December 20, 2014


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Trinity Lutheran church and school services announced

The students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, will present "Children of the Heavenly Father” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The students from pre-school through eighth grade will tell of the birth of Christ through word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-service music on Wednesday Dec. 24, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by "Children of the Heavenly Father" at 7 p.m.

A Christmas day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir and handbell choir will perform. 


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold combined Christmas Eve service

A Christmas Eve Service for Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist
Churches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Mount Cory UM, 300 N. Main St,
Mount Cory.  Come to celebrate “Christ’s Birth” with an evening of
Christmas carols, special music by the handbell choir and joint choir,
scripture, and communion.   The service will be led by Pastor Mark


First Mennonite Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m.

First Mennonite Church invites all to attend their candlelight Christmas Eve service scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. The service will include vocal and instrumental music, scripture, candlelighting, and carol singing.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.


Bluffton Presbyterian Christmas Eve service filled with carols

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., will have a carol-filled night on Christmas Eve.

The 7 p.m. worship service will be a candlelight service of lessons and carols.  


Riley Creek Baptist cantata Sunday, Dec. 21

Riley Creek Baptist Church will present the Christmas cantata "Mary, Did You Know?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. This presentation will include well-known carols and newer songs along with narration. The cantata will be directed by Carl Snare. 

The public is invited to attend. The nursery will be well-staffed.

Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton.


Christmas cantata at Pandora United Methodist Dec. 14

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present its Christmas Cantata, “Candles and Carols" written by Mark Hayes on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service. 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 Kira Davis. The church is located on state route 12 at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.


First Mennonite Church Christmas Sunday school program Dec. 14

The Sunday school classes of First Mennonite Church will hold a Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. The church is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

Classes of various age groups will contribute to the program with vocal and instrumental performances, stories, as well as congregational singing of seasonal carols.

Refreshments will be available in Fellowship Hall following the program.

All are invited to attend.


Bluffton English Lutheran Church youth present musical Dec. 13

The children and middle school youth of English Lutheran Church will present a musical "The Christmas Animals," by Genie and Troy Nilsson at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. (Please note that the normal schedule is reversed for this Sunday only: Sunday School at 9 a.m. and worship and the Christmas musical at 10:15 a.m.)

All are invited to "experience the joy and wonder of the Christmas story told from the unique perspective of the animal kingdom."


Pandora UM to hold free community meal Dec. 17

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Hilty Home of Pandora. The menu will be BBQ ribs, parsley red potatoes, vegetable, roll, strawberry shortcake, and beverage.


Ebenezer Mennonite Children's Christmas program Dec. 14

Ebenezer Mennonite Church Children’s Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14, in the CMC.  The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.  An afterglow will be held following the program.  Everyone is invited.