First Lutheran Church will observe the second Sunday of the Lenten journey, continuing the “Tree of Life” series with this week’s text and sermon featuring Jonah and the Bush from Jonah 4. Liturgical services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and Holy Communion will be served at both. The senior choir will sing Stephen M. Hopkins’ interpretation of “Jonah!” at the late service. Sunday school for all ages is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Senior Pastor the Rev. Bob Cochran is teaching a video course by Max Lucado, “How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment and Unmet Expectations.” The God Sightings class is studying The Acts of the Apostles via N. T. Wright’s Bible study of Acts and his biography of Paul. Wednesday night Lenten soup supper and services continue this week at 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., hosts a light meal followed by reflection and Bible study beginning at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent. The seminar “Seeking Aliveness,” a journey of faith based on the work of author Brian McLaren, will begin at 10:45 a.m. every Sunday after services for the next three weeks. Visit www.findlayfpc.org or call 419-423-2112 for more details.
GILBOA — Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, salads and desserts. The cost is by a freewill donation. The church is handicapped accessible.
Pandora, Riley Creek UM
Abe Cramer will serve as guest worship leader Sunday at the Pandora and Riley Creek United Methodist churches. Cramer is a spirit-led Christian musician who uses his talents of music and communication to lead, witness and connect with others in worship. He will lead worship at Pandora United Methodist Church (108 E Washington St.) at 9:30 a.m., and at Riley Creek United Methodist Church (7102 Road M, Ottawa) at 11 a.m.
St. Andrew’s UM
The series “Heart-to-Heart Talks” continues this week at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church with a look at Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4 at both the 9 a.m. traditional service and the 11:15 a.m. contemporary service. Listen at 9 a.m. on WFIN or on the livestream at saumcfindlay.org or the church Facebook page at either time. The church will host this week’s community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a “grab and go” meal.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
NORTH BALTIMORE — St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Second St., North Baltimore, will host Wednesday evening Lenten worship at 7 p.m. The Rev. Ralph Mineo’s sermon is titled “Strengthening Parishes,” based on Acts 15:40-41. Due to health concerns, the fellowship meal has been canceled.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., will recognize the third Sunday in Lent at 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday, when Trinity Brass will be playing the prelude and leading hymns. The Rev. Will Stenke will preach on “Prayer: Overcoming Resistance,” and Special Blend will sing “The Sparrow’s Song” as the offertory. SPARK! will begin following the children’s message, and Sunday school for all ages will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. Adult Sunday school classes and other small groups throughout the week continue the study of “Grounded in Prayer” by Brent W. Dahlseng. A meal and a short, participatory Lenten worship will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Luther Hall.
Trinity Lutheran, Jenera
JENERA — The theme “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” will continue at the Wednesday Lenten service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. The Rev. Al Schmitzer will deliver the sermon “Reconnaissance Report: Know Your Enemy” based on Ephesians 6:12. The choir will sing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” A free spaghetti supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.
BLOOMDALE — A kids’ event titled “March Builders Under Construction” will be offered 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 stories, crafts, music, games and snacks. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more details.