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April 1, 2015

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Food boxes available to families in the P-G school district

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Boxes will be available to be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.

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Ecumenical tradition continues in Bluffton on Good Friday

The Bluffton ecumenical Good Friday procession of the cross and worship service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 3. This event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the public is invited to attend.

This annual procession involves people of all ages helping to carry a large wooden cross through Bluffton to various churches. The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of Elm and Spring streets, at 11:30 a.m.

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First Mennonite chancel choir to premiere choral piece during Easter worship service

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend their Easter Sunday services on April 5. These include a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. at the west-end shelterhouse of the Buckeye Park, a potluck breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall, and worship service at 10:30 a.m.

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Bluffton Presbyterian announces Holy Week services

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., invites the community to a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 2. Julia Szabo will sing “The Rose” by Mary Caldwell and communion will be served.  Rev. David Good will deliver the message, “To Simply Say.”  

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St. John's UCC beef and noodle dinner is April 24

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. The church is located at 223 W. College Ave.

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BAMA plans Good Friday procession of the cross and service

The Bluffton ecumenical Good Friday procession of the cross and worship service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 3. This event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the public is invited to attend.

This annual procession involves people of all ages helping to carry a large wooden cross through Bluffton to various churches. The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of Elm and Spring streets, at 11:30 a.m. 

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Pandora United Methodist presents Easter Cantata March 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church choir will present their Easter Cantata, "Praise the God of Resurrection” on Sunday, March 29 at 9:30am 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 and accompanied by Kira Davis. The church is located on state route 12 at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.  Go to www.pandoraumc.com for further information.

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Trinity Lutheran youth to lead Palm Sunday services

The Palm Sunday services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will be led by the high school age youth. They will provide special vocal and instrumental music at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29.

The students of Trinity School and the choir will sing, “Hosanna! Ride On!.”  Bible classes for all ages begin at 9:20 a.m. All are welcome.

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Ministerial association holds poverty simulation April 11

What would it be like to live in poverty for one month?

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) will host a poverty simulation from 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday, April 11, at Burcky Gym on the Bluffton University campus. Light refreshments will be served.

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Community VBS planning meeting March 23

This summer's VBS program will be hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian Church July 19-23, from 6-8 p.m. The curriculum will be Bible Blast from the Past.

Volunteers from seven local churches will ​​work together to provide this free  program to the community: Presbyterian, St. Mary's Catholic, English Lutheran, Emmanuel UCC, St. Johns UCC, First Mennonite, First Methodist.

A planning meeting is set for Mon. March 23 at 7 p.m.at the Presbyterian Church, Main Street.

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