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May 23, 2018

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Ministerial association's Procession of the Cross on Good Friday, March 30

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association's Procession of the Cross is set for 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 30.

Details of the route are not yet set. The walk will conclude at St. Mary's Catholic Church when a community worship service takes place at noon.


Emmanuel UCC spaghetti dinner fundraiser Feb. 9

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fazoli's spaghetti dinner fundraiser this weekend.

The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the church, located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadstick, dessert and a drink. Tickets are available beginning Jan. 12  for $8 each by callling the church office at 419-358-1561.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church Faith Formation Program.


Ultimate Date Night Feb. 10 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Tickets on sale for dinner and entertainment from Jay and Laura Laffoon

A comedy-infused Ultimate Date Night takes place at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

The evening includes a dinner and performance by the comic team, Jay and Laura Laffoon, who describe themselves as marriage “educ-tainers.”

Their presentation helps couples learn how to create and regularly celebrate a thriving marriage while exploring the realities that everyday life brings to the relationship.



Bluffton American Legion observes Four Chaplain Sunday

Feb. 4 at Emmanuel UCC

In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World 
War II, the Bluffton American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 4 to Feb. 10.

Bluffton American Legion Post 382, Chaplain Donald Rock has announced the post will observe the sacrifice of Four Armed Forces Chaplains during World War II, during the Sunday, Feb. 4, worship service  at Emmanuel United Church of Christ 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

The public is welcome to attend the service, which begins at 10 a.m.


Red Cross blood drive February 8 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 1-6 p.m. 

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

Soup, sandwiches and cookies will be available for donors.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter by the Jackson Street entrance directly across from Bluffton Elementary School. An elevator is located at that entrance.


Chili cook-off planning meeting Wednesday evening

At Bluffton Presbyterian Church

The second annual Community Chili Cook-off is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church. 

The competition between local "chefs" will be held in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium. The winner will be determined by "People's Choice" after tasting each entry.  All proceeds will support Bluffton Community Assistance's Food Pantry.

Community members are invited to learn more about entering the chili competition or serving as a volunteer on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Bluffton Presbyterian Church.