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Pandora United Methodist Church host program on Islam

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a program to foster better understanding of Islam.  People in the United States have very little understanding of the history of Islam and its connection to Judaism and Christianity.  The World of Belief: Inside Islam – is a two part video and discussion presentation will inform participants on the foundations of this major world religion and guide to understanding how Islam functions in the global community.

Part One will be Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.  (These are the same session repeated.)


The AmazingRACE-Week of Service...brought to you by the English Lutheran congregation

The week of Sept. 8 through 15 you might see a lot of bright gold and black t-shirts being worn by people all over Bluffton carrying rakes or hammers or paintbrushes and the like, and wearing work gloves.  

Who are these people, and what will they be doing? 

Well, they'll be the people of English Lutheran Church, and they'll be doing acts of random kindness and intentional acts of service as they participate in The AmazingRACE-Week of Service event. 


Community meals on Sept. 5 and 19

Two community meals are planned in September at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, under the direction of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. 

Meal dates:

• Thursday, Sept. 5, served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• Thursday, Sept 19, served by St. John's United Church of Christ.

Meals are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. All monetary donations go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.


St. John's UCC September newsletter posted on Icon

St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, changes from summer hours to fall hours on Sunday, Sept. 8, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

The new Sunday hours follow:
• Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.
• Worship, 10:30 a.m.

Icon viewers may now read the church September newsletter. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Jim Boedicker entertains PrimeTimers on Sept. 3

PrimeTimers, who are persons 55 and older, will meet at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

Following the meal, Jim Boedicker will provide musical entertainment featuring his guitar and vocal skills. 

A full meal will be provided including barbecue pork or shredded chicken sandwich, hash brown casserole, glazed carrots and homemade angel food cake. Donations toward the cost of the meal are accepted. 


Pandora community meal planned

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 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 shredded chicken sandwich, chips, relishes, dessert and beverage.


International Director and founder of Global Disciples speaks at St. John Mennonite Aug. 21

Galen Burkholder, International Director and founder of Global Disciples, will speak at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on the topic "Hope in the Hard Places." 

There will be dinner and program at 6 p.m. Global Disciples trains church planters and pastors with an innovative model that empowers indigenous churches to use "what is in their hands."  

Then these trained believers can access hard-to-reach communities through small business while preaching the Gospel and planting churches.


Preschool registration underway at Trinity Lutheran School

Registrations  for 2013-14 are being taken for Preschool students at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera. 

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through May from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

Children who are four years old before Sept. 30 are welcome to attend.  Please stop at the school, call 419-326-4685 or email tls.jenera@gmail.com for more information.


Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa families

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 August 26. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturdaym August 31, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


JJ Heller, Christian recording artist performs Sept. 1 at Pandora Missionary Church

Christian recording artist, JJ Heller, will be performing live in concert at Pandora Missionary Church Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. VIP Passes for a meet and greet with the artist, photos, autographs, and refreshments are an additional $5.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing someone of this caliber to the area,” said Joanna Gratz, member of the Fellowship Board at Pandora Missionary Church.