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April 28, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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English Lutheran congregation dedicates renovated worship space

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin will preach at the 3 p.m. Sunday service

The English Lutheran Church congregation will dedicate its newly renovated worship space during a 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, service, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The worship space dedication completes a building and renovation project begun in 2015.


"The worship space plan involved renovating and flipping the orientation of our current sanctuary by 180 degrees, with two new entrances from the new addition, one ramped, into the renovated sanctuary," said Rev. Mohr.


Kerry Patrick Clark in concert April 30

at Pandora United Methodist Church

Kerry Patrick Clark will be in concert at the Pandora United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. 

The church is located at 108 E. Washington Street (Route 12) in Pandora. There is no admission fee but there will be a free will offering and CD’s will be available for sale.


"Kidz Under Construction," musical April 30 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical “Kidz Under Construction” on Sunday, April 30, at 10:15 a.m. in the church Crossroads Ministry Center. 

According to the musical directors: "Join the Kids Crew Cast as they deliver breaking news and behind-the-scenes coverage of the New Site Community Church construction project.

"This construction-based musical is filled with biblical principles that demonstrate the importance of building our lives on the strong foundation of Christ’s truth and love." 


Blessing of the tractors Sunday at Pleasant View UMC

Following by soup luncheon benefit for C-R student

Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist  churches will hold a special combined service on Sunday, April 23, according to Mark Fuerstenau, pastor.

The 10 a.m. service at Pleasant View UM Church, 300 Township Road 300,
Bluffton, will include a "Blessings of the tractors" in the church parking lot.

Area farmers are invited to drive their tractors to church.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pleasant View will host a soup luncheon with the proceeds to benefit Cory-Rawson elementary student, Ahlora Riker, who suffers
from a rare form of cancer.


Free community meal April 26 at Pandora United Methodist

Provided by PGHS student council

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday,  April 26,  from 5:30 to 7 pm. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. 

The meal this month is provided by Pandora-Gilboa Student Council.  The menu will be tacos, refried beans, salad, cookies, and beverage.


Bluffton First Mennonite announces Holy Week services

Bluffton First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., invites all to participate in Holy Week services, beginning with a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. The service will include faith stories by the youth who will be baptized on Easter Sunday.

On Good Friday, April 14, the Bluffton community ecumenical Cross Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. at English Lutheran and ends with a worship service at First Mennonite at noon. Various members of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will participate and Dr. Lucia Unrau is the organist.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services

NOTE: Bluffton congregations may send Easter services details to: info@blufftonicon.com 

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, announces its Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.

The Maundy Thursday service on April 13 begins at 7 p.m.  Pastor Al Schmitzer will lead a review of Scripture’s teaching on Holy Communion from Luther’s Small Catechism.

Good Friday’s service on April 14, begins at 7 p.m. Pastor Matt Nowak will lead the service based on Jesus Seven Words from the Cross. 


St. John's UCC announces Easter Sunday worship plans

NOTE: Bluffton congregations may send Easter services details to: info@blufftonicon.com

Easter celebrations at St. John’s United Church of Christ begin with a 9 a.m. breakfast, which is prepared and served by the men of the congregation. There is no adult Sunday school on Easter morning.

At 10:30 a.m. the celebratory Easter worship service takes place and will include the singing of Easter hymns by the congregation and choir. 


Ministerial Good Friday cross walk on April 14

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association ecumenical Cross Walk ending in the community observance of Good Friday takes place on April 14.

The Cross Walk begins this year at 11:30 a.m. at English Lutheran Church, and proceeds to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and ends at First Mennonite Church.

The service of worship following the walk begins at noon at First Mennonite.


Pandora United Methodist Church Easter cantata April 9

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present an Easter cantata, “Behold the Lamb!” on Sunday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger. The church is located on State Route 12,108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.