April 24, 2014

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Emmanuel UCC members find mission activities at home and away from home this summer

Members of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Phillips Road, Bluffton, became involved in mission activities at home and away from home this summer, according to Eric Rummel, pastor.

Camp Washington

From July 5-10 30 Emmanuel United Church of Christ youth from grades five to 12 from participated in a mission trip to Camp Washington, UCC, Cincinnati.


Trinity Lutheran holds back to school music-movie night Aug. 19

A back to school music and movie night is planned at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera, on Friday, Aug. 19.

It will be held on the soccer field with popcorn, lemonade and tea provided. Music played and performed by Trinity members will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie "Tangled" will be shown on a large screen at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.

Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Everything is free and everyone is welcome. More information is at tlcjenera.org


Saturday night block party at Riley Creek Mercantile - and you are invited

The Bethel Church of Christ will host a Bluffton Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 5-8 p.m. at the Riley Creek Mercantile parking lot located at 246 Cherry St.

There will be live music, food and activities for the kids. The community is invited to bring lawn chairs and join us for an evening of family entertainment.


It's all part of St. John's UCC ice cream social

St. John's United Church of Christ recently held their summer ice cream social. If you didn't attend, our photo gallery shows you the wide selection of pies that you missed. Donald Rock shared these photos of the event with The Icon.



Sister Carol Inkrott celebrates 50th anniversary as a Sister of St. Francis

St. Carol Inkrott

Sunday, Aug. 14, will be a very special day for Sister Carol Inkrott of St. Mary's Catholic Church. The event commemorates her - golden jubilee - 50th year as a sister of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio.

As pastoral leader of St. Mary's Catholic Church for the past 10 years, she says that the celebration enables her to reflect on how good God has been to her. "I'm a different person because of it," she reflected in an interview with The Icon earlier this week.


Presbyterian pastor Rev. Lew VanderNaald retires from ministry

Rev. Lew VanderNaald, pastor of Bluffton Presbyterian Church, has retired from the ministry. His final sermon with the Bluffton congregation was Sunday, July 31.

During August the following worship schedule is underway at the church:
Aug. 14 - Rev. Hank Snedeker, preaching
Aug. 21 - Doug Luginbill, preaching
Aug. 28 - Rev. Hank Snedeker, preaching


Bach double duet performed Sunday at Bluffton Presbyterian

PHOTO ID: front from left: Julia Szabo, Jayne McGarrity; back: Jeremy Szabo, Linda Sycks

The double duet, "Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn" (You true God and son of David), from Bach's Cantata 23 will be performed at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church Sunday, Aug. 14 at the 10:15 worship service.

The cantata is one of two pieces which Bach submitted for an audition to become cantor for St. Thomas' Church in Leipzig in 1723. The double duet consists of two oboe parts played along with two treble voices, plus a continuo.


First Mennonite senior high collecting ink and toner cartridges

Senior high youth of First Mennonite Church are collecting ink and toner cartridges for recycling at Cartridge World during the 2011-12 school yar.

For each ink jet cartridge turned in the youth receive $1. For each toner cartridge turned in the youth receive $3. Cartridges may be placed in a blue and yellow box outside the church office.


End of summer youth blast on Presbyterian church lawn tonight

Bluffton junior high and high school youth are invited to an End of Summer Youth Blast Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

High school and junior high youth are invited to join in on pizza, games and a movie on the lawn. Cost is $2 per person or $5 for three or more youth from the same family. All high school youth (from youth entering sixth grade on up) are invited to this event, so tell all of your friends.


Bryant Miller, new pastor at First United Methodist, attended school here until 8th grade

Bryant Miller, pastor of First United Methodist Church

Bryant Miller attended Bluffton schools until eighth grade when his family moved into the Bath school system.

He returned to Bluffton this summer after a 15-year absence. In July he accepted the call as pastor of First United Methodist Church. His first preaching Sunday was July 3.

Miller is a seminary student working toward a master's of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. He enrolled in the spring of 2009 and continues to take classes toward that degree.