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Special events

Bethel United Methodist Church, 8405 Lima Road, will celebrate its 170-year anniversary Sunday. A potluck lunch will follow the 10:30 a.m. service, and an Old Time 1843 Christian Revival will be at 4:30 p.m.

Manchester University in North Manchester will have a program of dance, chanting and prayers featuring Tibetan monks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wine Recital Hall. The program is sponsored by the Manchester University Peace Studies Institute and Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Center in Bloomington.

Huntington University’s Center for Non-Western Studies will host a performance by Tibetan monks of the Tashi Kyil Monastery at 7 p.m. Friday in the Habecker Dining Commons on the college campus in Huntington.

Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, Ohio, is having the “Modest Is Hottest” praise and worship conference for tween and teen girls at 6:30 p.m. today. Cost is $10 and tickets are available by calling 419-238-9426. For information, go to

Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne will have a program to help develop, implement and evaluate congregational plans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Creek Church of Christ, 12606 Indiana 1 in Leo-Cedarville. Cost is $30; register at

•The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County’s Active in Disaster ministry will have an informational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. Wayne St., for volunteers from the local faith community who are interested in assisting in the local disaster response team. For more information, go to or call 260-579-5555.

Wabash Friends Counseling Center in Wabash is hosting its “Live Life to the Fullest: A Spiritual Growth Conference” with speaker Dr. Gary Oliver from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 26. Registration is $25 by Sept. 21 and $50 at the door. Student fees are $15 before Oct. 12. To register, go to or call 260-563-8453.

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