STEUBEN Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent, a time of personal reflection as together Christians move toward holy week and Easter. The scripture lessons, based on the theme "A Joyful Remembrance," are Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; and Luke 4:1-13. 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.
First Baptist, Wakeman
WAKEMAN A Bible-Teaching Christian Assembly that stresses the Absolute Sovereignty of God in Creation, Salvation, and Providence, located at 4382 Butler Road, N. off U.S. 20 E., meets for Bible study each at 9:45 a.m. each Lord's Day. The adult Bible study will be from Acts 19:23-41 is, "The profit motive still opposes the Gospel of Christ."During the 10:30 a.m. preaching service, the church will continue the study of Romans chapter 9,10 &11. The pastor's message will be from Romans 9:1-13, is entitled, "Being brought up in a Religious Home or Church, is no guarantee of being saved."
New London United Methodist
NEW LONDON This church at 58 E. Main St. is hosting a community fellowship dinner at 11:45 a.m. March 4. A Swiss steak dinner will be served for $8, with children under 12, $4. The dinner can be eaten in or taken out, and pre-orders can be made by calling (419) 929-4631. Eleanor Klassen is teaching a study group for women using the book, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The class will continue through April 3. Ken Long will lead a men's study at 6:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 1 through April 5. Both classes will be at the church, and they are open to the public.
Fitchville United Methodist
NEW LONDON The sixth annual Talent and Servant Auction sponsored by this church begins at 1 p.m. today in the New London school cafetorium, with Andy Suvar serving as auctioneer. A partial list of auction items includes an Alice-In-Wonderland Lee Middleton doll, two Cavaliers tickets, a computer tune-up, car wash tokens, pumpkin rolls, a night of camping at the New London Reservoir, a signed Cleveland Browns hat and an Ohio State tailgate party basket. In addition, there will be special events for the kids, a silent auction table and a silent auction for 25 homemade pies.
Clarksfield United Methodist
CLARKSFIELD This church at 5151 Zenobia Road is hosting a family-style baked chicken strip dinner featuring homemade desserts from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. The cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under, with those 3 and under free. Carryouts will be available. All proceeds will go to the building fund.
St. Paul Episcopal, Norwalk
Lent worship and Sunday school will be at 8:30 a.m. The mid-week communion service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and communion will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Twilight Gardens.
St. Paul Catholic, Norwalk
This Sunday, Children's Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and Spanish Mass at 1:30 p.m. Fellowship this Sunday will be sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and will be at the gathering space after the 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses.
Wednesday prayer will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and stations of the cross will be at 7 p.m. Friday.
North Fairfield UMC
NORTH FAIRFIELD The Lenten season begins with the message "Jesus Accepts His Cross" and asks the questions "What cross in our life are we asked to bear?" UMM fellowship breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
St. Mary/St. Anthony
The adult faith formation will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Anthony. The topic of this week's discussion will be "Finding Jesus in the Eucharist." Lenten services for the week include: Stations of the cross and communion service at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Mary; and Mass at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary. At 6 p.m. Friday, St. Anthony will host a meatless soup supper followed by stations of the cross and benediction at 7.
This church begins a Lenten outreach series Sunday called, "The Return to Narnia: Re-embracing Our Redemption." The divorce recovery workshop continues at 7 p.m. Thursday. The scripture-based weight-loss support network meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Co-ed aerobics with child care is offered at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.
Wakeman Congregational UCC
Wakeman On Sunday, the Rev. Edgar Shelly will begin a six-week Lenten sermon series during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the church, 14 Abbott St. Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Each Monday the church is open for prayer between 6:45 and 8 p.m. and on Wednesday the women's small group meets at 9 a.m. at the church. The Lenten soup and bread suppers will be at 6 p.m. Wednesdays followed by study/discussion on Lenten themes.
St. Peter Lutheran, Norwalk
This church will be hosting the Covenant Players, a professional Christian theater company that fields troupes throughout the world. The troupe will bring the children's message and the sermon for the day at the worship services in the form of a live dramatic play, and will bring a special presentation to the Sunday school opening.
Lenten mid-week worship services continue at noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This week, the Lenten series will be "The Road to the Wilderness."
Congregational Community UCC
MONROEVILLE This church will celebrate Lent with communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Norwalk Church of Christ
The lesson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday is "Remembering Lot's Wife." There will be a service of song, scripture reading and paryer at 6 p.m. Sunday. This church holds a Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visit the church Web site at norwalkchurch.org.
First United Methodist, Norwalk
Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. followed by worship at 10:30. The sermon title is "Time for Learning." The youth parent meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and the district youth meeting is slated for 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Church council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ernsthausen Chapel. The second Lenten breakfast will be at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at fellowship hall. The new adult Bible study presented by Dr. Roger Smith called "Community Building Relationships" begins at 9:15 a.m. March 16. The next "Ladies Night Out" will be March 27.