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August 28, 2016


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Riley Creek United Methodist's 42nd annual Christmas carol sing Dec. 1

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 42nd annual Christmas Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. 

Like an old-fashioned songfest around the piano, the program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist and Ottawa Sts. Peter and Paul choirs, and a candle lighting ceremony.


Free Pandora community meal Nov. 20

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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 First National Bank of Pandora. The menu will be barbecued pork Sandwich, cheesy potatoes, macaroni salad, dessert and beverage.


Angels and nativity scenes on display in Mt Cory Dec. 7-8

Icon viewers are invited to  “Heaven Came Down,” a display of angels and nativity scenes at the Bethel Family Life Center of the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, 201 W. Washington St., Mount Cory. 

Doors will be open Saturday, Dec, 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 pm.

The public is invited to this inspiring experience free of charge. For more information call Jean Clevidence at 419-581-8500 or Shar Marshall at 419-963-4992.

Also on Saturday will be the monthly Community Coffee from 7:30 a.m. – 10 am also at BFLC.


Grace Mennonite holds book sale, bake sale, breakfast Nov. 22-23

Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora invites Icon viewers to its annual book sale, bake sale and breakfast on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23. 

Hours are 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday.  Jilaine Graber from Faith and Life Bookstore, Berne, Ind. will bring an assortment of books and gifts.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry Nov. 8

Emmanuel United Church of Christ's fall fish fry is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the church, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

Tickets are adults $7 and youth 10 and under $4.



Churches in Pandora and Gilboa offering food boxes

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 Monday, Nov. 18. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora. Please note that the food boxes will be picked up the Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday.


First United Methodist Church election day lunch-dinner, Nov. 5

First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, holds its annual election day lunch and dinner in the church Fellowship Hall, 116 Church St., Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items are individually prices. The menu includes:

• Home made soup, $2
• Sandwiches, $2
• Salads, $1
• Desserts, $1.50
• Beverages, 50 cents

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for youth 10 and under. The menu includes:


Mom-to-Mom sale Nov. 2 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A Mom-to-Mom sale is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church. The sale is hosted by the Ebenezer MOPS group, said Kim Fritsch. 

Admission is $2 or two canned goods, with money going to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Booths will contain mom-related items, such as maternity clothes, baby gear, clothes and toys.  If you are interested in a booth, there are still some available. Please email Denise Rex at jadriii05@hotmail.com for more information.



Pandora United Methodist election day dinner Nov. 5

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host an election day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5-7 p.m. The meal will be baked steak, green beans, mashed potato and gravy, salad bar and dessert.  The cost is $7 adults, $4 3-12 year olds, free under 3 years old. The church is located on  State Route 12, Pandora.


Trinity United Methodist coat drive underway

Trinity United Methodist Church, State Route 103, is holding its fifth annual winter coat drive. All new and gently used winter coats and apparel for all ages and genders are needed.

Collection boxes are at Community Market and The Sports Warehouse. For for information contact committee members are either 567-242-4700 or 419-722-6201.