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September 22, 2019

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"We made a small dent in a big problem"

Mission trip takes local United Methodist parshioners to New Bern, North Carolina

The Rockport and Bluffton First United Methodist churches participated on a mission trip from July 6 through 13, to New Bern, North Carolina.  

Dan Groman provided the follow account of the mission trip for the Icon:

This area was devastated by Hurricane Florence in September, 2018, followed by Hurricane Michael less than a month later.  There was over $100 million in damage to homes and businesses in New Bern from these storms as the Neuse River rose from the storm surge.    


Bluffton Presbyterian invites community to outdoor service Sunday AM

Bluffton Presbyterian Church invites the community to an outdoor worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 28, on the church front lawn, 112 N. Main St., according to Rev. Karol Farris pastor.

"The service will feature a jazz trio and a message on The Lord's Prayer. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the service will be moved into the sanctuary," she said.


Community picnic Sunday at Buckeye

First United Methodist, Rockport UMC hosting the picnic

Icon viewers are invited to a community picnic hosted by First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and  Rockport United Methodist Church.

The picnic is at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at the Buckeye park.  Members of the host congregations will bring hot and cold dishes to share.

In case of inclement weather watch for signs at the park. In that event the picnic will take place in the First United Church fellowship hall located at 116 Church Street. The picnic is open to the public and it includes music, worship, food, fellowship and games.


Community Vacation Bible School starts Sunday evening

From 6 to 8 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ

Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School starts Sunday evening at St. John's United Church of Christ. VBS runs from 6 to 8 p.m., through Thursday, July 25.

This year's theme "Hero Central" allows kids to be superheroes and discover their strengths in God.

This five-day program will be packed with songs, fun, games and bible stories. This VBS program is for youth ages four through fifth grade. 

St. John's United Church of Christ is at 223 W. College Ave.


County Line Church offers VBS for ages 3-11

on July 22-26

County Line Church of the Brethren is hosting a Vacation Bible School program next week, Monday through Friday, July 22-26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

This year's theme is "To Mars and Beyond," where kids become space voyagers and explore the power of God, based off of Ephesians 3:20: "Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us."


Ice cream social at Emmanuel UCC on Aug. 2

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is holding their annual Ice Cream Social on Friday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend, whether it's for dinner or just ice cream.

The menu includes shredded chicken or sloppy joe sandwiches, chicken noodles , baked beans, a variety of salads, pies and cakes, plus beverages and, of course, ice cream.

The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children (ages 10 and under).

The church is located at 8375 Phillips Road.