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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.


St. John's UCC beef and noodle dinner April 25

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

The menu includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade pies and beverages.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for sixth graders through college age; and $4 for elementary students. Admission is free for pre-kindergartners.


Lenten series continues at Trinity Lutheran

The fourth Lenten service in the 2014 series “From Garden to Glory” will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.  Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will speak on “The Garden of Paradise” based on Revelation 22:1-6 and the Choir will sing  “Lenten Carol.”

A light supper will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. by the Sunday Morning Bible Class. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. Please visit: tlcjenera.org for additional information.


Grace Mennonite community garden reservations accepted

The community garden at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora is now taking reservations for the 2014 gardening season. Plots are 30 x 35 feet in size and are located on the grounds of the church building at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.

Water is available periodically during the summer. A donation of $30 is suggested for use of the plot. To reserve a garden plot, phone Carolyn at 419-384-3829.

These plots have been prepared as a community service to Pandora, Bluffton, and other area communities. Anyone who is interested in gardening is welcome.


Trinity Lutheran mid-week Lent services continue

Trinity’s Lenten Service is canceled for tonight, Wednesday, March 12.

Looking ahead to next week, a third week Lenten Service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 19.

Pastor Ken Engdahl of Grace Lutheran Church, Kenton, will preach on “The Garden of Proclamation” from Mark 4:26-29 as the Lenten series, “From Garden to Glory” continues.