Religion briefs

Staff reports

National Day of Prayer for Peace coming

TOLEDO — Bishop Daniel E. Thomas invites all 123 parishes and communities in the 19-county Diocese of Toledo to participate in the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Friday, the memorial of St. Peter Claver. Prayers are requested for peace and racial justice. All are encouraged to observe a voluntary fast and abstinence for peace. Churches are requested to ring their bells at 3 p.m. for three minutes that day.

First UMC Chancel Choir to begin new season

VAN WERT — Van Wert First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir is reorganizing after taking the summer off. The choir leads worship at the 10:45 a.m. service, starting with a Sept. 11 tribute Sunday, and the choir is open to new members. Practice is for an hour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and members meet at 10:25 a.m. Sundays to prepare for the service. The ability to read music is not necessary. For details, contact director Paul Hoverman at [email protected] or the church office at 419-238-0631.

Calvary Chapel of Praise to hold 2 events

LIMA — Two events are upcoming at Calvary Chapel of Praise, 1601 Rebecca Drive. Friend Day will be Sept. 18, with services at 10 a.m. and a family festival at 2:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, with a “Candy Land” theme. Admission is free.

Special Sept. 11 service planned in Ottawa

OTTAWA — The Father Ronald A. Warnimont Assembly 3268 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus will have a Prayer for Peace service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at SS. Peter & Paul Church. Emergency responders from Putnam County are welcome, as are veterans and those who would like to honor them.

Pandora UMC to hold community meal

PANDORA — A free community meal will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St. The menu is by Ted’s Market and features pulled pork sandwiches, au gratin potatoes, green beans, ice cream, punch, water and coffee.

Tickets on sale for Hector Olivera concert

LIMA — Organist Hector Olivera will be in concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at Market Street Presbyterian Church, 1100 W. Market St. The concert will also feature Dr. Robert Morrison on the carillon. For details, visit

Downtown meeting planned to fight social problems

LIMA — HELP will be meeting in the square at 5 p.m. today, a time of street ministry, prayer and candlelight vigil. Volunteers are gathering to fight substance addiction and pray for those who are struggling with this. For details, call 419-371-4388.

Continental festival to include church service

CONTINENTAL — The Continental Fall Festival Community Church Service will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at the tent just north of the railroad tracks. A shuttle service from the South Main parking area will be available. The service will feature the Nofziger Brothers, of Archbold. Eliot Nofziger is a 2014 Bluffton University graduate who is now the Defiance area Youth for Christ Campus Life Director. Seth Nofziger is a 2012 Defiance College graduate is a farmer and helps direct the kids camp at Little Eden and volunteers with Defiance Area Youth for Christ. They have been working together on biblical skits for four years. The event will also feature a community choir.

Pandora-Gilboa food boxes available

PANDORA — Food boxes for those in Pandora-Gilboa schools are available. The boxes provide nine meals for a family of four. To register for a box, call 419-384-3038 by Sept. 15. Boxes may be picked up at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 E. Main St.

Lifetree Cafe program topic announced

VAN WERT — “Bias: What’s the Media’s Agenda?” will be the topic of a discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lifetree Cafe, located at The Bachwell Center, 116 N. Washington St. Parking is available behind the courthouse, and entry is on Court Street. Admission is free.

Church looking for volunteers to help in Baton Rouge

UNIOPOLIS — The United Methodist Church of St. John’s Ohio Carpenters for Christ organization will be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to help flood victims. The trip is Sept. 13 to 18. Volunteers are especially in need of N95 masks that will protect them while they help tear out mold-ridden building materials. Donations of gift cards for living/rebuilding expenses would also be welcome. For details, call Jerry Dicus at 419-303-3754.

Rhine Turkey Shoot and Family Festival scheduled

BOTKINS — The 45th annual Rhine Turkey Shoot and Family Festival will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 16053 Botkins Road. There will be shooting contests, a silent auction, homemade food, children’s events and more.

Staff reports

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