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December 15, 2017

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Christmas Eve service at St. John's United Church of Christ

A candlelight Christmas Eve service at St. John's United Church of Christ will focus on the birth of Christ through scripture readings and carol singing. Holy Communion will be observed, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The service begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, and opens with a prelude of Christmas piano and organ duets beginning at 3:45 p.m. St. John's United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Jackson Street and College Avenue in Bluffton.


Dec. 9 Trinity Advent service includes special music

The Advent service held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,  Jenera, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, will include special music service with interspersed readings. 

Music will be by the handbell choir, organ, piano, guitar and trumpet.  here will be a vocal selection and the choir will sing “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and “Peace, Peace,” which is an arrangement of “Silent Night.” 


Riley Creek United Methodist carol sing Dec.6

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its annual Christmas Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus’ birth, performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church Choir, Ottawa Sts. Peter and Paul Choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony.


Pandora UM free community meal Dec. 16

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meall on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Hilty Home Pandora. The menu is BBQ ribs, parsley red potatoes, vegetable, strawberry shortcake and beverage.


Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s Christmas program Dec. 13

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s Christmas program will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center.

The Disciple Singers Choir will perform the musical “Wise Guys and Starry Skies,” where three kings, a camel boy, and cook travel to find and worship the heavenly king. 

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


Pandora UM's Christmas cantata Dec. 13

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present their Christmas cantata, “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

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