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Beef and noodle dinner April 26 at St. John's UCC

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

The dinner includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade pie and beverages.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for college students, $4 for elementary students and is free to all pre-kindergarten youth.


Pleasant View UM soup lunch benefit April 14

A soup lunch benefit for Don and Brenda Ernst's ministry in Alaska is planned this month by the Pleasant View United Methodit Church. The couple is addiing an addition to their church in Alaska.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the church, 300 Township Road 37, Bluffton.

The menu includes soup, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost of the meal is a donation.


St. John's UCC April newsletter on The Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ April newsletter is now available for Icon viewers. It lists events in the congregation during April.


Network of Biblical Storytellers presentation at First Mennonite April 7


The Cincinnati-Dayton Guild of the Network of Biblical Storytellers will present a program of stories in the biblical tradition at First Mennonite Church at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The program titled "Laughing Out Loud: Celebrating the Resurrection," will be presented. Ten storytellers will participate. One of the presenters is Tom Boomershine, founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers.


Holy Week services at English Lutheran Church announced

"The people of English Lutheran Church invite you to join us "on the way" to the surprise of Easter as we gather for our Holy Week services," said Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.  

He continues: "The journey begins this weekend with our Palm Sunday celebration at 9 a.m., which will include a procession with palms and an interactive reading of Luke's narrative of Jesus' passion. 


Ministerial Association announces Good Friday events

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association has organized Good Friday activities for the Bluffton community.

On Good Friday, March 29, all are welcome to the annual Cross Walk. This year the walk begins at English Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m. From there the walk proceeds to St. John's UCC, Bluffton Presbyterian, First Mennonite, First Methodist and ends at St. Mary's Catholic Church.


Mom-to-Mom Sale April 6 at Ebenezer Mennonite

A Mom-to-Mom Sale is planned  Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

The sale will feature baby items, infant, children and maternity clothes along with other
items pertaining to children. Admission is $2 or two canned good items which, will be donated to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Persons with questions,may contact Denise Rex at jadriii05@hotmail.com.


First Mennonite Church host to Sister Care workshop in April

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, is host to a Sister Care workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener lead the weekend. The seminar is under the auspices of Mennonite Women USA. Sister Care seminars lead women interested in gathering with other women to learn ways to integrate scripture, prayer, self-care and individual gifts in caring ministry.


Trinity Lutheran Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter services announced

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, released its Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter schedule.

Palm Sunday services on March 24 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Come, Faithful People!” All attending will receive a palm branch.

On March 28, the Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m.. The choir will sing “Remember.”


Bethel College, Kansas, choir in concert Monday evening

The Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, choir will perform in concert at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Monday, March 18, according to Steve Yoder, pastor.

The concert, in the church sanctuary, is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Bill Eash, Bluffton College alumnus, directs the choir.