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Stuart and Jill Briscoe speakers at St. John Mennonite Mission Conference March 2-3


National and International speakers and authors, Stuart and Jill Briscoe, will speak at St. John Mennonite’s Mission Festival, set for March 2-3.  The church is located at 15988 Road 4, Pandora. 

Stuart has preached in over 100 countries and written more than 40 books. Jill is highly sought-after Bible teacher and has authored more than 40 books. Their daily radio and internet Bible teaching broadcasts are heard all around the world.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, mid-week Lenten service Feb. 20

A Lenten service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, on Wednesday Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. 

The theme for the service will be "Names of Wondrous Love-The Truth.  Pastor Bob Krueger from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, will deliver the message and the students in grades 5-8 will sing "On the Cross Have Mercy."  

A light supper will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.  For more information, see tlcjenera.org


Bluffton Presbyterian Easter bake sale March 23

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Easter bake sale in March. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 23, in front of Citizens National Bank/.


Fred Suter talks at Grace Mennonite on Feb. 24

Pandora native Fred Suter will is a guest speaker at Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, on Sunday, Feb. 24. He will speak at a 6:30 p.m. program.

Suter is a former Mennonite Central Committee volunteer with the PAX program. He will talk about his work with getting fresh clean water to a hospital at the former African Inter-Mennonite Mission station of Ndjoko Pundo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



Emmanuel UCC fish fry March 8

The Emmanuel United Church of Christ,  8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold a fish fry in March. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 8, at the church.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for youth 11 and under. The fish fry offers all the fish you can eat, plus potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert.




Pandora free community meal planned for February

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the “Growing Pains and Promises” Mother's Club and is Baked Potato Bar, Chili, Cake and beverage.


Food Boxes available for P-G families for February

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for the month of February 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 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 by calling 419-384-3905.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


St. John's UCC offers several special services in February

St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, offers several worship options in February, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor. The schedule follows:

Sunday, February 3–10:30 a.m.–Four Chaplains’ Sunday.  American Legion sponsoring recognition of the Four Chaplains of various faiths who sacrificed their lives during World War 11.  Legionnaires are invited to come as a group.

Holy Communion will also be observed.


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Bluffton American Legion Post observes Four Chaplains Sunday Feb. 3 at St. John's UCC

In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphisis Week Feb. 3 - 9 according to Chaplain Clark of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382.

The Bluffton American Legion will attend services at St. John' United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave.  on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Legion officials and clergymen are planning special programs for the observance of the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four valiant Chaplains.