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Pandora United Methodist hosts free community meal Feb. 26

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Growing Pains and Promises mothers club. The menu will be a baked potato bar, chili, cake and beverage.


Michigan Lutheran Seminary Concert Choir at Trinity Lutheran

The Concert Choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan, will present a concert of sacred songs at Trinity  Lutheran Church in Jenera on Sunday, February 23 at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

The thirty-five voice traveling singers, under the direction of Professor Leonard A. Proeber, have toured annually since 1955, with appearances in more than 30 states, Canada and Europe. This choir, which will sing over 30 concerts during the 2013-2014 season, regularly visits congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Michigan and adjoining states.


Pandora Missionary holds March Mad Dash 5K

Pandora Missionary Church will be holding its first-ever March Mad Dash 5K & 1-mile Run/Walk on March 15, 2014. The one mile fitness run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

“Our ultimate goal for the funds raised from this event is to bring more family-friendly, Christian-based entertainment and programming to the community. Last year, we hosted Christian music artist, J.J. Heller, in concert. We hope to continue that vision by bringing more Christian music artists, comedians, and speakers to the area,” explained Dan Gratz, coordinator of the event.


Food boxes offered to Pandora-Gilboa families

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 Feb. 15. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street Pandora.


Blood drive at Pandora United Methodist Church Feb. 13

An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled at the Pandora United Methodist Church,108 Washington St. (Route 12), Pandora, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

This drive is sponsored by Pandora United Methodist Church. To schedule an appointment, call the Red Cross at 419-523-4810 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PANDORAUMC


Bluffton American Legion observes Four Chaplain Sunday at English Lutheran Feb. 2

In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World 
War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 2 to Feb. 8.

Bluffton American Legion Post 382, Chaplin Frank Clark has announced the post will observe the sacrifice of Four Armed Forces Chaplains during World War II, during the Sunday, Feb. 2, worship service service at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St.

All Veterans are welcome to attend the service, which begins at 9 a.m.


Transport for Christ Second Chance Chapel meal, concert Feb. 21

Transport For Christ Second Chance Chapel meal and concert with the southern gospel singing group 'The Piefers' takes place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb 21, at Marbeck Center Bluffton University.

Meals are already paid for, but you must reserve your place by calling Chaplain David Lugibihl at 419-230-3294.

Make your reservation soon as there are only 400 places available and they went very quickly last year.


The Power Team performs at Ebenezer Mennonite Feb. 26-March 2

The Power Team will perform at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 26-27-28 and March 1-2. They will also present an assembly at Bluffton High School at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28.

Performances are 7 p.m. on each evening except on Sunday, March 2, when the performance is at 4 p.m.

The Power Team is a group of world class athletes who have performed the world’s greatest exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration, and motivation in every state and in over 40 countries for almost 40 years.


St. John's UCC newsletter on Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ February newsletter is now posted on the Icon. Viewers may read it by opening the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Pandora pastor leads trip to Holy Land in November


“Origins of Faith,” A Pilgrim’s Journey in the Holy Land is planned for Nov. 3 – 13, 2014.  This pilgrimage trip is sponsored through the Pandora United Methodist Church and will be hosted by the pastor, Rev. Duane Kemerley, and his wife, Deb.

There is an information session scheduled for those who would like to know more: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E Washington St. (Route 12), Pandora.