St. Paul’s Reformed calls new pastor

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Daniel J. Sparks has been called to serve as vicar of St. Paul’s Reformed Episcopal Church in Greenfield.

Sparks most recently worked as an assisting priest at Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church and as head of school at Good Shepherd School in Tyler, Texas. He was previously an active duty chaplain in the U.S. Army, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sparks is a native of Alabama, where he served churches before his military duty. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. He has been an Anglican clergyman for 13 years.

“I am joyful to join St. Paul’s in both the worship of Christ and ministry in the Greenfield area,” Sparks said. “The people I’ve met here have been gracious to welcome me, and I look forward to living and ministering here for many years. St. Paul’s welcomes anyone from the community to visit and worship with us.”

St. Paul’s is at 20 W. South St., across the street from the Greenfield Fire Department headquarters. It is a mission of the Reformed Episcopal Church, a traditional denomination that worships in the pattern of the Anglican Reformers. Sunday school takes place at 9:30 a.m., followed by a service of Holy Communion or morning prayer at 10:30 a.m.

The church offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, followed by a study at 7 p.m.

More information about the church is available on its website,, or by calling 317-498-5114.

Electronics recycling event set at church

BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP — Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3447 S. State Road 9, will offer electronics recycling from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 29 at the church.

CGS will be there to receive electronic items for recycling.

The following items will be accepted: Backup power supplies, LCD monitors, calculators, mainframe computers, cameras, microphones, cellphones, monitors (CRTs), computer boards, personal computers, computer keyboards, power cables, copiers, printers, DVD players, scanners, electronic motors, stereo equipment, fax machines, telephone systems, game systems, televisions, laptops, typewriters, laser disc players and VCR players.

Batteries are not accepted during this collection. Organizers say alkaline batters are not hazardous and can go in the trash.

Teams forming for flag football, volleyball

McCORDSVILLE — Outlook Christian Church will offer coed youth flag football and volleyball.

Flag football is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Volleyball is for children in third through eighth grade.

Register online at sports.

Cost is $85 for one player. Discounts are available for two or more siblings.

Registration for both sports ends Aug. 30.

Practices begin Aug. 31, with games beginning Sept. 5.

For more information contact the church office at 317-335-6815.

Luau set to feature activities, classic cars

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Christian Church’s “Hoosier Luau” is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Pulled pork and ice cream will be served. The event will also feature the Pacers Fan Van, children’s activities, bounce houses, a dunk tank, a disc jockey and classic cars (cruise-ins welcome).

The church is located at 23 N. East St. (corner of Main and East streets).

Fish fry will go toward missions, projects

BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP — A fish fry is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3447 S. State Road 9.

The menu features fried fish, hot dogs, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, dessert and beverage.

An offering will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting missions and special projects.

Hog roast donations to help mission work

GREENFIELD — Curry’s Chapel United Methodist Church will have the annual hog roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the church, 3488 N. County Road 375E.

The menu is pulled pork (plain and with barbecue sauce), green beans, baked beans, homemade potato salad, slaw, relish tray, applesauce, homemade desserts and drinks. An offering will help fund the church’s local missions.

Love INC invites service clubs to night of bowling for cause

GREENFIELD — Love INC of Greater Hancock County will have a fundraiser at Strike Force Lanes from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

It has challenged the service clubs in the county to a competition. The service club whose team has the highest series score will win a special prize.

Church groups are also encouraged to field teams in the event.

For everyone present, there will be door prize drawings every 30 minutes.

Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for those age 10 and younger. Learn more at

After-school program set to begin at United Methodist

MT. COMFORT — SonShine Kids, an after-school enrichment program serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, begins Sept. 10.

This free program meets from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays when school is in session. It offers homework assistance, arts and crafts, music, drama, nature, exercise and snacks. Parents and children are invited to an open house from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 N. County Road 600W.

Registration forms are available through students’ homeroom teachers at Mt. Comfort Elementary School and at the church. Enrollment is limited to maintain a quality program. To ask questions about this program, contact director Herb Hale at 317-703-0495, Rick Aldrich at 317-443-6928 or the church at 317-894-8965.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser planning to assist Trail Life

FORTVILLE — An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser is set for 7 to 10 a.m. today at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1574 W. State Road 234.

The meal includes pancakes, bacon, and a choice of orange juice, milk or coffee.

Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12 years and free for children younger than 5.

The event is raising money for the Trail Life group that meets at the church.

‘Godly Man’ study continues; session focuses on stability

FORTVILLE — New Life Christian Fellowship is offering a monthly study for men, “Living as a Godly Man in an Ungodly World.” It meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.

The next session is “The Stability of a Godly Man” on Wednesday.

Sign up by filling out a form at

Seminar shows grandparents how to leave lasting legacy

FORTVILLE — Mark and Angela Adcock will present the Courageous Grandparenting seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1574 W. State Road 234.

This seminar is designed to help grandparents finish the race well. New Life pastor Mark Adcock and his wife, Angela, are partners with the rapidly growing Christian Grandparenting Network. They will present practical, biblical tools to help you build a faith legacy that outlives you generation after generation. Organizers said whether you are a grandparent, parent or other concerned member of God’s family, this event is for you.

Cavin Harper, founder of the Christian Grandparenting Network, said, “It is a call to courageous, intentional faith, in which we live our lives as conduits of God’s grace and truth one generation to another. Will you join me as we link arms together in response to God’s call to build a movement of courageous grandparents (and parents) who understand the times and know how to fight for the hearts and souls of their families?”

The cost of the seminar is $25 for a couple or $20 per single person who attends; cost includes lunch and a copy of Harper’s book “Courageous Grandparenting: Unshakable Faith in a Broken World.” To sign up, call 317-485-7472 or email

SEPTabulous festival to include games, rides, petting zoo, food

FORTVILLE — Fortville Church of the Nazarene’s 14th and final annual festival known as SEPTabulous begins at noon Aug. 29.

The festival will include free games and prizes for children, barrel train rides, homemade ice cream, vendors of food and other products, inflatables, a cake walk, Indiana bloodmobile, pony rides, a petting zoo (from 1 to 5 p.m.), a video game truck (2 to 6 p.m.), Buck Creek Township Fire Department’s Smoke House and Fortville Fire Department (4 to 6 p.m.), Fortville Police Department and Seals Ambulance Service (4 to 6 p.m.); and ShineFM Christian radio station with a photo booth.

The Tony McCrary Family will present a gospel concert at 7 p.m., and a fireworks show begins at 9.

Pastor Phil Edwards and the congregation invite everyone.

This year also commemorates 100 years of service and ministry for the church (1915 to 2015). For more information, visit the church website,, or call the church office at 485-6443.