See the live animals in the stable, touch the pottery and woven fabrics, hear the music, and feel the excitement of a special baby’s birth when Hope Lutheran Church hosts “A Night in Bethlehem,” December 9-10 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. each day.
The public is invited to this free Christmas event to experience first-century Bethlehem, just as it would have been at the time of Jesus’ birth. Take in the sights, smells, and sounds of the bustling marketplace, complete with authentic shops staffed with artisans, a wine press, and live animals including sheep, goats, and even a camel.
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 2201 Secor Road (corner of Secor and Bancroft). Parking for handicapped and those needing special assistance is available in the lot off Indian Road. Additional parking is available at Ottawa Hills Elementary School, 3602 Indian Road, with complimentary shuttle service running to and from the church. For more information, visit www.hopetoledo.net.
Bethany House presents domestic violence documentary December 3
“Bread and Roses Too,” a documentary about domestic violence and the history of Bethany House, Toledo, will premiere on Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m., at the Sylvania Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, Ohio. The event is free, and the public is invited. The Sisters of St. Francis are the founders of Bethany House and continue to sponsor the long-term domestic violence shelter today.
Sister Mary Jon Wagner, OSF, congregational minister, and Sister Theresa Darga, OSF, assistant congregational minister, are executive producers of the film, and Sister Judith Ann Zielinski, OSF, of New Group Media from South Bend, Indiana, is the writer and producer of the project.
Since 1984, Bethany House has provided safe, long-term transitional shelter for local victims of domestic violence. Come hear stories of healing in the one-hour film, which features former Bethany House residents and others telling the tale of domestic violence and recovery.
Coffee and light refreshments will follow the documentary, and audience members will have an opportunity to meet local representatives working to end domestic violence and ask questions.