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Full Sound Chamber Group will perform at St. John's UCC Nov. 17

Full Sound Chamber Group will perform in concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.


The performance is open to the public with no admission charge.

The chamber group iincludes five classically-trained musicians performing on violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano. A free-will offering will be taken.

The performance includes music of Czerny, Hebden, Coates and Lalo.



Ebenezer Mennonite holds 50th annual Festival of Missions Nov. 10-17

Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, will celebrate its 50th annual Festival of Missions, Nov. 10 through 17. The theme is Footprints of the Past, Footsteps toward the Future. 

Featured speakers are Jerry Trousdale, director of International Ministries for City Team International. He co-founded Final Command Ministries, an organization dedicated to establishing church planting movements among Muslim people groups.

Chip Kirk has served with OM ships Doulos and Logos II since 1987. He and his wife, Stellise have two daughters and three grandchildren.


St. John's United Church of Christ beef and noodle dinner Nov. 15

St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton, holds its fall beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at the church.

The meal includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, a roll and homemade pies and beverages.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for sixth grade through college students, $4 for elementary students and free for youth pre-kindergarten and younger.


Pandora United Methodist serves free community meal Oct. 30

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

The meal this month is provided by the Morning Glory Group. The menu will be beef stew, roll, applesauce, cookies and beverage.


Trinity United Methodist holds fifth annual winter coat giveawy

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church, 2202 SR 103, will hold its fifth annual winter coat and apparel giveaway this fall.

Any business or organization wanting to participate is invited to do so. 

Ria Reed said, "If you are interested in collecting any coats, gloves and scarves for all ages and genders, please let us know and we will supply and maintain the collection box at the desired location.

For more information call: 567-242-4700 or 419-722-6201.



Pandora and Gilboa churches offer food boxes

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. on Monday, Oct. 21. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


"Serendipity," St. John's UCC newsletter on the Icon

St. John's United Church of Christ has several activities taking place in October. The church newsletter "Seredipity" is now available for Icon viewers. 

It is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.


This month's community meals are Oct. 3 and Oct. 17

October's free community meals are set at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center and Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

First United Methodist Church is host to the Thursday, Oct. 3 meal. English Lutheran Church is host to the Thursday, Oct. 17 meal. The meals, open to the public, are free. An monetary donation given goes to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.

Meals are served at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., Bluffton


Musician Chuck Sommers entertains PrimeTimers Oct. 1

PrimeTimers will meet at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988, Road 4, Pandora.

Chuck Sommers, saxophone player will perform a blend of Christian and Big Band music.

A meal will be provided including meat loaf, white chicken chili, roasted red potatoes, green beans and peach crisp. Donations toward the cost of the meal are accepted.

PrimeTimers, a non-denominational monthly fellowship event sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio and hosted by St. John Mennonite, is for area persons 55 and up.  


Former resident and her husband will share about their South Asia ministry

A celebration of the South Asia ministry of David and Carrie Hartman is hosted at The Centre At Bluffton, 601 N. Main St., from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, by English Lutheran Church. Carrie is the daughter of Bob and Sue Fett of Bluffton and English Lutheran is her home church.

The community is invited to participate in this event, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about the lives of families in South Asia, as well as to support the ministry of the Hartmans as they seek to "build bridges of peace" in the midst of those families.