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June 30, 2015


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Mom-to-Mom Sale April 6 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A Mom-to-Mom Sale is planned  Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

The sale will feature baby items, infant, children and maternity clothes along with other
items pertaining to children. Admission is $2 or two canned good items which, will be donated to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Persons with questions,may contact Denise Rex at jadriii05@hotmail.com.


First Mennonite Church host to Sister Care workshop in April

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, is host to a Sister Care workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener lead the weekend. The seminar is under the auspices of Mennonite Women USA. Sister Care seminars lead women interested in gathering with other women to learn ways to integrate scripture, prayer, self-care and individual gifts in caring ministry.


Trinity Lutheran Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter services announced

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, released its Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter schedule.

Palm Sunday services on March 24 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Come, Faithful People!” All attending will receive a palm branch.

On March 28, the Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m.. The choir will sing “Remember.”


Bethel College, Kansas, choir in concert Monday evening

The Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, choir will perform in concert at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Monday, March 18, according to Steve Yoder, pastor.

The concert, in the church sanctuary, is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Bill Eash, Bluffton College alumnus, directs the choir.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, final mid-week Lenten service March 20

The final mid-week service of the Lenten season will be held at 7 p.m. on March 20 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. 

Pastor John Merseth of Grace Lutheran Church, Weston, will speak on "Names of Wondrous Love--The Way".  The Choir will sing "Jesus Wept". 

A light supper will be served between 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m..  Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.


St. John's UCC host to Larry Battle Benefit Concert March 16

St. John’s United Church of Christ will host a benefit concert for Larry Battle at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the church, 223 W. College Ave.

The concert will feature the church choir, Michael Lester, Crystal Sellers Battle, Dr. Raymond Wise and others, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church.

Battles faces several surgeries, including a gastric bypass and spinal cord surgery.

Persons interested in contributing to the fund may send tax-deductible donations to:


Community Good Friday service in Pandora

On Friday March 29, the Pandora Area Churches are having a Community Good Friday Service. 

The service will begin at 7 p.m. and the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St. is the host church this year. 

The theme will be ‘The Seven Last Words’ with representatives from various churches participating. 

A community choir will be presenting two anthems. 


Easter Cantata at the Pandora United Methodist Church

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be presenting their Easter Cantata, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” written by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The church is located on SR 12 at 108 East Washington St. in Pandora.

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public.

The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Chris Meyer. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.


Ministerial Association Good Friday procession of the cross March 29

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold its annual Good Friday Procession of the Cross. This year's event is Friday, March 29. The procession will begin at the English Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m.

From there the route goes to St. John’s UCC, Presbyterian, United Methodist, First Mennonite and finally to St. Mary’s where the service begins at noon.


Parenting with a Purpose Seminar March 16 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Ebenezer Mennonite Church will host a "Parenting with a Purpose Seminar," led by Dr. Marv Penner. The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Dr. Marv Penner works for the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding. He has authored many books and has also spoken all over the world. Dr Penner is also a licensed counselor.