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Food boxes available for families in Pandora

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, July 22. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Bible memorization minister guest at Trinity Lutheran July 14

Daniel Dexter, a staff minister from El Paso, Texas, will be at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, on Sunday, July 14. 

Dexter will give a program on his Bible memorization skills at 9:15 a.m. and also be a part of the worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

He is a professional storyteller who is gifted in being able to memorize and put into voice, sections of the Bible as it is found in the New International Version. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.  


5th annual Rally Point River Ride set for Aug. 10

The 5th annual Rally Point River Ride is Aug. 10, according to Jared Diller.

Start/Finish: Ottawa Metro Park
2632 Ada Road Lima, OH 45801
Start Times Vary:
7-9 am for 50/62.5 mile ride
9am-11 am for 20 mile ride


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social - homemade food dinner July 19

The Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social - homemade food dinner from 4-7 p.m., Friday, July 19, at the church. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for youth 10 and under.


Four "Summer Blasts!" at Riley Creek Baptist Church this summer

Riley Creek Baptist Church, 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton, offers four "Summer Blasts!" for youth in Kindergarten through sixth grade this summer.

The "blasts" are Friday, July 12, July 19, July 26 and Aug. 2. The events are from 2 to 7 p.m. with supper includes plus games, crafts and field trips.

For more information, call 419-326-6361.



Tickets on sale soon for Ebenezer Mennonite ensemble dinner theatre

The wait is over!

From 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.


Bible study at English Lutheran focuses on "Who Do We Say That Jesus Is?"

English Lutheran Church is offering a new Bible study, "Who Do We Say That Jesus Is? --What Jesus means to us for our lives in the 21st Century."

"In this study we will look at how Jesus has been 'pictured' and understood in the media, in the Creeds of the Church, and in the New Testament writings, trying to discover what Jesus can mean for us living in the 21st century," said Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.


July's community meal on the 18th

One community meal takes place in July at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. The meal is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 18.

The Bluffton Baptist Church will provide the meal. Donations will be accepted to support the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.


July St. John's United Church of Christ newsletter now on The Icon

The July Serendipity newsletter from the St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, is now available for Icon viewers.

It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton community worship service – Sunday, July 28

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) is planning an outdoor community worship service on Sunday July 28, at 9 a.m. 

This worship service comes at the end of a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted this year at the First Mennonite Church. The theme for the service is “Many Gifts, One Spirit,” growing out of the VBS curriculum. Worship will include music by the children who attended VBS and several brief reflections about the new things that are happening in the community.