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Ebenezer Mennonite Disciple Singers musical April 26

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical called “Here for the Gold” on Sunday morning, April 26, at 10:15 a.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center.  

The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Rd, Bluffton.  Everyone is welcome.


County Line Church of the Brethren's car show July 11

The 9th Annual County Line Car Show will be held Saturday, July 11, from noon-3 p.m. at County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod. Registration is from 11 a.m.-noon. Entry fee is $10.

Car owners will be eligible for awards and door prizes. There will also be a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8. For tickets, call 419-649-5364.

Children's activities will include a bound house and face painting. 

All profits will help pay for the new activity center.


St. John's UCC beef and noodle dinner April 24

St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton, will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the church.

Dinner includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, roll, homemade pies and beverages.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for sixth grade through college, $4 elementary, and free to pre-kindergartners.


Trinity Lutheran to host Red Cross blood drive April 18

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera,will host a Red Cross blood drive on
Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran School
gym, 105 Allen Street.

Phone 1-800 Red Cross to schedule an appointment or visit
www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: TRINITYJENERA.



Nearly 18,000 items collected in Bluffton and Pandora in "Supply our Sisters" campaign

During March eight Bluffton and Pandora congregations partnered with Samaritan House and Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, through the “Supply Our Sisters,” (SOS) program.  
The month-long project involved collection of feminine hygiene products and the churches are collection points.

The SOS project was an overwhelming success, according to Amy Mikesell, who coordinated it.

The final report showed the following collected items: 5,870 tampons, 8,325 pads and 3,782 pantiliners, adding up to 17,977 items. 


Pandora UM offers free community meal April 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, April 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Wednesday Witness Group. The menu will be sausage (hot dogs for kids) sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, roll, jello salad, 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. Wednesday, April 15. Boxes will be available to be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Ecumenical tradition continues in Bluffton on Good Friday

The Bluffton ecumenical Good Friday procession of the cross and worship service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 3. This event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the public is invited to attend.

This annual procession involves people of all ages helping to carry a large wooden cross through Bluffton to various churches. The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of Elm and Spring streets, at 11:30 a.m.


First Mennonite chancel choir to premiere choral piece during Easter worship service

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend their Easter Sunday services on April 5. These include a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. at the west-end shelterhouse of the Buckeye Park, a potluck breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall, and worship service at 10:30 a.m.


Bluffton Presbyterian announces Holy Week services

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., invites the community to a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 2. Julia Szabo will sing “The Rose” by Mary Caldwell and communion will be served.  Rev. David Good will deliver the message, “To Simply Say.”