Parishioners attend an Ash Wednesday service at St. Michael’s the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. Area churches are marking Holy Week with special Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

Concordia Lutheran

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will both begin at 7:30 p.m. Easter sunrise services will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:15. An additional Easter service starts at 10:15 a.m.

Enon Valley Presbyterian

Enon Valley Presbyterian Church, 20307 U.S. 224 E, will celebrate Palm Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with special music by the choir. A Maundy Thursday service will start at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Easter services begin at 8 a.m., with the choir again providing special music. Easter breakfast will be served after the service.

Good Hope Lutheran

ARLINGTON — The cantata “The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John” will be presented at 10 a.m. Sunday at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington. The cantata was written by Christopher Walker, with Good Hope members Jane Borkosky, Dan Basinger, Dick Leonard, Rob Strasbaugh, Bill Bateson and Patti Strasbaugh participating. The choir is under the direction of Dan Basinger, with Lou Ann Cousino as organist. Prelude music will include Madison Hartman playing “Holy City” on the violin, with a palm processional by the youth attending. Palm Sunday will also include a 7:30 a.m. worship service featuring a dramatic reading, with members of the congregation participating. A Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m., including Holy Communion and stripping of the altar, with the congregation departing in silence. Good Friday will include a Community Cross Walk beginning at the church at noon, with participants processing through Arlington following a large cross and stopping at various locations for prayer and song. The 7 p.m. “service of darkness” will be held at Good Hope and includes the senior choir singing “In Pilate’s Hall.” This service also ends in darkness. There will be no Saturday service on April 20. Easter Sonrise service will begin in the darkened sanctuary at 6:30 a.m. and will brighten with lights and song. Breakfast will be served at 7:30, with Sunday school for all ages at 9. Worship of the Risen Lord will continue at 10 a.m. with joyous singing and praise. Both Easter services will offer Holy Communion and will be officiated by the Rev. Steve Ramsey. Child care is provided at the 10 a.m. service.

Howard UM

A community Easter egg hunt will be offered by Howard and Zion United Methodist churches at 4 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park, with other activities beginning at 3. A Maundy Thursday Love Feast service begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper at Zion. Good Friday services will be at 7 p.m. at Salem Cass United Methodist Church, with Van Buren and Zion United Methodist churches participating. An Easter sunrise service begins at Howard church at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 and a traditional Easter service with communion at 9.

Hoytville UM

HOYTVILLE — Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will both be held at 7 p.m. at Hoytville United Methodist Church. The Easter sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, with Sunday school at Hoytville at 9. Additional Easter worship begins at 9:45 a.m. at Hoytville, where The Chimettes will perform.

First Christian

The Rev. Chris Schilling of First Christian Church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B, will offer a Good Friday service at 5 p.m. This will include a message and music to commemorate and reflect on the death of Christ.

First Lutheran

Palm Sunday services featuring a palm processional will be held at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. There will be a coffee fellowship after each service and before the Sunday school hour, which begins at 9:30. Holy Week services will continue with a meditative communion service in the memorial chapel at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday; and the Good Friday tenebrae service reflecting on readings and music from John chapters 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Easter services will include the brass ensemble, hand bells and the choir at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. A breakfast will be provided at 9:15 for a freewill offering.

First Presbyterian

Palm Sunday services at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by three Lent classes and the Character Builders class. The community dinner will be served at 11 a.m. in the great room. A Maundy Thursday potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by worship at 7:30. Easter sunrise services begin at 6 a.m., with traditional worship at 9:30.

McComb UM

McCOMB — Maundy Thursday services at McComb United Methodist Church, 204 High St., begin with communion at 7 p.m. The community Good Friday service will also begin at 7 p.m., with music provided by the Church of Christ youth band and the Rev. Jeff Fuller delivering the message. A special offering will be taken for the community vacation Bible school program. A time of fellowship and desserts will follow.

Our Lady of Consolation

CAREY — Adoramus, the Carey Ecumenical Choir, will present its ninth annual musical reflection at noon on Good Friday in the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay St., Carey. Adoramus is directed by the basilica’s director of music, Jack Gerding. This year’s program is titled “The Whispers of the Passion” and will take listeners through the last moments of Christ’s life through narration and music inspired by the Gospels.

OLC Bakery

CAREY — The Father Paul Volunteer Bakery at Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, will hold a sale from 3-7 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria across from the basilica. The bakery was started by the late Father Paul Faroh and benefits shrine and parish projects. Offerings will include hot cross buns, a large variety of pies, breads, pizzas, coffee cakes and cookies. Noodles and Father Paul’s spaghetti sauce, and chicken noodle and ham and bean soup, will also be for sale.

Pandora UM

PANDORA — The Pandora United Methodist Church choir will present the cantata “The Easter Story,” written by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi, during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Kira Davis.

Redeemer Lutheran

Palm Sunday worship at Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., begins at 10:30 a.m., with adult Bible study prior at 9:15. Holy Week worship will be held at 7 p.m. on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Easter Morning worship begins at 9 a.m., followed by a fellowship brunch. No adult Bible study will be held.

St. Andrew’s UM

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St., will host Palm Sunday worship at 9 and 11:15 a.m.; Maundy Thursday services with Holy Communion at 12:10 and 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday tenebrae service at 6:30 p.m.; and Easter worship at 9 and 11:15 a.m. The church will host an Easter community dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and attendees should use the main entrance on Crawford Street.

St. John’s Lutheran

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will hold Palm Sunday services at 9:30 a.m., starting with a palm procession from the fellowship hall. Believer’s Bible Study will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and the St. John’s mixed luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. that day at Olive Garden. Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m. with communion and the stripping of the altar. Good Friday service, including Stations of the Cross, begins at 7 p.m. The church, along with Lake Living Magazine, will host a community Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. April 20. Additional activities will include the reading of the Easter story, a hot dog luncheon and cookie decorating. Easter Day will start with breakfast at 8 a.m., with the service and communion at 9:30.

St. John’s UM

COLUMBUS GROVE — Sunrise services at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Columbus Grove will start at 7 a.m. instead of 6:30 this year. Traditional worship begins at 9:30.

St. Luke’s Lutheran

NORTH BALTIMORE — Holy Week services at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore, begin at 10:15 a.m. on Palm/Passion Sunday. Maundy Thursday services begin at 7 p.m. as the congregation partakes in and celebrates the Last Supper. Good Friday services begin at 7 p.m., and Easter services begin at 10:15 a.m. An Easter breakfast will be served at 9.

St. Michael’s

St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with procession of palms from 7:30-9 a.m. at the downtown church (617 W. Main Cross St.) and at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Sunday at the main church (750 Bright Road). Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition beginning at 7 p.m. Palm Sunday ends at midnight Wednesday. Register online at www.findlaystmichael.org. Individual confessions will be offered at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown church. Seven Signs of the Gospel of John — “Healing of the Man Born Blind” — will be presented from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown church. There will be no morning Mass on Holy Thursday. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be held at 7 p.m. at the main church, with exposition until 10:30 p.m. in the day chapel. Night prayers begin at 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the day chapel. No Masses will be held on Good Friday. Celebration of the Passion of our Lord — a traditional Good Friday service with Holy Communion and Veneration of the Cross — begins at 1:30 p.m. at the main church. Stations and Veneration of the Cross with the conclusion of Seven Signs of the Gospel of John — “The Raising of Lazarus” — begins at 7 p.m. at the downtown church. There will be no 8 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. Mass on Holy Saturday, and no confessions. RCIA Preparation RITES are at 10 a.m. at the main church. Mass of Easter Vigil is 8:30 p.m. at the main church. Easter Sunday services will be held at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon at the main church (no 6 p.m. Mass). The downtown church will celebrate Easter at 9 and 11 a.m. (no 7:30 a.m. Mass).

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran

JENERA — An Easter egg hunt for children up to fifth grade will begin at noon Saturday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera, followed by a light lunch. The senior handbell choir will present anthems at all three Palm Sunday services: 7:50, 9 and 11:15 a.m. Maundy Thursday worship begins at 7 p.m. and will feature special music by the senior handbell choir. Good Friday services will be held at 1 and 7 p.m. Easter will be celebrated at 7:50 and 10 a.m., with a breakfast potluck at 8:30. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite breakfast item to share. The senior choir will present a special anthem at the 10 a.m. service, and the traditional singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” will take place before dismissal. There will be no small-group studies or third service on Easter Sunday.

Trinity Baptist

The 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday service at Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will feature a mini-drama, “Praise is Rising,” depicting the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The Rev. Mike Spann’s message will be “The Passion Week,” and a children’s Palm Sunday service will begin at 10:30. Joseph Habedank of Nashville will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. April 20. The Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning singer will perform a variety of gospel music selections. Easter morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. The program is a mix of special music from the adult choir, a mini-drama reenactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and the message “The Hope we Have.” Additionally, “Veggie Tales Easter Carol” will be offered at 9:30 in the teen room. Nursey care is provided, and transportation to all services is available to Findlay residents by calling 419-701-9727.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Arcadia

ARCADIA — Holy Week at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 18974 Ohio 12, Arcadia, begins with the distribution of palms at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Maundy Thursday worship at 7:30 p.m. includes stripping of the altar, and a combined Good Friday worship service will be held at 7 p.m. at West Independence United Methodist Church. The Easter morning celebration begins at 8:15, followed by breakfast.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Jenera

JENERA — Holy Week services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, begin on Palm Sunday, with services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The choir and students of Trinity School will sing “Crown Him Lord of All.” Palm fronds and instructions on how to fold them into a cross will be distributed after each service. The Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m., led by the Rev. Al Schmitzer using Matthew 26:26-28 to present “Take and Eat; Take and Drink,” remembering the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus. The Good Friday service begins at 7 p.m. and will feature the Rev. Matt Nowak speaking on the account of Christ’s crucifixion from the Gospel of John. The Easter sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m., with a festival service at 9:30. The text is 2 Timothy 2:8, “Remember Jesus Christ: He has Risen!” The church will be decorated with Easter flowers, and the choir will sing “Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord!” A breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juices and coffee will be served between services, from 7:30-9 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., will recognize The Passion of the Lord during worship this week (Palm/Passion Sunday). Worship times are 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Students recently completing instruction classes will be served their first communion and will assist in serving communion. Through dramatic readings, the congregation will be drawn into both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, as well as each major scene of Jesus’s passion. Special Blend (women’s choir) will be singing the anthem “When You Prayed Beneath the Trees.” At 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, there will be a traditional service, during which parishioners will hear Jesus institute the Lord’s Supper. At 7 p.m. Good Friday, the congregation will travel to the court of Pilate and walk to Golgotha, experiencing both the agony of His suffering, as well as the triumph of the completion of His ministry. At the 5 p.m. April 20 service, the congregation will gather for the Easter Vigil.

Trinity UM

BLOOMDALE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, will hold a kids’ Easter party from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the church basement. There will be music, stories, crafts, games, snacks and balloons. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more information.

West Independence UM

West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, will hold Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m., followed by a “Walk With Jesus Experience” at 10:15. This powerful presentation of the last week of Jesus’s life is a growth opportunity for worshipers of all ages. A traditional Maundy Thursday Service including communion begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The church will host a community Good Friday service with its sister churches, Arcadia Trinity Lutheran, Arcadia United Methodist, Enon Valley Presbyterian, East Mount Zion United Methodist, Vanlue Christ United Methodist and Wayne Methodist, at 7 p.m. The service will be highlighted by the community choir cantata “One Day.” An Easter SonRise service begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center, followed by breakfast. The Easter celebration service continues at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. Nursery care will be available.

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