• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 29, 2015

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Ebenezer Mennonite participating in Operations Christmas Child


Ebenezer Mennonite Church is the Bluffton Relay Center Drop-Off Site for Operation Christmas Child, again this year.

Bluffton and surrounding area residents are invited to fill shoeboxes with clothes, school supplies, small toys, and hygiene items for kids in war-torn countries, and refugee camps.

"Help us spread the Good News of Jesus through a simple shoebox. Be part of the miracle to change a child’s life!" said Tom and Annie Spallinger, assisting with the program.


Emmanuel UCC Pastor Eric Rummel accepts Sugarcreek pastorate

Rev. Eric Rummel, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ since January 2007, has accepted a new pastorate in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

His final sermon at Emmanuel was Oct. 7 and he starts his new pastorate, at First United Church of Christ, Sugarcreek, on Oct. 15. Rummel accepted the Emmanuel pastorate while still a student at United Theological Seminary, Dayton. In 2009 he graduated with a master’s of divinity. On Pentecost Sunday, 2010, he was ordained at Emmanuel.


First United Methodist hosts election day lunch and dinner

Bluffton First United Methodist Church will holds is election day lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the church.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes:
• homemade soups, $2
• sandwiches, $2
• salads, 75 cents
• desserts, $1.50
• beverages, 50 cents

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes:
• baked steak
• mashed potatoes
• vegetable
• roll
• dessert and beverage.

Dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under.


Food boxes available for P-G 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, persons must register by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, by calling 419-384-3905. Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church, State Route 12.


Community meal at Pandora United Methodist, 5:30 p.m.

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. 

The meal  is provided by the Morning Glory Group and is sausage and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin cake dessert and beverage.


Musical drama "Anabel" performed at First Mennonite Oct. 27

The Mad River Theater Works will present the musical drama "Anabel" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, in the sanctuary of First Mennonite Church.

The 45-minute musical drama is inspired by true events assembled to create a benefit performacne in honor Anabel Calderon. She is a Mexican-American who lives in Ohio; daughter of Mexican immigrants who travel to the U.S. in search of work.

Through the Mennonite Church and Habitat for Humanity she finds help and support. Mad River Theatre Works is based in West Liberty.


Trinity United Methodist winter coat drive underway

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church is conducting its fourth annual winter coat drive. Collection Boxes are located in BFR, Bluffton Sports Warehouse, Luke’s Bar and Grill, Community Market and First National Bank. 

The coats will be accepted until early November. The coat distribution day is Saturday, Nov. 3. Coats are available to anyone who asks for one. There will be a free hot breakfast also provided that day.

This event takes place at the church, 2022 State Route 103, Bluffton.


Pleasant View Church of the Brethren community supper Oct. 14

Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, 4950 N. Thayer Road, Lima, will host a free community supper on the second Sunday of each month, according to Mark Bowyer, pastor. The next two suppers are Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.


New format for Bluffton's Oct. 7 CROP Walk

The 2012 Bluffton CROP Walk is set to take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. The theme for this year's event is, The Way of the Cross:  Walking for Hunger, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, president of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.


St. John's UCC Beef and Noodle Dinner on Oct. 19


St. John’s United Church of Christ's beef and noodle dinner, a Bluffton tradition, is back and slated for Friday, Oct. 19. Come and get a good home-cooked meal before the Bluffton High School homecoming football game.

The dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in St. John’s Oppermann Hall, which can be accessed from College Avenue. (223 West College Ave.)

The dinner includes homegrown beef, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade pie and beverages.