Updated: August 6, 2018
Lecture Series Bridges Divisive Topics
The Sylvania Franciscan Village announces a new lecture series by Fr. Jim Bacik, “Bridging our Polarized Divisions: Drawing on Christian Wisdom.” Lectures in this series are to focus on bridging the various divisions that threaten society today by retrieving relevant insights from the Christian tradition. The lectures will deal with various divides, including gender, religion, politics, economics and race.
The series begins with “Bridging the Gender Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, August 9. Fr. Bacik will offer an examination of the history of sexism in the United States, the current “Me Too” movement and the role religion plays in gender relationships.
The next lecture in the series is “Bridging the Religious Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, September 13. Fr. Bacik will offer an examination of what divides the Catholic community, the larger Christian world and the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How can we promote and improve ecumenical and interfaith dialogue?
Additional lectures this fall include “Bridging the Political Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, October 11 and “Bridging the Economic Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, November 8.
All lectures are held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Tickets are $10.00 reserved; $15.00 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at email@example.com or (419) 824-3515. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.
Maumee UMC To Host Giant Garage Sale
The Friendly Center Service Guild will hold a giant garage sale on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St., Maumee.
The sale will feature items from more than 25 participating churches. On Saturday, a special $5.00 to fill a bag sale will be offered.
Proceeds will benefit Friendly Center community programs. For more information, call Diana at (419) 885-5598 or Barb at (419) 304-0723.
Chicken Dinner Planned At St. Patrick
The St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Knights of Columbus Council 14155 will hold its second annual grilled chicken dinner drive-thru on Saturday, August 11 from noon until sold out.
Dinner includes half a grilled chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, dinner roll and a cookie for $10.00.
Profits from the sale will benefit the Knights of Columbus charity fund.
Novena Set For The Assumption Of Mary
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio, welcomes everyone through Tuesday, August 14 for the annual Novena to Our Lady of Consolation in preparation for the feast of her Assumption. The annual celebration of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven is the largest event at the shrine.
This year’s Novena preacher will be Fr. David J. Endres. Fr. David is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ordained in 2009.
Novena services will take place nightly at 8:00 p.m. except on Sundays when the service is at 2:30 p.m. Weekday masses are at 7:00 a.m. in the Original Shrine Church and 11:00 a.m. in the basilica. Confessions are weeknights of the Novena at 7:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Confessions will be available all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14 and 15.
On Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 p.m. (Vigil of the Assumption), the statue of Our Lady of Consolation will be brought out to the front steps of the basilica, where the final prayers of the Novena will be prayed. The candlelight procession to the shrine park follows immediately, where Bishop Daniel Thomas, of the Diocese of Toledo, will celebrate the Mass.
For more information, for the Novena prayers or to send intentions, visit www.olcshrine.com or call (419) 396-7107.
Cathedral Concert Series Host Organist
The Cathedral Concert Series presents organist Zacchaeus Lock who will explore some of the great works in the French and American traditions on Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. Gospel tunes and Gregorian Chant will collide in an entertaining program of 19th and 20h century music, including works of Langlais, Bolcom, and Lefebure-Wely.
Lock is a recent graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, and is currently director of music at St. Anthony Parish, Follansbee, W.Va.
The concert is free and open to the public. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is located at 2535 Collingwood Blvd. at Islington Avenue. Ample parking is available and the cathedral is handicap accessible. For more information contact Rosary Cathedral at (419) 244-9575.
Zion UMC Presents Hospice Info Program
Zion United Methodist Church will provide an opportunity for community members to become knowledgeable links to hospice care for their families, friends and neighbors on Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. A representative from Hospice of Northwest Ohio will offer a free informational program about the many resources hospice has to offer and dispel myths about hospice care.
Zion UMC is located at 10926 Maumee St., Whitehouse. For more information, visit www.zionumcwhitehouse.org.
GriefShare Program Set At Area Church
The Monclova Road Baptist Church GriefShare ministry support group will start a new series of weekly meetings beginning Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room, building A at Monclova Road Baptist Church, 7819 Monclova Rd., Monclova.
The ministry is for those who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend. There is no time limit on how long ago your loved one may have passed, all are welcome. GriefShare is a nondenominational group, which features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Each week is a different topic and participants may join the group at any time during the 13-week program that runs through December 3. To pre-register or for more information, call (419) 346-6991.
Rummage & Bake Sale Set In Holland
New Hope Christian Church, 2457 Holloway Rd., Holland, will host a rummage and bake sale on Friday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information or to donate items for the sale, call (419) 867-1535.
Zion UMC Hosts AW Food Pantry
The Anthony Wayne Food Pantry at Zion United Methodist Church in Whitehouse is open on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Coffee and refreshments are served beginning at 9:30.
All residents of the Anthony Wayne School District in need of food assistance are welcome. No proof of need is required. Zion UMC is located at 10926 Maumee St. in Whitehouse. More information is available at www.zionumcwhitehouse.org.
Live Drug-Free With Toledo Area Church
Toledo Restoration Church, 1456 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, offers a free Christian live-in home for men and women to help families live productive drug-free lives.
For more information, visit www.toledorestorationchurch.com, or call (419) 419-4581 for the women’s home or (419) 418-4601 for the men’s home.
Epworth UMC Offers Healing Prayers
The Victory Center and Epworth United Methodist Church will host a healing service for all cancer patients and survivors from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month at the church located at 4855 W. Central Ave., Toledo.
Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and others who are in search of peace, reflection, meditation and prayer will find it at this healing service. Different types of cancer have their own challenges, which often result in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stresses. This service intends to help individuals by offering a blend of music, Scripture reading and anointing with intercessory prayer (if desired).
The service is free and open to the public. Please register with The Victory Center by calling (419) 531-7600.
Reformers Unanimous Available Locally
Reformers Unanimous offers a Bible-based program that helps men and women fight strongholds of any kind, breaking free from addiction. Confidentiality is important among the group members. There is hope for anyone who desires help. All are welcome to join. Meetings are held every Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Monclova Road Baptist Church, 7819 Monclova Rd., Monclova. For more information, call Pastor Oscar at (419) 866-0773.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) 482-8127or e-mail email@example.com.
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.