LIMA — My Lighthouse, Aglow International Lima community, will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Teens for Christ Building, 2701 Allentown Road, Lima. Carter, 12, will tell the group about his visit to heaven. Call 419-303-6374 for more information.
Bethel Church of Christ
ADA — Bethel Church of Christ in rural Ada will celebrate its 150th anniversary this month with a special “Heritage Day” to remember those who helped build the church at what is now County Road 304 and Township Road 56. The Sept. 15 celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and fellowship. An old-fashioned worship service begins at 10 a.m., featuring a tribute to the “Bethelaries” quartet. A meal will follow.
The Rev. Brandon Kelly’s Sunday sermon at College First Church of God is “God Speaks Identity,” based on Galatians 3:23-4:7. He will preach during the traditional/blended worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, 1100 N. Main St., and at 10 a.m. at the contemporary service in the Winebrenner TLB auditorium, 950 N. Main St. Sunday school classes meet at 8:30 a.m. at Winebrenner, and 9:15, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. at the church. The 9:15 a.m. class will begin a new study with the book “Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church” by Rachel Held Evans. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the class. The Rise and Shine group will resume at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in room 201 to study the book “Facing Your Giants: God Still Does the Impossible,” by Max Lucado. Books are $5 each. The Senior Fun dinner will take place in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. All ages are welcome, and Lee’s chicken will be served. RSVP is required, and participants should bring a side dish or dessert to share. The after-dinner program includes music by Ellen Kelly and get-to-know-you time with Kelly. Game night for youth in grades six through 12 will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the fellowship hall.
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., will hold its second annual “Free-4-All” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. All donated items at the “Free-4-All” are free for the taking.
First Lutheran Church has returned to its fall/winter service hours, with services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The church will host a diaper drive (sizes 2, 3, 4 or training) Sunday for Hope House of Findlay, with collection boxes placed at the hallway entrance. Sunday is also Rally Day, which will kick off during Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with projects for youth and adults. Members are asked to wear their yellow “God’s Work, Our Hands” T-shirts. A blessing of the backpacks will be held at both services for youth and adults that have returned to the classroom. A noisy offering will be collected at both services to benefit Clothe-A-Child, which provides clothing for underprivileged children in Hancock County.
First Presbyterian Church and Kiwanis International are hosting a food bank distribution event from 8-10 a.m. today at the church, 2330 S. Main St. All are welcome.
GILBOA — Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., will hold a Ted’s chicken barbecue from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15. The cost is $8.50 per meal and includes a half-chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, desserts and drinks. The fundraiser is sponsored by the ladies of the church, better known as the “Chapel Belles,” who will donate the proceeds to mission work. The church is entirely handicap accessible.
Good Shepherd UM
BENTON RIDGE — Registration for food boxes for Liberty-Benton and Cory-Rawson school district residents will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday by calling the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church office at 419-859-1234. If calling outside of office hours, leave a message which includes your name and phone number. Reserved boxes will be available for pickup between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the church, 119 W. Main St., Benton Ridge. Recipients must bring identification and proof of address.
St. Andrew’s UM
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church will host a free “Bounce House Bonanza” from noon to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot at Cory and West Sandusky streets. The sermon series “What’s in a Name?” will focus on “Bringing Others to Christ,” based on the life of the apostle Andrew. Worship services are Sundays at 9 a.m. with Jubilation singing, and 11:15 a.m. with the Celebration praise band singing. A potluck and games night will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall.
FOSTORIA — “New Life Journey: Divorced/Separated Support Program” will be offered for 14 weeks beginning Sunday in St. Wendelin Parish’s Notre Dame room, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria. The DivorceCare, Inc. program is designed to offer peer support and recovery education to divorced and separated persons. The video series will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. weekly and will cover topics including facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival, caring for kids, forgiveness and moving on. It is an ecumenical program, open to anyone regardless of denomination. The cost is $20 for materials, with financial assistance available. Register at the door or call Bonnie Valenti at 419-937-1015, Lindsay Boulboulle at 419-435-1137 or Keith Koehler at 419-294-4070.
The informal Saturday service begins at 5 p.m. and Sunday is “Rally Day” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., where a traditional worship service begins at 9 a.m. At this service, the church will celebrate the baptism of Olivia and Eden Smith. The TLC Bells, the combined adult choirs, and the praise band, On A Wing and A Prayer, will provide special music. Worship will be followed by a brunch, including a donut wall, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Crafts and games will follow.
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 Jericho Road and Mercy River at 6 p.m. Call Jon Reynolds at 419-704-0242 for more details.
Wyandot County Fair
UPPER SANDUSKY — Gospel music will be presented in the Masters Building at the Wyandot County Fair from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 15. Performers include One Voice, Jake Reel, Jimmy Bloomfield, The Land Family, New Presence, Paula Barron, The Seekers, Randy Long, Leroy Driscoll, HeartSong, Tommy Campbell, Cornerstone Gospel and 411 Quartet. The Wyandot County Fairgrounds is located at 10171 Ohio 53 N., Upper Sandusky.