LIMA — Lima Aglow International Community Lighthouse will start the new year with “A Time of Celebration and Declarations for 2018” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 11. Men, women and young adults are also welcome to attend monthly gatherings on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are held at WTLW TV44 1844 Baty Road, Lima. Call 419-227-6706 for more details.
Central Church of Christ
Central Church of Christ, 307 E. Hardin St., will host Christmas Eve services at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to attend with their family, so no child care will be provided. Refreshments will be served afterward.
Concordia Lutheran Church, 1431 Sixth St., will host the Rev. Dr. Timothy Puls, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach the 9 a.m. adult Bible class Sunday, where he will focus on the miraculous birth events in the Bible. During the 10:15 worship service, Puls will preach on “When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary!” based on chapter 1 of the Book of Luke. The Christmas Eve worship service, at 7:30 p.m., will be led by the elders doing a “Nativity of Our Lord” with lessons and carols. The church has handicap access and parking at the north entrance. Additional information is available at www.concordiafindlay.com, and by phone at 419-422-4209.
Faith Presbyterian Church, 700 E. Melrose Ave., will host a morning Christmas Eve worship service at 10:30, including lighting of the fourth Advent candle, special music by Holly McConnell, Linda Darnall and Nancy Rader, Scripture readings and Christmas hymns. The message “Keeping Watch” will be delivered by Pamela Rader Hull, an ordained Church of England Lay minister from Conniston, Cumbria, England. The service will conclude with the lighting of the Christ candle. There will be no evening service.
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites the public to its Sunday Christmas services. The 10:30 a.m. service will include a number of special songs and a message from God’s Word entitled “Mary Did You Know,” by Pastor Mike Maskell. There will also be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m., which will include a number of familiar Christmas songs, special musical numbers and Scripture readings.
FOSTORIA — First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fremont St., Fostoria, will host a Celtic Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. The service is based on prayers from the Christmas devotional literature of the Scottish Hebrides Islands and the Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland. The homily by the Rev. Robert E. Butcher will be “The Song of the Angels.” Musical participation will be by organist Mary Schwepe, Celtic harpist Anne Butcher, clarinetist Ann Barbour and the chancel choir directed by Benji Cates. Many favorite hymns will be sung by all, including candle lighting to “Silent Night” and celebration with “Joy to the World” at the end of the service. All are welcome.
First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave., welcomes the public at 10 a.m. Sunday to celebrate communion and hear the Rev. Bill Smith’s message, “A Better than Perfect Christmas.” The choir will sing “His Name Shall be Called Wonderful.” Traditional Christmas Eve candle lighting services will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday for singing of favorite Christmas carols. Smith will deliver the sermon “Angels Announce His Coming” and the choir will sing “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly.” The service will conclude with lighting of the congregation’s candles and singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.” The church is ground level and there are no stairs.
Good Hope Lutheran
ARLINGTON — Good Hope Lutheran Church, 300 S. Main St., Arlington, will observe the fourth Sunday in Advent at 10 a.m. with the choir anthem “Prepare the Way of the Lord.” There will be no 7:30 a.m. service this week. Christmas Eve services will begin at 7 p.m. with special prelude music beginning at 6:30. The service will include the choir anthem “Angels all Around.” The 10 p.m. service will include the anthem “Would I Miss the Miracle.” Both services will offer Holy Communion and each will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight. Pastor Steven Ramsey will deliver the message at each service and the choir is under the direction of Daniel Basinger.
Howard United Methodist Church will hold its regular morning service at 9 a.m. Sunday, with Sunday school to follow at 10:15. A 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service is also scheduled. A candlelight service will also be held at Zion United Methodist Church at 9 p.m. that evening.
The children of Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Sunday school will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship with the theme “A Sola Christmas,” focusing on the truths of Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone and Christ Alone. A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the adult choir singing. A Christmas Day festival service will be held at 10 a.m. The church is located at 2300 Northridge Road.
Mount Blanchard UM
MOUNT BLANCHARD — The praise band Broken Ground will lead the music at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church. The candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 11 p.m., with preservice music by the Piano Quartet starting at 10:30. The service will also include music by the chancel choir and Broken Ground.
Our Lady of Consolation
CAREY — The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation will hold Mass at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Family Christmas Eve Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m., and a midnight Mass with loft music begins at 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass begins at 10 a.m.
Pleasant View UM
BLUFFTON — The Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist churches will hold a combined Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. at Pleasant View United Methodist, 300 Township Road 37, Bluffton. The service will feature a “Service of the Inn,” Christmas carols, Scripture readings and Communion led by Pastor Mark Fuerstenau. The “Heaven Came Down” display, located at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mount Cory, will be open immediately following the service for anyone wishing to see the display of angels and Nativities.
Rawson New Hope UM
RAWSON — Rawson New Hope United Methodist Church, 208 N. Main St., Rawson, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Sunday. The service is informal and includes Scriptures, carols and the lighting of candles during “Silent Night.” All are welcome.
Redeemer Lutheran Church LCMC, 1009 Blanchard Ave., welcomes the public to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve will be celebrated at 7 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave., will observe the fourth Sunday of Advent with services at 9:30 a.m. Traditional candlelit Christmas Eve services will start at 7:30 p.m. with special music. The service will begin at 8 and will include communion, concluding with a tradition of singing “Silent Night” in German and English.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 128 W. Hardin St., has planned Christmas Eve services for 9:30 a.m. (combined Holy Eucharist), 3:30 p.m. (traditional carols), 4 p.m. (choral Eucharist with candlelight) and 11 p.m. (solemn Eucharist of the Nativity). A 9 a.m. Christmas Day service will celebrate the Holy Eucharist.
ARCADIA — Trinity Lutheran Church, 18974 Ohio 12, Arcadia, will hold a Sunday Advent worship service at 9:30 a.m. There will be a family Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. with Holy Communion and singing of Christmas songs. A candlelight worship service with special music and Holy Communion begins at 10 p.m.
West Independence UM
FOSTORIA — West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria, will host two special Christmas Eve services. The 4 p.m. service is family-friendly, with a look at the simple story of the true meaning of Christmas. This service will be aimed at families with an opportunity for children of all ages to join together in celebrating Jesus’s birth. The 9 p.m. traditional Christmas Eve service features music and word, concluding with a candlelight service. The public is invited to attend either or both services. With Christmas Eve being on Sunday this year, the church will host a worship service celebrating the birth of Christ through music and word at 9 a.m. Nursery care will be provided at the Sunday morning service and during the traditional candlelight service.