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June 28, 2017


Poetic License

Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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St. John's UCC announces Easter Sunday worship plans

NOTE: Bluffton congregations may send Easter services details to: info@blufftonicon.com

Easter celebrations at St. John’s United Church of Christ begin with a 9 a.m. breakfast, which is prepared and served by the men of the congregation. There is no adult Sunday school on Easter morning.

At 10:30 a.m. the celebratory Easter worship service takes place and will include the singing of Easter hymns by the congregation and choir. 


Ministerial Good Friday cross walk on April 14

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association ecumenical Cross Walk ending in the community observance of Good Friday takes place on April 14.

The Cross Walk begins this year at 11:30 a.m. at English Lutheran Church, and proceeds to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and ends at First Mennonite Church.

The service of worship following the walk begins at noon at First Mennonite.


Pandora United Methodist Church Easter cantata April 9

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present an Easter cantata, “Behold the Lamb!” on Sunday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger. The church is located on State Route 12,108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.



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.