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Guidelight

Classes

Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute will have winter classes at Zion Lutheran School, 1028 W. Monroe St., Decatur, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday through Feb. 5. There are four courses being offered. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and fees are $8 for adults and free for students.

The Fort Wayne School of Urban Ministry, 3901 S. Wayne Ave., is offering classes starting Jan. 22 to teach churches how to reach their congregations and communities. Registration is open through the first week of classes. Classes are $75 each.

Special services

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

A Heal the Land service is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today at Antiques on Broadway, 1115 Broadway. Store employee Robert Shimer was beaten to death at his place of employment last month.

Special events

Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., is hosting Timothy Goeglein in an open forum, “Faith in the Halls of Power: Christianity and the American Public Life,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday. Goeglein is vice president for external affairs for Focus on the Family.

New Covenant Worship Center, 3701 S. Calhoun St., is hosting preacher Charles Ware at 10 a.m. Sunday. Ware will speak on “Love: The Christian Logo,” and will preach at the church’s 10 a.m. worship service Jan. 20.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 314 W. Maumee St., Angola, will host Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley at 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets are $5 and available at the church or by calling 665-9362. Gulley’s newest book is called, “The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity.”

The Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, will have an Open House with Jesus Jam from 4 to 8 p.m. today. The event celebrates the 60th birthday of church pastor JP Freeman.

Crossroads Bible College is having a Pastors and Lay Leaders Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at True Love Baptist Church, 715 E. Wallace St. RSVP at 255-4484 or cmann@crossroads.edu.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4800 S. Calhoun St., is having a family game night from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 that will include Bingo, prizes and snacks.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., is presenting a concert of sacred choral works by the Nordic Choir of Luther College, of Decorah, Iowa. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Special news

William Hasker, Huntington University emeritus professor of philosophy, has a new book published by the Oxford University Press. Hasker’s book is titled “Metaphysics and the Tri-Personal God” and will be released in October.

Guidelight is a listing of special religious events. To publish religious news, send information to Guidelight, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0088, or email jyouhana@jg.net at least two weeks before desired publication.

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