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Pandora community meal planned

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee and will be shredded chicken sandwich, chips, relishes, dessert and beverage.


International Director and founder of Global Disciples speaks at St. John Mennonite Aug. 21

Galen Burkholder, International Director and founder of Global Disciples, will speak at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, on the topic "Hope in the Hard Places." 

There will be dinner and program at 6 p.m. Global Disciples trains church planters and pastors with an innovative model that empowers indigenous churches to use "what is in their hands."  

Then these trained believers can access hard-to-reach communities through small business while preaching the Gospel and planting churches.


Preschool registration underway at Trinity Lutheran School

Registrations  for 2013-14 are being taken for Preschool students at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera. 

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through May from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

Children who are four years old before Sept. 30 are welcome to attend.  Please stop at the school, call 419-326-4685 or email tls.jenera@gmail.com for more information.


Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa families

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 August 26. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturdaym August 31, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


JJ Heller, Christian recording artist performs Sept. 1 at Pandora Missionary Church

Christian recording artist, JJ Heller, will be performing live in concert at Pandora Missionary Church Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. VIP Passes for a meet and greet with the artist, photos, autographs, and refreshments are an additional $5.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing someone of this caliber to the area,” said Joanna Gratz, member of the Fellowship Board at Pandora Missionary Church.


Tickets still available for Ebenezer Mennonite Church dinner theatre

Tickets are still available for the Ebenezer Mennonite Church dinner theatre, which takes place Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1-4.

The cast includes: Pat Bassett, John George, Mary Glick, Kevin Gratz, Sarah Lehman, Kaite Rhodes, Roger Rhodes, Amanda Rhonemus, Steve and Lynda Rodabaugh, Pat Rodabaugh and Brittany Sheehan.

Meri Skilliter, Dan Stanowick, David Yoder, Kara ZinkFrom the authors of the hit series, Uncle Phil’s Diner comes a new interactive dinner theatre that brings on lots of laughs and colorful characters in Family Camp.


St. John's UCC celebrates 140th anniversary in September

St. John's United Church of Christ will celebrate its 140th anniversary as a congregation on Sunday, Sept. 15, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

An anniversary service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and a catered mean will be served immediately following the service in Oppermann Hall.

More information on the observance will follow. The attachment below includes the August issue of the church newsletter.


Community worship moved to middle school

Sunday's community worship service, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, will take place in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium rather than on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

The service was moved to the school because of the possibility of showers and cool, windy weather predicted Sunday morning.

The service begins at 9 a.m.  Please bring along your lawn chairs for seating.


Matt Keeler performs at free outdoor concert


Free live music will be held for the public Saturday, Aug. 10, at Ottawa Metro Park, 2632 Ada Road, Lima. 

Families and others interested are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come out to listen to local artists and bands while they provide music during the Rally Point River Ride Bike Tour.  The music starts 11 a.m. with Daniel Sprague, Tim Heyward (Grace Community Church) at 11:30 a.m., and Matt Keeler noon-1:30pm. 

For more information you can go online at www.rallyup.org.


Rally Point Youth Center 5th annual River Ride Aug. 10

Rally Point Youth Center, N. Main St., Lima, will host its 5th annual River Ride fundraiser on  Saturday, Aug. 10, according to Jared Diller.

This years ride will be out of Ottawa Metro Park, Lima, and will take riders along the Ottawa River. There are 20-mile ride for families, 50-mile rides for weekend riders, and 62.5-Metric Century for serious riders seeking to get their best time yet. Last year 200 participants took part to support the youth center.