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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Sorrowful Mother Shrine

BELLEVUE The shrine, located at 4106 Ohio 269, Bellevue, is now serving a new full service breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Sunday, starting this week, at the Pilgrimage Centers cafeteria.

N.L. United Methodist

NEW LONDON The Bethlehem Pop Festival will take place at 7 p.m. March 24 at New London High School.

The free family concert is sponsored by the New London United Methodist Church and features classic oldies with Christian lyrics.

Clarksfield UMC

CLARKSFIELD This church, located at 5151 Zenobia Road, Wakeman, will hold a chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 24. The dinner will be family-style with homemade desserts. Tickets are adults $8 and children under 10, $3.50. Carryouts will be available. All proceeds will go to the kitchen building fund. For information call (419) 929-0745 or (419) 929-8998.

Castalia UCC

CASTALIA This church, located at 205 Main St., Castalia will have a chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 21. The event is dine-in or carry out. Full dinner costs $7, while just the chicken is $5. Dinner includes: One half barbecue chicken, homemade pasta salad, slow-cooked baked beans and a fresh-baked dinner roll. Bake Sale will include homemade pies and pastries. Bake sale proceeds to benefit the youth programs.

Steuben UCC

STEUBEN Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, a time of personal reflection as together Christians move toward Holy Week and Easter. The scripture lessons, based on the theme "Love That Welcomes," are Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; and Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. 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 receive and dedicate its One Great Hour of Sharing offering this Sunday. With these special gifts, Steuben Church and the entire United Church of Christ offer hope and well-being to people around the world. Through international ministry partners and the domestic UCC disaster network, the offering helps people make vital basic improvements in their lives.

St. Mary/St. Anthony

St. Mary will be presenting 'Jesus Alone in the Garden' at 3 p.m. Sunday. This is a program of inspirational song and readings for the Lenten season. Refreshments and fellowship will follow.

This is the final week to order Easter flower memorials at St. Mary.

This week's Lenten services include Stations of the Cross and benediction at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Mary and Mass at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony.

North Fairfield UMC

NORTH FAIRFIELD At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the United Methodist Men will host breakfast. The 12-minute video "Rich" will be shown at 10 a.m. with discussion to follow.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, are still short of items for the rummage sale March 23 and 24. Staff are looking for good used and new items, baked sale items. Call Deb at (419) 668-4060 to donate.

Norwalk Alliance

This church continues a Lenten worship series titled, "The Return to Narnia: Re-embracing Our Redemption" with a Sunday theme centered around "The Lion's Secret of the Deep Magic." Jonathan Mushett, Michaela Mushett, Anthony Mummert and Katelyn Alexander play the roles of the children and will perform in a dramatic sketch. Congregants will enter the worship center through a life-size wardrobe built for the event. Services are at 9 and 10:45 a.m. The Great Commission Coffee House is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Men's open basketball is at 3 p.m. Sunday. Co-ed aerobics with child childcare is available at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays led by Shelia Snyder. Thin Within: A Scripture Based Weight Loss Support Network meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays led by Cheryl Rzengota. Premarital counseling classes are in session for anyone desiring a summer wedding

St. Peter Lutheran, Norwalk

This church will be having a super soup lunch and silent auction at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The menu is all-you-can-eat homemade soup, muffins and breads, homemade cakes and beverages. This is a fundraiser by the senior youth group.

The mid-week worship services continue at noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and this week is "The Bethany Road."

St. Paul Catholic, Norwalk

At 4:30 p.m. Mass today, the congregation remembers the baptism of the first communion children and invite them to show their faith by saying the baptismal promises together with the congregation. This is the second rite for the first communicants. They will receive a bottle of baptismal water to take home as a reminder that they share in God's life. Look for the first communion children wearing the cross pins and offer a word of support and encouragement to them as they continue to prepare for their first communion day. The second scrutiny for the RCIA will be at the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday.

Wednesday prayer is at 7 p.m. and Friday Stations of the Cross are at 7 p.m. at the church.

The St. Paul youth ministry team has changed the time of Thursday Morning Prayer during Lent to 7 at St. Paul church. Morning prayer lasts about 25 minutes.

St. Paul Episcopal

The fourth week of Lent special observances includes a soup supper and Bible study at 6 p.m. Thursday and Stations of the Cross at noon Friday.

The parish will host the Diocesan Task Force Mission at 10 a.m. today. Sunday school and worship continue at 8:30 a.m.

First United Methodist, Norwalk

The church youth this weekend will participate in World Vision's 30-hour famine so they can experience hunger on behalf of hungry children around the world

There will be blood-pressure screening after worship Sunday.

The Lenten breakfast continues at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at fellowship hall.

Ladies night out is March 27 at the Norwalk Theatre for "An Evening With Chocolate." Call (419) 668-0647 for details.

Holy week includes a dinner son-rise drama and Communion on Maundy Thursday evening.

First Presbyterian Church, Norwalk

This Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. hour, Ray Sizemore will facilitate the adult class, "The Thoughtful Christian" in the Great Room. During the 10:45 Sunday morning worship service, Rev. Adrian Doll will continue in the ongoing sermon series, "Acts for Living." Janeane Hopkins, candidate within the commissioned lay pastor program of Maumee Valley Presbytery, will share highlights of her preparation for ministry

This Sunday is Food Bank Sunday. You may support the local food bank by bringing donations of macaroni and cheese. Items may be placed in the basket in the narthex.

Lenten mid-week services continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center will present part two of the medical notebook workshop at 9 a.m. March 24.

Milan Friends Church

MILAN This church, located at the corner of Ohio 13 and Mason Road, will have a free benefit gospel night at 7 p.m. April 7.

A freewill offering will be taken with 100 percent of what is received going directly to Abigail Ministries to provide crisis pregnancy and abortion prevention services locally. The emcee will be Laurie Jones, Abigail director. For details, call (419) 588-2789 or (419) 668-9500.

Christ Temple, Norwalk

This church, located at 56 Glover Ave., will host Elder Ray H. Robinson Jr. and Greater Victor Ministries of Lorain at 5 p.m. Sunday. The church will be celebrating the annual "Show Love Service" in honor of the founder and late senior pastor Elder Ray H. Robinson Sr.

First Baptist, Norwalk

This church, located at 67 E. Main St., is hosting lifeline screening from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday. Pre-register for this event by calling (800) 897-9177.

The Hangin' at the Haven event slated for Wednesday has been canceled.

Mt. Carmel, Clyde

CLYDE This church, located at Sandusky County roads 177 and 183, is having a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31. Call (419) 547-0477 for information.

Fitchville UMC

FITCHVILLE The Fitchville, North Fairfield and New Haven United Methodist churches will be holding an Emmaus/Chrysalis gathering at Fitchville UMC at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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