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Ticket Reservation deadline Feb. 19 for Transport For Christ annual banquet

Transport for Christ (TFC) will host its annual banquet Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., at Marbeck Center, Bluffton University.

The meal is paid, but reservations are necessary by Feb. 19. Contact Dave Lugibihl, by email: davidlugibihl@yahoo.com or by phone: 419-230-3294 or Nancy Spallinger, by email:  spalljn@embarqmail.com  or by phone: 419-296-0360 to make reservations, or to make a donation. Seating is available  for only 400 persons.


BAMA pulpit exchange Sunday - here's who's preaching where

On Sunday, Jan. 13, some Bluffton clergy will be playing a form of 'musical chairs' with their pulpits.  

In recognition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) mixes things up a bit with a pulpit exchange in which participating churches have guest preachers from the other churches and institutions in Bluffton. 


Bluffton Area Ministerial Assn. sponsors The Cotton Patch Gospel on Jan. 20

The Cotton Patch Gospel, a one-man musical by Phillip Kaufmann, will be presented at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at First Mennonite Church. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.


January St. John's UCC newsletter now posted on The Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ January congregational newsletter is now posted on the Icon.


Pandora free community meal planned

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE Community Meal on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the the 7' oclock Flock Group and is Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, relish tray, dessert and beverage.


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, you must register by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 by calling 419-384-3905.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


Trinity Lutheran New Year's Eve and New Year's Day services planned

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


Christmas eve church services in Bluffton

Several Bluffton congregation hold Christmas eve services. Here are the services provided to The Icon.

Bluffton Presbyterian

Prelude in brass at 6:30 p.m. 
Christmas eve service at 7 p.m. 
Fellowship at 8 p.m.
Service of communion, 8:30 p.m.

English Lutheran


Stuart and Jill Brisco speaking in March at St. John Mennonite


National and international speakers and authors, Stuart and Jill Brisco will speak at St. John Mennonite’s Mission Festival set for March 1-3, 2013. 

Stuart has preached in over 100 countries and written more than 40 books. Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and has authored more than 40 books. 

Stuart will speak on the topic “Reaching Out” and Jill will speak on Saturday about “Choices That Create a Love That Lasts.” 


Trinity Lutheran Christmas Eve and Day services set

A special afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called "Gifts from the Manger” will be held on Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. in the church.

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..