Churches mark start of Lent with services

HANCOCK COUNTY — These area churches are among those with Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18) services planned to mark the start of Lent, a 40-day season of preparation for Christians leading up to Easter.

■ 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. St. Michael Catholic Church

■ 7 p.m. Bradley United Methodist Church

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■ 7 p.m. Eden United Methodist Church

■ 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church

■ 7 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church

■ 7 p.m. Mohawk United Methodist Church

■ 7 p.m. Otterbein United Methodist Church

■ 7 p.m. Willow Branch United Methodist Church

■ 7 p.m. St. John United Church of Christ

Unity in Christ hosts guest speaker, dinner

GWYNNEVILLE — Gwynneville Unity in Christ Church welcomes guest speaker James Sweet on Sunday. Bible study begins at 9 a.m., and worship begins at 10 a.m. His sermon will be “Faith, Hope and Love.” A fellowship dinner will follow the service.

The church is located on U.S. 52 east of Morristown.

Methodist church to serve community meal

McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville United Methodist Church’s next Second Saturday Community Dinner is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. today.

The menu features beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, a salad bar and desserts. A free-will offering for the meal will benefit the church.

Crossroads Cluster present Lenten series

FOUNTAINTOWN — Area churches in the CrossRoads Cluster group of the United Methodist Church present a Lenten service series.

An Ash Wednesday service is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Services in the Sunday series begin at 6:30 p.m. each week, with the church playing host to the service providing light snacks after worship.

■ Feb. 22: Fountaintown United Methodist Church, with Pastor Johnnie Lee Sanders preaching

■ March 1: Morristown United Methodist Church, with Pastor Steve Brackney preaching

■ March 8: Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gwen Pew preaching

■ March 15: Fairview United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeri Thomas preaching

■ March 22: Carrolton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marianne Nichols preaching

■ March 29: Liberty United Methodist Church, with the church’s choir performing a cantata

Irvington Presbyterian conducts free concert

IRVINGTON — Soloist Eric Wickens will present a free concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Irvington Presbyterian Church, 55 Johnson Ave., Indianapolis. Wickens is known in Indianapolis and surrounding areas for his classic modern style. He blends past and present styles to create a sound that is both familiar and new. Two of his recordings are “Amazing Grace” and “Be Still My Soul.” The event marks the return of the Fourth Sunday concerts at the church.

A pizza reception follows. Visitors are welcome at special events at IPC and at Sunday services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Call 356-7225 or see for more information.

Cemetery meeting called at church

GREENFIELD — Philadelphia United Methodist Church will hold its annual cemetery meeting today at 1 p.m.

Youth ministries may apply for grants

INDIANAPOLIS — The Youth Ministry Grant Initiative is a program of the Center for Congregations. The initiative is for congregations working to develop new and sustainable youth programming opportunities for sixth through 12th grades.

The program includes financial support as well as a thorough educational component. Congregations throughout Indiana may apply.

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New service targets 18- to 30-year-olds

GREENFIELD — Saturday Nights, a service designed for millennials, began Saturday (Feb. 7) at Brandywine Community Church, 1551 E. New Road. The gathering is at 6 p.m. weekly.

It’s a place for adults 18 to 30 years old to “go, worship, learn, hear the living word of God, create their own community and be who they are freely,” wrote Rose Thompson, one of the team members helping launch the service. “Young adults are full of potential, passion and God’s calling to be world-changers.”

Breakfast buffets run during Upward

NEW PALESTINE — New Palestine United Methodist Church will conduct all-you-can-eat community breakfasts on Saturdays in February, in conjunction with the Upward basketball program.

The breakfasts run from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Community Ministry Center.

The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown potatoes, sausage links and a variety of fruit. Coffee, milk and juice will also be served.

A $7 donation will be accepted from those 11 and older, and $3 is asked for those 10 and younger.

The church is located at 3656 S. Gem Road. For more details, call 317-861-4390.