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November 20, 2017

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Bluffton food pantry low on supplies

Here's a list of needed items; take donations to St. John's UCC

The Bluffton Area Food Pantry has distributed food and other essential supplies to approximately 50 area families this summer.

The pantry’s supplies are running a bit low and could use some reinforcements, according to Ed Yeager, board president of the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Item may be delivered to St. John’s United Church of Christ.

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Inner-church dialogue: Knowing and hearing the stories

Stories of Catholics and Anabaptists

“Knowing and Hearing the Stories,” an inner-church dialogue, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Bluffton First Mennonite Church.

The dialogue is a response to a request from the Maumee Valley Presbytery to hear stories of Anabaptists and Catholics, as they observes the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, “lamenting the violence and division that took place between Christian sisters and brothers.”

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Tickets on sale for Ebenezer Drama Ensemble dinner theatre

Aug. 4-5-6 performance of 'Service at Rock Bluff" - proceeds support Bluffton's Small town Super Hero

Tickets are now on sale for the Ebenezer Drama Ensemble production of  "The Service at Rocky Bluff," a two-act musical comedy.

Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5-6, at Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

In a dinner theatre format, tickets are $10 and include dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m.

The proceeds will be donated to our Small Town Super Hero: Owen Weaver.

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Free community dinner July 26 at Pandora United Methodist

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by Hilty  Home.The menu is chicken salad croissant, potato salad, potato chips, strawberry shortcake and beverages.

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Sunday evening ice cream social at Pandora United Methodist

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 23, at the church, 108 E. Washington St.

This event is hosted by Cub Scout Pack 3226. Menu consists of your choice of sloppy joe, hot dog, or chicken sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans, and or chicken and noodles. 

There will be lots desserts and ice cream.

Contact information at www.pandoraumc.com.

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Trinity Lutheran VBS July 23-27

Vacation Bible School at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, is at Trinity School, 105 Allen St., from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, through Thursday, July 27. 

The theme, “Mighty Fortress,” will be carried out in Bible Stories, games, music, crafts and snacks.  Children in Pre-school through the Sixth Grade may attend. 

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., an ice cream social will be held featuring Dietsch’s ice cream and a magic show by Chris Toppel.  The event is open to the public. More information at 419-302-5271 or at tlcjenera.org  

 

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County Line Church of the Brethren VBS next week

"Deep Sea Discovery: God is with me wherever I go" is the theme of the County Line Church of the Brethren VBS which will be held from 6-8 p.m. on July 23-27.  

VBS is for 3 year-olds to 6th grade. The church is located at 4227 N. Hardin (County Line) Road.

There will be an adult Bible study at the same time. A nursery will be available for infants and toddlers. 

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Community Vacation Bible School starts Sunday evening

All youth who are age 4 by July 1 through 5th grade are invited to register for Operation Arctic this year's theme for the Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School.

This year the community VBS will be held at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., from Sunday, July 16, through Thursday, July 20. VBS is held  from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.  There is no cost for VBS.  

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Community Vacation Bible School accepting registrations

"Operation Arctic" takes place at English Lutheran July 16-20

All youth who are age 4 by July 1 through 5th grade are invited to register for Operation Arctic this year's theme for the Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School.

This year the community VBS will be held at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., from Sunday, July 16, through Thursday, July 20. VBS is held  from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.  There is no cost for VBS.  

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Bluffton hosts Central District Conference annual meeting

Delegates from across the Midwest will attend June 22-24

Delegates across the Midwest from congregations in the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA will be in Bluffton Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24 for the conference's annual meeting.

Drew G. I. Hart, professor, author, activist, and former pastor, who is author of "The Trouble I’ve seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," is a guest speaker.

Doug Luginbill of Bluffton is the conference minister of CDC. Three area CDC churches are First Mennonite, Bluffton; Grace Mennonite, Pandora; and First Mennonite, Lima.

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