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Pandora United Methodist serves free community meal Oct. 30

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Oct. 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 the Morning Glory Group. The menu will be beef stew, roll, applesauce, cookies and beverage.


Trinity United Methodist holds fifth annual winter coat giveawy

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church, 2202 SR 103, will hold its fifth annual winter coat and apparel giveaway this fall.

Any business or organization wanting to participate is invited to do so. 

Ria Reed said, "If you are interested in collecting any coats, gloves and scarves for all ages and genders, please let us know and we will supply and maintain the collection box at the desired location.

For more information call: 567-242-4700 or 419-722-6201.



Pandora and Gilboa churches offer food boxes

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, Oct. 21. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


"Serendipity," St. John's UCC newsletter on the Icon

St. John's United Church of Christ has several activities taking place in October. The church newsletter "Seredipity" is now available for Icon viewers. 

It is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.


This month's community meals are Oct. 3 and Oct. 17

October's free community meals are set at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center and Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

First United Methodist Church is host to the Thursday, Oct. 3 meal. English Lutheran Church is host to the Thursday, Oct. 17 meal. The meals, open to the public, are free. An monetary donation given goes to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.

Meals are served at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., Bluffton


Musician Chuck Sommers entertains PrimeTimers Oct. 1

PrimeTimers will meet at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 1, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988, Road 4, Pandora.

Chuck Sommers, saxophone player will perform a blend of Christian and Big Band music.

A meal will be provided including meat loaf, white chicken chili, roasted red potatoes, green beans and peach crisp. Donations toward the cost of the meal are accepted.

PrimeTimers, a non-denominational monthly fellowship event sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio and hosted by St. John Mennonite, is for area persons 55 and up.  


Former resident and her husband will share about their South Asia ministry

A celebration of the South Asia ministry of David and Carrie Hartman is hosted at The Centre At Bluffton, 601 N. Main St., from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, by English Lutheran Church. Carrie is the daughter of Bob and Sue Fett of Bluffton and English Lutheran is her home church.

The community is invited to participate in this event, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about the lives of families in South Asia, as well as to support the ministry of the Hartmans as they seek to "build bridges of peace" in the midst of those families. 


Campus Life Youth for Christ middle school programming start this week

Campus Life Youth for Christ announces its 2013-14 middle school calendar, according to Hannah Slechter, middle school director.

Bluffton Club 56
Mondays after school to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Campus Life Room, 111 W College Ave. Bluffton
Starts Monday, Sept.16, for 5th and 6th graders

Pandora Club 56
Tuesdays after school to 4 p.m.
Location: Pandora Missionary Church
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 17, for 5th and 6th graders


Pandora free community meal planned for September 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, September 25,  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 Rebecca Circle and will be Ham, potatoes, green beans,dessert and beverage.

All are welcome.


Dale Seefeldt installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries at Ebenezer Mennonite

Dale Seefeldt, who lived in India most of his life, was installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries on Sept. 8 at Ebenezer Mennonite church.

Despite his years in India, he holds a strong connection to Bluffton. His wife, Ruth, is the daughter of former Ebenezer pastor, Charles Warren. In addition Ebenezer Mennonite had earlier commissioned and sent he and his wife as missionaries.

“I moved to India in 1951 at the age of four,” Seefeldt said. “My parents were missionaries.”