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Special events

Lifetree Café will present “Is Marriage Obsolete? Why more people are saying, ‘I don’t’ ” from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Ossian Presbyterian Church, 123 S. Jefferson St., Ossian.

Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., is having the presentation “A Study on Law and Gospel,” by Carl Fickenscher II, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., will have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There is no cost, but there will be a freewill offering for a youth mission trip.

The You Can Lend a Hand fundraiser kicked off last month. It serves as one of the major fundraiser efforts for schools in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese. Books are sold for $3 through March 1 by area Catholic students in Huntington, Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Yoder, Wabash, New Haven, Decatur, Garrett, Monroeville and Avilla.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 7308 St. Joe Road, will have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 and free for those younger than 3.

Faith Baptist Church, 6600 Trier Road, is having “An Evening of Elegance” Feb. 16. It includes dinner at 6 p.m. and a praise band at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, and reservations are due Sunday by calling 485-1646.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road, is having a Mardi Gras celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. It will include a free pancake and sausage dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds go to the North Highlands Center for Learning.

Grace Lutheran Church, 204 N. Main St., Columbia City, is having a Fat Tuesday tenderloin fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free ages 5 and younger.

Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road, will have Spud Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $6.

St. Louis Besancon, 15535 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, will have a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., is having a Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 W. Rudisill Blvd., will have an early instruments concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $15 or $4 for students. Before the concert will be a German dinner, for $20.

New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, is hosting a GriefShare seminar from Tuesday through April 30. Each class is self-contained and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes will feature a video and discussion to help with the grieving process.

Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run, is hosting a 13-week weight loss class that includes teaching how God can be the foundation of living healthily. Meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and start Feb. 20. Cost is $95 for new members and $50 for alumni. Registration is due Wednesday. For more information, call 486-0974 or email

St. Michael Lutheran Church, 2131 Getz Road, is having a Q Place, a place for skeptics to talk about God and faith, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. Cost is $10 for those who preregister and $15 at the door. To register, call 432-2033 ext. 208 or email

Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., is having a Lunch and Learn program after Sunday’s service. The potluck will be followed by a program on being heart-healthy, including healthy recipes.

First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., is having an organ recital of music from the 17th century to modern time at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Special services

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison St., is having a bilingual Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Games, raffles and food will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Lunar New Year concert begins at 5 p.m.

A Heal the Land service will be at 12:15 p.m. today at the 2500 block of Hanna Street, where the body of Jeremy Dewayne Crews was found Jan. 27.

Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., is having Ash Wednesday services at 12:05 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 7308 St. Joe Road, will have a liturgy with ashes at noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have a Taize meditation and worship service at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Waynedale United Methodist Church, 2501 Church St., is having an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

First Mennonite Church, 1213 St. Marys Ave., is having an anointing service for Mentoring Moms’ volunteers locally and in Haiti at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Special news

Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., installed the Rev. Gary Erdos as senior pastor at a service Jan. 27.

Concordia Theological Seminary recently completed the Kenyan Hymnal Project, which created a hymnal for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya. The project began in 2009.

Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., has received a three-year grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The money will be used to raise awareness about student indebtedness.

The Neighborhood Food Network of Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County reported a 9 percent increase in the number of those helped from 2011 to 2012. Last year, the group distributed more than 1.4 million meals.

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