Ada First UMC
ADA — Drive-thru Ash Wednesday services will be offered March 6 at Ada First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Brandi Rigsby and others from the congregation will offer a Scripture reading, imposition of ashes, and a blessing under the church’s drive-thru canopy on Highland Street. The drive-thru imposition of ashes will be offered from 7:30-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
LIMA — The monthly gathering of My Lighthouse, Lima Community Aglow International, will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Teens for Christ building, 2701 Allentown Road, Lima. Prophetic pastor the Rev. Gordon Grieve will lead the session. Call 419-303-6374 for more information.
The “Costly Discipleship” sermon series concludes at College First Church of God with Luke 10:38-42 teaching that even with the best intentions, it is easy to become distracted. The sermon title is “The Better Choice.” Interim Senior Pastor the Rev. Don Dennison will preach in the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services in the sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St. The Rev. Will Miller will speak in the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service in Winebrenner TLB Auditorium, 950 N. Main St. Communion will be celebrated at all services. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, the sermon topic for Lent is “Question Jesus Asked.” Dennison will lead a brown bag Lenten lunch discussion from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday of the Lenten season, in room 201. Participants should bring their own lunch for a conversation about “The Questions.” An Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m. will take place in the sanctuary, led by the Rev. Ben Tobias, with reflective music, a Biblical message and imposition of ashes. Seek God For The City 2019 booklets for 40 days of united prayer during Lent are available at the church. From 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 9, the church will take part in a family service project, packing bags for the Feed-a-Child program. Interested participants should meet at Ohio Logistics, 1800 Production Drive. Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in CFYouth weekly Friday game nights. Email email@example.com to learn more.
BLUFFTON — Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold its annual spring fish fry from 4-7 p.m. March 8. The meal includes all the fish you can eat, salads, baked beans, desserts and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger.
First Lutheran Church will host this week’s community dinner, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The menu includes shredded chicken sandwiches, chips, green beans, fresh fruit, homemade salads and desserts. Panera bread will also be available through the “Doughnation” program. Sunday worship before the meal begins at 10:45. Services at 4 and 7 p.m. will observe Ash Wednesday. Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion will be offered at both services, with a practice for the “Joyous Light” liturgy in the choir loft at 6 p.m. for those interested in becoming more familiar with the music for this new Lenten service.
The Rev. Dr. Matt Meinke, the general Presbyter, will preach at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St. Afterward, Meinke will speak at Adult Seminar on “Seeing MVP in a New Light: What is Presbytery and Why Should I Care?” The congregation will gather in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday to kick off the season of Lent.
Good Shepherd UM
BENTON RIDGE — Registration for food boxes for Liberty-Benton and Cory-Rawson school district residents will be accepted Monday through Thursday through the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church office. Call 419-859-1234 on these days to reserve a box, and leave a voice mail recording with your name and phone number if no one answers. Reserved boxes will be available for pickup between 9:30 and 10 a.m. March 16 at the church, 119 W. Main St., Benton Ridge. Recipients must bring a photo ID and proof of address.
NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore faith community will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent for lunch and devotions. There is no cost for the meals, but a freewill offering will be received to assist the ministries of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry, which includes the Community Food Pantry. Service dates and locations (all North Baltimore churches) include: March 6, Holy Family Catholic Church, 115 E. Cherry St.; March 13, Good Shepherd Church, 119 W. Broadway St., hosted by Praise Chapel Pentecostal Church; March 20, St. James United Methodist Church, 201 S. Second St.; March 27, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; April 3, Good Shepherd; and April 10, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Second St.
St. John’s Lutheran
McCOMB — St. John’s Lutheran Church of McComb will celebrate Ash Wednesday at 5 p.m. with the traditional imposition of ashes on the forehead, followed by Holy Communion and the “washing the ashes” ceremony.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
NORTH BALTIMORE — St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Second St., North Baltimore, will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a fellowship meal of soup and sandwiches at 6:15 p.m., followed by worship at 7. The Rev. Ralph Mineo has prepared a series of sermons based on The Sermon on the Mount. Ash Wednesday begins the series with a sermon titled “To Be Like Jesus,” based on Matthew 5:3-16. The traditional imposition of ashes on the forehead will be observed. A ceremony of “washing the ashes” follows Holy Communion. Wednesday evening Lenten services will continue through April 10.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran
JENERA — Wednesday evening Lenten services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, will begin with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. March 6. The theme for the six services is “Three Words of Truth,” with Pastors Al Schmitzer and Matthew Nowak from Trinity, Ken Engdahl from Grace Lutheran Church in Kenton and Robert Krueger from Immanuel Lutheran in Findlay preaching in rotation. On Ash Wednesday, Nowak will speak on Matthew 26:20-25, “It Is I.” The students of Trinity School in grades three through eight will sing “My Jesus, I Love You.” Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the students in grades seven and eight and their parents will serve a spaghetti supper.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., will commemorate the Transfiguration of Our Lord at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service, with Holy Communion included. Music will be provided by Special Blend, singing “Laudamus Canon” and “In Remembrance.” Habitat for Humanity is the recipient of the March Rice Bowl offering. SPARK! classes (theme: “The Lord’s Prayer”) begin at 9:30 for ages 3 through fifth grade. First communion instruction classes, for fifth grade and older, begin at 10:15 Sunday, continuing weekly through April 7. Sunday school classes for all ages follow worship. The last Charlie’s Angels University of Findlay men’s basketball dinner for the season will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Ash Wednesday worship service, including the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion, will be held at 7 p.m. March 6, with soup and sandwiches available in Luther Hall at 6.
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 March 10. Dinner is at 5 p.m., with a concert by His Servants and The Blueridge Gospel Heirs at 6. Call Jon Reynolds at 419-704-0242 for more details.
Van Buren UM
VAN BUREN — Van Buren United Methodist Church will host a fundraiser for the 2019 Hancock County Fair Gospel Pavilion on Saturday. Performers include Ernie Pagal, Living Water and Molly Pickett, and the music begins at 6 p.m. A salad supper will be served prior to the show, beginning at 4:30. A freewill offering will be collected, with proceeds benefiting the church’s care and share fund.