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"Splash Kingdom" presented by St. John youth April 27

The children's choirs at St. John Mennonite Church in Pandora will be presenting the musical "Splash Kingdom" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Involved in the musical will be 70 children from ages 4 through grade 5, all from Bluffton, Pandora, and the surrounding area.


Ebenezer Mennonite children's choir musical April 27

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a musical called “I Can Only Imagine” on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in the Crossroads Ministry Center. 

An afterglow will be held following the musical. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. 

It is free and open to the public.


Good Friday procession of the cross starts at 11:30 a.m.

Bluffton's annual ecumenical Good Friday procession with the cross and an ecumenical service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 18, and will again be sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. 

The order of the procession will be: 
• St. Mary's Catholic Church
• St. John’s United Church of Christ
• English Lutheran 
• Bluffton Presbyterian 
• First Mennonite and finally
• First United Methodist. 


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Holy Week servies

Trinity Lutheran Church invites the public to attend the following services at 301 North Main Street, Jenera.

Palm Sunday services on April 13 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school and Bible class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will preach on the theme “Our Humble King Comes to Save.” The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Hosanna!”


Free community meal April 30 in Pandora

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

The meal this month is provided by Wednesday Witnesses Small Group. The menu will be scalloped potatoes, ham, green beans, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage.


Anabaptist Bestiary Project performs at First Mennonite April 12

On Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. First Mennonite Church will host the Anabaptist Bestiary Project, with a concert that is also a fund-raiser for First Mennonite Church Youth.

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures, the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a 10- piece alternative rock ensemble under the direction of Trevor Bechtel that combines the influence of such diverse bands as Arcade Fire, The Story, Ben Folds Five and Death Cab for Cutie.

To preview their music visit AnabaptistBestiaryProject.bandcamp.com. Admission is by donation.


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 April 15th.  Boxes will be available to be picked up on April 26th, the last Saturday of the month, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora.


Pandora United Methodist performs Easter Cantata "Wondrous Love"

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be presenting their Easter Cantata, “Wondrous Love,” written by Lloyd Larson, during the 9:30 a.m. worship serviceat on Sunday, April 13, at 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

The worship service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Chris Meyer. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor. Go to www.pandoraumc.com for further information.


Trinity United Methodist April 5 auction launches "Project Hope"

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church will host a live auction of talents at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Jenera Park building.


The event is the first of many planned to support a new outreach group, Project Hope of Bluffton, which is focused on helping community members in need.

Auction items include:


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.