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Special services

The Peace and Justice Commission in Allen County will have a Heal the Land service at 12:15 p.m. today on Oliver Street near Drexel Avenue, where 20-year-old Shane Jamal Stephens was shot and killed May 16.

The Indiana Buddhist Temple, 7528 Thompson Road, Hoagland, will perform merits transfer and a memorial service Monday for those affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla. For information, call 447-5269 or go to

Special events

St. James Lutheran Church, 1720 Indiana 930 E., New Haven, will have a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and a bag sale from 9 a.m. to noon June 1.

St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road, will have a rummage sale from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. A $2 bag sale will be Friday.

Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 1515 Barthold St., will have its Fun Fest 2013 from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 1. The event includes food, games, live music and silent auctions. Admission is free.

Abundant Life Church, 3301 Coliseum Blvd. E., will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at 6 p.m. June 2. To register, call Brian Thompson at 432-0014.

Worship in the Park begins its summer season at Franke Park at 8 a.m. Sunday. The service, in the pavilion near the entrance to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, is hosted by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and runs through Labor Day weekend. On Sunday, Pastor Russell L. Dewell will officiate and the Trinity Choir will perform.

Special news

Redeemer Radio AM 1450 and 89.9 FM raised $227,234 during its semiannual Sharathon event May 1 to 3.

Guidelight is a listing of special religious events. Send information to Guidelight, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0088, or email at least two weeks before desired publication.