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March 20, 2018

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President of Youth for Christ-USA speaks at mission festival

St. John Mennonite Church March 17-18

St. John Mennonite Church mission festival March 17 and 18 features Dan Wolgemuth, president of Youth for Christ-USA.

Wolgemuth will share about the ministry of Youth for Christ. In addition, other area mission organizations will be represented.

The weekend schedule follows:
• Saturday, March 17 - Men’s and women’s breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the church gymnasium.
• Sunday, March 18 – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. service

The church is located at 15988 Road 4, Pandora. For more information, call the church at 419-384-3680.


Several Bluffton congregations observe Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 14, marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Several local congregations will hold Ash Wednesday services. The imposition of ashes will be offered as well as communion.That list follows:

• Bluffton Presbyterian, 7 p.m.
• English Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
• First Mennonite Church, 8 p.m.
• St. John's and Emmanual United Church of Christ
   (service at Emmanuel's UCC, 6 p.m.)
• St. Mary's Catholic Church, noon
• Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, 7 p.m.




10 local chili entries in community chili cook-off

Feb. 20 in middle school - mission project of Blufton Presbyterian Church

A community chili cook-off takes place Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium. 

This is the second year for the event that supports Bluffton Community Assistance, Corp., the local food pantry, with money and collected food donations.

The cook-off features 10 local chili entries to taste, plus sandwiches and desserts. In addition, free entertainment will be provided by Dancers Elite Dance Studio and Krysti’s Music Studio, both of Bluffton.


Ministerial association's Procession of the Cross on Good Friday, March 30

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association's Procession of the Cross is set for 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 30.

Details of the route are not yet set. The walk will conclude at St. Mary's Catholic Church when a community worship service takes place at noon.


Emmanuel UCC spaghetti dinner fundraiser Feb. 9

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fazoli's spaghetti dinner fundraiser this weekend.

The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the church, located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadstick, dessert and a drink. Tickets are available beginning Jan. 12  for $8 each by callling the church office at 419-358-1561.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church Faith Formation Program.


Ultimate Date Night Feb. 10 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Tickets on sale for dinner and entertainment from Jay and Laura Laffoon

A comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night takes place at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

The evening includes a dinner and performance by the comic team, Jay and Laura Laffoon, who describe themselves as marriage “educ-tainers.”

Their presentation helps couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship.