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St. John's UCC April newsletter on The Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ April newsletter is now available for Icon viewers. It lists events in the congregation during April.


Network of Biblical Storytellers presentation at First Mennonite April 7


The Cincinnati-Dayton Guild of the Network of Biblical Storytellers will present a program of stories in the biblical tradition at First Mennonite Church at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The program titled "Laughing Out Loud: Celebrating the Resurrection," will be presented. Ten storytellers will participate. One of the presenters is Tom Boomershine, founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers.


Holy Week services at English Lutheran Church announced

"The people of English Lutheran Church invite you to join us "on the way" to the surprise of Easter as we gather for our Holy Week services," said Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.  

He continues: "The journey begins this weekend with our Palm Sunday celebration at 9 a.m., which will include a procession with palms and an interactive reading of Luke's narrative of Jesus' passion. 


Ministerial Association announces Good Friday events

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association has organized Good Friday activities for the Bluffton community.

On Good Friday, March 29, all are welcome to the annual Cross Walk. This year the walk begins at English Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m. From there the walk proceeds to St. John's UCC, Bluffton Presbyterian, First Mennonite, First Methodist and ends at St. Mary's Catholic Church.


Mom-to-Mom Sale April 6 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A Mom-to-Mom Sale is planned  Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

The sale will feature baby items, infant, children and maternity clothes along with other
items pertaining to children. Admission is $2 or two canned good items which, will be donated to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Persons with questions,may contact Denise Rex at jadriii05@hotmail.com.


First Mennonite Church host to Sister Care workshop in April

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, is host to a Sister Care workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener lead the weekend. The seminar is under the auspices of Mennonite Women USA. Sister Care seminars lead women interested in gathering with other women to learn ways to integrate scripture, prayer, self-care and individual gifts in caring ministry.


Trinity Lutheran Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter services announced

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, released its Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter schedule.

Palm Sunday services on March 24 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Come, Faithful People!” All attending will receive a palm branch.

On March 28, the Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m.. The choir will sing “Remember.”


Bethel College, Kansas, choir in concert Monday evening

The Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, choir will perform in concert at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Monday, March 18, according to Steve Yoder, pastor.

The concert, in the church sanctuary, is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Bill Eash, Bluffton College alumnus, directs the choir.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, final mid-week Lenten service March 20

The final mid-week service of the Lenten season will be held at 7 p.m. on March 20 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. 

Pastor John Merseth of Grace Lutheran Church, Weston, will speak on "Names of Wondrous Love--The Way".  The Choir will sing "Jesus Wept". 

A light supper will be served between 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m..  Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.


St. John's UCC host to Larry Battle Benefit Concert March 16

St. John’s United Church of Christ will host a benefit concert for Larry Battle at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the church, 223 W. College Ave.

The concert will feature the church choir, Michael Lester, Crystal Sellers Battle, Dr. Raymond Wise and others, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church.

Battles faces several surgeries, including a gastric bypass and spinal cord surgery.

Persons interested in contributing to the fund may send tax-deductible donations to: