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BAMA Thanksgiving service and community meal on Nov. 15

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, (BAMA), will hold the annual community Thanksgiving service in conjunction with the community meal on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church will provide the community meal that evening. Other congregations will provide pies for dessert.

The meal begins at 6 p.m. The Thanksgiving service beings at 6:45 p.m.


Annual Inter-Church Board of Bluffton meeting Nov. 5


The community is invited to the annual "town hall" meeting of the Bluffton Inter-Church Board. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in the fellowship hall at First Mennonite Church. 

Agenda items will include approval of the financial report, discussion of the visioning
process for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program, and a recognition
of Paula McKibben for her years of service as director of that program and
its food bank.


"Anabel" production at First Mennonite cancelled

The production of The Mad River Theater Works musical drama "Anabel" on Oct. 27 at First Mennonite Church has been cancelled due to an illness of a cast member.

The drama was announced previously on The Icon.




Jim Boedicker performs at Pleasant View UMC Oct. 28

Jim Boedicker will be in concert at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton, on
Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this concert.

His repertoire includes many humorous songs, occasionally some trick guitar work, standards and serious songs that can speak to and stay with is audiences. His casual
style works equally well in a large concert setting or a small intimate group, and he especially enjoys performing family venues.


St. Mary's Church invites vendors to Nov. 10 Christmas bazaar

St. Mary's Catholic Church is inviting vendors and crafters to participate in its Christmas Bazaar.

The bazaar  will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton. Space is limited. Vendors accepted on a first come first serve basis. Space fee is $25 plus a donated item for silent auction. 


Trinity Lutheran mission festival Oct. 28

A Mission Festival will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, in both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Pastor Dan Myers, a missionary to Cameroon, Africa, will speak on the darkness of not knowing Jesus as the Savior makes the urgency of mission work.  He and his wife Peggy will also speak at the Bible Class at 9:20 a.m. 

The students of Kindergarten through eighth grade will sing "Go Into the World."  Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.



Nic Stevens, contemporary Christian artist, performs Oct. 28 at First Presbyterian, Findlay


Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter, Nic Stevens, will present a Coffee House-style performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 2330 S. Main St. in Findlay. 

The concert, part of the 33rd Season of the First Presbyterian Church Artist Series, is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be received.


Ebenezer Mennonite participating in Operations Christmas Child


Ebenezer Mennonite Church is the Bluffton Relay Center Drop-Off Site for Operation Christmas Child, again this year.

Bluffton and surrounding area residents are invited to fill shoeboxes with clothes, school supplies, small toys, and hygiene items for kids in war-torn countries, and refugee camps.

"Help us spread the Good News of Jesus through a simple shoebox. Be part of the miracle to change a child’s life!" said Tom and Annie Spallinger, assisting with the program.


Emmanuel UCC Pastor Eric Rummel accepts Sugarcreek pastorate

Rev. Eric Rummel, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ since January 2007, has accepted a new pastorate in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

His final sermon at Emmanuel was Oct. 7 and he starts his new pastorate, at First United Church of Christ, Sugarcreek, on Oct. 15. Rummel accepted the Emmanuel pastorate while still a student at United Theological Seminary, Dayton. In 2009 he graduated with a master’s of divinity. On Pentecost Sunday, 2010, he was ordained at Emmanuel.


First United Methodist hosts election day lunch and dinner

Bluffton First United Methodist Church will holds is election day lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the church.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes:
• homemade soups, $2
• sandwiches, $2
• salads, 75 cents
• desserts, $1.50
• beverages, 50 cents

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes:
• baked steak
• mashed potatoes
• vegetable
• roll
• dessert and beverage.

Dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and under.