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Grace Mennonite holds book sale, bake sale, breakfast Nov. 22-23

Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora invites Icon viewers to its annual book sale, bake sale and breakfast on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23. 

Hours are 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday.  Jilaine Graber from Faith and Life Bookstore, Berne, Ind. will bring an assortment of books and gifts.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry Nov. 8

Emmanuel United Church of Christ's fall fish fry is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the church, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

Tickets are adults $7 and youth 10 and under $4.



Churches in Pandora and Gilboa offering food boxes

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 Monday, Nov. 18. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora. Please note that the food boxes will be picked up the Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday.


First United Methodist Church election day lunch-dinner, Nov. 5

First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, holds its annual election day lunch and dinner in the church Fellowship Hall, 116 Church St., Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items are individually prices. The menu includes:

• Home made soup, $2
• Sandwiches, $2
• Salads, $1
• Desserts, $1.50
• Beverages, 50 cents

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for youth 10 and under. The menu includes:


Mom-to-Mom sale Nov. 2 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A Mom-to-Mom sale is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church. The sale is hosted by the Ebenezer MOPS group, said Kim Fritsch. 

Admission is $2 or two canned goods, with money going to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Booths will contain mom-related items, such as maternity clothes, baby gear, clothes and toys.  If you are interested in a booth, there are still some available. Please email Denise Rex at jadriii05@hotmail.com for more information.



Pandora United Methodist election day dinner Nov. 5

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host an election day dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5-7 p.m. The meal will be baked steak, green beans, mashed potato and gravy, salad bar and dessert.  The cost is $7 adults, $4 3-12 year olds, free under 3 years old. The church is located on  State Route 12, Pandora.


Trinity United Methodist coat drive underway

Trinity United Methodist Church, State Route 103, is holding its fifth annual winter coat drive. All new and gently used winter coats and apparel for all ages and genders are needed.

Collection boxes are at Community Market and The Sports Warehouse. For for information contact committee members are either 567-242-4700 or 419-722-6201.


First United Methodists hold Nov. 5 election day lunch and dinner

First United Methodist Church will hold its election day lunch and dinner Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the church, 116 Church St.

Lunch serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items are priced individually. The menu includes homemade soups $2, sandwiches $2, salads $1, desserts $1.50 and beverages 50 cents.

Dinner serving is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for youth 10 and under. The menu includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage.

Carry out is available for both meals.


Full Sound Chamber Group will perform at St. John's UCC Nov. 17

Full Sound Chamber Group will perform in concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.


The performance is open to the public with no admission charge.

The chamber group iincludes five classically-trained musicians performing on violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. A free-will offering will be taken.

The performance includes music of Czerny, Hebden, Coates and Lalo.



Ebenezer Mennonite holds 50th annual Festival of Missions Nov. 10-17

Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, will celebrate its 50th annual Festival of Missions, Nov. 10 through 17. The theme is Footprints of the Past, Footsteps toward the Future. 

Featured speakers are Jerry Trousdale, director of International Ministries for City Team International. He co-founded Final Command Ministries, an organization dedicated to establishing church planting movements among Muslim people groups.

Chip Kirk has served with OM ships Doulos and Logos II since 1987. He and his wife, Stellise have two daughters and three grandchildren.