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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.


Pandora United Methodist lists Christmas services

Carols, Candlelight, and the Christ Child will be the theme of the Christmas Candlelight Services at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E.Washington St. (State Route 12) in Pandora. 

There is an early service on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. (music begins at 6:30 p.m.) for those who will be out of the area on Christmas Eve and for those who prefer a service earlier in the evening. 

The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. (music begins at 8:30 p.m.). 


Angels and nativity scenes on display in Mt. Cory

"Heaven Came Down," a display of angels and nativity scenes has one final showing of the year. The display at at the Bethel Family Life Center, Mt. Cory United Methodist Church. The display is open Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. on 201 W. Washington St., Mt Cory. The display is free and open to the public.



First Mennonite children's Christmas program Dec. 15

First Mennonite Church children and youth Christmas program is at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. The musical "The Surprising Christmas Pageant," will be presented. Children from nursery through senior high are involved in staging the production.

The service is in the church sanctuary.



St. John's UCC December newsletter on The Icon

St. John's United Church of Christ December newsletter is now posted on The Icon. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Ebenezer Mennonite children's Christmas program Dec. 15

Ebenezer Mennonite Church Children’s Christmas program will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the CMC.  The service includes performances by the Disciple Singers, Cherubs, and Bell Choirs. 

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


Food boxes available for households in Pandora-Gilboa

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 Dec. 16.  Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 21,  at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 E. Main St., Pandora. 


Pandora United Methodist hosts free community meal Dec. 18

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 5:30 to 7  p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by Hilty Home. The menu will be barbecue ribs, red skin potatoes, corn, dinner roll, cheesecake and beverage.