September 18, 2014


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Ministerial association's community worship service July 29

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will conduct its annual outdoor community worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 29, on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

The theme will be "For the Beauty of the Earth" and we will continue the Vacation Bible School theme from the previous week," according to Rev. Carol Clements, St. John's pastor and ministerial association member. St. John's UCC will host this year's VBS.


Community VBS registrations now being accepted; held July 22-26 at St. John's UCC

Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School will be in session this summer from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

St. John's United Church of Christ is the host church this year. Help your child discover the best destination of the summer - SonRise National Park! Come to a land of invigorating power and beauty where there is nothing between you and God's big sky!


Scioto Ridge Boys Quartet in concert at Pleasant View UM

A dinner and concert is planned at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory, according to Jerry Lewis, pastor.

A spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage meal for a donation will take place at the church from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m. The Scioto Ridge Boys Quartet from Powell, will perform a concert. A freewill offering will be received. Proceeds from the event will go toward local missions.

The church is located at 300 Township Road 37.


June food distribution announced for Pandora

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, persons must register by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18, by calling 419-384-3905 and giving your phone number and name.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


St. John's UCC goes to summer hours; June newsletter available to Icon viewers

St. John's United Church of Christ announces its summer Sunday hours, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and worship is at 10 a.m.

The church June newsletter is available to Icon viewers as an attachment at the bottom of this story.


It's the season for Vacation Bible Schools - here's who, where and when

It's summer and that means it's Vacation Bible School season. Here is the VBS schedule in the Icon viewership area. If your VBS is not on our list, contact us.

June 3-8
Ebenezer Mennonite VBS

8905 Grove Road
6:30-9 p.m.
Title: Sky: Everything is possible with God
More information: 419-358-8588, or info@ebenezermennonite.org


Our Daily Bread soup kitchen director speaks at Bluffton Presbyterian on June 10

Stephen Jenkins, executive director of Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, South Central Street, Lima, is the guest speaker during the Sunday morning, June 10, worship service at Bluffton Presbyterian.

The mission Sunday service will kick off the church's Christmas in July, according to Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke, pastor.

The June 10 worship service is at 10:15 a.m.


Trinity Lutheran goes to summer schedule on June 10

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will change service times for the summer beginning on Sunday, June 10.

The worship service will be held at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Class following at 10:15 a.m. The Sunday's service will be repeated on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.


First Mennonite Church goes to summer schedule June 3

First Mennonite Church will begin its summer schedule Sunday, June 3. Worship begins at 9:15 a.m. Christian Education for children begins at 10:30. Coffee/social time precedes youth and adult Christian Education which begins at 10:45. All are welcome.


Trinity Lutheran School graduation June 3

Trinity Lutheran School's graduation will be held on Sunday, June 3, in the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera.

Avery Insley is the class speaker. The class members are: Emily Heldman, Avery Insley, Hannah Lussier, Justine Mitchell and Jonathon Schmehl.

The class motto is "Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)"; the class flower is the white rose and the colors are teal and silver. The students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade will sing "Children of the Heavenly Father."