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January 21, 2019

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New year's eve service at Trinity Lutheran

Special services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, to end 2018 and welcome 2019. 

On Monday, Dec. 31, a New Year’s Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. with Pastor Al Schmitzer delivering the message.  The New Year’s Day service on Tuesday, Jan. 1, led by Pastor Matt Nowak will begin at 9:30 a.m. 


Monday is Christmas Eve

Churches announce special services

Here are Bluffton church Christmas Eve services. For churches not listed, send information to: info@blufftonicon.com

Bluffton Baptist
345 County Line Road – 7 p.m. service.

Bluffton Presbyterian
112 N. Main St. – 6:30 p.m. musical prelude;  7 p.m. service.

Ebenezer Mennonite
8905 Columbus Grove Road – 6 p.m. service.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ
8375 Phillips Road – 6 p.m., family service; 9 p.m. candlelight service.


Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve service includes musical quintet

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St.,  will offer a Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. with  Christmas carols performed by a quintet of musicians from the church.

Musicians are Linda Sycks, oboe; Jeremy Szabo, English horn; Rev. Karol Farris, clarinet; Dave Sycks, trumpet; and Marilyn Edwards, French horn. Following this  prelude music, the worship service will begin at 7 p.m, and will serve as a culmination of this year’s Advent series, Silent Night, Calm and Bright.


St. John's UCC choir presents Christmas cantata Sunday

The choir of St. John's United Church of Christ will present the cantata, "The Glory of Christmas," by composer Lloyd Larson, on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. 

The choir is under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle, associate professor and chair of the Bluffton University music department.  All are welcome to attend.  The church is located at 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.


Family Carnival on Sunday, Dec. 16 at County Line Church

Check out the dessert buffet

County Line Church of the Brethren are hosting a family-friendly Christmas Carnival on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event boasts lots of carnival games and prizes, including reindeer ring toss, fishing with candy canes, and build-a-snowman relay, plus a 9-hole mini golf course. There will also be a dessert buffet provided, and a chance to sing your favorite carols.


Souler energy

The church marquee at St. John's United Church of Christ offers a word of encouragement as it proclaims: Souler Energy Used Here.