Religion briefs, Dec. 14

Christmas program at First Lutheran set for Dec. 22

The children of First Lutheran Church are to present their Christmas program during the 10 a.m. worship service Dec. 22. Their program is titled “The King’s Birthday” and is under the direction of music director Curtis King.

The program presents a tableau of the nativity as seen through the eyes of the inn keeper in Bethlehem. The presentation is open to the public at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St.

Fair trade shop open next week

Fair trade is an international standard that provides fair wages to farmers and craftspeople to help them work their way out of poverty. Fair trade aims to protect the environment, guide the creative process, empower women, and prohibit forced labor and child labor. With the reliable income of fair trade, poor communities often build schools and clinics.

For two evenings, the fair trade shop at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 10 Main St. in Tiffin, is to be open 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Merchandise from all over the world includes: jewelry, ornaments, candles, hats, gloves, stuffed animals, baskets, bags, scarves, clergy stoles, friendship bracelets, ladybug backpacks, musical instruments, Divine cocoa, birdhouses and much more.

To learn more, visit or call the church at (419) 447-4372.

Events planned at St. Francis Spirituality Center

A evening of Advent prayer is to be offered 6-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Spirituality Center with Sister Rosie Miller, OSF, as the facilitator. The center is handicapped accessible. For more information on this free event, call (419) 443-1485.

A workshop for church lectors is set for 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Spirituality Center. Sister Virginia Welsh, OSF, is to lead the program. The cost is $10 per person of $40 for a group of five from one parish who register together. Call (419) 443-1485 to register.

Sing into the season

CLYDE – Compassionate Ministries is to host a Christmas singing and supper 3-8 p.m. Dec. 21 at 1283 TR 236, Clyde. The meal is to be served 3-4:30 p.m. with a menu of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert. The music is to run 5-8 p.m. with these singers expected to perform: Rich Adkins, Chris Baldwin, Carl & Darcy, Donna Sue, Steve Curless, One Voice, Jimmy Potridge, Tami Potts and Martha Whaley.

For more details, call (419) 307-5530 or (419) 307-5533.