December 19, 2014


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Workshop on community building for spiritual care and human service professionals slated

Pastors, church leaders, youth ministers, parish nurses, chaplains, social workers and counselors are invited to attend a workshop on identifying and incorporating the gifts and talents of those with developmental disabilities.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St., Findlay. Continuing education credits will be offered to those in attendance.

The event will discuss how to envision congregations which include persons with developmental disabilities in the life and work of the faith community.


Bluffton congregations announce Holy Week services

The following congregations have provided Holy Week service information for The Icon. Churches not listed may send their workshop schedule to info@blufftonicon.com.

Good Friday community service

Each year, the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association plans an ecumenical Good Friday service.

"We begin by carrying a cross to local Bluffton Area Ministerial Association churches, pausing to pray at each church entrance," said Louise Wideman.


Good Friday Procession of the Cross and Community worship service on April 6

Each year, the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association plans an ecumenical Good Friday service.

"We begin by carrying a cross to local Bluffton Area Ministerial Association churches, pausing to pray at each church entrance," said Louise Wideman.

This year the processional will begin at the English Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m. From there, the cross will be carried to St. John's United Church of Christ, then to St. Mary's Catholic Church, to the Bluffton Presbyterian Church, Bluffton First United Methodist Church and finally to First Mennonite Church.


St. John's UCC April newsletter "Serendipity" is now available for viewers

The St. John's United Church of Christ April, 2012, newsletter is now available for Icon viewers to read.

The church will hold its homemade beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, in Oppermann Hall at the church.

Take out or eat in options are available.


Hesston College and First Mennonite present Common Threads April 15

Hesston College and First Mennonite Church will partner to host Common Threads: Anabaptist and African American Songs and Stories of Suffering and Hope at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The event is free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be received to cover program costs.

Common Threads is a program of story and song that features current Hesston College faculty members Tony Brown, John Sharp and Ken Rodgers. They will give voice to Anabaptist martyrs and enslaved African Americans by singing their hymns and telling their stories.


Blooming at St. Mary's


This blooming tree - a portion of which is on the home page - displays its full spring time colors. It is at the parking lot entrance of St. Mary's Catholic Church.


Several special music presentations at Bluffton Presbyterian in April

Several special musical presentations are planned during Sunday worship services in April at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

On April 1 Julia Szabo, mezzo-soprano, will sing Faure's "The Palms" as the prelude/processional for the Palm Sunday service.

The choir will sing "Of Palms and Praise" by Furman/Drennan with a violin obligato played by Emily Sycks. At the same service, Linda Sycks, oboe and Jeremy Szabo, oboe d'amore, will play a duet from Bach's Cantata No. 94.


Seminary campus pastor feature preacher at Grace April 1-2

Janeen Bertsche Johnson

Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora will hold its annual Holy Week Services on Sunday and Monday, April 1-2, according to Dennis Schmidt, pastor.

The speaker this year is Janeen Bertsche Johnson, campus pastor at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. She will preach using the series "Seeking the Mind of Christ." It explores Philippians 2:5-11 and what it means to "let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."


Camerata Singers featured on First Presbyterian Church, Findlay, concert series

The Bluffton University Camerata Singers will present its concert, Precious Lord Take My Hand, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 South Main St., Findlay. The concert, part of the church's 32nd Concert Series, is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be received.

Camerata Singers was established in 1984 as an outgrowth of a larger mixed choir. The Italian meaning of Camerata is company - a small group that meets for artistic reasons.


Bagpipe performer provides special music Sunday at Bluffton Presbyterian

David Yarnall

David Yarnall will play the Great Highland Bagpipe at Bluffton Presbyterian Church Sunday, March 18, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. He will play during the 10:15 a.m. service.

He will play Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, Londonderry Air and Ode to Joy. Yarnall, who lives in Springfield, has played bagpipes for over 35 years. He's also an accomplished artist.