ARCADIA — A community blue Christmas service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Arcadia United Methodist Church. This service is designed to prepare our hearts for the meaning of Christmas, even amidst times of struggle. The service is led by the ministries of Arcadia, East Mt. Zion, Vanlue Christ and West Independence United Methodist churches. Further information can be obtained by calling 419-894-6454.
Blanchard Avenue Pentecostal
The Blanchard Avenue Pentecostal Church of God, 1701 Blanchard Ave., will host its monthly Weston Price Nutritional Seminar at 7 p.m. Monday. Dr. Wayne Feister will be lecturing on “Fact or Fiction About Commonly Accepted Health and Nutrition Ideas.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 419-422-0037 for more information.
Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will host the Rev. Larry Wright from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach the 9 a.m. Bible class Sunday. Wright will overview the organization’s various functions and mission objectives as one of two seminaries in the Missouri Synod, whose headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri. At the 10:15 worship service, Wright will preach from Mark 13 on “Stay and keep watch,” followed by Holy Communion. The young adult class will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at George House under the leadership of Elder Greg Cole. The church has handicap access and parking at the north entrance. Additional information is available at www.concordiafindlay.com or by phone at 419-422-4209.
Joan Benedict’s 29th annual Christmas recital will begin at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Faith Presbyterian Church, 700 E. Melrose Ave.
The Rev. Kristine Eggert, executive director of the Cleveland-based organization God Before Guns, will preach a sermon titled “Stay Woke” during First Christian Church’s 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. She will speak again during a 1 p.m. community conversation titled “What to do About Gun Violence.” God Before Guns is a multifaith coalition of individuals and faith communities working to reduce gun violence. The public is invited to be part of the conversation at the church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B. Call 419-422-5615 or email email@example.com for more details.
First Lutheran Church will celebrate the beginning of Advent with the traditional lighting of the first candle of the Advent wreath at both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services. All are welcome to the community dinner after the late service, featuring beef and noodles, green beans, salads, fresh fruit and homemade desserts, as well as Panera bread. On Tuesday, the church book club will discuss Christmas books and the selection of the 2018 books. On Wednesday, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will host the annual Snowflake Social with the making of an Advent craft, led by local artist Beth Maurer. All the women and girls of the congregation are welcome. Tickets for this free event will be available Sunday.
GILBOA — Sojourner Quartet (www.sojournerquartet.com) of Findlay will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., Gilboa. The quartet will be performing its Christmas concert, spreading God’s word through music, laughter and fellowship. A festive, freewill offering dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the church social room. The church is handicap accessible.
Good Hope Lutheran
ARLINGTON — Special events have been planned at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington, for the celebration of the first Sunday of Advent this weekend. Crafts and treats will be available for all during the 9 a.m. Sunday school hour. Members are encouraged to bring any nativity sets they would like to share, as the church will be discussing the nativity. Tables will be set up at 8:45 in the education unit to start assembling the nativities. Worship services will be held at 5 p.m. today and at 7:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Howard United Methodist Church, 220 Cherry St., is hosting a Christmas craft bazaar from 8 to 4 p.m. today. Sandwiches and soup will be served. The church is also starting two Advent Bible studies for the month. One is Max Lucado’s “Because of Bethlehem” at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays and “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas” at 10 a.m. Wednesday and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Call the church to register for these classes.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2300 Northridge Road, will hold an Advent service of lessons and carols at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Christmas for Kids will be held from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9. Children ages 4 through fifth grade are invited to this free event featuring crafts, games, music, snacks and the story of Jesus’ birth. Register by Wednesday at www.immanuelfindlay.org or 419-422-8209.
Mount Cory UM
MOUNT CORY — Mount Cory United Methodist Church will host its annual “Heaven Came Down,” a display of angels and nativities at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mount Cory, this month. The display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Dec. 9 and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 10. Additional times can be scheduled for groups by contacting Shar Marshall at 419-302-7863.
Pleasant View UM
BLUFFTON — Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 300 Township Road 37, Bluffton, will celebrate its annual “Hanging of the Greens” at 7 p.m. Sunday. The service will include readings, Scripture and Christmas carols, and is open to the public.
Prayer Walking the Streets
Catherine Schock will host a Prayer Walking the Streets as a Lifestyle gathering from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the day chapel at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. For more information, email awalkintoglorylight.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., will continue the study of the book “If You Want to Walk on Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,” by John Ortberg, at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. A worship service celebrating the first Sunday of Advent is at 10:30 a.m. A fellowship luncheon will follow the service.
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 Hancock County 236, will celebrate its 65th anniversary Sunday. The church was founded by the Rev. Gene Milioni and was pastored by him for 50 years until his retirement. Currently, the church is being led by the Rev. Michael Spann, who has expanded the outreach activities to the community and added many special interest ministries. A special celebration service will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a free Christmas concert by the Ball Brothers Quartet, an award-winning, southern gospel-style group. Call the church at 419-422-8462 to request a ride to the service. Valet parking is offered at the front entrance for those with special needs.
JENERA — This week’s Wednesday evening Advent service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, will focus on “See, Your King Comes to You — The King of Grace.” During the 7 p.m. service, the Rev. Matt Nowak will base his sermon on Zechariah 12:8-10 and the choir will sing “O How Joyfully.” Everyone is welcome, and more information is available at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-302-5271.
BLOOMDALE — Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, will hold a kids’ Christmas party in the church basement from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited for singing, stories, crafts, games and treats. For more information, contact Jane at 419-299-3690.
West Independence UM
FOSTORIA — West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria, will be starting its Advent sermon series titled “The Gift” on Sunday, with this week’s sermon titled “The Gift of Doing Right.” Avery Authenreith will provide the special music.