Today at 4 p.m., an adoption Mass will take place at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. Hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo to celebrate November being national adoption month, individuals and families who have been involved in adoptions, regardless of the agency, have the invitation to be blessed at the Mass. A light reception will follow.
Catholic Charities provides infant adoptions and supports birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees at all stages of the adoption process, and it also works with people involved in Catholic Charities adoptions for search and reunion services.
“Lazarus,” a musical based on the biblical story from the Christian gospel of Luke about Lazarus and a rich man, will be presented by the choirs of Sylvania United Church of Christ at its 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services Sunday. With the Thanksgiving feast coming up, this musical looks at the issues of hunger and poverty, and the church will collect a special offering to benefit Bread for the World. “Lazarus” was written by Joel Underwood, a Bread for the World staff member.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 4207 W. Laskey Rd., dedicates its new children's wing Sunday. Two and a half times larger than the previous space, the children's wing was built to offer a positive, life-changing impact with the church's Ekidz children's ministry, said Jeff Wilcox, the superintendent of Emmanuael Christian School. The church offers an open house and tours from 9 to 10:15 a.m., its worship service from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., then a children's book sale from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Four Lutheran churches will come together Sunday at 4 p.m. to sponsor a service of healing in the historic chapel at the Lutheran Home at Toledo, 2411 Seaman St. First St. Mark's in Oregon and Toledo's First St. Mark's, First St. John's, and Bethlehem churches will join to give a healing liturgy, prayers, anointing, and laying on of hands. The Rev. Beth Giller will preach, and Eric Dickey and Tom Ritter will provide music.
The Friendly Center, 1234 N. Superior St., is asking for food donations through Thursday to provide holiday meals for neighbors. Its particular requests, per family, are: one can of cranberry sauce; one large or two small cans of fruit; two cans of evaporated milk; two large or four small cans of green beans or peas, corn, and yams; one box of brownie mix; one large or two regular boxes of macaroni and cheese; and two boxes or one large bag of stuffing or dressing mix.
The Friendly Center provides programs and services to support people in the North Toledo corridor. It operates in collaboration with the United Methodist Church. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 .m., but it asks that all donations be made by 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 419-243-1289.