Speaker will discuss human trafficking

GREENFIELD — Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. Every 30 seconds someone in the world — man, woman, child — becomes a victim.

Trafficking is a federal and state crime and human rights violation. Organizers of a local meeting about the issue say it generates $160 billion annually in illegal money.

Greenfield Christian Church will play host to a luncheon meeting at noon Sunday to focus on this issue. The guest speaker is the Rev. Chesla Nickelson, program/merger staff member for women’s ministries for the Disciples of Christ. She has received both Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees from Christian Theological Seminary and heads the editorial board of Just Women magazine. Nickelson will discuss ways to address the growing human trafficking crisis in the local community and the world. The public is invited.

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Group reaches out to those grieving

GREENFIELD — Deacon Wayne Davis and the St. Michael Catholic Church Bereavement Committee will offer a new session of Seasons of Hope, a six-week process organizers describe as “centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom, tradition and practices of Christians.” It is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.

Sessions run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the St. Michael Parish Office meeting room. The new season will begin Sunday and conclude Oct. 25.

Each session focuses on a specific topic and includes prayer, reading and reflecting upon a passage from the Bible, an opportunity to share common experiences, and a spiritual exercise to be completed during the week in the privacy of one’s home. Light refreshments are served at each session.

If you are looking for friends in Christ with whom to share your journey of sorrow, if you have been trying to figure out the meaning of your grief, if you want to get on with your life but haven’t been able to do so, if you find comfort in the teachings of Christ and his church, if you are open to new ways of coping with your grief, or if you don’t want to feel alone anymore, this group may be for you.

There is no charge for these sessions, but registration is requested so that materials can be ordered. To register, call the parish office at 462-4240 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Pro-abstinence author to address parents

NEW PALESTINE — Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and speaker at abstinence- and modesty-oriented events such as Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl, will speak to parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brandywine Community Church, 1551 E. New Road, Greenfield.

Free festival going on at Grandview Church

FORTVILLE — The community is invited to a free from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Grandview Church. Activities will include bounce houses, carnival games, cotton candy, cake walks, free food and live music. Several local first-responder agencies will offer activities and exhibits including a fire safety house and helicopter rescue transport.

The church is two miles north of Fortville on State Road 13 at the entrance to Summerlake addition.

Mt. Lebanon to show free movie

BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP — Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church will show the movie “Do You Believe?” at 7 p.m. today. Dinner will be served at 6.

Methodist church offers euchre social

MOHAWK — Mohawk United Methodist Church will offer a euchre party fellowship today.

Pitch-in snacks will be served at 6 p.m. Euchre play begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost.

Trinity Park serves pizza, ‘Big Hero 6’

GREENFIELD — Trinity Park United Methodist Church will play host to Family Night at 4 p.m. Sunday. Pizza will be provided, and “Big Hero 6” will be shown.

Faith United Methodist plans dinner, movie

GREENFIELD — Faith United Methodist Church offers a free dinner of chili, other soups and sides starting at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a free showing of the movie “Courageous.”

McCordville church to serve breakfast

McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville United Methodist Church’s next Fourth Saturday Community Breakfast is set for 7:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Most breakfast favorites are on the menu. A free-will offering will be accepted for the meal and benefit the church.

Willow Branch Fall Dinner planned

WILLOW BRANCH — Willow Branch United Methodist Church’s Fall Dinner is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

The menu features a choice of cubed steak or chicken and noodles, choice of sides, dessert and drink. An offering will be accepted.

Proceeds will benefit local mission projects and Hancock Cancer Care.

Curry’s Chapel to celebrate Homecoming

GREENFIELD — Curry’s Chapel United Methodist Church will celebrate Homecoming Sunday on Sept. 27.

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:30 a.m. A pitch-in dinner will follow the service.

Consultant to offer workshop for leaders

GREENFIELD — Church Doctor Ministries, an international coaching, consulting, and teaching ministry based in Corunna, will present a workshop for area pastors, ministry leaders, and interested church members from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church, 1741 S. State St.

This workshop will be facilitated by Swank and Kent R. Hunter. Swank is leader of Church Doctor Ministries and a certified church consultant and Christian leadership coach. Hunter, known as the “Church Doctor,” has advised more than 1,400 churches from 65 denominations, fellowships and movements.

Registration is required to ensure materials are available for participants. Cost is $25 per person, or $75 per group of three or more from the same church.

Register online at healthychurchesthrive.com/workshops, call 1.800.626.8515, or send email to johnwargowsky@churchdoctor.org.

Irvington to present ‘Night at the Opera’

IRVINGTON — Irvington Presbyterian Church will play host to drama and music by famous classical composers in “Night at the Opera” at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at 55 Johnson Ave.

The free concert will be performed by members of professional ensemble VOCE including Joy Goetz Connors, music educator and music director at Irvington United Methodist Church; Brenda Iacocca, veteran music educator and performer; Eric Wickens, performer and managing director of VOCE; and Thom Brown, Indianapolis opera and musical theater tenor. Church organist Velinda Secor is the accompanist.

Pizza and fellowship will follow the concert.

Visitors also are invited to any 10 a.m. Sunday service and first Sunday Vespers at 6 p.m.

Call 317-356-7225 or see irvpresby.org.

Sugar Creek plans Homecoming

GREENFIELD — Sugar Creek Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming Sunday at 11 a.m. Oct. 4.

Brand-New music trio will present a program, followed by a Homecoming dinner for all. There is no charge; an offering will be accepted to defray the group’s expenses.

For more information, call 317-617-4230.

Nameless Harvest Dinner approaches

GREENFIELD — Nameless Creek Christian Church’s Harvest Dinner is set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the church.

Proceeds will go to charity.

The church also plans to celebrate grandparents on Sept. 27.