October 30, 2014



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First United Methodist plans Election Day lunch and dinner

First United Methodist Church, 116 N. Church St., will hold an Election Day lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 4. 

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Homemade, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and beverages will be available. All items will be priced individually.

Dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. and will include baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert, and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and over.

Carryout is available for both meals.



Pandora United Methodist plans Nov. 4 Election Day supper

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold an Election Day Supper from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Fellowship Hall.  The menu will be your choice of chicken and noodles, beef and noodles, large salad bar, dessert bar, coffee, and punch.  The cost will be $7 for ages 12 to adult, $3.50 3-11 and under 3 free.  Carry out will be available.


Baptist church plans Nov. 1 trunk or treat

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will hold a Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 in the church parking lot.

The church hopes to have 25 car trunks full of candy to be given to children who attend. Area residents are encouraged to bring their children for a non-scary, entertaining event. This free event will also include hot dogs, chips, cold and warm beverages.


Death penalty forum at First Mennonite Oct. 14

Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) brings their “Voices of Experience” forum to Bluffton to discuss the reform recommendations issued by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty.

The Bluffton forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton. 


Pandora United Methodist Church offers community meal Oct. 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th in the fellowship hall of the church, at108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the mission committee. The menu will include lasGna, bread sticks, salad, dessert, and beverage.


County Line Church of the Brethren dedicates new Multi-purpose Building Sunday

County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod, will hold a dedication and homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Tom Dearth, senior pastor.

The day includes a 10:30 a.m. combination morning service and dedication service for the congregation’s new Multi-purpose Building.

Immediately following is a carry-in dinner held in the Multi-purpose Building. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

The events of the day are open to the public.


Food boxes for P-G residents available

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District.

The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. on October 15.

Boxes will be available to be picked up 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 at at the Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Oct. 4 benefit for Missy Bishoff

The Ebenezer Mennonite Youth are having a pancake breakfast benefit for Missy Bishoff at the Campus Life Building across from the high school on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 8am-11am.

There will be a free will donation and also a cinnamon roll bake sale. Proceeds will go directly to the Bishoff family.


Support group forms for those facing life challenges

Facilitated by pastors Mark and DJ Fuerstenau, Strength in Christ is an informal group for individuals facing challenges such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a failing relationship, a financial struggle, or someone who just doesn't know which way to turn. 


Tickets on sale for "Ultimate Date Night Event" Sept. 27 at Ebenezer Mennonite

An “Ultimate Date Night Event,” takes place for couples at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton, according to Dale Seefeldt, family pastor.

The program will be presented by Jay and Laura Laffoon, authors of several books and DVDs, billed as “marriage edu-tainers,” who place their real marriage of almost 30 years on display. Their weekly online talk show Jay & Laura TV offers tips on connecting as a couple and a family. The Laffoons have two children and live in Michigan.