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April 27, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Singers invited to join Pandora Community Choir

For Good Friday performance April 14

The Pandora area churches inviter singers to participate in a community choir for the Pandora Community Good Friday Services on April 14 hosted at the Pandora United Methodist Church.

The community choir will rehearse at the Pandora United Methodist Church on:
• Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.
• Thursday, April  6, 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.


Free community meal at Pandora UM March 29

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal on Wednesday, March 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Sprunger Insurance Co., and will include spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, cake and beverage.


Mom to Mom sale March 18 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A mom to mom sale takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Grove Road, Bluffton.

The sale is sponsored by Ebenezer Mennonite Mothers of Preschoolers. Persons attending the event may bring non-perishable food to be donated to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry. Admission is free.


Trinity Lutheran Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold an Ash Wednesday Lenten service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1.  Pastor Matt Nowak will speak under the theme “Repent:  Turn to Jesus; Do Not Turn Away."  A light supper will be served by the 7 and 8 grade students and their parents beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.



Taylor family music ministry at Baptist Church Sunday

Bluffton Baptist Church will have special guests Tim and Patty Taylor and their daughters present a worship service of music at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Taylor family with their daughters have served their music ministry for over 20 years. The family is from Monroe, Mich.

The church is located at 345 County Line Road, Bluffton.



You've seen this sign in town

And here's the meaning and its background

“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor."

It’s a simple message in three languages – printed on a sign that first appeared in October at the Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The signs are now located in many communities around the country, including Bluffton.

According to Pastor Matthew Bucher of the Harrisonburg church, the message was a statement born out of Mennonite belief.

"This is a symbol of Jesus' command to love your neighbor," he says. "And as followers of Jesus, we follow someone who was himself a refugee."


Bluffton Presbyterian offers "Living the Questions 2.0" series

Open to the community Sunday mornings from Feb. 12 to March 26

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., offers an adult Sunday school class "Living the Questions 2.0" beginning Sunday, Feb. 12. The class meets in the church from 9 to 10 a.m.

The class will view the DVD series that brings together over 30 theologians, scholars, pastors, and others in an exploration of an inclusive Christianity.

The 20-30-minutes DVD sessions are open to all adults in the community. Time for discussion follows the DVD.


Red Cross blood drive February 9 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, Feb. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter the church via the double doors on Jackson Street directly across from Bluffton Elementary/Middle School. The church is handicap-accessible.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”


Bluffton Legion commemorates 4 Chaplain Sunday

Will attend Feb. 5 service at St. John’s UCC

To commemorate the sacrifice of four armed services chaplains during World War II, Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will observe Religious Emphasis Week Feb. 5-11, and Four Chaplains Sunday, Feb. 5, Chaplain Donald Rock of the post announced.

Legion members will attend the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on Feb. 5, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

This marks the 74th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four chaplains.


Free community meal in Pandora Jan. 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Jan.25,  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St.,

The meal this month is provided by The 7 O’clock Flock. The menu is grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, relishes, dessert and beverage.