BLUFFTON — C. Christopher Smith, editor at Englewood Review of Books, will present “The Witness of Conversational Bodies” at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 in Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Smith will discuss how faith communities can bear witness to the healing possibilities of conversation amidst the social fragmentation of the 21st century.
First Lutheran Church will celebrate the fifth Sunday after Epiphany with special music. The First Lutheran Brass Ensemble will accompany organist Miriam Gibson on several hymns and play “I Hear a Voice A-Prayin’,” featuring the low brass with the melody performed by Jay Clark on tuba, during the 8:15 a.m. service. The Kids of the Kingdom will sing “Jesus Loves Me,” followed by a children’s sermon by the Rev. Bob Cochran, at 10:45. Holy Communion is available at both services.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will observe MOPS Sunday this week, celebrating what MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has done for specific moms, as well as a community. The community dinner will be served at 11 a.m. in the great room. Character Builders will meet in room 209 with the Scripture selection from Psalm 66:1-9, 19-20 and the lesson “Praising God’s Mighty Works.” The church will host a “Cabin Fever” event from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. The free family event includes crafts, games, snacks and prizes. Check findlayfpc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
Transport for Christ
BLUFFTON — Transport for Christ will present Second Chance Chapel’s banquet and concert at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Marbeck Center at Bluffton University. Musical guests are the Pfeifers. Attendance and the meal are free, but seating is limited to 400. RSVP with chaplain David Lugibihl at 419-230-3294.
Trinity UM, Bloomdale
BLOOMDALE — A kids’ Valentine’s Day party will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale. The party will feature music, stories, crafts, games and snacks.