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Trinity Lutheran Church mid-week Lenten services continue

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a Lenten service at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at the church, 301 N. Main Street, Jenera. “From Garden to Glory” continues as the theme for the Lenten services.

Vicar Billy King from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, will preach on “The Garden of Passion” based on Luke 22:39-44 and the choir will sing “Go to Dark Gethsemane.”

The Ladies’ Aid will serve a chili supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.  More information is at tlcjenera.org.


St. John's UCC beef and noodle dinner April 25

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

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

Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for sixth graders through college age; and $4 for elementary students. Admission is free for pre-kindergartners.


Lenten series continues at Trinity Lutheran

The fourth Lenten service in the 2014 series “From Garden to Glory” will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.  Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will speak on “The Garden of Paradise” based on Revelation 22:1-6 and the Choir will sing  “Lenten Carol.”

A light supper will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. by the Sunday Morning Bible Class. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. Please visit: tlcjenera.org for additional information.


Grace Mennonite community garden reservations accepted

The community garden at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora is now taking reservations for the 2014 gardening season. Plots are 30 x 35 feet in size and are located on the grounds of the church building at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.

Water is available periodically during the summer. A donation of $30 is suggested for use of the plot. To reserve a garden plot, phone Carolyn at 419-384-3829.

These plots have been prepared as a community service to Pandora, Bluffton, and other area communities. Anyone who is interested in gardening is welcome.


Trinity Lutheran mid-week Lent services continue

Trinity’s Lenten Service is canceled for tonight, Wednesday, March 12.

Looking ahead to next week, a third week Lenten Service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 19.

Pastor Ken Engdahl of Grace Lutheran Church, Kenton, will preach on “The Garden of Proclamation” from Mark 4:26-29 as the Lenten series, “From Garden to Glory” continues.


Next Pandora free community meal, March 26


The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by Sprunger Insurance and family. The menu will be spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, dessert and beverage.


Food boxes available to Pandora-Gilboa residents


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 March 15.

Boxes will be available to be picked up on the last Saturday of the month, March 29, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Bluffton Presbyterian Church Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St.  will begin the Lenten journey with a worship service March 5 at 7 p.m. Pastor Dave Good will offer the imposition of ashes and the disposition of ashes as we consider Isaiah 58, “This is the fast I choose.”

The choir, directed by Linda Sycks, will offer “Kyrie”, arranged by Jay Rouse, which includes music based on Symphony No. 9 by Antonin Dvorak. This piece features an English Horn solo with Jeremy Szabo. Jack Henry Neff will play an unaccompanied cello solo and Jayne McGarrity will play organ selections.


Trinity Lutheran Ash Wednesday services begin March 5

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will hold an Ash Wednesday service on March 5 at 7 p.m. “From Garden to Glory” is the theme of the six Wednesday evening Lenten services. Pastor  Al Schmitzer will preach on “Garden of Repentance” and the choir will sing “The Holy Heart.” A light supper will be served by the Ladies’ Aid from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped  accessible.


St. John's UCC March newsletter on The Icon

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