n Castalia Congregational
CASTALIA — This church will hold a fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The proceeds will go to 4 Paws for Ability. Hot dogs, chili, bake sale and raffle will all be part of the event. The fundraiser will help Nicholas Fish to obtain a service dog.
n Steuben UCC
STEUBEN — Sunday 9 is the Second Sunday of Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. The scripture lessons, based on the theme “Dare to Hope,” are Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; and Matthew 3:1-12. The Rev. Patricia E. Welch, pastor and teacher, will lead worship during the 11 a.m. service. Large print and children’s bulletins will be available.
The congregation will celebrate a combined rite of confirmation and reception of a new member. The confirmands are brothers Cody and Jake Tanner; the new member is their father, Jerry Tanner.
n St. Mary/St. Anthony
The annual parish potluck for all St. Mary and St. Anthony parishioners will be held at noon Sunday. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be games for all ages, including Bible trivia for the children and a pocket scavenger hunt for the adults.
The Tuesday evening Advent Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary at 6:30.
n Clarksfield UMC
CLARKSFIELD — This church, located at 5151 Zenobia Road, will have services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Patty Jo Sheldon’s sermon will be “Preparing the Way.”
The lighting of the second Advent candle will be done during the service. The Logos children will be making Christmas cards on Wednesday to take to the nursing home in a couple of weeks.
n First Baptist, Wakeman
WAKEMAN — This church, located at 4382 Butler Road, meets for Bible study at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
The adult Bible class study will be, from Romans 8:28-30,”The Unbroken Chain of Grace and the Eternal Secure Salvation of those who truly believe.”
The pastor’s message, during the 10:30 a.m. preaching service will be from Luke 1:26-38 & John 3:1-9, “The Virgin Birth and The New Birth, an Analogy.”
There will be a brief discussion, before The adult Bible study, entitled, “Are sinners saved by Free Will or God's Free Grace?”
For a free copy, without obligation, of “The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689,” call (419) 668-9119.
n Mt. Havest Church of God
MILAN — This church, located at U.S. 250 and Ohio 113, will be having its annual drive-through nativity from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 15. There will be refreshments. For details call (419) 668-0337.
n St. Paul Episcopal
Church school and worship are at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be no study group Thursday.
n Norwalk Alliance
This church, located at 2755 U.S. 250 S., continues its Advent celebration of “A Simple Christmas” with the Rev. Bruce Rzengota delivering a message from Luke, chapter one, called, “How to Beat the Holiday Blues.” Cheryl Rzengota will begin “Christmas in Children’s Church” during the 9 a.m. Sunday service.
Members, adherents and guests will be signing up for participation in a “Simple Holiday Gift Exchange” taking place Dec. 23. The Great Commission Coffee House is open for refreshment and holiday fellowship before and after both the morning worship services.
For details call (419) 668-9208 or visit www.norwalkalliancechurch.org.
n Milan Friends Church
MILAN — This church, located at Mason Road and Ohio 13, will have a cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Proceeds will go to fund the work of the women’s missionary society. For details call (419) 433-5644 or (419) 433-3825.
n First Presbyterian
This Sunday during the 9:30 hour, the Rev. Clair Brewer begins a new Advent class, “The Clear View of Jesus’ Birth.”
During the 10:45 morning worship service, the Rev. Adrian Doll continues in the Advent preaching series, “Prepare the Way.” Special music will be presented by the church bell choir. The Advent wreath will be lit by Joel, Wende, Philip and Jonah Mersereau.
An evening of Christmas caroling to friends-at-home begins at the church at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Presbyterian women’s Christmas tea is at noon Wednesday in the Great Room with the New London High School choir.
The Keenagers (55-plus) Christmas party is at noon Friday in the Great Room.
n St. Mary, Wakeman
WAKEMAN — This church will be hosting a penance service at 7 p.m. Monday.
The church will be having a “Spa-liday R(est) & R(elaxation) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church social hall. Each participant is asked to make three dozen of the same kind of holiday cookie after which everyone’s donation will be split up so each person may take home a three-dozen assortment of cookies. There will be chair therapy and relaxation therapy in a quiet Christmas atmosphere. You will also be able to purchase “relaxation” gifts for the holidays.
n St. Paul Catholic
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at the 11 a.m. Mass Sunday. The Guadalupe celebration will begin at the courthouse at 11:30 a.m., followed by the procession and rosary to St Paul Church. The Guadalupe apparition re-enactment will begin in church at 12:45 p.m. followed by Mass. A reception will be held at the St. Paul Convocation Center at 2:45 p.m.
Evening prayer will be celebrated at 7 Wednesday in the church.
n First United Methodist
The Rev. Roger Smith announced a plan for spiritual growth to have all of the congregation — and anyone else interested — on the same page, literally. Beginning in January, the church will start the TNT plan — Through the New Testament. There are 260 chapters in the News Testament and 260 weekdays in a year so the plan is for everyone to read the same chapter of the New Testament of the Bible each day. The hope is that it might spark new spiritual conversations in people across all age levels and amongst people who might not otherwise have things in common, Smith said. In addition, sermons, Bible studies and Sunday School classes will focus on the New Testament as well.
The church will celebrate Christmas Eve with a 5:30 p.m. family worship service featuring the LOGOS children’s choir, and a 7:30 p.m. traditional service including the Chancel Choir. The church office will close at noon Dec. 21 and remain closed through Jan. 1.
The church is collecting aluminum cans to be recycled and is asking people to bring them in and put them in a bin inside the Main Street door.
n Trinity Lutheran
MONROEVILLE — Come and meet John the Baptist during worship. The one who prepared the way for the Christ will visit and encourage the congregation to be ones who also prepare the way of the Lord. The adult Sunday school is spending the Advent season examining their prayer lives.
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