Revival — Freedom Church, 17936 County Road 108, Paulding, is hosting a revival today-Sunday 10 at 6 p.m. each evening. Preaching tonight will be Pastor Chris Baker of Bethel Christian Church of Arthur, and preaching Saturday and Sunday will be Pastor Keith Adkins of Cow Creek Pentecostal Church of Booneville, Ky.

Lenten lunches — The Paulding Ministerial Association is sponsoring Lenten lunches each Wednesday at noon during Lent, at First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Caroline St., Paulding. Meals began March 6, and will be held March 13, March 20 and March 27, and April 3 and April 10. A light meal will be provided by one of the churches in the ministerial association, followed by a brief devotional by a speaker from that church. Events are planned to end before 1 p.m. so that those on a lunch hour from work can attend. There is no charge, although a freewill donation is welcomed. Non-perishable items also will be collected for the local Caring and Sharing food pantry. For more information, call 419-399-2438.

Community suppers — First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Caroline St, Paulding, is hosting community suppers each Wednesday during the Lenten season from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The meals began March 6, and will be held March 13, March 20 and March 27, and April 3 and April 10. A Lenten devotional by Pastor Ian Ferguson follows the meal from 6:15-6:45 p.m. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 419-399-2438.

Lenten services — St. John Lutheran Church, 812 E. High St., Hicksville, will host a pair of mid-week services each Wednesday during Lent. A morning prayer service will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the fireplace room, followed by a Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles. The evening service on Wednesdays will feature “Unfailing Light” by Haugen and Briehl at 7:35 p.m. Each week a different object will be featured, including: rope/whip, thorns, wood, nails, linen cloth and stone will be used. For more information, call 419-542-6269.

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast — The Next Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be held March 16, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at St. John Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance. A special presentation will be made by Tim Wedge, associate professor of digital forensic science at Defiance College. Wedge first encountered human trafficking while conducting digital forensic examinations for the Military Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army as a military contractor in Iraq in 2009-10. Since that time, he has educated himself and others about this horrendous crime. Wedge and his students continue to research new methods to apply technology to better detect, investigate and prosecute the crime of human trafficking. Wedge and his students have received state, local and international recognition, including a human trafficking training scenario used at an international conference in Doha, Qatar, a prototype program to match missing children with online sex ads and a digital evidence guide for victim advocates. Men, women and families of all denominations/faiths are invited to share fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ. The breakfast is available for a freewill offering. Coffee/fellowship begins at 7:30 a.m., with the breakfast/program at 8 a.m. For more information, contact George Westrick at 419-784-3975 or send an email to grwestrick@gmail.com.

Annual craft show — St. Michael’s Catholic Church Altar & Rosary Society is hosting its 35th annual craft show March 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance. Admission is free and the event will feature handcrafted items and many vendors There will be a lunch stand, featuring sandwiches, soup and desserts, a bake sale and raffles. For more information, call 419-497-4551 or 419-769-7926.

Pancake and sausage supper — Union Chapel Church of God, 17983 County Road A, Bryan, is hosting a pancake and sausage supper March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu includes: pancakes with syrup and fruit toppings, whole-hog sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee and other beverages. The meal is available for a freewill donation, and takeouts are available. There also will be bake sale items available. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church’s local outreach fund, with proceeds from the bake sale benefiting the church repair fund. For more information, call 419-658-2479 or 419-553-9576.

Anniversary celebration — St. John Lutheran Church, 16035 County Road U, Napoleon, is hosting several events throughout 2019 in celebration of its 150th anniversary, with the theme: “Jesus Christ — Yesterday, Today, Forever.” The church will celebrate “Jesus Christ, Yesterday,” on March 17 at 9 a.m. The service will feature Rev. Dr. Matt Rosebrock, the son of congregants David and Karen Rosebrock, and the pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lindenwood, Ill. In addition, the Kantorei Men’s Chorus from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, will be the musical guests. A potluck meal will be held in the fellowship hall following the service, and a program featuring Rev. Dale Kern, “The Black Swamp Story Teller,” who will play the part of Rev. W.L. Fischer, to tell the story of the founding of the church. Events are also planned for services on June 2 at 9 a.m. (“Jesus Christ, Today”) and Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. (“Jesus Christ, Forever.) For more information, call 419-598-8961.

Gerken to speak — Henry County Right to Life is hosting Kelly Gerken of Sufficient Grace Ministries on March 18 at 7 p.m. at Harvest Fellowship Church, F-288 Ohio 109, Hamler. Gerken will speak about the services offered by Sufficient Grace Ministries that include: perinatal hospice support for families receiving a life-limiting diagnosis in pregnancy and emergent support for those who experience the loss of a baby in any gestation; in-person support from professionally trained volunteers, with 24-hour availability who will attend the birth to support the parents, and help foster bonding and memory making during the baby’s brief life; assistance in forming a birth plan, stating the family’s wishes for pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond; remembrance photography to capture every moment of the baby’s time here; walking with you bereavement supports groups, both online and in-person; and birth professionals training, parent centered perinatal hospice and bereavement support services, emphasizing compassionate care for grieving families. For more information, call 419-274-4001.

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