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June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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St. John's UCC Sunday morning cantata cancelled due to weather

St. John's United Church of Christ's cantata scheduled for Sunday morning, Dec. 18, has been cancelled due to the weather.

Other services planned, however will take place. Those involve:

•  a  candlelight Christmas Eve service of carol singing, reading of the Christmas story and Holy Communion.  The service takes place on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m., and is open to everyone. 


Bluffton First Mennonite invites all to Christmas services

Bluffton First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., invites you to attend a time of Christmas carol singing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 in the sanctuary. Children and youth of the church will be involved in selecting and leading this time of Christmas celebration.

First Mennonite also invites the community to attend their Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. We will celebrate the light of God’s heart shining in the story and songs of Christmas.

Please bring your family and friends.



Bluffton Baptist Christmas Eve service

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will hold its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, according to John McMinn. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25.


St. John's UCC choir presents cantata Dec. 18

4 p.m. Christmas eve service includes communion

St. John’s United Church of Christ announces its Christmas celebrations.

To begin the celebration of Christmas, the chancel choir of St. John’s United Church of Christ will present the cantata, “Morning Star,” composed by Lloyd Larson. 

The performance will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle. St. John’s United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Jackson Street and College Avenue in Bluffton.


Red Cross blood drive December 15 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Thursday, Dec. 15 from noon-6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

Donors should enter by the double doors on Jackson Street -- directly across the street from Bluffton Elementary/Middle School. First Mennonite is handicapped accessible.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.” (Note that the next Bluffton blood drive will be Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at First Mennonite.)


Song of Zechariah Dec. 7 Advent theme at Trinity Lutheran

“The Song of Zechariah” is the focus of the Wednesday, Dec. 7,  7 p.m. Advent service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.  The choir will sing “Praise to the Lord” and the church will be decorated for Christmas. Everyone is welcome as we hear how happy Zechariah was following the birth of his son John, who would go before the Lord to prepare the way for Him. 


Ebenezer children's Christmas program Dec. 11

A children's Christmas program, "The Good News Flash" will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

The program includes children sharing in drama and song about the Christmas story. The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road, Bluffton. 

An afterglow will be held following the program. 


Pandora UMC Christmas cantata Dec. 11

Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will presents Christmas cantata, “Shout the Good News!” written by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, according to Rev. Duane Kemberley, pastor. 

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Pat Michel. The church is at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. 


Free community meal at Pandora UM Dec. 14

Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Riley Creek Pharmacy/Pharmacy Solutions. The menu is sloppy joe sandwich, hot dogs, cheesy potatoes, veggie tray, fruit, cookies and hot chocolate.

Also, Santa will visit from 6-7 p.m. Every child will get their picture taken with Santa and receive a gift from Santa. First National Bank will have cookies to decorate and crafts for kids!


Riley Creek United Methodist carol sing Dec. 4

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 45th annual Christmas carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the church, 7102 Putnam County Road M, Ottawa, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

The program features congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony.