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St. John's UCC goes to summer hours; June newsletter available to Icon viewers

St. John's United Church of Christ announces its summer Sunday hours, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and worship is at 10 a.m.

The church June newsletter is available to Icon viewers as an attachment at the bottom of this story.


It's the season for Vacation Bible Schools - here's who, where and when

It's summer and that means it's Vacation Bible School season. Here is the VBS schedule in the Icon viewership area. If your VBS is not on our list, contact us.

June 3-8
Ebenezer Mennonite VBS

8905 Grove Road
6:30-9 p.m.
Title: Sky: Everything is possible with God
More information: 419-358-8588, or info@ebenezermennonite.org


Our Daily Bread soup kitchen director speaks at Bluffton Presbyterian on June 10

Stephen Jenkins, executive director of Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, South Central Street, Lima, is the guest speaker during the Sunday morning, June 10, worship service at Bluffton Presbyterian.

The mission Sunday service will kick off the church's Christmas in July, according to Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke, pastor.

The June 10 worship service is at 10:15 a.m.


Trinity Lutheran goes to summer schedule on June 10

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will change service times for the summer beginning on Sunday, June 10.

The worship service will be held at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Class following at 10:15 a.m. The Sunday's service will be repeated on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.


First Mennonite Church goes to summer schedule June 3

First Mennonite Church will begin its summer schedule Sunday, June 3. Worship begins at 9:15 a.m. Christian Education for children begins at 10:30. Coffee/social time precedes youth and adult Christian Education which begins at 10:45. All are welcome.


Trinity Lutheran School graduation June 3

Trinity Lutheran School's graduation will be held on Sunday, June 3, in the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera.

Avery Insley is the class speaker. The class members are: Emily Heldman, Avery Insley, Hannah Lussier, Justine Mitchell and Jonathon Schmehl.

The class motto is "Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)"; the class flower is the white rose and the colors are teal and silver. The students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade will sing "Children of the Heavenly Father."


First United Methodists hold Sunday "block party" to celebrate birth of the church

The congregation of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, will hold an unusual block party on Sunday, May 20, according to Bryant Miller, pastor.

A worship service is at 10:30 a.m. A block party followed the worship.

"We celebrate the day that the Holy Spirit was poured out and the Church of Jesus Christ was born," he said. "During the 10:30 a.m. worship service persons have an opportunity to be baptized or to remember their baptism by coming forward to be immersed in our outdoor baptismal."


Rockport UMC Memorial Day service May 28

Rockport United Methodist Church will hold its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28. The service will start at 11 a.m. in the cemetery and will progress to the church.

The guest speaker will be Greg Coleman, pastor of Cairo and Rockport United Methodist Churches. The church is located at 5505 Rockport Road, Columbus Grove.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


2012 BHS baccalaureate service at Basinger residence May 20

The 2012 Bluffton High School baccalaureate service, coordinated by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at the home of Jon and Janice Basinger, 4080 E. Hook-Waltz Road (corner of Hook-Waltz and Mayberry).

The order of service, with student participants includes:


Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa households

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 5 p.m. on May 21 by calling 419-384-3905 and giving your name and phone number.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.