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VBS at Riley Creek Baptist

Lacey Wagner colors a cross during craft time at Riley Creek Baptist Church. The church, located between Ada and Bluffton had 11 children enrolled at VBS on Tuesday. Ocean Commotion, Diving into Noah's Flood, was the theme of the four-day program this year. (Monty Siekerman photo)


St. John Mennonite Kid2Kid Camp underway

St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, hosts a Kid2Kid Camps on Wednesdays this summer.

Camp days are June 15, June 29, July 20, July 27 and Aug. 3. A pool party will also take place.

The camp is for youth age 5 (by Oct. 1) through sixth grade. The camp theme is "Deep Sea Discovery, God is with me wherever I go!"

VBS July 10-14

The church vacation Bible school is from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, July 10-14, at the church. All children age 5 by Aug. 1 through sixth grade may attend.


Pandora free community meal on June 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, June 29,  from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. 

The meal this month is provided  by Riley Creek Pharmacy. The menu is hamburger/hot dogs, baked beans, assorted salads, dessert, and beverages.


English Lutheran dedicates new addition on Sunday

The congregation of English Lutheran Church invites the community to an open house buffet for the new addition to its facility, said Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The open house is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  Sunday, June 12, at the church 111 Grove St., Bluffton.

 Begun in September of 2015, the just-over 5,000 square foot addition includes a fellowship hall with seating for over 150, a serving kitchen, two classrooms, two ADA restrooms, a lounge/reception area, and an accessible drive-up entry-way  from our new parking lot.


Community VBS July 24-28 at Emmanuel UCC

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, is the host congregation to this summer's community Vacation Bible School.

VBS is from Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

It has classes for preschool through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Deep Sea Discovery - where kids will know that God is always with them!" 

Contact Emmanuel UCC or other participating churches for registration forms. Also, persons may contact Kim Worcester 567-227-0193, Kathy Moser 419-296-6243, or Erin Stark 419-643-9558.


Riley Creek Baptist VBS June 12-15

Riley Creek Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School later this month.

Ocean Commotion, Diving into Noah's Flood, takes place fom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly from Sunday to Wednesday, June 12-15 at the church, 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton.

The VBS is for youth ages 2 through sixth grade. For questions call the church between 9 a.m. and 4 p .m. at 419-326-6361.


Trinity Lutheran graduation is May 29

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation is Sunday, May 29, in 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.  Grant Insley is the class speaker.   The class members are: Hannah Aliva Hassan, Trent Michael Hummer, Grant Emerson Insley, Jayden Christopher Mays, Peyton Elyse Rettig, Derek John Rose, and Noah Michael VanDermark. 


Pandora UM free community meal May 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:3007 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided  by Lita Siefker and Scott and Jen Mershman. The menu is vegetable soup, crackers, peanut butter sandwich, cheesy-garlic biscuits, cornbread, pudding dessert  and beverage. 


Ebenezer Mennonite holds National Day of Prayer program May 5

Ebenezer Mennonite Church will hold a National Day of Prayer program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Crossroads Ministry Center. There will be a color guard, and the pledge of allegiance be be presented by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The service will be called to prayer by the playing of a shofar, or ram’s horn.


Grace Mennonite holds fundraising event for Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit

The Today's Disciples SS class of Grace Mennonite Church will hold a fundraising program about the Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit project Sunday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at Grace. This will be an informational program with pictures, video, and stories.