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Fred Suter talks at Grace Mennonite on Feb. 24

Pandora native Fred Suter will is a guest speaker at Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, on Sunday, Feb. 24. He will speak at a 6:30 p.m. program.

Suter is a former Mennonite Central Committee volunteer with the PAX program. He will talk about his work with getting fresh clean water to a hospital at the former African Inter-Mennonite Mission station of Ndjoko Pundo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



Emmanuel UCC fish fry March 8

The Emmanuel United Church of Christ,  8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold a fish fry in March. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 8, at the church.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for youth 11 and under. The fish fry offers all the fish you can eat, plus potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert.




Pandora free community meal planned for February

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the “Growing Pains and Promises” Mother's Club and is Baked Potato Bar, Chili, Cake and beverage.


Food Boxes available for P-G families for February

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for the month of February 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 Monday, Feb. 18 by calling 419-384-3905.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


St. John's UCC offers several special services in February

St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, offers several worship options in February, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor. The schedule follows:

Sunday, February 3–10:30 a.m.–Four Chaplains’ Sunday.  American Legion sponsoring recognition of the Four Chaplains of various faiths who sacrificed their lives during World War 11.  Legionnaires are invited to come as a group.

Holy Communion will also be observed.


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Bluffton American Legion Post observes Four Chaplains Sunday Feb. 3 at St. John's UCC

In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphisis Week Feb. 3 - 9 according to Chaplain Clark of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382.

The Bluffton American Legion will attend services at St. John' United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave.  on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Legion officials and clergymen are planning special programs for the observance of the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four valiant Chaplains.


Ticket Reservation deadline Feb. 19 for Transport For Christ annual banquet

Transport for Christ (TFC) will host its annual banquet Friday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., at Marbeck Center, Bluffton University.

The meal is paid, but reservations are necessary by Feb. 19. Contact Dave Lugibihl, by email: davidlugibihl@yahoo.com or by phone: 419-230-3294 or Nancy Spallinger, by email:  spalljn@embarqmail.com  or by phone: 419-296-0360 to make reservations, or to make a donation. Seating is available  for only 400 persons.


BAMA pulpit exchange Sunday - here's who's preaching where

On Sunday, Jan. 13, some Bluffton clergy will be playing a form of 'musical chairs' with their pulpits.  

In recognition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) mixes things up a bit with a pulpit exchange in which participating churches have guest preachers from the other churches and institutions in Bluffton. 


Bluffton Area Ministerial Assn. sponsors The Cotton Patch Gospel on Jan. 20

The Cotton Patch Gospel, a one-man musical by Phillip Kaufmann, will be presented at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at First Mennonite Church. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.