Author to speak at Greenfield church

NEW PALESTINE — A banquet to benefit Life Choices Care Center is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Brookville Road Community Church, 7480 W. U.S. 52.

Author Dannah Gresh, known not only for her books but also for abstinence- and modesty-oriented events such as Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl, will be the speaker. There will be a silent auction throughout the evening.

For more details, call 317-467-9700.

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Gresh will also speak to parents at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Brandywine Community Church, 1551 E. New Road, Greenfield.

Group series includes meal, child care service

NEW PALESTINE — Some of the traditional excuses for not joining a group are gone this time around.

What to do with the kids? Child care is provided, including a chance for older children to work on homework.

What about dinner? Food will be available.

Can’t be out too late? Done at 7 p.m.

Mark Havel, pastor of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, said while his church has offered small group opportunities before, “this is the first time we’re going to do it this deliberately.

“We’ve never done them … and had several meeting on the same night with food and childcare rolled in.”

The church kicked off its fall Grace Groups series Wednesday with a food truck outside the church.

Havel said while the church has already had Bible study groups that meet during the day, perhaps attracting people who are retired or work close by, “We’re reaching a whole different group of people” to sign up for the groups that began meeting this week.

Groups will meet for five weeks, with a meal at 5:15 p.m. and the group meeting from 6 to 7. The series wraps up just before Southern Hancock’s fall break. Topics include marriage, parenting, end-of-life issues, yoga and pen making.

It may not all sound like overtly spiritual subject matter, but Havel still finds value in coming together.

“People obviously come to church to learn things about faith and spirituality and religion,” he said, and the church is there for that. But “people also come … because they want to learn about those things with people they know and care about,” and sometimes those relationships grow outside traditional Bible studies.

In other words, you might feel closer to a Sunday school classmate Sunday morning after working on a craft together on Wednesday night.

“What we’re encouraging people to do is build Christian relationships with people,” Havel said. “Their relationships will be better with the people they do go to Bible studies with.”

After fall break, a new five-week set of classes will begin, concluding before Thanksgiving.

Revival services start at Baptist church

GREENFIELD — Bethel Baptist Church’s Fall Revival services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Services continue at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

The Rev. Mike Edwards, pastor of Piedmont Baptist Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina, will be guest speaker. Special music will be provided by the church choir and also special guest Joseph Habedank from Nashville, Tennessee. Habedank is formerly of The Perrys.

Outlook has new service times

McCORDSVILLE — Outlook Christian Church has new service times of 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is located on Mt. Comfort Road (6531 N. County Road 600W).

Children’s programming for infants to fifth grade is available all three services. Student programming (middle school and high school students) will be during the 10:15 service at the Fire Escape, Outlook’s Student Center in Oaklandon.

Transportation is provided from the main campus on Mt. Comfort Road to the Fire Escape at 9:55 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. Call the church office with questions at 317-335-6815.

Lord’s Acre Festival continues today

McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville United Methodist Church’s annual Lord’s Acre Festival began Friday and continues today.

Visit and click on “Lord’s Acre Festival” specific festival events and times.