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Light supper prior to Trinity Lutheran March 21 Lenten service

A special Lenten service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 21.

Vicar Michael Schneider from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, will deliver the sermon on "Shed No Tears for Jesus." The students of Trinity's third and fourth grades will sing "What Grace is This!" with violin and keyboard accompaniment.

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Messiah in the Passover program given March 18 at Riley Creek Baptist

Messiah in the Passover, a demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at Riley Creek Baptist Church.

Messiah in the Passover begins with the traditional Passover Seder table - complete with all the articles of this important Jewish celebration.

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Bluffton Baptist Church spring revival services March 25-28

Bluffton Baptist Church will hold its spring revival Monday through Wednesday, March 25-28, according to John McMinn, pastor.

Pastor Jonathon Reichman of Riverside Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla., is the speaker. He holds a master's of arts in religious education from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. Jason McDonald of Columbus, is the music and worship leader.

Services are Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Services are open to the public. The church is located at 345 County Line Road, Bluffton.

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Famed St. John's UCC Players present "who done it?"; SHANNON Club provides Italian dinner - March 18

The famed St. John's Players will present the suspenseful drama "Pasta, Passion and Pistols," at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 18, in Oppermann Hall at the St. John's United Church of Christ.

Members of the SHANNON Service Club will serve an Italian dinner. A free-will offering will be taken. Persons interested in tickets or reservations may contact the church office at 419-358-5641. Reservations are helpful so the chefs know how many meals to prepare.

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Mid-week Lenten services continue at Trinity Lutheran

The fourth Lenten service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. Pastor Al Schmitzer will speak on "Glory Be to Jesus" and the choir will sing "We Will Glorify." A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.

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Rev. Carol Clements installation March 25 at St. John's United Church of Christ

Rev. Carol Clements

A service of installation for Rev. Carol A. Clements, pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ, will be held during at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25, worship service.

Rev. Daniel L. Busch, Northwest Ohio Association Minister for the United Church of Christ will preside and preach the sermon. The Association will also be represented by Rev. Catherine Costello.

Prior to the afternoon service a catered meal will take place in Oppermann Hall at noon.

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Three area Mennonite churches receive grants from Everence Financial

Three area Mennonite Churches received grants from Everence Financial (formerly Mennonite Mutual Aid) in 2011 to help provide needed financial assistance to help people facing financial challenges.

First Mennonite, Bluffton, received $2,890, Grace, Pandora, received $1,750, and St. John, Pandora, received $3,000.

In 2011, the Everence Sharing Fund gave more than $924,000 in matching grants to 2,049 families across the country.

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Here's the March church schedule at MMH

The March church service schedule at Mennonite Memorial Home was released this week.

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.

4th - Chaplain Bill Herr
11th - Rev. Charles Warren
18th - Chaplain Bill Herr
25th - Rev. Dennis Maurer

Tuesday services at 6:30 p.m.

6th - Bryant Miller, First United Methodist
13th - Dick Potter, Ebenezer Mennonite
20th - Dennis Schmidt, Grace Mennonite
27th - Gary Rummel, Harrod Christian

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Mid-week Lenten services continue at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold a Lenten service on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Rev. Kenneth Engdahl from Grace Lutheran Church, Kenton, will speak on "See His Cross! Surprising Words from our Savior's Passion - It's No Secret!" Special music will be by the Rausch Family, singing "Just as I Am."

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First United Methodist spaghetti dinner March 14

Bluffton First United Methodist Church will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Wednesday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the First UMC Fellowship Hall (church basement).

Tickets cost $7 each and the meal includes baked spaghetti, salad, breadstick and a drink.

Tickets may be purchased from any First UMC middle or high school student or in the church office from now through Saturday, March 10.

Desserts will be available on a donation basis. A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door, and carry-out will be available.

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