Religion calendar: 12-1


The Lutheran Hour, WPOS (102.3) Sunday, 7 a.m. and on XM satellite radio dial 170 at 1 p.m. Host, the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus. Sunday’s speaker will be the Rev. Gregory Seltz.

Philippine-American Catholic Council Novena and Mass, 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, St. Clement Church, 3030 Tremainsville Rd.

Theology with Toast, 10 a.m. second Wednesday each month, Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon. This second Wednesday the Rev. Frank Eckhart will present “Surviving Retirement.” Coffee and rolls, 9:30 a.m. Information: 698-0405.

Toledo Country Limits, outreach ministry of the Church of St. Andrew United, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd., “Classic Country Showcase,” 6 p.m. first Saturday of each month. Toledo Country Limits showcases classic country music by featuring an evening of old-fashioned country gospel songs.

The Christian Festival Choir, invites area singers to join in preparation for annual Christmas benefit, the cantata “Journey of Promises.” Donations from free concert go to Mom’s House. Rehearsals 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Calvary Assembly of God, 5025 Glendale Ave. until concert at Whitmer on Dec. 13. Christian Festival Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 5601 Clegg Dr. Love offering. Information: or 419-865-5795 or 419-260-8284.

Christian Seniors Interacting,  sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Perrysburg, second and fourth Tuesdays each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 200 Zoar Dr., Perrysburg. Dec. 11, with Pastor Terry Powell; program will be White Elephant. Lunch provided. Cost: $3. Reservation required, 419-872-0846.

Our Lady of Toledo Shrine, Rosary for Life and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 2 p.m. today, 655 S. Coy Rd., Oregon. Spiritual committee meeting, noon; Advent preparation and social hour, 1 p.m.

Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church prayer breakfast, 10 a.m. today, 918 Colburn St. Guest speaker, Pastor Ken Rupert of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Defiance. Open to all. Annual Men’s Day, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, with Pastor Garland Files, Abundant Life Missionary Baptist Church.

Live Nativity, sponsored by communities of Gibsonburg, Helena, and Hessville, Ohio, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Zion Lutheran Church, 500 S. Brentwood Ave., Gibsonburg. The Christmas story told through song and Scripture. Visitors to be given a CD or a cassette to listen to as they travel the parking lot in their own vehicles. A CD or cassette player will be provided for those wwithout one. Nativity actors are of all ages; many stations feature live animals.

Olivet Lutheran Church handbell concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania, Rejoice and Jubilee Handbell Choirs under direction of Carol Miller. Sacred and secular music with special musicians. Free-will offering. Rejoice Handbell Choir tol perform at Toledo Museum of Art, 7:30 p.m. Friday; event is free, open to the public, parking is $5. Olivet’s Children Choir to perform a musical, The Best Christmas Present Ever, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, church sancturary.

Monroe Street United Methodist Church Ye Olde Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, 3613 Monroe St. Church choirs to be joined by special guests, Young Voices of Greater Toledo. Seasonal music, an audience singalong. Open to public; free-will offering.

Rosary Cathedral Concert Series, 3 p.m. Sunday, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. Advent lessons and carols. Cathedral Choir with Paul Monachino, director. Information: 419-244-9575.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas concert, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 1825 Glendale Ave. Seasonal social, dance, comedy, instrumental offerings, and special featured artists: Bowsher Rebelaires; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec 16, Night of Father’s Love, Christmas Cantata during worship. Information: 419-382-5644.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Advent lessons and carols, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance, and Advent Vesper, 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Information: 734-847-2805

Advent by candlelight for women, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Lial Renewal Center, 5908 Davis Rd., Whitehouse. Evening includes candlelight ambience, fellowship, music, dessert, presentations, and prayer. Guest speakers will be Sister Jan Marie Lonsway, house director of Path to Life: Hope Home, and Sisters of Notre Dame Associate Sara Best. All women 18 and older welcome. Women may register as group or individually. Fee: $10 a person. Register at or send name, address, and check to Lial Renewal Center, 5908 Davis Rd., Whitehouse, Ohio 43571. Information: 419-877-0432.

The 43rd Annual Ecumenical Christmas Service and Buffet, 6 p.m. Thursday, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington, Genoa. Buffet at 6:30 p.m. Host is Community and Genoa Christian Churches. Theme: "Cradle to Cross."

The River of Life Community Church, A Night in Bethlehem on Dundee Parade night, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 136 Tecumseh St., Dundee, Mich. Make some family memories you will treasure forever by letting your family to travel back to ancient Bethlehem. Information: or 734-529-5518.

St. Stephen’s COGIC, Jubilee of Praise, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 5509 Dorr St.

First United Methodist’s Christmas concert, 11 a.m. Dec. 9, 200 W. Second, Perrysburg. Nearly 50 local musicians, a special blend of carols and newer seasonal songs. Free. 419-874-1911 or

New Prospect Baptist Church, annual candlelight service, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 1425 W. Delaware Ave. with the Rev. Casey Diggins, Sr.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, evening of contemporary praise and worship, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 4125 Pickle Rd., Oregon.

First St. John Lutheran Church traditional German Church Service, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 2471 Seaman St. Featuring the Teutonia Mannerchor, Damenchor, and the First St. John Church Bell Choir.

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