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November 24, 2017

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Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran on Sunday

Six youths will be confirmed in the Christian faith in the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 4, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera.

The Confirmands are Sarah Elizabeth Curth, Abigail Elizabeth Heldman, Kylie Nicole Rausch, Aimee Grace Ritter, Eric Joseph Ritter, and Savannah Elizabeth Stahl. The class hymn, “In Christ Alone” will be sung by the class during the service.


National Day of Prayer event at Ebenezer Church

The National Day of Prayer will be observed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church in the Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Rd., Bluffton.

Those who will be participating include:


Trinity Lutheran School accepting students eligible for Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship

Trinity Lutheran School is now accepting students who are eligible for an EdChoice Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents can work with Trinity Lutheran to complete the application process, and the school will submit the application to the Ohio Department of Education on behalf of the family.

“Trinity Lutheran School is here to support the children of the community,” said Trinity Lutheran School principal, Steven Strong. “We are here to help the children of our community grow academically and to support them in their spiritual development.”


"Splash Kingdom" presented by St. John youth April 27

The children's choirs at St. John Mennonite Church in Pandora will be presenting the musical "Splash Kingdom" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Involved in the musical will be 70 children from ages 4 through grade 5, all from Bluffton, Pandora, and the surrounding area.


Ebenezer Mennonite children's choir musical April 27

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a musical called “I Can Only Imagine” on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m., in the Crossroads Ministry Center. 

An afterglow will be held following the musical. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. 

It is free and open to the public.


Good Friday procession of the cross starts at 11:30 a.m.

Bluffton's annual ecumenical Good Friday procession with the cross and an ecumenical service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 18, and will again be sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. 

The order of the procession will be: 
• St. Mary's Catholic Church
• St. John’s United Church of Christ
• English Lutheran 
• Bluffton Presbyterian 
• First Mennonite and finally
• First United Methodist. 


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Holy Week servies

Trinity Lutheran Church invites the public to attend the following services at 301 North Main Street, Jenera.

Palm Sunday services on April 13 will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school and Bible class for all ages beginning at 9:20 a.m. Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will preach on the theme “Our Humble King Comes to Save.” The students of Trinity Lutheran School and the adult choir will sing “Hosanna!”


Free community meal April 30 in Pandora

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, April 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 Wednesday Witnesses Small Group. The menu will be scalloped potatoes, ham, green beans, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage.


Anabaptist Bestiary Project performs at First Mennonite April 12

On Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. First Mennonite Church will host the Anabaptist Bestiary Project, with a concert that is also a fund-raiser for First Mennonite Church Youth.

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures, the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a 10- piece alternative rock ensemble under the direction of Trevor Bechtel that combines the influence of such diverse bands as Arcade Fire, The Story, Ben Folds Five and Death Cab for Cutie.

To preview their music visit AnabaptistBestiaryProject.bandcamp.com. Admission is by donation.


Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa residents

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 April 15th.  Boxes will be available to be picked up on April 26th, the last Saturday of the month, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora.