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April 27, 2017


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New year's eve worship service at Trinity Lutheran

 Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold a New Year’s Eve service  on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. 

Pastor Al Schmitzer will lead the servicetitled:  “Happy New Year?”  There will be a worship service to begin the new year on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m. led by Pastor Matt Nowak. (This is a change from the regular Sunday schedule.) 


Here's Bluffton congregation Christmas eve, Christmas day services

Here are Bluffton area church Christmas eve and Christmas day church services?

Bethel Church of Christ
Candlelight service is at 7 p.m. on Christmas eve. Worship on Christmas Day is at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, old Route 30.

Bluffton Baptist Church
The congregation’s Christmas eve service is at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25.


7 and 11 p.m. Christmas eve services at English Lutheran

English Lutheran Church Christmas services follow:

Christmas Eve celebration begins with the Family Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. This worship experience includes an inter-active re-telling of the Christmas story with the assistance of those children present. Amanda, Lauren, and Alyssa Speicher will provide instrumental music as a stringed trio.

At 11 p.m. is a Festival Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion.


Ebenezer Mennonite Christmas eve service at 6 p.m.

Ebenezer Mennonite Church's Christmas Eve service begins at 6 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center. Come early to hear beautiful harp music from Youth Pastor David Glick and his mother, Nancy. The service will include Christmas carols, readers' theatre, a devotional, and candle lighting.

The Sunday morning Christmas worship service is at 10:15 a.m. The Worship Team will provide several selections preceding the service followed by music, scripture, prayer, and inspirational message.

Ebenezer Church is located two miles west of Bluffton on Columbus Grove Road.


First Mennonite Church invites all to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend the Christmas Eve candelight service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. We will celebrate the light of God’s heart shining in the story and songs of Christmas.

All are also invited to the Christmas Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Pastor Wanda Stopher will be preaching and special music will be provided by Dr. Lucia Unrau, organist; Youth Choir, directed by Laura Hartzler; and Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Mark Suderman.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Christmas service schedule

An afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called “From Heaven Above to Earth I come” will be held Friday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. in the church in Jenera.


Bethel Church of Christ candlelight service Christmas eve

Bethel Church of Christ will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 23. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, which is old route 30. Brandon Mayden is pastor.


St. John's UCC Sunday morning cantata cancelled due to weather

St. John's United Church of Christ's cantata scheduled for Sunday morning, Dec. 18, has been cancelled due to the weather.

Other services planned, however will take place. Those involve:

•  a  candlelight Christmas Eve service of carol singing, reading of the Christmas story and Holy Communion.  The service takes place on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m., and is open to everyone. 


Bluffton First Mennonite invites all to Christmas services

Bluffton First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., invites you to attend a time of Christmas carol singing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the sanctuary. Children and youth of the church will be involved in selecting and leading this time of Christmas celebration.

First Mennonite also invites the community to attend their Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. We will celebrate the light of God’s heart shining in the story and songs of Christmas.

Please bring your family and friends.



Bluffton Baptist Christmas Eve service

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, according to John McMinn. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25.