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January 17, 2021

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Ministerial Association will share video among its congregations

As an observance of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, BAMA, invites the community to join together during Week of Prayer and Christian Unity Jan. 18 to 25.

In recent years, the BAMA pastors marked the week with an annual pulpit exchange.

“In the exchange, congregations welcome a pastor from another local church to lead worship, demonstrating the importance of strong ecumenical relationships within the body of Christ, the universal Church,” said Rev. Karol Farris Schilling, pastor of Bluffton Presbyterian Church.


Bluffton Christmas eve services

Variety of services, online, in-person, pre-recorded including candlelighting, communion and singing

The Icon can still add church listings to this story if a church is not listed. Send information to: info@blufftonicon.com

Here is a listing of Christmas Eve church services made available to the Icon from area congreations.


Longest night worship service Monday

Bluffton Presbyterian Church will provide an online "longest night worship service" on Monday, according to Karol Farris Schilling, pastor.

The service is at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21. It is online only at: facebook.com.blufftonpc/videos. A Facebook login is not required to watch.

"This service provides a time of contemplation for persons struggling this holiday season," she said. 



Icon invites churches to submit Christmas eve details for posting

The Bluffton Icon invites churches in the Icon's viewership area to send information about Christmas eve services.

Send information to: info@blufftonicon.com. The listing will be posted next week on the church page.


St. John’s UCC offering online worship services

Due to the rise in COVID-19, St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, is not open to in-house worship services at this time.   

However, each Sunday’s service is recorded and posted on the church website and Facebook page, as well as YouTube.  

The weekly worship services go live on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., and may be accessed at www.blufftonstjohns.com where a link to YouTube is provided.  The services are also posted on our Facebook page.


Virtual Christmas celebration Dec. 6-11

Hosted by Riley Creek United Methodist Church

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, 7102 Road M, Ottawa, will conduct a Virtual Christmas Celebration from Sunday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 11.

Since 1972, the church's annual Carol Sing traditionally has invited all in the community to hear scriptures and sing Christmas carols on the first Sunday in December.