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May 23, 2019

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Fill the truck event May 11

Sponsored by Mission and Outreach Team of First United Methodist and Rockport UMC

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore will hold a "fill the truck" event from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11, in the parking lot between Bluffton High School and First Mennonite Church.

Volunteers will accept good, new and used cabinets, sinks, plumbing, building supplies, windows, doors, appliances, office supplies, furniture, electrical, tools, toys and similar items.

(No mattresses, box springs, clothing or books, please.)

Items collected will be sold at ReStore, 550 W. Elm St., Lima.


Bluffton congregations observe Holy Week

Also, Good Friday procession of the cross

Bluffton congregations have several special services planned for Easter week. In addition, the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association’s Good Friday Procession of the Cross takes place.

Here is the schedule of Easter week church services. Churches with information missing from this schedule may e-mail details to: info@blufftonicon.com.


St. Mary's Catholic Christian Preschool opens in the fall

• Classes for 3-year-olds and 4-5-year-olds • Three open houses set Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday

St. Mary’s Catholic Church  announces its launch of St. Mary’s Catholic Christian Preschool, which will open in time for the 2019-20 school year. The first class is held on Sept. 4.

Katie Hohenbrink is the interim director of the preschool. The church is currently accepting applications for a head teacher and teacher’s aide positions. Contact Hohenbrink at 419-236-5372 or call St. Mary’s Church at 419-358-8631.

Three open houses are planned to introduce families to the preschool:


Easter cantata performed at Pandora UCM April 15

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present its Easter cantata, “The Easter Story” on Sunday, April 14, during the  9:30 a.m. worship service, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

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  Pandora. 


Good Friday Procession of the Cross April 19

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will host its Good Friday Community Procession of the Cross.

It will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. on Good Friday, April 19. It will be followed by the Good Friday service at noon at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

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Youth provide March 31 service at Trinity Lutheran

A special youth service will be held to celebrate Unity Sunday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Sunday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m.

There will be no service at 8 a.m, but Sunday School and Bible classes will begin as usual at 9:20 a.m. The youth of the church will provide the music, do the readings and explain why the church follows an order of service. 

Following the service, a potluck meal will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room.