"Triple S" Dinner (Soup, Salad, Sundae Bar) -- Union Chapel Church of God fellowship hall, Williams County roads A and 18 (north end of Flickinger Road in Defiance County), rural Bryan, Saturday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Soups include chicken noodle, ham and bean, and chili. Free-will donation to benefit church shelter house project.
Open the Doors Festival -- St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Napoleon Twp., 16976 County Road Q1, rural Napoleon, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. An afternoon of fun, food and fellowship. There will be crafts, train rides, an egg scramble, bake sale, games, a hay bale maze and a pie-eating contest. Silent auction features a locally-made pair of wooden seats, a wooden game table, jewelry and items from Stephanie Dawn, Vera Bradley and Longaberger. Lunch available, including bratwurst, chicken sandwiches, ice cream and more. Free-will offering.
"Be Sweet on Jesus" Benefit Lunch -- Bethel Christian Church, 14988 County Road, Arthur (at Ohio 66), Sunday, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Menu includes sandwiches, chips and numerous chocolate treats. Free-will offering to benefit Joni and Friends Camp.
DC Chamber Singers Spring Concert -- St. John United Church of Christ, 950 Webster St., Sunday, 4:30 p.m. The 28-member ensemble consists of DC students that perform a mix of sacred and secular music with a variety of classical and popular styles. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the performance.
Special Speaker -- Rock Church, 20763 Ohio 637, rural Arthur (between Arthur and Five-Span bridge), Sunday, 6 p.m. Guest speaker is Evangelist Olga Lerma from Waco, Texas. Everyone welcome.
Special Music by "Stony Creek Gospel" -- Heritage Baptist Church, 1035 Latty St. (one block west of Jefferson Ave. at Bouton St.), Sunday, 6 p.m. Everyone welcome to come for a fun evening of bluegrass gospel music and worship led by Stony Group Gospel, a talented six-person musical group based in Clinton, Mich. Their instrumentation includes banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass.
"Sharing Bread" Support Group -- Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant, 1830 N. Clinton St., Tuesday, 5 p.m. Area residents who are hurting for any reason are invited to attend this very informal gathering for coffee, dessert or a full meal. Persons are responsible for the cost of their food and beverage. There is no set agenda. Facilitators are Diane Mayer and Judy Sauer of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Oakwood Area National Day of Prayer Service -- Oakwood Town Hall, 228 N. First St., Oakwood, Thursday, 12 noon, sponsored by Oakwood area churches. Everyone welcome.
Special Speaker on Drug Abuse and Human Trafficking -- Independence United Methodist Church, 9966 Adams Ridge Rd., rural Defiance, Thursday, 7 p.m. Agent Alessandra Norden from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office/FBI will speak on drug abuse and human trafficking. Everyone welcome.
Free Lunch and Afternoon of Laughter With Christian Comedian -- Galilee Baptist Church, 1544 Ottawa Ave., May 5, 12 noon. Everyone welcome.
"New Dawning" Singers Concert -- Pioneer Christian Ministries, 17936 Rd. 108, rural Paulding (near intersection of Ohio 637), May 6, 10:30 a.m. Free-will offering.
Special Praise Service -- St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 435 2nd St., Hamler, May 6, 6:30 p.m. Featured musical group will be Stones of Praise from St. John's Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge. The group consists of acoustic guitar, electric and bass guitar, keyboard, drums and vocalists. The music style includes many popular worship songs heard on the national KLOVE radio station.
"Gentle Worship" Service -- Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, 06817 Ohio 66 north (about four miles north of Defiance), May 20, 1:30 p.m., sponsored by First Presbyterian, St. Paul Lutheran and St. Paul's United Methodist churches. This is a casual, 30-minute ecumenical service for families with individuals who are challenged by special needs, such as Down Syndrome, hearing or visual impairment, autism or Alzheimer's. It is held in a low-key setting, features soft and familiar songs and follows a traditional worship -- scripture, message, prayer, communion and music. A sign language interpreter will be present. Gluten-free wafers and grape juice will be used for communion. Everyone welcome.
Free Community Dinner -- St. Stephen Lutheran Church\, 435 2nd St., Hamler, May 23, 6-7 p.m., hosted by St. Stephen Lutheran Church Outreach Support.
Everyone welcome, spring cleaning supplies will be distributed to those in need.
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