Updated: December 4, 2017
Franciscan Village To Host Lecture
Fr. Jim Bacik will host an “Advent Reflection: Learning to Be Patient” on Thursday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center Theater.
The presentation will recall the things of everyday life that tend to annoy us and suggest ways to develop the virtue of patience to deal with them in a more charitable way.
The cost is $10.00 preregistered or $15.00 at the door. Register online at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org or preregister by calling Elizabeth at (419) 824-3515 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sylvania Franciscan Village is located at 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.
Christmas For Kids Set At Resurrection
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2250 S. Holland Sylvania Rd., Maumee, will host Christmas for Kids on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 12. Activities will include the Christmas Story as told in the Bible, a fun craft, decorating cookies and singing favorite Christmas songs. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, contact the church office at (419) 867-7352.
Perrysburg Chorale Plans Holiday Concert
The Perrysburg Chorale, along with the Perrysburg High School String Select and the Perrysburg Chorale’s Children’s Choir, will perform a holiday concert called “Rejoice and Be Merry” on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E Indiana Ave. Perrysburg.
Selections include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” followed by “The Twelve Days after Christmas,” and “Carol of the Bells.”
The children will sing some selections, including “Wee Three Kings” and yes, the spelling is correct.
The concert is free, but there will be opportunity to make a contribution to the Perrysburg Chorale. For more information, call Chuck or Wendie at (419) 874-9126.
Hope Lutheran Plans A Night In Bethlehem
Hope Lutheran Church, 2201 Secor Rd., Toledo, will host “A Night in Bethlehem” on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The public is invited to this free Christmas event to experience first-century Bethlehem, just as it would have been at the time of Jesus’ birth. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the bustling marketplace, complete with authentic shops staffed with artisans, a wine press and live animals, including sheep, goats and even a camel.
Parking for people with disabilities and those needing special assistance is available in the lot off Indian Road. Additional parking is available at Ottawa Hills Elementary School, 3602 Indian Rd., with complimentary shuttle service running to and from the church. For more information, visit www.hopetoledo.net.
Hope UMC Offers Christmas Music
Join Hope UMC in Whitehouse for an evening of Christmas music on Sunday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Attendees will sing favorite carols and hear contemporary music teams, Unchained and Led By Faith.
There will be light refreshments available and a basket for donations to the Whitehouse Food Pantry.
The concert is free and open to the community. The church is located at 10610 Waterville St., Whitehouse.
First Presbyterian Plans Christmas Concert
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., will present its annual Christmas Concert featuring the chancel choir and the handbell choirs on Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m.
The program will be traditional and feature original carol arrangements for chorus by Lloyd Larson, David Halls and Robert Powell.
It will also include two carol suites arranged by Mark Hayes, accompanied by the chamber orchestra.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.firstpresmaumee.org.
Holy Spirit Community Joins Vigils
Holy Spirit Catholic Community will celebrate Mass by candlelight to #EndGunViolence in remembrance of the five-year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy as well as the 500,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012.
The vigil will take place at weekend Masses on Saturday, December 16 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel at Washington Church, 3925 W. Central Ave., Toledo.
The Masses will be part of a nationwide tribute in partnership with the Newtown Foundation, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown Survivor Network, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Organizing for Action, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the Women’s March.
New Hope Christian Sets Fish Fry Schedule
New Hope Christian Church, 2457 Holloway Rd., Holland, will host Friday Fish Fry events from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 2, February 16, March 2 and March 16.
The Good Friday event on March 30 will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Free Community Lunches Offered At Zion
Heritage Village of Waterville is teaming up with Zion Lutheran Church to offer free community lunches on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The lunches will be held at the church, located at 22 N. Second St., Waterville.
St. Lucas Thrift Shop Adds Friday Hours
The Thrift Shop at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 745 Walbridge Ave., is now open on Fridays in addition to Wednesdays and Thursdays, each day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The church offers an attractive shop with household and clothing items that have been carefully sorted. Proceeds go to the church’s ministry in the neighborhood.
SilverSneakers Fitness Held At Hope UMC
A SilverSneakers fitness program is now available at Hope United Methodist Church.
Studies have shown that participation in an exercise program can lower body weight, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, strengthen bones and muscles and improve mental health and mood.
Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. in the Youth Room. All are welcome to participate.
The cost is free with your insurance benefit or $3.00 per class without. Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable athletic shoes. Bring a towel and water bottle. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. The church is located at 10610 Waterville St., Whitehouse.
Free Pizza Dinners Served At Area Church
Fallen Timbers Community Church, located at 7215 Noward Rd., Waterville, offers a free pizza dinner every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Pizza, salad, iced tea and lemonade are all served at no cost, followed by worship service at 6:00 p.m.
Mormon Missionaries Offer Assistance
Local missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are willing to volunteer or help out with any service in the community. To request free assistance for your home, activity or event, call (567) 868-7175.
Sylvania First UMC Announces Breakfasts
Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., Sylvania, will host “Igniting Our Spirit” breakfasts for area residents and church members on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The free breakfast, served in the fellowship hall, will feature a rotating menu and is served buffet-style. For more information, visit www.sylvaniafirst.org or call (419) 882-2205.
Food Pantry Available For Those In Need
The Maumee churches and Saint Luke’s Foundation offer Under One Roof, a joint food pantry located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 310 Elizabeth St., Maumee, for those who need food and toiletries. Those interested in receiving help or in making donations should call (419) 794-0111 for more information or to make an appointment.
Community Meals Offered At Local Church
Every Wednesday a community meal is prepared at United Church of God, 1122 Bronson Ave., Toledo, off of Stickney and Central. The meal is served from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy a free meal and fellowship.
Free Low-Impact Exercise Set At Church
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee, is offering free, adult public exercise classes on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Canfield Room.
Most exercises are done sitting down. Classes are designed to increase flexibility, joint stability, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
Contact the church office to register at (419) 893-0223 or e-mail email@example.com. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, call Diane Harper at (419) 893-0223.
Free Community Medical Clinic Offered
CedarCreek’s South Toledo campus offers a Community Care Free Medical Clinic. This clinic is free each Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet the needs of anyone who comes in for general medical care.
Women’s health is also available by appointment only by calling (419) 482-8127. The clinic can also provide tetanus and flu shots, dental assessments and referrals and confidential HIV testing. It does not offer immunizations, but immunizations are available at the local health department. For more information, visit www.utcommunitycare.org/patients, call (419) 482-8127 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portable Bible School Group Meets Weekly
Portable Bible School meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the second-floor activity room at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek. The group is a weekly outreach of House on the Rock Church. DVD lessons with Andrew Wommack and Don Krow are followed by discussion and fellowship.
Lutheran Village is located at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland. Use the Forestview entrance. For more information, contact Jim or Pat at JimPat@hotrockchurchA2.org.