Catch all the Pokemon at Wilkinson church

WILKINSON — Wilkinson Church of Christ plans a Pokemon event for all ages from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Organizers plan to purchase a “lure” for an hour to attract uncommon Pokemon.

Those who stop by can listen to a live band and have free Gatorade and chips.

Mortgage burning celebration scheduled

FORTVILLE — A mortgage burning celebration will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at New Life Christian Fellowship, 1574 W. State Road 234.

In October First Church of God in Greenfield and New Life became one congregation. The united New Life has sold the former First Church facility at 700 N. Broadway St. to Greenfield-Central Schools. With the proceeds, both the First Church mortgage and New Life’s mortgage have been paid off.

A barbecue on the church lawn and intergenerational activities will follow the mortgage burning. Organizers said a highlight will be the Interwoven Olympics, which will pit teams of children, youth, adults and seniors against each other in some light-hearted games.

St. Thomas Festival continues today

FORTVILLE — St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church’s 34th annual festival began Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

Activities include children’s games, live music, raffles for prizes, a homemade chicken noodle dinner and a homemade dessert corner. There will also be bingo, a blood drive, a silent auction, a farmers market and a lemon shake-ups stand.

Festivalgoers can also tour the church’s building at 523 S. Merrill St.

All proceeds will benefit the church.

Gospel quartet concert is Sunday

CUMBERLAND — GloryWay Quartet will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Buck Creek Baptist Church, 135 S. Muessing. These southern gospel recording artists will present their renditions of old-time hymns, as well as some of their new releases.

Bluegrass to perform at Knightstown

KNIGHTSTOWN — Russell Vanwinkle and Friends will play bluegrass gospel music at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 as part of the monthly singing at Knightstown Church of God, 405 North St., Knightstown.

For more information, call 765-345-7442.

Fish fry planned at Mt. Lebanon

BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP — Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church will have a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the church, 3447 S. State Road 9.

The menu features fried fish, hot dogs, French fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, dessert and beverage.

Donations will be accepted to support missions and other projects.

Police officer to speak about safety

INDIANAPOLIS — Sgt. Terry Hall will present “Protecting Through Empowerment” at Church52, 8220 Brookville Road.

The 38-year police veteran will speak about safety on the Internet and in other areas of life. He will address adults at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the church’s main sanctuary.

He will talk to fifth-graders through high school seniors at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in Area 52 at the church.

Hall has spent seven years in the Indianapolis department’s sex offense branch and is former director of the “Good Touch, Bad Touch” program for prevention of child abuse and neglect. He was named Indianapolis Police Department Officer of the Year and also was named Investigative Officer of the Year for having the highest arrest and conviction rate for five consecutive years. He also has received local and state social services awards for his work with children.

Second Saturdays feature games, food

FORTVILLE — Fortville Church of the Nazarene has started Second Saturdays, a community event that takes place every second Saturday of the month at the church, 701 S. Maple St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event begins at 6. The evening features games, prizes, music, food, a Bible story and fellowship for the entire family. If you have questions, call the church at 485-6443.

Festival raises funds for food pantry

CARTHAGE — Blue River Community Harvest food pantry of Carthage presents its semi-annual fundraiser, Summerfest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 on Main and Mill Streets in downtown Carthage.

More than 35 arts and crafts vendors will line Mill Street. Local musicians and the famous BOJO’s BBQ pulled pork lunch, featuring desserts by the Homemakers Club, will also be part of the event. New food offerings this year are breakfast burritos.

The non-competitive 5K run/walk/bike will begin at 8:10 a.m., after the Covered Bridge Bike Tour begins at 8 a.m.

Information and registration forms for both events can be found online at

Onsite registration does not guarantee T-shirt availability.

All proceeds from food, the 5K run/walk/bike, the Covered Bridge Bike Tour and the sale of T-shirts will go toward the purchase of food for the food pantry. There will also be a food Donation Station for those who would prefer to donate non-perishable food items (canned food, soap, paper products, etc.) The pantry will also accept cash, check, and credit card donations.

For information about the 5K and Covered Bridge Tour, call Jennifer Cochrane at 317-696-0785. For information about vendors, call Jennifer Noland at 765-635-7818. If you or your organization wishes to sponsor the 5K run, call Robin Goodpaster at 317-402-4089.