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October 9, 2015


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Emmanuel UCC invites community to join in its Oct. 24 fall festival day

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, invites Icon viewers to a Saturday, Oct. 24, Fall Festival Day at the church. Set up starts at 3 p.m. and the event is from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event includes "trunk-or-treat," hay rides, pumpkin decorating, food and fun.


Lima First Assembly of God offers Beth Moore simulcast Oct. 9-10

Lima First Assembly of God, 1660 Findlay Road, will host a two-part Living Proof simulcast of Beth Moore, Bible teacher and popular women's author and speaker. 

The events are 6:45 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10.

The event challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. Over  250,000 women around the world will participate in this Internet streaming event.

Dove award-winning musical artist Travis Cottrell, who also serves as worship pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., will lead worship.


Concert on the Lawn, Saturday at Bluffton Presbyterian

The third in a series of monthly concerts on the lawn at Bluffton Presbyterian will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m.  

The concert is free and open to the public. Persons attending are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.


Trinity Lutheran observes Shipwreck Sunday on Sept. 20

> On Sunday, September 20, members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will observe Shipwreck Sunday.

On September 17, 1831, forefathers of Trinity members were on a ship called the Famous Dove which was bringing them to America from Germany.  There was a terrible storm and those on board prayed and sang hymns. 


Pandora UM free community meal Sept. 30

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-7 p.m.. In the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the Rebecca Circle  and  the menu is ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, dessert and beverage.


Volleyball falls to Heidelberg and DePauw

By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant

Heidelberg stats  I  DePauw stats

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Coming off a rough Friday night, the Beavers continued with the Sommer Center Spiketacular against Heidelberg and DePauw on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Beavers started the morning off by taking the first set from Heidelberg, 25-19, before the Student Princes fought back to take sets two (25-20) and three (25-22).


Swiss Mennonite celebrate 175th anniversary of first Mennonite church here

A celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite Church in the Bluffton-Pandora area involved a daylong event on Sunday, Aug. 30. Several hundred persons attened.

Bluffton Swiss Community Historical Society sponsored the celebration. Activities took place at the site of the original log church, near 17876 Road 4, Pandora.

The celebration included a worship service, lectures, displays, hymns singing, and a traditional Swiss meal held under a large tent. 

Several photos from the afternooon are below.


First Mennonite offers 5-week Sunday school class for college/university students

First Mennonite Church will offer a five-week Sunday school class for college and university students, beginning Sept. 27, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.


Mt. Cory and Pleasant View UM begin new bible study

The Mount Cory and Pleasant View UM Churches will begin a new program
beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, called "Worship on Wednesdays" (WOW.)  The program and bible study will be available for people of all ages.

The bible study will use Max Lucado and Randy Frazee's book "The Story,"
which is a study of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation in story form.  WOW is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W.
Washington St., Mount Cory.


Trinity Lutheran School started on Aug. 17

Classes at Trinity Lutheran School, Jenera began on  Aug. 17.  The school has classes for Pre-school through Grade 8.

Valarie Tharman joins Traci Hummer (Pre-school and Kindergarten), Connie Krueger (Grades 1-2), Jeremy Dennings (Grades 5-6) and Steve Strong (Grades 7-8 and Principal) as the teacher of Grades 3-4. Valarie is a graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota.