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June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Bluffton hosts Central District Conference annual meeting

Delegates from across the Midwest will attend June 22-24

Delegates across the Midwest from congregations in the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA will be in Bluffton Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24 for the conference's annual meeting.

Drew G. I. Hart, professor, author, activist, and former pastor, who is author of "The Trouble I’ve seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," is a guest speaker.

Doug Luginbill of Bluffton is the conference minister of CDC. Three area CDC churches are First Mennonite, Bluffton; Grace Mennonite, Pandora; and First Mennonite, Lima.


Prayer conditioned

The church marquee at St. John's United Church of Christ continues to offer words of encouragement.

Here's the latest.


First Mennonite Church to dedicate Peace Pole

Bluffton First Mennonite Church will observe Peace Sunday on Sunday, June 18, with worship led by various members of the Mission, Peace and Service commission. Kyle Miller will deliver the sermon, "Shaming the Kingdom of the Sword." Special music will be provided by Wendy Chappell-Dick, Steve and Monica Harnish.

At the end of the 10:30 a.m. worship service, FMC will dedication their new Peace Pole in memory of the late Rev. Steven Yoder. He served as pastor at First Mennonite for 15 years until his death in June of 2016.


Next Pandora community meal June 28

 The Pandora United Methodist Church will be host a free community meal on Wednesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. 

The meal this month is provided by Missions and Friends. The menu will be baked potato bar, hamburger sandwich, salad, applesauce, cake, punch/coffee.


Free community movie on Presbyterian Church lawn Friday

“Sing,” a family-friendly animated movie, will be shown free on Friday, June 16, at 9:15 p.m., on the Presbyterian Church lawn, corner of Main and Cherry streets, Bluffton.

As a nod to the vintage cars that will be cruising down Bluffton’s streets that evening during the Festival of Wheels, freshly made popcorn will be available for 10 cents a bag.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a fun, old-fashioned movie experience. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the church sanctuary.

The event sponsored by Ignite of Bluffton Presbyterian Church.


Emmanuel UCC outdoor movie night starts June 11

Family-oriented movies Sunday nights this summer

Emmanuel United Church of Christ opens its summer outdoor family-oriented movie festival on Sunday evening, June 11.

Movie night starts at 6 p.m., at the church, 8375 Phillips Road.

All movies are free and open to the public. There will be drinks, candy, and popcorn provided.

Sunday movie nights follow:
June 11
June 25
July 9
July 23
Aug. 6
Aug. 20
The movies change every week. All of the movies that are shown are family friendly.


Six students graduate from Trinity Lutheran School on May 28

Six students will graduate from Trinity Lutheran School, Jenera, on Sunday, May 28,  The graduation will be part of the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Logan

Those graduating are: Kwynn Reiss Alge, Kylie Ann Beagle, Logan Grant Below, Leah Lynn Lanasky, Cameron Michael VanDemark and Cierra Colleen VanDermark. 

Seth Lang, teacher of the third and fourth grade students, who is moving to Minnesota, will be honored at a farewell reception beginning at 9:20 a.m.  


May 25 BHS baccalaureate service moved to St. Mary's Catholic Church

The Thursday, May 25, Bluffton High School's student-planned baccalaureate service has moved indoors due to potential rain.

The service, open to the public at 6:30 p.m., has moved to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The service includes several student speakers and a student praise and worship team.



Free community meal at Pandora UM May 31

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free Community Meal on Wednesday, May 31, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Rebecca Circle.  The menu will be ham, potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverage.


Outdoor BHS baccalaureate service May 25

Bluffton High School's student-planned baccalaureate service will take place outdoors this year.

The service, open to the public, takes place on College Avenue in front of the high school at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25. The service includes several student speakers and a student praise and worship team.

In the event of rain, the service will move to St. Mary's Catholic Church.