Churches to mark Ash Wednesday

HANCOCK COUNTY — Many Christians will mark the start of Lent on Wednesday with Ash Wednesday observances, and several local churches have plans in place.

Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 2265 U.S. 40 West, Greenfield, will offer drive-through imposition of ashes from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Faith Lutheran Church will have a soup supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by a service at 7.

New Palestine United Methodist Church will have a pitch-in fellowship meal at 6 p.m., followed by a service at 7.

These area churches also have services planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday: Mohawk United Methodist Church, Otterbein United Methodist Church, St. John United Church of Christ, Trinity Park United Methodist Church and Willow Branch United Methodist Church.

Riley Friends Church set for first service

GREENFIELD — Riley Friends Church, a new congregation forming in the area, will meet for its first service at 5 p.m. today at 20 W. South St.

New Palestine church serving brunch

NEW PALESTINE — New Palestine Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will serve brunch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 10) at the church, 4053 S. County Road 650W.

Pancake breakfast to help families in need

NEW PALESTINE — The Pathfinders Sunday School Class will offer an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit two area families in need.

Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Feb. 17 at the church, 3565 S. County Road 500W, and continues until 10 a.m. or until the pancakes are gone. Donations will be accepted for the families.

Chili supper to aid youth mission trip

MT. COMFORT — The Movie Theater Church’s annual Chili Supper and Dessert Auction are set for 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

It will feature more than 20 crocks of chili, homemade desserts to bid on, a children’s dessert bake-off contest, raffles and door prizes. All proceeds go to support the church’s youth mission trip. If you’d like to donate a crock of chili or homemade dessert, or enter your children in the bake-off, contact the Rev. Ethan Maple at

The Movie Theater Church is located inside Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 3179 N. County Road 600W, Greenfield.

Dinner proceeds to benefit playground

McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville United Methodist Church will serve dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10) at the church, 6247 W. Broadway.

The menu features beef and noodles.

Proceeds will support the effort to build a community playground in memory of Matthew Clegg, a 7-year-old church member who died unexpectedly in 2016.

The church also will serve a community breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

Session helps parents broach technology

FORTVILLE — The Rev. Mark Adcock and his wife, Angela, will begin a Parent Conversations series at 6 p.m. the fourth Sunday evening of the month for parents of children and youth.

The Feb. 25 topic is “Dealing with the Challenges of Technology.”

This session will educate parents about some of the impacts of technology on youth in our culture today. Topics of discussion will include: When should you give your child a cellphone? What controls and filters are helpful to protect your children from opening themselves to some of the evils that can attack? Should parents have access to the things that are happening in the digital age? How can we protect our youth and children? What are Christian parents to do?

At 7 p.m., youth parents will stay for a short meeting with the Adcocks regarding some of the specific challenges that youth are facing in culture today and how they affect our youth ministry. They also will share some of the future plans for youth ministry at New Life.

United Church of Christ offering dinner

CUMBERLAND — St. John United Church of Christ, 11910 E. Prospect St., will serve dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Everyone is welcome.

Information:; 317-894-7958