Interim senior pastor the Rev. Don Dennison will preach at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of College First Church of God, 1100 N. Main St. Dennison’s sermon is titled “God’s Counterpunch,” based on Ephesians 1. The Rev. Will Miller will preach at 9:30 a.m. at the College First Winebrenner contemporary service, 950 N. Main St., in the TLB Auditorium. His sermon is “The Incredible Wealth of His Grace,” based on Ephesians 2:1-10. Both are part of the November series on “Honor/Shame.” Prayers will be lifted up for veterans, and the Operation Christmas Child shoebox dedication will take place at all four services. Dropoff at the church is available Nov. 12-19 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org for details about packing shoeboxes. The annual congregational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary at College First. A senior fun dinner featuring roast turkey will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall. Signup is required, and guests from seniors in high school to seniors in life are invited. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. A program featuring voice studio students from the University of Findlay will follow. Contact minister of worship and lay activities David Welker for more information at email@example.com. Contact the church office at 419-422-7365 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Rev. David DePaoli will explore Old and New Testament Scripture during the 9 a.m. Sunday adult Bible class at Concordia Lutheran Church. His sermon during the 10:15 a.m. divine worship service will be “Plink, Plink — A Widow’s Faith,” from Mark 12, verses 38-44. At 4 p.m., DePaoli will conduct the chapel service for residents at Birchaven Village. The International Friends in Christ (IFC) group will resume its English classes for foreign language-speaking women from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, with baby sitting available for attendees. Elder Greg Cole will conduct the young adult Bible class at 6:30 p.m. Monday, open to all area young adults.
First Lutheran Church will observe Veterans Day with various hymn selections Sunday. Accompanied by church organist Miriam Gibson, the First Lutheran Brass Ensemble will play a version of “Now Thank We All Our God,” a piece from the third movement of J. S. Bach’s Cantata 79 “God Is Ever Sun and Shield.” The Kids of the Kingdom will perform “Trust the Lord” in conjunction with the Rev. Bob Cochran’s children’s sermon. Parishioners are reminded to return their Stewards of Grace commitment cards. At 9:30 a.m. between services, all are welcome to Sunday school, including “The Story” led by Bob Cochran and “Isaiah,” led by Kurt and Jane Ebersole. The Social Ministry Team will host a cookie fellowship before the Sunday school hour.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will host the community dinner on Sunday. A Christmas workshop allowing children to make presents for their loved ones begins at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Sujung Shin, organist at College First Church of God, will perform an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday as a part of the church’s Artist Series. Shin will be performing hymn arrangements, along with a variety of organ music by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Piazolla. Admission is free.
A free veterans’ breakfast will be served from 9-11 a.m. today at First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave. The meal includes biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. The church is easily accessible and ground level.
GILBOA — Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., will host its annual steak supper today, with serving from 4-7 p.m. to allow those attending the football playoffs to eat a hearty dinner first. The meal includes steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll and butter, and drinks, along with a smorgasbord salad bar and homemade desserts. Serving is provided on a freewill donation basis, and carryout is available. The dinner is a fundraiser sponsored by the Trustee Committee of the Gilboa United Methodist Church.
Grace Mennonite Church
PANDORA — Bluffton University choirs, University Chorale and Camerata Singers will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora. The choirs, under the leadership of newly appointed director of choral activities Bo Young Kang, will perform a selection of music from the sacred “Cantate Domino” by Giuseppe Pitoni to the traditional American folk song “Cool of the Day” arranged by John Ratledge and “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” by Rene’ Clausen.
St. John’s UM
COLUMBUS GROVE — St. John’s United Methodist Church, 205 N. High St., Columbus Grove, will again host a concert by Siberian Solstice this year. The group is a tribute to the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the church.
The guest pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church’s 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday services will be the Rev. Roger Giese of Carey. The deadline for bringing a donation for the SPARK project Operation Christmas Child is Sunday. Boxes will be blessed before being delivered to College First Church of God for distribution. The TAP Ministry will keep the hat and mitten tree in the narthex through Nov. 25. New hats and mittens for children and adults are being collected as part of the Coats for Christmas campaign. Deadline to order a poinsettia to be used to decorate the church on Christmas Eve is Nov. 18. Call the church office at 419-422-2641 for more details.
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 Living Water at 6. Call chaplain Jon Reynolds at 419-704-0242 for more details.