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Bluffton American Legion observes Four Chaplain Sunday at English Lutheran Feb. 2

In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World 
War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 2 to Feb. 8.

Bluffton American Legion Post 382, Chaplin Frank Clark has announced the post will observe the sacrifice of Four Armed Forces Chaplains during World War II, during the Sunday, Feb. 2, worship service service at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St.

All Veterans are welcome to attend the service, which begins at 9 a.m.


Transport for Christ Second Chance Chapel meal, concert Feb. 21

Transport For Christ Second Chance Chapel meal and concert with the southern gospel singing group 'The Piefers' takes place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb 21, at Marbeck Center Bluffton University.

Meals are already paid for, but you must reserve your place by calling Chaplain David Lugibihl at 419-230-3294.

Make your reservation soon as there are only 400 places available and they went very quickly last year.


The Power Team performs at Ebenezer Mennonite Feb. 26-March 2

The Power Team will perform at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 26-27-28 and March 1-2. They will also present an assembly at Bluffton High School at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28.

Performances are 7 p.m. on each evening except on Sunday, March 2, when the performance is at 4 p.m.

The Power Team is a group of world class athletes who have performed the world’s greatest exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration, and motivation in every state and in over 40 countries for almost 40 years.


St. John's UCC newsletter on Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ February newsletter is now posted on the Icon. Viewers may read it by opening the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Pandora pastor leads trip to Holy Land in November


“Origins of Faith,” A Pilgrim’s Journey in the Holy Land is planned for Nov. 3 – 13, 2014.  This pilgrimage trip is sponsored through the Pandora United Methodist Church and will be hosted by the pastor, Rev. Duane Kemerley, and his wife, Deb.

There is an information session scheduled for those who would like to know more: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E Washington St. (Route 12), Pandora.  


Free community meal Jan. 29 in Pandora

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal this month is provided by 7'oclock Flock. The menu will be tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, relish tray, dessert and beverage.


Pandora-Gilboa churches offering food boxes

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 pm on Monday Jan. 20. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street Pandora.


New year's eve and new year's day services at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold a 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve Service Dec. 31. There will be a worship service to begin the New Year on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m.  More information is available at: tlcjenera.org  or 419-326-5331.


Christmas Eve service schedule for Bluffton congregations

Here is a partial list of Bluffton congregations with Christmas Eve services. Some congregations have provided additional information about their services. Those are found in separate stories in the "Church" fold. The Icon has links to those stories, where indicated.

Churches that have not provided Christmas Eve information may send information to: info@blufftonicon.com. (Watch for updates)



Trinity Lutheran announces Christmas services

A special afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called "The Carols of Christmas” will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. in the church at 301 N. Main St., Jenera. The students from Pre-school through Eighth Grade will tell of the birth of Christ through Word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.