Grace Christian Center, 683 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, will hold a class on evangelism from 6:30-8 p.m. today through Tuesday. Call 449-8818 to make a reservation. Space is limited.

Peace Lutheran Church, 3590 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph, will celebrate graduates during its 10:15 a.m. Sunday service. Graduates who are planning to attend are asked to call 556-7000 or email

The Rev. Ricardo Tavarez of Grand Rapids will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. Sunday at Zion St. Joe United Church of Christ, 3001 Veronica Drive, St. Joseph. Tavarez is passionate about equipping urban leaders with cross-cultural leadership and ministry skills, and advocating for those in the margins.

Second Baptist Church, 600 Donald Adkins Drive, Benton Harbor, will hold its baccalaureate service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Graduate speakers will be Jalen Beck, Deonte Campbell-Sims, Tadra Lewis and Brianna White. Also participating will be Kennedy Robinson, LaDonna Pryor and Charles Hudson-Smith. The Second Baptist Eddie Whitfield Mary Graham scholarships will be awarded. All graduates are invited to attend the service. Refreshments will be served.

David Tidwell’s free lecture series on world religions continues from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday at First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St., South Haven, with Buddhism. The public is invited to attend.

Saron Lutheran Church, 510 Main St., St. Joseph, will hold a benefit musical showcase at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Proceeds from the free-will offering will go toward the medical expenses of Jim Hicks, who awaits a kidney transplant. For more info, call 983-1273.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, will bid farewell to three departing teachers – Ryan Willis, Laura Stangl and Claire Natsis – at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Light refreshments will follow the service. Also Sunday, the church will celebrate students who are graduating.

St. Joseph Buddhist Sangha will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. June 8 and 6 p.m. June 18 at Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, 500 Market St., St. Joseph. The Tuesday night gatherings will study “Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism” by Ani Tenzin Palmo. A day of silent meditation will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22 in the community room at Caring Circle, 40125 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph. To RSVP, email

Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin St., Coloma, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. At 9 a.m. June 9, Kevin Hildebrand, kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary, will be the guest organist. He will compose a festival postlude on “Now Thank We All Our God” in honor of the church’s anniversary. He is the son of Delores and Ernest Hildebrand of Berrien Springs.

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