Today, the College First youth Bible Quiz team competes in a home meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. Members of the public are welcome to come cheer students on from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1-2:30 p.m. The church’s new sermon series talks about how “YOUnique” we all are in the eyes of God. Sunday’s lesson is from Hebrews 11:32-40, and the Rev. Kimberly Reese will deliver the sermon “YOUniquely Positioned.” Worship is offered at 9 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at 1100 N. Main St., with a contemporary service at 10 a.m. in Winebrenner Auditorium, 950 N. Main St. Children and youth Sunday school takes place at 9 a.m., with nine adult classes offered at various times throughout the morning. College First will begin a baby bottle fundraiser to support the ministry of the Women’s Resource Center on Sunday. Pick up a baby bottle at the church to fill with change or a check made payable to Women’s Resource Center. The fundraiser concludes March 15. More information is available at www.collegefirst.org or by calling 419-422-7365.
First Lutheran Church will celebrate the second Sunday after Epiphany with liturgical services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. and Sunday school for all ages at 9:30. Associate Pastor the Rev. Christian Dittmar will preach. Senior Pastor the Rev. Bob Cochran is leading an adult Sunday school class in “Tell me the Stories,” this week featuring Ruth. The God Sightings Sunday school class is studying The Acts of the Apostles, using N. T. Wright’s Acts in conjunction with the 2020 Year of Mission. The EPIC youth lock-in begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. The church will host a prayer retreat, led by Becky Green and based on the film “The War Room,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Registration is free and must be completed by Sunday.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will be celebrating the second Sunday after Epiphany at its 9:30 a.m. service this week. An informational session on a new community organization called Welcome to a New Life will follow at 10:30 in the fellowship hall. The program is designed to help people leaving the criminal justice system lead productive lives. At 2 p.m., the Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale will perform a free concert in the sanctuary. A freewill offering will be collected to help offset the group’s travel expenses.
A gospel concert featuring the ministries of Jim Quales, Jericho Road, The Morse Family, Living Water and Sojourner will be held today at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner ($5), with music starting at 6. A freewill offering will be taken to support the ministries. Contact Kim DeBouver at 419-423-1725 for more information.
CAREY — Our Lady of Consolation Shrine, Carey, will offer a Hope and Healing Mass at 11 a.m. Jan. 25. Worshippers will have the opportunity to present their needs and have a Franciscan Friar pray with them. The Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated, and all will receive an individual blessing with the relic of the true cross. The Shrine Gift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Riley Creek UM
OTTAWA — With the replacement of an incorrectly fabricated front door, the new addition to Riley Creek United Methodist Church has reached completion. Every item has been constructed and installed to meet the architect’s plans, all inspections have been passed, and final occupancy is certified and official. Having reached this milestone, the congregation will host a formal dedication of its new facility at 7102 County Road 7L, Ottawa, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Worship is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck in the new fellowship hall at noon. Family and friends who are unable to attend but would like to extend well wishes and blessings may email RileyCreekUMC@gmail.com or mail to Riley Creek UMC, P.O. Box 151, Pandora OH 45877.
St. Andrew’s UM
A new sermon series called “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live” will begin this week at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, focusing on portions of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Traditional worship is offered at 9 a.m., with contemporary worship at 11:15. Sunday school and Faith Formation is available at 10:15 a.m. for people of all ages. Watch the livestream via the church website or Facebook page, or listen at 9 a.m. on WFIN. The church, at 120 W. Sandusky St., will host this week’s community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes soup and sandwiches, salad, fruit and dessert.
BLOOMDALE — A “Kids’ Talent Time” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the basement at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale. Pizza will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a surprise, stories, balloon figures, games and snacks. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more details.
The program for Sunday’s 10 a.m. service at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2415 N. Main St., will be based on the Second Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association: “We covenant to affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” Readings from A. Powell Davies, Thandeka and Ecclesiastes will illustrate the theme, and will be followed by a TED Talk by David Brooks, journalist and commentator with the New York Times and “PBS NewsHour.”