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First United Methodist hosts election day lunch and dinner

Bluffton First United Methodist Church will holds is election day lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the church.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes:
• homemade soups, $2
• sandwiches, $2
• salads, 75 cents
• desserts, $1.50
• beverages, 50 cents

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes:
• baked steak
• mashed potatoes
• vegetable
• roll
• dessert and beverage.

Dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under.


Full Sound Chamber Group performs Nov. 18 at St. John's UCC

St. John’s United Church of Christ will host the November concert of the Full Sound Chamber Group on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

The concert, which is free and open to the community, will begin with the piano
“Prelude and Fuge in E-minor” by Mendelssohn. The ensemble continues with “Concrerto Grosso in G-minor” by Corelli (arranged by Tsidqah Loritsch), “Romanze" by Wilhelm Popp, and a “Serenade for Strings” by Tchaikovsky. A hymn (orchestrated by Shalem Loritsch), will complete the concert.


Here's the St.John's UCC November church newsletter

St. John's United Church of Christ November newsletter is now on the Icon.


Mom to mom sale Nov. 3 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A mom to mom sale is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.  Admission is $2 or two canned goods to be donated to the Bluffton Community Assistance food pantry.

Ebenezer Mennonite Church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.


Emmanuel UCC annual fall fish fry Nov. 9

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold its annual fall fish fry Friday, Nov. 9, at the church located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

The dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

The menu includes:
•deep fried fish,
•cheesy potatoes,
•baked beans and calico beans,
•green bean bake,
•macaroni and cheese,
•buttered bread, 
•a variety of salads,
•a big selection of homemade desserts and


St. Mary's Christmas craft bazaar on Nov. 10

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, will hold a Christmas craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the church, 160 N. Spring St.

The event includes a silent raffle and offers handcrafted items for sale from crafters and vendors. Admission is $2 or two cans of food. All admissions proceeds will be donated to the Bluffton food pantry.

Persons with questions about the event or who may be interested in having a booth at the event may contact Danielle Althaus at dandyalthaus@gmail.com or at 419-306-5803.


BAMA Thanksgiving service and community meal on Nov. 15

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, (BAMA), will hold the annual community Thanksgiving service in conjunction with the community meal on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church will provide the community meal that evening. Other congregations will provide pies for dessert.

The meal begins at 6 p.m. The Thanksgiving service beings at 6:45 p.m.


Annual Inter-Church Board of Bluffton meeting Nov. 5


The community is invited to the annual "town hall" meeting of the Bluffton Inter-Church Board. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in the fellowship hall at First Mennonite Church. 

Agenda items will include approval of the financial report, discussion of the visioning
process for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program, and a recognition
of Paula McKibben for her years of service as director of that program and
its food bank.


"Anabel" production at First Mennonite cancelled

The production of The Mad River Theater Works musical drama "Anabel" on Oct. 27 at First Mennonite Church has been cancelled due to an illness of a cast member.

The drama was announced previously on The Icon.




Jim Boedicker performs at Pleasant View UMC Oct. 28

Jim Boedicker will be in concert at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton, on
Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this concert.

His repertoire includes many humorous songs, occasionally some trick guitar work, standards and serious songs that can speak to and stay with is audiences. His casual
style works equally well in a large concert setting or a small intimate group, and he especially enjoys performing family venues.