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December 8, 2016

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Song of Zechariah Dec. 7 Advent theme at Trinity Lutheran

“The Song of Zechariah” is the focus of the Wednesday, Dec. 7,  7 p.m. Advent service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.  The choir will sing “Praise to the Lord” and the church will be decorated for Christmas. Everyone is welcome as we hear how happy Zechariah was following the birth of his son John, who would go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him. 

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Ebenezer children's Christmas program Dec. 11

A children's Christmas program, "The Good News Flash" will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

The program includes children sharing in drama and song about the Christmas story. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 

An afterglow will be held following the program. 

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Pandora UMC Christmas cantata Dec. 11

Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will presents Christmas cantata, “Shout the Good News!” written by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, according to Rev. Duane Kemberley, pastor. 

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 Pat Michel. The church is at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. 

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Free community meal at Pandora UM Dec. 14

Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Riley Creek Pharmacy/Pharmacy Solutions. The menu is sloppy joe sandwich, hot dogs, cheesy potatoes, veggie tray, fruit, cookies and hot chocolate.

Also, Santa will visit from 6-7 p.m. Every child will get their picture taken with Santa and receive a gift from Santa. First National Bank will have cookies to decorate and crafts for kids!

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Riley Creek United Methodist carol sing Dec. 4

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 45th annual Christmas carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the church, 7102 Putnam County Road M, Ottawa, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

The program features congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony. 

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Red Cross blood drive December 15 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church on  Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1-6 p.m. First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Enter by the Jackson Street door. The church is handicapped accessible.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

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Nativity and angel displays two weekends at Bethel Family Life Center

Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 in Mt. Cory

A nativity and angel display held at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mt. Cory, takes place on two weekends in December.

The displays are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

Saturday viewings are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday viewings are from 1 to 5 p.m. This year's theme is "Heaven Came Down. Several new displays are part of this year's annual display.

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Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, holds three mid-week Advent services

Three Wednesday night Advent services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera. 

The 7 p.m. services will focus on the “Songs of Christmas.”  On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the theme is the Song of Mary.  The Rausch Sisters will sing “Magnify Him,” based on Mary’s response to her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:46-55. 

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Kerry Patrick Clark in concert at Pandora UMC Nov. 27

Kerry Patrick Clark will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, at Pandora United Methodist Church, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor. The concert is free and a freewill offering will be taken. CDs of the musician will be available for sale at the concert.

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Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, host to Thanksgiving Day service

 A Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. 

The theme is “All Our Belongings are Gifts of God’s Grace” based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11. 

The choir will sing “Autumn Carol” accompanied by handbells. The church will be decorated with harvest items. 
 

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