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Free school supplies provided by Ministerial Association and Community Assistance Program

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Area Community Assistance Program will again provide free school supplies to children who are on the free and/or reduced lunch program in the Bluffton school district.

The supplies will be provided from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call the church to enroll your child in this program. Call 419-358-5641 for more information.


Community VBS invites all youths ages 4 through fifth grade to attend

Seven area churches are preparing for a community-wide vacation Bible school program to be held Sunday, July 19, through Thursday, July 23, at Bluffton Presbyterian Church. 

Children age 4 through 5th grade are welcome to attend without any fee.  The VBS program will meet each night from 6-8 p.m. 


Early registration is recommended by Sunday, July 12; registration will be available on the first night of VBS.  Forms are available at each church and on Facebook.


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold vacation Bible school

Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist Churches will co-host vacation Bible school August 3-7 from 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Cory UMC, 300 N. Main. Pre-registration will be August 2 @ BFLC from 6-8 p.m. The week will conclude with a joint service on Sunday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Cory followed by a community cook-out at the BFLC.  Service will include the children singing songs they learned during VBS.


Trinity Lutheran adds mid-week summer service

Beginning on Tuesday, June 16,  at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will add a mid-week summer service. 

This service will be an abbreviated, less formal worship taken from the regular 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services held the previous Sunday. 

Summer Sunday school and Bible classes will continue to be at 9:20 a.m. on Sundays.  More information is at:  tlcjenera.org


Former Blufftonites discuss Latin American Anabaptist Seminary June 15

Former Bluffton residents Jerry and Leonor Kennell, now North American ambassadors to SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15 at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St.

All are welcome to visit with the Kennells and learn more about SEMILLA, including information about their unique joint programming relationship with Bluffton University, as well as an upcoming Guatemala learning tour.


First Mennonite to commission director of youth ministry June 14

First Mennonite Church will commission Shannon Thiebeau as their Director of Youth Ministry during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 14. Theibeau, a native of St. Marys, is a 2015 graduate of Bluffton University, where she majored in religion with a concentration in youth ministry.

Dr. Alex Sider will be the guest preacher during Sunday's service. Sider is an Associate Professor of Religion, the Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bluffton University.


Community meal June 24 in Pandora

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be host a free community meal on Wednesday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. In the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee and is shredded chicken sandwich, relishes, applesauce, baked beans, dessert and beverage.


Food boxes available to families in the P-G school district

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. Monday, June 15. Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main St., Pandora.


It's Vacation Bible School season - here's where to find them

Three initials: “VBS” appear on the calendar following the last day of school for Bluffton students. The Icon has information on several Vacation Bible Schools in its readership area. Churches not listed here may send their information to: info@blufftonicon.com.

Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Ebenezer Mennonite Church

8905 Grove Road
Sunday, May 31 to Friday, June 5
5:30-9 p.m.
Ages 4 to sixth grade


Trinity Lutheran graduation May 31

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation will be held on Sunday, May 31, during the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera.  Pre-service music will be by members of the graduating class. Wesley Below is the class speaker. The class members include Wesley Lane Below, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Logan Nicholas Stuckey and Korey Lynn Strahm. The students in kindergarten through eighth grade will sing.

There will be a regular service at 8 a.m. The public is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.