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Rockport United Methodist Memorial Day service set

Rockport United Methodist Church will hold their annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 26, 2014.

The service will start at 11 a.m. in the cemetery and will progress to the church. The guest speaker will be Greg Coleman, Pastor of Cairo and Rockport United Methodist Churches.

The church is located at 5505 Rockport Road, Columbus Grove. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Blessing of the Bikes May 18 at Trinity United Methodist

The second annual Blessing of the Bikes, takes place at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 18, at Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church, 2022 State Route 103.

The bike blessing takes place immediately following the morning worship service. The church will then host a barbecue pulled-pork dinner. Tickets are $7 and persons may dine in or buy for carry-out.


Pandora and Gilboa churches have food boxes

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District.

The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. on May 15.

Boxes will be available to be picked up on the last Saturday of the month, May 31, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora.


Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran on Sunday

Six youths will be confirmed in the Christian faith in the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 4, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera.

The Confirmands are Sarah Elizabeth Curth, Abigail Elizabeth Heldman, Kylie Nicole Rausch, Aimee Grace Ritter, Eric Joseph Ritter, and Savannah Elizabeth Stahl. The class hymn, “In Christ Alone” will be sung by the class during the service.


National Day of Prayer event at Ebenezer Church

The National Day of Prayer will be observed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church in the Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Rd., Bluffton.

Those who will be participating include:


Trinity Lutheran School accepting students eligible for Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship

Trinity Lutheran School is now accepting students who are eligible for an EdChoice Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents can work with Trinity Lutheran to complete the application process, and the school will submit the application to the Ohio Department of Education on behalf of the family.

“Trinity Lutheran School is here to support the children of the community,” said Trinity Lutheran School principal, Steven Strong. “We are here to help the children of our community grow academically and to support them in their spiritual development.”


"Splash Kingdom" presented by St. John youth April 27

The children's choirs at St. John Mennonite Church in Pandora will be presenting the musical "Splash Kingdom" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Involved in the musical will be 70 children from ages 4 through grade 5, all from Bluffton, Pandora, and the surrounding area.


Ebenezer Mennonite children's choir musical April 27

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a musical called “I Can Only Imagine” on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in the Crossroads Ministry Center. 

An afterglow will be held following the musical. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. 

It is free and open to the public.


Good Friday procession of the cross starts at 11:30 a.m.

Bluffton's annual ecumenical Good Friday procession with the cross and an ecumenical service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 18, and will again be sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. 

The order of the procession will be: 
• St. Mary's Catholic Church
• St. John’s United Church of Christ
• English Lutheran 
• Bluffton Presbyterian 
• First Mennonite and finally
• First United Methodist. 


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Holy Week servies

Trinity Lutheran Church invites the public to attend the following services at 301 North Main Street, Jenera.

Palm Sunday services on April 13 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school and Bible class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will preach on the theme “Our Humble King Comes to Save.” The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Hosanna!”