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May 28, 2016


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Dale Seefeldt installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries at Ebenezer Mennonite

Dale Seefeldt, who lived in India most of his life, was installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries on Sept. 8 at Ebenezer Mennonite church.

Despite his years in India, he holds a strong connection to Bluffton. His wife, Ruth, is the daughter of former Ebenezer pastor, Charles Warren. In addition Ebenezer Mennonite had earlier commissioned and sent he and his wife as missionaries.

“I moved to India in 1951 at the age of four,” Seefeldt said. “My parents were missionaries.”


St. John's UCC commemorates 140th anniversary Sept. 15

One of Bluffton’s oldest congregations, St. John’s United Church of Christ, celebrates its 140th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 15, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Using the theme “Joy in the journey,” the congregation has several events planned during the day.

Rev. Charles Jordan, a son of the congregation, will preach the anniversary sermon, titled “Reaching into the future with faithfulness.” The service starts at 10:30 a.m.


Food boxes available for P-G families for September

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 pm on Monday September 23. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday September 28 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Mennonite Women meet Sept. 16

First Mennonite "Mennonite Women" will hold their first meeting of the fall at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in the church fellowship hall.

Greg and Synthia Arnette of Findlay will tell about WeServe.coffee, a coffee shop in Findlay that has 100 percent of its profits going to local and global charities.



Pandora United Methodist Church host program on Islam

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a program to foster better understanding of Islam.  People in the United States have very little understanding of the history of Islam and its connection to Judaism and Christianity.  The World of Belief: Inside Islam – is a two part video and discussion presentation will inform participants on the foundations of this major world religion and guide to understanding how Islam functions in the global community.

Part One will be Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.  (These are the same session repeated.)


The AmazingRACE-Week of Service...brought to you by the English Lutheran congregation

The week of Sept. 8 through 15 you might see a lot of bright gold and black t-shirts being worn by people all over Bluffton carrying rakes or hammers or paintbrushes and the like, and wearing work gloves.  

Who are these people, and what will they be doing? 

Well, they'll be the people of English Lutheran Church, and they'll be doing acts of random kindness and intentional acts of service as they participate in The AmazingRACE-Week of Service event. 


Community meals on Sept. 5 and 19

Two community meals are planned in September at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, under the direction of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. 

Meal dates:

• Thursday, Sept. 5, served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• Thursday, Sept 19, served by St. John's United Church of Christ.

Meals are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. All monetary donations go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.


St. John's UCC September newsletter posted on Icon

St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, changes from summer hours to fall hours on Sunday, Sept. 8, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

The new Sunday hours follow:
• Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.
• Worship, 10:30 a.m.

Icon viewers may now read the church September newsletter. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Jim Boedicker entertains PrimeTimers on Sept. 3

PrimeTimers, who are persons 55 and older, will meet at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

Following the meal, Jim Boedicker will provide musical entertainment featuring his guitar and vocal skills. 

A full meal will be provided including barbecue pork or shredded chicken sandwich, hash brown casserole, glazed carrots and homemade angel food cake. Donations toward the cost of the meal are accepted. 


Pandora community meal planned

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee and will be shredded chicken sandwich, chips, relishes, dessert and beverage.