August 23, 2014


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Special music of the season planned in December at Bluffton Presbyterian

What do you do with 10 trumpets on Christmas Eve? Dave Sycks will be writing a special arrangement of "O Come All Ye Faithful" for Bluffton Presbyterian's large rank of trumpet players to perform during the instrumental prelude at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

At 7 p.m. there will be a program of Lessons and Carols performed by the Choir, Praise Team, and soloists, followed by candle lighting.


Trinity Lutheran welcomes Advent with Nov. 30 service

The beginning of Advent will be observed with a special service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 30.

The theme is "He Comes the Messiah Long Foretold" and Pastor Al Schmitzer's message will focus on Jesus as our Prophet. The students in Grades 3-4 will sing.


English Lutheran host to Dec. 1 community meal

The 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, Bluffton community meal will be hosted by the people of English Lutheran Church. The meal is at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St.

The meal is open to the public. The menu includes barbecue beef and shredded chicken sandwiches, baked beans with vegetbales, casseroles, soups, desserts and refreshments.


English Lutheran Giving Good Gifts this Christmas display at Blaze of Lights

Members of the Bluffton English Lutheran Church will have a Blaze of Lights display in front of John Wagner's Nationwide Agency promoting "Giving Good Gifts this Christmas."

It is a program of the ELCA that provides animals, health care, water, farm implements to persons in need throughout the world. The table will show the kind of gifts available to give.


Trinity Lutheran holds Thanksgiving Day service

A special Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24.

Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will conduct the service and deliver the message. The choir will sing "A Servant in Your Heavenly House" and the church will be decorated with harvest items.

The church is handicapped accessible. More information is at www.tlcjenera.org


Findlay Community Bell Choir performs Dec. 4 At St. John's UCC

"Ring" in the holiday season hosted by St. John's United Church of Christ.

The Findlay Community Bell Choir will perform a concert at the church at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

"If you have never heard these bells before, you will be amazed at what the choir can do with them. If you have heard them before, you will be in for a wonderful treat. We hope to see you there," she said.

Thanks . . .


Bluffton Area Ministerial Association community Thanksgiving service Nov. 20

Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke

Bluffton's community Thanksgiving service, planned by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke, pastor of Bluffton Presbyterian Church, is the preacher.

An offering taken will assist the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry. In addition, non-perishable food items will be accepted.


"Quilts" thankoffering service Sunday at English Lutheran

The women of English Lutheran Church will lead a thankoffering worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, in support of the quilt ministry of the congregation's sewing group.

Every year the English Lutheran sewing group puts together anywhere from 90 to 100 quilts, which are then sent off to help persons in need throughout the world through the relief agencies associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, such as Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response and the World Hunger Appeal.


Grace Mennonite holiday book sale, garage sale, breakfast Nov. 18-19

Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, will hold a holiday bake sale, book sale, garage sale and breakfast, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at the church in Pandora.

The bake sale and book sale will take place on Friday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Books are from the Faith and Life Books and Gifts Shop, Berne, Ind., Proceeds of the bake sale will benefit the Grace youth group activities.

Ten percent of the book sales will be donated to the Pandora Community branch library.


Trinity United Methodist pancake breakfast, coat give-away Nov. 12

Bluffton Trinity United Methodist's annual coat give-away is Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the church located on State Route 103, rural Bluffton.

A pancake breakfast will be served during the event.

Anyone wishing to donate coats may drop them off at the following Bluffton locations:

  • Community Market
  • BFR
  • Bluffton Public Library
  • Luke's
  • The Sports Warehouse

Any questions please call Ria at 567-242-4700.