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Riley Creek UMC hymn sing Oct. 30

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, rural Pandora, holds afternoon of hymns and songs on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.  

"Music from many eras will weave together a tapestry of faith and the message of redemption.  Bring your voice in whatever condition it is and raise a joyful noise together with a great chorus of others as we sing the hymns that are the soundtrack of our heritage and inspiration,” said Rev. Duane Kimberley, pastor.         

HIS Blank Canvas, an art ministry, will be shared at the event.


Fall festival at Bethel UMC, Mt. Cory, on Sunday

Chicken barbecue and trunk or treat on Oct. 29

On Sunday Oct. 23, , the Mount Cory United Methodist Church will hold a fall festival, open to the public, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 201
W. Washington St., Mount Cory.

The festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. and includes  games, Romick train rides prizes, petting zoo, friendly clowns and much more.

Chicken barbecue Oct. 29
A chicken barbecue will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
at the Bethel Family Life Center.  Meals are $8 and include, one-half chicken,
au gratin potatoes, applesauce, roll and dessert. 


Understanding and engaging Islam and our Muslim neighbors

Weekly study open to the public at English Lutheran Church

"Speaking the Truth in Love: Understanding and Engaging Islam and Our Muslim Neighbors" is the theme of a four-session study taking place this fall at English Lutheran Church.

"There are so many wide-ranging stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in our culture right now," says Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor of English Lutheran Church.


Tri-County Family Assembly trunk or treat event Oct. 27

Tri-County Family Assembly of God, 835 N. Main St., Bluffton, hosts a truck or treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, according to Terry Hunt, pastor.

The family event includes inflatables, treats and additional activities and is open to the public.


Pandora UM holding community meal October 26

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Oct. 26,  from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal will be provided by Never Ending Witnesses Small Group. The menu includes a pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, cookies, and drink.


Emmanuel UCC invites Icon viewers to fall festivities day on Oct. 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fall Festivities Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event, open to the public, includes trunk or treat, crafts, and several other activities. Come dress for Halloween.

The church is located at 8375 N. Phillips Road.


Tickets available for Living Proof simulcast at Ebenezer Mennonite Oct. 15

Evangelist Beth Moore featured presenter

A Living Proof simulcast featuring Evangelist Beth Moore will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Join women from around the world for this one-day event, during which participants can hear Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching. Guests also can hear Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell.

The morning session begins with coffee and pastries. The cost for tickets are $15 with an additional $5 optional Subway lunch. Tickets available until Sunday, Oct 9.


Oct. 9 benefit for Dennis and Chastity Gallant at Pleasant View UMC

Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton, will host a soup benefit on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The benefit will include numerous soups, breads and desserts along with drink. It is by donation. Face painting and animal balloons will be available for the children during the benefit.


Jenera church commemorates 185th anniversary of "Shipwreck Sunday"

During 8 and 10:30 a.m. services at Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will observe the annual Shipwreck Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 18. 

The services, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. recalls the passengers on the “Famous Dove” when it was shipwrecked off the east coast of the United States on Sept.17, 1831.  Many of the passengers coming from Germany were the founders of Trinity.

During a storm, the passengers prayed and sang hymns while on the wrecked ship and when they safely reached land, they promised to observe Sept. 17 in thanks to God,  to the third and fourth generations, this being the 185th year.


Jenera church announces Mornings with Mommy schedule

Mornings with Mommy is a fun and easy way for you to enjoy activities with your infant through preschool age children (ages 0-5 years) and meet other moms.

Dads, grandmas, grandpas, and nannies are welcome, too. These educational play-dates will begin on Monday, Sept. 19, and continue on the first and third Monday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera.