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Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the free colloquium “Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Wyse-Rhodes will consider portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment and a heavenly mystery. Such images informed the religious imaginations of early Jewish and Christian communities, and their meaningfulness endures today.
“Reflections on the Soul of the University” will be the subject of a free, public talk to be given by the Rev. William Reist, recently retired senior pastor at College First Church of God. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium as part of the University of Findlay’s DeBow and Catherine Moore Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series. Reist will explore the nature of UF’s Christian heritage in the larger world of church-related higher education. He will propose ideas that would clarify and strengthen the university’s promise that it is “grounded in faith.”
The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is seeking donations of items, services or “experiences” for a silent auction during Fall Fest, being held Sept. 22.
Proceeds will support activities and improvement projects, benefiting more than 350 MHCO elders. All donations are tax deductible.
Suggested donations include framed artwork, jewelry and certificates for a business service. To donate an item, email JStrahm@mhcoliving.org or call 419-358-1015, ext. 248.
The MHCO Service Group will host a bake sale Sept. 21-22 and will staff the food tent at Mennonite Memorial Home during Fall Fest.
The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County will host the third annual Putnam County Veteran of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Fogle Center, 815 E. Mathias St., Leipsic.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the veterans office, 336 E. Main St., Ottawa, or can be received by mail by contacting the office at 419-523-4478. Forms are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The event will also recognize in-county Vietnam veterans.
Tickets are available in advance only. Call the above phone number for tickets or to be honored as a Vietnam veteran during the event.
The 2018 Findlay-Hancock County Halloween Parade will take place in downtown Findlay on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual event is sponsored by the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association.
The parade is open to groups, organizations, businesses, and schools. Registration is available through Oct. 19. Online registration is required at www.hancockleadership.org/parade.
Discounted early registration is available from Sunday through Oct. 9. Early registration fees are $90 for business/for-profit entrants, and $25 for non-business/nonprofit entrants. Entries received after Oct. 9 will pay $10 more.
This year, entrants will receive a reserved staging location and will be assigned a spot in the parade based on the order of registration.
A limited number of preferred placement packages are available during early registration for $250. The first 20 paid preferred placement groups will be placed in the first section of the parade, immediately following dignitaries and the color guard.
Floats, vehicles and walking groups will be competing against each other for the following awards: Best of Show, Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, Spirit of Halloween, Flag City USA Award, and the John Hancock Award.
For more information, to register or volunteer, visit www.hancockleadership.org/parade or call 419-422-3313, ext. 8001.
Businesses and organizations are being sought to set up a trunk-or-treat display during Carey’s Kiwanis Harvest Festival from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Krupp Pavilion at Memorial Park.
Volunteers are also needed to serve drinks and soups, and to clean up after the event. Potential volunteers should contact Deirdre Christy at 419-396-7993.
Donations received during the event will go toward children’s programs at the Dorcas Carey Public Library.