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June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Red Cross blood drive February 9 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, Feb. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter the church via the double doors on Jackson Street directly across from Bluffton Elementary/Middle School. The church is handicap-accessible.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”


Bluffton Legion commemorates 4 Chaplain Sunday

Will attend Feb. 5 service at St. John’s UCC

To commemorate the sacrifice of four armed services chaplains during World War II, Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will observe Religious Emphasis Week Feb. 5-11, and Four Chaplains Sunday, Feb. 5, Chaplain Donald Rock of the post announced.

Legion members will attend the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on Feb. 5, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

This marks the 74th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four chaplains.


Free community meal in Pandora Jan. 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Jan.25,  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St.,

The meal this month is provided by The 7 O’clock Flock. The menu is grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, relishes, dessert and beverage.


New year's eve worship service at Trinity Lutheran

 Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold a New Year’s Eve service  on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. 

Pastor Al Schmitzer will lead the servicetitled:  “Happy New Year?”  There will be a worship service to begin the new year on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m. led by Pastor Matt Nowak. (This is a change from the regular Sunday schedule.) 


Here's Bluffton congregation Christmas eve, Christmas day services

Here are Bluffton area church Christmas eve and Christmas day church services?

Bethel Church of Christ
Candlelight service is at 7 p.m. on Christmas eve. Worship on Christmas Day is at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, old Route 30.

Bluffton Baptist Church
The congregation’s Christmas eve service is at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25.


7 and 11 p.m. Christmas eve services at English Lutheran

English Lutheran Church Christmas services follow:

Christmas Eve celebration begins with the Family Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. This worship experience includes an inter-active re-telling of the Christmas story with the assistance of those children present. Amanda, Lauren, and Alyssa Speicher will provide instrumental music as a stringed trio.

At 11 p.m. is a Festival Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion.


Ebenezer Mennonite Christmas eve service at 6 p.m.

Ebenezer Mennonite Church's Christmas Eve service begins at 6 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center. Come early to hear beautiful harp music from Youth Pastor David Glick and his mother, Nancy. The service will include Christmas carols, readers' theatre, a devotional, and candle lighting.

The Sunday morning Christmas worship service is at 10:15 a.m. The Worship Team will provide several selections preceding the service followed by music, scripture, prayer, and inspirational message.

Ebenezer Church is located two miles west of Bluffton on Columbus Grove Road.


First Mennonite Church invites all to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend the Christmas Eve candelight service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. We will celebrate the light of God’s heart shining in the story and songs of Christmas.

All are also invited to the Christmas Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Pastor Wanda Stopher will be preaching and special music will be provided by Dr. Lucia Unrau, organist; Youth Choir, directed by Laura Hartzler; and Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Mark Suderman.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Christmas service schedule

An afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called “From Heaven Above to Earth I come” will be held Friday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. in the church in Jenera.


Bethel Church of Christ candlelight service Christmas eve

Bethel Church of Christ will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 23. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, which is old route 30. Brandon Mayden is pastor.