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Three area Mennonite churches receive grants from Everence Financial

Three area Mennonite Churches received grants from Everence Financial (formerly Mennonite Mutual Aid) in 2011 to help provide needed financial assistance to help people facing financial challenges.

First Mennonite, Bluffton, received $2,890, Grace, Pandora, received $1,750, and St. John, Pandora, received $3,000.

In 2011, the Everence Sharing Fund gave more than $924,000 in matching grants to 2,049 families across the country.


Here's the March church schedule at MMH

The March church service schedule at Mennonite Memorial Home was released this week.

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.

4th - Chaplain Bill Herr
11th - Rev. Charles Warren
18th - Chaplain Bill Herr
25th - Rev. Dennis Maurer

Tuesday services at 6:30 p.m.

6th - Bryant Miller, First United Methodist
13th - Dick Potter, Ebenezer Mennonite
20th - Dennis Schmidt, Grace Mennonite
27th - Gary Rummel, Harrod Christian


Mid-week Lenten services continue at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold a Lenten service on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Rev. Kenneth Engdahl from Grace Lutheran Church, Kenton, will speak on "See His Cross! Surprising Words from our Savior's Passion - It's No Secret!" Special music will be by the Rausch Family, singing "Just as I Am."


First United Methodist spaghetti dinner March 14

Bluffton First United Methodist Church will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Wednesday, March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the First UMC Fellowship Hall (church basement).

Tickets cost $7 each and the meal includes baked spaghetti, salad, breadstick and a drink.

Tickets may be purchased from any First UMC middle or high school student or in the church office from now through Saturday, March 10.

Desserts will be available on a donation basis. A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door, and carry-out will be available.


Several special music presentations at Bluffton Presbyterian in March

Several special music presentations are part of March worship services at Bluffton Presbyterian Church. Those follow:

On March 4, Julia and Jeremy Szabo will offer folk music arranged by Richard Cumming for mezzo-soprano and oboe. The pieces include "Lonesome Valley" (American Spiritual) and "As Dew in April" (14th century English). Jean Ann Szabo will accompany.

The choir will sing Ronn Huff's arrangement of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" on March 11. This is in conjunction with the last in a series of sermons by Rev. Zuehlke on How To Pray.


Ash Wednesday: a a sign of mourning and repentance to God

Ash Wednesday at St. John's UCC

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It is a moveable fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.


Bluffton congregations observe the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday services

Bluffton congregations will hold special Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 22. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold at service at 7 p.m. according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor. The service will include communion and the imposition of ashes.


ONU's Gospel Ensemble presents Feb. 12 morning worship at St. John's UCC

Ohio Northern University Gospel Ensemble

The Ohio Northern University Gospel Ensemble will perform during the 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, worship service at St. John's United Church of Christ, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

The Ensemble was formed in 1987. Since that time it has traveled to many area churches each year on weekend trips and visited some of the member's home churches in Ohio and Michigan on spring break tours.

The ensemble sings primarily contemporary gospel music and much of its is a cappella. The motto of the ensemble is "Winning souls to Christ with a medody."


Bluffton American Legion Post observes Four Chaplains Sunday Feb. 5 at First United Methodist

In commemoration of the sacrifices of four armed forces chaplains during World War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week Feb. 1 to 7 and Four Chaplains' Sunday, according to members of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382.

Members of the Bluffton Legion Post will attend the 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5 worship service at First United Methodist Church, Bluffton.

This year is the 68th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by four chaplains on the ship. The


Cupid's Cupboard & Cafe at St. John's UCC Feb. 11

Cupid's Cupboard and Cafe is coming to St. John's United Church of Christ from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event includes a bake sale with Valetine treats packaged and wrapped.

The cafe menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches, relishes, pies and beverages. $5 for a meal or $2 for ala cart items.

Proceeds from the event go toward a church kitchen sink and counterfund project. The church is located at the corner of West College Avenue and South Jackson Street.