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Joyfulaires perform Sunday morning at Riley Creek Baptist

The Southern Gospel quartet Joyfulaires will be in concert Sunday, May 19, at Riley Creek Baptist Church during the 10:30 a.m. service.

"Known for their excellent harmony and tremendous gift to minister, the Joyfulaires will soon be celebrating 50 years in spreading God's Word in song," said David Lanquist, pastor.

A free will offering will be taken. Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road 27 in rural Bluffton. Call the church office at 419-326-6361 for more information.


Trinity United Methodist to hold 'Blessing of the Bikes'

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist will hold a 'Blessing of the Bikes' event on Saturday May, 11 at 5 p.m.

Everyone bring your motorcycles for the blessing promptly at 5 p.m..  Afterwards, the motorcycles will take a short road trip.  Activities for all ages will be available.  

Catered chicken dinners will be available for sale by Ted's Market.  Meals include half a chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, dessert and drink.  Price for dinners are $7 per meal and all proceeds benefit the church.  

There will also be a 50/50 raffle.


Food boxes available for P-G families for May

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 Monday, May 20.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora. 


Pandora free community meal planned for May

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, May 29 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 Mission Committee and will be sub sandwiches, potato salad, chips, dessert and beverage.


Trinity Lutheran May 9 Ascension service planned

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, will hold a special service on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. The service will celebrate Christ’s ascension into Heaven after his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.


Seven youth confirmed May 5 at Trinity Lutheran, Jenera


Seven youth will be confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday, May 5, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, in the 10:30 a.m. service. 

The Confirmands are: Klaire Alge, Keith Edwards, Dustin Falk, Matthew Freed, Sidney Rinker, Ryan Stuckey and Shawn Weihrauch.  


St. John's UCC beef and noodle dinner on Friday

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

The dinner includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade pie and beverages.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for college students, $4 for elementary students and is free to all pre-kindergarten youth.


St. John's United Church of Christ May newsletter on The Icon

The May issue of "Serendipity," the newsletter for the Bluffton St. John's United Church of Christ is now on the Icon.

Viewers may read the newsletter, located below this story.


Outreach to Muslims Coordinator guest speaker at Trinity Lutheran Church

Pastor Pieter Reid, Outreach to Muslims Coordinator in North America for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and his wife, Marlys, will be guest speakers at the Ohio Circuit’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Rally at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Saturday, April 27. 

The Rally will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Reid served as a missionary to Indonesia for 20 years and will be speaking on “Bringing the Gospel to Muslims.”  Marlys taught in WELS Lutheran Schools as well as the Jakarta International School.


St. John Mennonite children's musical April 28

The Children's Choir at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, will present the musical "Blast Off! Discovering the God of Creation," twice on Sunday, April 28. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Nearly 65 youth are involved in the production. The church is located at 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

The story takes place in a little girl's dream the night before going to a space camp. In the dream Rudy and her two siblings find themselves in a space shuttle flying through the atmosphere.