Traverse City — The Michigan Lupus Foundation Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The meeting is free and will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Munson Community Health Center conference room A & B, 550 Munson Ave. For details, call (800) 705-6677, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.milupus.org
Traverse City — The Rev. Paul Busekist from Bethlehem Lutheran Church will share a Lenten message at the Thursday, Feb. 21, Lenten Luncheon sponsored by Church Women United.
The 11:30 a.m. soup and sandwich meal at The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster, will be followed by music at noon and the message from 12:30 to 1 p.m. A $3 donation per person is suggested and all proceeds benefit local missions.
The series continues on Thursdays through March 21. Call 938-1387 to learn more.
Traverse City — The youth and families at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will host a sledding party at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Twin Lakes Park, North Long Lake Road.
The public is invited and should bring sleds and a snack to share. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be provided. For details, call Cheryl Wegener, 258-4658.
Middle East series
Traverse City — Pat Ochodnicky is the first speaker in a five-week series on the Middle East.
Ochodnicky is a retired physician assistant and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Southfield. In 2009, she spent three months as an ecumenical accompanier in the occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank. She returns to the West Bank annually and continues to advocate for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The program will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1249 Three Mile Road. Ochodnicky will describe the goals of EAPPI-A Ministry of Presence and show accompaniers at work. The series will continue on the first four Sundays in March. To learn more, call the church, 946-3048.
New support group
Grayling — The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting the startup of a new support group for people who have low vision.
The group will have its first meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Senior Center, 308 Lawndale. It will be facilitated by local resident Ward Parker, who lives with low vision. Participants will be able to share and also decide areas about which they would like more information.
No registration is required. Call the Senior Center, (989) 348-7123, to learn more.
Suttons Bay — Tickets are on sale for a “3 Hour Getaway Cru-ise” to raise money for the Cru youth ministry.
The dinner and silent auction is being organized by parents of Cru (formerly Student Venture) alumni, supporters from the local Christian community and current Cru youth. The ministry provides non-denominational Bible studies, events, activities and a conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for middle and high school students in Leelanau County.
The event will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Keswick Church, 3376 S. Center Highway. Tickets are $15 each and available through the church office, 271-3755, or the Business Helper in Suttons Bay.
To donate a new item, service, cash or certificate for the auction, call 271-3655, or the church, 271-3755.