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Community vacation Bible school July 19-23

Seven area churches are again partnering in the community-wide vacation Bible school program. This year’s event will be hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian Church July 19-23 from 6-8 p.m. Children age 4 through fifth grade are welcome to attend, at no cost. Children need not be attenders of any of the seven churches.


Former state representative Matthew Huffman to participate in Ebenezer National Day of Prayer event

All are invited to attend a National Day of Prayer program on Thursday, May 7, at 7: pm. in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Rd., Bluffton.

The event will include music and prayer, and will feature special guest Matt Huffman, former Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House of Representatives. 


Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran May 3

Six youth will be confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday, May 3, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, in the 10:30 a.m. service.  

The Confirmands are:  Wesley Lane Below, Caden Thomas Gurney, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Korey Lynn Strahm, and Logan Nicholas Stuckey.  

A regular service will be held at 8 a.m.  Beginning at 9:20 a.m., the Confirmands will give a review of Bible teachings in a question and answer format.  


St. John Mennonite youth perform "Big Shot" April 26

The Children's Choir at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora,will present the musical, "Big Shot," Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.  

This story takes place in a garden at 54 Garden Row where the insects are fearing for their lives. The new owner of the property is bringing in the big, bad Goliath DX 1000 for a full property extermination. The insects learn to listen to the smallest insect in the garden, a spider mite, who comes up with a plan to handle the exterminator.

There are over 70 children ages 4 through grade five involved.


Ebenezer Mennonite Disciple Singers musical April 26

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical called “Here for the Gold” on Sunday morning, April 26, at 10:15 a.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center.  

The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Rd, Bluffton.  Everyone is welcome.


County Line Church of the Brethren's car show July 11

The 9th Annual County Line Car Show will be held Saturday, July 11, from noon-3 p.m. at County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod. Registration is from 11 a.m.-noon. Entry fee is $10.

Car owners will be eligible for awards and door prizes. There will also be a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8. For tickets, call 419-649-5364.

Children's activities will include a bound house and face painting. 

All profits will help pay for the new activity center.


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

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

Dinner includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, roll, homemade pies and beverages.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for sixth grade through college, $4 elementary, and free to pre-kindergartners.


Trinity Lutheran to host Red Cross blood drive April 18

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera,will host a Red Cross blood drive on
Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran School
gym, 105 Allen Street.

Phone 1-800 Red Cross to schedule an appointment or visit
www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: TRINITYJENERA.



Nearly 18,000 items collected in Bluffton and Pandora in "Supply our Sisters" campaign

During March eight Bluffton and Pandora congregations partnered with Samaritan House and Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, through the “Supply Our Sisters,” (SOS) program.  
The month-long project involved collection of feminine hygiene products and the churches are collection points.

The SOS project was an overwhelming success, according to Amy Mikesell, who coordinated it.

The final report showed the following collected items: 5,870 tampons, 8,325 pads and 3,782 pantiliners, adding up to 17,977 items. 


Pandora UM offers free community meal April 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Wednesday Witness Group. The menu will be sausage (hot dogs for kids) sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, roll, jello salad, dessert and beverage.