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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.



Emmanuel UCC holds worship, carry-in picnic at village park Aug. 16

Emmanuel United Church of Christ  will have a worship service and carry-in picnic at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at the village park shelter house by the high school baseball field.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a chair if you would like. Following the picnic there will be games to include all ages. There will also be a pie and cake walk.


Shizuo Tachibana to speak at First Mennonite Church

Shizuo Tachibana of Japan will speak about the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Shizuo will share stories of hibakusha, survivors of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Now a teacher at Ha private preschool based on the Steiner method, Shizuo was the first member of the Hiroshima Mennonite Church.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St.


Pandora UM free community meal Aug. 26

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

The meal is provided by the Mission Committee and  the menu is subs/hot dog, cole slaw, assorted chips, sherbet, cookie, and beverage.


St. Mary's Catholic concludes 150th year celebration on Sunday

In 1865 the village of Bluffton was four years old.

There was no town hall. There were no Main Street retail buildings.

Bluffton University did not exist, nor did Bluffton schools. There were no railroads here.

A small pox epidemic had ravaged the rural Bluffton settlement from 1861 to 1863. The Civil War was ending. The State of Ohio had existed for only 62 years.


An Owens family, living in what is now the Lincoln Highway south of Bluffton, had recently converted to Catholicism.


Ebenezer Mennonite hosts Beth Moore simulcast Sept. 12

Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, will host a Beth Moore simulcast on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

The simulcast is from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for the day or add a lunch for $15. Tickets can be purchased at Ebenezer Church or call the church office at 419-358-8588.

More information on www.ebenezermennonite.org


Next Concert on the Lawn at Bluffton Presbyterian on Aug. 15

The second in a series of monthly concerts on the lawn at Bluffton Presbyterian will take place Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m.   

This event will be an old-fashioned sing-along.  Remember (before gadgets and earphones) when family and friends would gather around the piano and share the fun of singing old and new favorites? The musicians at Bluffton Presbyterian will be on hand Saturday morning with song sheets to entice the community to participate in some good music and fellowship.