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October 21, 2017

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Outdoor BHS baccalaureate service May 25

Bluffton High School's student-planned baccalaureate service will take place outdoors this year.

The service, open to the public, takes place on College Avenue in front of the high school at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25. The service includes several student speakers and a student praise and worship team.

In the event of rain, the service will move to St. Mary's Catholic Church.


Several area Vacation Bible Schools announced

Several Bluffton area Vacation Bible Schools are set for this summer. Here’s the list made available to the Icon.

Persons with information about other area VBS may contact the Icon at: info@blufftonicon.com

Ebenezer Mennonite
8905 Columbus Grove Road
Maker Fun Factory
Ages 4 to 6th grade
Sunday, June 4, to Friday, June 9
6:30-9 p.m.


Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran, Jenera

Six youth were confirmed on  May 7, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera. 

 The class members are Kwynn Reis Alge, Kylie Ann Beagle, Logan Grant Below, Austin James Rausch, Cierra Colleen VanDermark and Cameron Michael VanDermark. 



Blacksmith demonstration turns guns into garden tools

June 22 at Bluffton University

A group of local artists and church workers are asking for donations of guns for a blacksmith demonstration, which will forge weapons into garden tools Thursday, June 22, at Bluffton University.

The demonstration is part of Central District Conference, Mennonite Church USA, annual meeting, held on campus.

Contact RAWtoolsEvent@gmail.com to donate a gun, or to learn more about the event.


English Lutheran congregation dedicates renovated worship space

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin will preach at the 3 p.m. Sunday service

The English Lutheran Church congregation will dedicate its newly renovated worship space during a 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, service, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The worship space dedication completes a building and renovation project begun in 2015.


"The worship space plan involved renovating and flipping the orientation of our current sanctuary by 180 degrees, with two new entrances from the new addition, one ramped, into the renovated sanctuary," said Rev. Mohr.


Kerry Patrick Clark in concert April 30

at Pandora United Methodist Church

Kerry Patrick Clark will be in concert at the Pandora United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. 

The church is located at 108 E. Washington Street (Route 12) in Pandora. There is no admission fee but there will be a free will offering and CD’s will be available for sale.


"Kidz Under Construction," musical April 30 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical “Kidz Under Construction” on Sunday, April 30, at 10:15 a.m. in the church Crossroads Ministry Center. 

According to the musical directors: "Join the Kids Crew Cast as they deliver breaking news and behind-the-scenes coverage of the New Site Community Church construction project.

"This construction-based musical is filled with biblical principles that demonstrate the importance of building our lives on the strong foundation of Christ’s truth and love." 


Blessing of the tractors Sunday at Pleasant View UMC

Following by soup luncheon benefit for C-R student

Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist  churches will hold a special combined service on Sunday, April 23, according to Mark Fuerstenau, pastor.

The 10 a.m. service at Pleasant View UM Church, 300 Township Road 300,
Bluffton, will include a "Blessings of the tractors" in the church parking lot.

Area farmers are invited to drive their tractors to church.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pleasant View will host a soup luncheon with the proceeds to benefit Cory-Rawson elementary student, Ahlora Riker, who suffers
from a rare form of cancer.


Free community meal April 26 at Pandora United Methodist

Provided by PGHS student council

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday,  April 26,  from 5:30 to 7 pm. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. 

The meal this month is provided by Pandora-Gilboa Student Council.  The menu will be tacos, refried beans, salad, cookies, and beverage.


Bluffton First Mennonite announces Holy Week services

Bluffton First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., invites all to participate in Holy Week services, beginning with a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13. The service will include faith stories by the youth who will be baptized on Easter Sunday.

On Good Friday, April 14, the Bluffton community ecumenical Cross Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. at English Lutheran and ends with a worship service at First Mennonite at noon. Various members of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will participate and Dr. Lucia Unrau is the organist.