Religion briefs, March 22

Activist to give presentations on Holy Land today, Tuesday

Boston-based photographer, Skip Schiel, is coming to northern Ohio to give presentations about his excursions to the Holy Land.

FOSTORIA – At 7 p.m. today, Schiel is to present “Bethlehem the Holy: The Struggle for an Ancient City,” in Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria. His pictures document the restrictions on travel and tourism around the birthplace of Jesus.

Visitors are welcome to attend a church service at 5 p.m. and a light supper at 6 p.m. prior to the presentation. Hope Lutheran is located at 151 W. Center St., Fostoria.

In a new program, “Eyewitness Gaza,” Schiel concentrates on his personal experiences and its political context, five years after the Israeli attacks of Operation Cast Lead. The presentation is to be given at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Gundlach Theatre at Heidelberg University.

The main focus is on youths and their struggles to survive and grow amid harsh and chaotic conditions. Schiel explores the lives of people still living in tents and in recently constructed, rudimentary dwellings. A segment of the program is devoted to The American Friends Service Committee, whose efforts foster hope and resilience.

For further information, contact

Benefit at Faith United Sunday to feature luncheon, auction

A Soup, Salad & Dessert Luncheon and Silent Auction is to take place Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin. It is a benefit for the Flat Rock Home’s “Race at the Rock.” The auction is to be open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and the luncheon is to be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with different kinds of soups, salads and desserts. The cost of the luncheon is a donation. There will be information available on the “Race at the Rock,” which is slated for April.

Lenten devotion offered

BELLEVUE – The Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue is to host “Lent by Candlelight” 6-8 p.m. Sunday with Scripture, reflection, song and prayer. Confessions also are to be available. An offering is to be collected. To learn more, call (419) 483-3435, ext. 101.

St. Francis to serve beans and rice, host speaker Monday

The 25th annual Beans and Rice Dinner is to be served at 5:30 p.m. Monday at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave. A prayer service and dinner are to take place in the Canticle Cafe. At 6:30 p.m., guests are to move to the south room of the center for a talk by Mary Anne Perrone, an advocate for the poor and oppressed of Central America. Her program is called “Immigration Rights: Why They Come and Why They Can’t Return.” An offering is to be accepted. Contact Sister Andrea Inkrott to RSVP for the meal by e-mail at or call (419) 447-0435, ext. 112.

Register now for Women ACT

The annual Women ACT conference is set for 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 5 at Camden Falls. Registrations are being accepted for the day of spiritual reflection. The main speaker is to be Deborah Lovett. Music is to be by Sara Baumgardner, and Raylene Hlavaty is to portray composer Fanny Crosby.

The cost is $25 per person if paid by Thursday. Lunch is included. For more information, call Sue at (419) 447-3437 or Becky at (419) 448-9852.

Get in the Lenten spirit

BELLEVUE – Brother Terry Nufer is to lead a Lenten liturgy discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue. To learn more, call (419) 483-3435.

Christian Jam set for Friday

A Little Faith Ministries, 230 S. Washington St., is to host Christian Jam, an open-mic event, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. A variety of gospel music is expected, including traditional, contemporary and country.

The jam this month includes a charity drive. Small, stuffed bunnies, chicks and the like are being collected to children in hospitals. The items must be new, with tags still attached.

To participate, call (419) 443-0177.

Passion play coming to Clyde

CLYDE – The Clyde Ministerial Association is to bring”Tetelestai” to Clyde High School for three performances. The musical stage production dramatizes Jesus’ trial, execution and resurrection. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. March 30. Admission is free but donations are to be accepted. For more details, visit The school is located on Race Street.

Learn about ‘Oils of the Bible’

Stephanie Price of Rawson is to teach a Healing Oils of the Bible class 1-3 p.m. March 29 at the Tiffin K of C Hall, 49 E. Perry St. Learn about oils, spices and ointments mentioned throughout the Bible and God’s purpose for these special oils. Participants are asked to bring a Bible, a notebook and pen.

A class on “Healing Oils of the Bible” is to be offered at 7 p.m. April 7 in Room 22 at St. Mary School. Beverly Martin of Tiffin is to explain the benefits of the oils, spices and ointments that are mentioned in the bible. The class is free.