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Wishes do come true: St. John's UCC donates $750 to library

Mary Ann Jordan and Carol Groman present a check in the amount of $750 to Esther Birky, Bluffton library youth services coordinator, and Jessica Hermiller, library director.  

The money was raised by the ladies group from St. John’s United Church of Christ through their semi-annual beef and noodle dinners.

Kindles, E-readers, Leggos, and other items from the library “wish list” will be purchased by the library staff.



"God's Not Dead" movie shown at English Lutheran July 18

The movie "God's Not Dead," will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., Bluffton, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The movie is free and open to the public. Child-care is provided. For more information contact the church at 419-358-2591 or e-mail: elchurch@wcoil.com



"Weird Animals, where Jesus' love is one of a kind" - this year's Community VBS focus

There's still time to register for Community Vacation Bible School.

This year's VBS's host congregation is St. Mary's Catholic Church, 160 N. Spring St. VBS dates are Sunday evening, July 20, through Thursday, July 24. Each evening's sessions are from 6 to 8 p.m.

Youth ages 4 to those who have completed fifth grade are invited to partcipate.


Christian Band, "Unspoken," performs at Pandora Missionary Sept. 21

One of today’s most well-known Christian bands, Unspoken, performs  in concert at Pandora Missionary Church Sunday, Sept. 21,  at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. VIP passes for a meet and greet with the band, photos, autographs, and refreshments are an additional $5.

With two straight Top-5 singles (“Who You Are” and “Lift My Life Up”) and successful tours with bands like Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave, Unspoken is one of the hottest Christian bands on the scene today.


Community worship service July 27

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold its community worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 27, in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn. In the event if rain, the service takes place in the Middle School cafetorium. Persons are invited to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to the service.


Pandora ice cream social July 20

An ice cream social is planned from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 20, at the Pandora United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St.

This event is hosted by Cub Scout Pack 3226 and Boy Scout Troop 226. The menu consists of your choice of sloppy joe, hot dog or chicken sandwich, plus cole slaw, baked beans, and/or chicken and noodles. Pies and ice cream will also be available.


Rockport United Methodist VBS July 28-Aug. 1

Rockport United Methodist Church, 5505 Rockport Road, will hold its summer Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1. VBS is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church and is for youth in grades 3 to 6.

This year’s theme is  “Go Fish Backstage with the Bible.”
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Free community meal July 30 in Pandora

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, July 30 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 Hilty Home. The menu will be roast beef and gravy, potatoes and carrots, cole slaw, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake and beverage.


Food boxes available for 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 July 15. Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday July 26 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora.


Weekday Christian Education celebrates 90 years in Bluffton

One of the longest continually operating educational programs in Bluffton celebrates 90 years this summer.

Bluffton Weekday Christian Education launched in Bluffton schools in 1924 and continues today. Since its beginning, 29 persons have taught elementary youth in what is now known as “release time.” Classes take place in First Mennonite Church.

The program celebrated 90 years during a recent Bluffton farmers’ market.

Current board members of Weekday Christian Ed are Mark Yoder, Gary Bishop and Joyce Smith.