November 23, 2014


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"High Church" work

Some "high church" work is underway this month in Bluffton. E. Lee Construction of Delphos, is doing outside restoration to the brick work of the First United Methodist Church.,


Food boxes available for persons in P-G community

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 Aug. 20 by calling 419-384-3905. Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


Pandora free community meal Aug. 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St. Pandora.
The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee and is hamburger/hot dog, macaroni salad, chips, dessert and beverage.


There's a national park in the St. John's UCC sanctuary - and it looks like VBS

There's a national park in the sanctuary of St. John's United Church of Christ.

That's because Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School is in session this week. SonRise National Park! is the theme. VBS is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

Participating churches include
• Bluffton Presbyterian Church,
• Emmanuel United Church of Christ,
• English Lutheran Church,
• First Mennonite Church,
• First United Methodist Church,
• St. John’s United Church of Christ, and
• St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


"For the Beauty of the Earth" theme of Sunday's community worship service

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will sponsor its annual summer community worship service on Sunday, July 29. The service begins at 9 a.m. and is held on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.
The theme is "For the Beauty of the Earth" and the service will continue the VBS theme from the previous week.
This year, there will be only one offering taken, and that will be for the community food pantry.


Lifeline presents Aug. 5 concert at Riley Creek Baptist Church

Lifeline will present a concert of sacred music at Riley Creek Baptist Church, rural Bluffton, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5.
Lifeline is the music ministry of Amy Wright and Bill Hartman. Their music is described as powerful, dynamic and ministers to the heart and soul of their audiences.
Included in this concert will be special guest soloist Molly Pickett. Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road 27 in rural Bluffton. For more information call 419-326-6361.


Community VBS starts Sunday evening at St. John's UCC

Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School will be in session this summer from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and there's still time to register your children.
St. John's United Church of Christ is the host church this year. Help your child discover the best destination of the summer - SonRise National Park! Come to a land of invigorating power and beauty where there is nothing between you and God's big sky!
VBS is sponsored by Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. Participating churches include
o Bluffton Presbyterian Church,


St. John's United Church of Christ July newletter on The Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ July newsletter is now available to Icon viewers.
It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Pandora United Methodist ice cream social Aug. 4

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social Saturday, Aug. 4, at the church.

The event is from 5 to 7 p.m., and the menu includes: your choice of sloppy joe, hot dog, or chicken sandwich, plus cole slaw, baked beans, and / or chicken and noodles. Plus lots and lots of homemade pies and ice cream.

Entertainment provided by Al Basinger and Band.


Rockport United Methodist VBS July 30-Aug. 3

Rockport United Methodist Church will hold its summer Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 3, at the church in Rockport.

This year's VBS theme is "Point Your Kids to Jesus!" Youth ages 3 through sixth grade are invited to attend. The VBS includes stories, games, music, crafts and other events.

Persons interested in more information or interested in assisting may contact Melissa Selhorst 419-943-1383 or Cheryl Huber 419-229-9513.