring John Donne, preacher and poet, at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. An informal midweek service will feature Donne and his witness at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Lenten service is preceded by a soup supper at 5:45, with a freewill offering accepted. The Rev. Robert Cochran begins a study on Philip Yancey’s book, “The Jesus I Never Knew,” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will continue hosting Wednesday Lenten services through March 21. Dinner is provided at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, with services beginning at 6:30 in the chapel under the theme “Despair (and) Hope?” On Sunday, Jessica Myers will share the sermon “Listen to Him,” followed by adult education classes and talks.

Gilboa UM
GILBOA — A St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. March 17 at Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., Gilboa. On the menu are corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, along with macaroni and cheese, sausage, homemade salads, desserts and drinks. Dinners will be available for a freewill donation. The church is handicap accessible.

Howard UM
Howard United Methodist Church will host a free spring craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17. Various vendors will be present and lunch will be served. Proceeds will go to the church outreach committee. Contact the church at 419-422-8412 for more information.

Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. this week at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church’s seventh-grade Catechism class will meet from 5-6 p.m. Sunday; the eighth-grade class watches the movie “Big Fish” from 6-8 p.m. Midweek Lenten services continue from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays with messages focused on various “Villains of the Passion.” This week’s message will focus on Pontius Pilate, with special music provided by Ron and Christine Kemerley. Children ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to attend a special class during this hour for Bible study and craft projects. Adult members are encouraged to be heroes by donating to local charities and food pantries throughout the Lenten season; collection bags are available on the table in the narthex. Soup suppers are held prior to each midweek service from 5:50-6:30. Guests are welcome.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — “Jesus Our Great High Priest Serves at the Great Altar” will be the theme of the Wednesday Lenten service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. The Rev. Bob Krueger from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Findlay will preach on Hebrews 13:10-16 at the 7 p.m. service, and the choir will sing “At Calvary’s Cross.” Everyone is welcome to attend the service and the light supper which is served beforehand from 5:30-6:30. The church is handicap accessible. More information is available at 419-326-4685 or

West Independence UM
FOSTORIA — Andrew Barron of Jews for Jesus will re-create the traditional Passover service and explain how it foreshadowed Jesus’s death and resurrection in a presentation called “Christ in the Passover” at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria. Barron will set a table with items traditionally used at the Passover meal and will detail their significance. There is no admission charge to the event, but a freewill offering will be collected for the Jews for Jesus ministry. Call 419-894-6454 for more information.


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