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May 29, 2016


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Food boxes available for P-G families for April

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 April 22 by calling 419-384-3905.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


Pandora free community meal planned for April

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by Lita's Leaders will be Sloppy Joe Sandwich, augratin potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverage.


First Mennonite getting a good wash down

Workers are taking the First Mennonite Church to the showers this week. A power wash to clean bricks and check for loose mortar with an eventual replacement of the steeple roof is underway. 


Red Cross blood drive April 18 in Pandora

There will be a blood drive at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 Washington St. (Route 12), Pandora, on Thursday, April 18.

The drive is from 1-6 p.m. and is sponsored by Pandora United Methodist Church and Riley Township Fire Department of Pandora.

To schedule an appointment, call the Red Cross at 419-523-4810 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PANDORAUMC


Beef and noodle dinner April 26 at St. John's UCC

St. John's United Church of Christ will hold a beef and noodle dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

The dinner includes homegrown beef, noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, roll, homemade pie and beverages.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for college students, $4 for elementary students and is free to all pre-kindergarten youth.


Pleasant View UM soup lunch benefit April 14

A soup lunch benefit for Don and Brenda Ernst's ministry in Alaska is planned this month by the Pleasant View United Methodit Church. The couple is addiing an addition to their church in Alaska.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the church, 300 Township Road 37, Bluffton.

The menu includes soup, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost of the meal is a donation.


St. John's UCC April newsletter on The Icon

The St. John's United Church of Christ April newsletter is now available for Icon viewers. It lists events in the congregation during April.


Network of Biblical Storytellers presentation at First Mennonite April 7


The Cincinnati-Dayton Guild of the Network of Biblical Storytellers will present a program of stories in the biblical tradition at First Mennonite Church at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7.

The program titled "Laughing Out Loud: Celebrating the Resurrection," will be presented. Ten storytellers will participate. One of the presenters is Tom Boomershine, founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers.


Holy Week services at English Lutheran Church announced

"The people of English Lutheran Church invite you to join us "on the way" to the surprise of Easter as we gather for our Holy Week services," said Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.  

He continues: "The journey begins this weekend with our Palm Sunday celebration at 9 a.m., which will include a procession with palms and an interactive reading of Luke's narrative of Jesus' passion. 


Ministerial Association announces Good Friday events

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association has organized Good Friday activities for the Bluffton community.

On Good Friday, March 29, all are welcome to the annual Cross Walk. This year the walk begins at English Lutheran Church at 11:30 a.m. From there the walk proceeds to St. John's UCC, Bluffton Presbyterian, First Mennonite, First Methodist and ends at St. Mary's Catholic Church.