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January 17, 2020

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Riley Creek UMC dedicates addition on Jan. 19

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, 7102 Road 7L, Ottawa, will hold a dedication of a new addition at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

A potluck in the new Fellowship Hall precedes the service at noon.  

"For any of our family and friends who are unable to attend but who would like to extend well wishes and blessings, these may be emailed to: RileyCreekUMC@gmail.com or mailed to Riley Creek UMC, P O Box 151, Pandora  OH  45877,” said Rev. Kemerley.


Rev. Thomas Holmes serving as First United Methodist interim pastor

Is retired executive director of Covenant Ministry Services, Lima

Rev. Thomas M. Holmes of Lima, is serving as interim pastor of First United Methodist Church. In addition, he is interim pastor at Rockport United Methodist.

He is the retired executive director of Covenant Ministry Services, Lima, and as a United Methodist clergy, has served in interim pastorates in Paulding, Payne and Forest Park, Lima.


English Lutheran New Year's Eve service at 11:30 p.m.

English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., will hold a New Year's Eve service, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The informal service takes place at 11:30 p.m. and concludes with all attending helping to ring the church bell at midnight to ring in the new year.

The service includes hymns, prayers and readings.

"You are invited to join the people of English Lutheran Church tonight, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, for an informal service of thanking God for the year past, and commending ourselves to God in the new year," said Rev. Mohr.


Icon announces area Christmas Eve services

Here are Bluffton area church services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For churches not listed, send information to: info@blufftonicon.com.


Icon invites churches to send Christmas service information

Attention churches in the Icon viewership:

The Bluffton Icon wants to post stories about special Christmas services – youth programs, Christmas eve services and other special Christmas programs.

Send information to: info@blufftonicon.com


Noteworthy Community Choir to perform at Riley Creek Baptist

Riley Creek Baptist Church will be hosting the Noteworthy Community Choir this Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.  

The choir, under the direction of Vicki Mills, will be performing a selection of sacred and secular Christmas music.

Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road, Bluffton.  This event is free and open to the public.