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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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Red Cross blood drive December 15 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church on  Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1-6 p.m. First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Enter by the Jackson Street door. The church is handicapped accessible.

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


Nativity and angel displays two weekends at Bethel Family Life Center

Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 in Mt. Cory

A nativity and angel display held at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mt. Cory, takes place on two weekends in December.

The displays are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

Saturday viewings are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday viewings are from 1 to 5 p.m. This year's theme is "Heaven Came Down. Several new displays are part of this year's annual display.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, holds three mid-week Advent services

Three Wednesday night Advent services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera. 

The 7 p.m. services will focus on the “Songs of Christmas.”  On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the theme is the Song of Mary.  The Rausch Sisters will sing “Magnify Him,” based on Mary’s response to her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:46-55. 


Kerry Patrick Clark in concert at Pandora UMC Nov. 27

Kerry Patrick Clark will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 27, at Pandora United Methodist Church, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor. The concert is free and a freewill offering will be taken. CDs of the musician will be available for sale at the concert.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, host to Thanksgiving Day service

 A Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. 

The theme is “All Our Belongings are Gifts of God’s Grace” based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11. 

The choir will sing “Autumn Carol” accompanied by handbells. The church will be decorated with harvest items. 


Nov. 20 Thanksgiving service in Mt. Cory

A combined Thanksgiving worship service with Pleasant View and Rawson New Hope United Methodist Churches is planned at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory.

Pastor Ben Lowell will be the speaker for the services. The services are open to the public.


Pandora UM community meal November 30

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal on Wednesday,  Nov. 30  from 5:30-7 pm. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. 

The meal this month is provided by The First National Bank of Pandora. The menu is shredded chicken sandwich, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, assorted desserts and beverage.


Gracia Burnham featured speaker at Ebenezer Festival of Missions

53rd annual missions event

Gracia Burnham is the featured speaker during the concluding weekend of Ebenezer Mennonite Church's 53rd Festival of Missions.

She will speak at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. Gracia is the widow of Martin Burnham. For 17 years, Gracia and Martin served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines.

On May 27, 2001, while celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at Dos Palmas Resort off Palawan Island, the Burnhams were taken captive by a militant group of Muslims called the Abu Sayyaf Group.


Pandora United Methodist hosts senior lunch Nov. 16

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a fellowship lunch for senior adults on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lunch Box Restaurant, 200 E Main St., in Pandora. All are welcome. Everyone will pay for their own meal and will order from the menu.


Riley Creek UMC hymn sing Oct. 30

Riley Creek United Methodist Church, rural Pandora, holds afternoon of hymns and songs on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.  

"Music from many eras will weave together a tapestry of faith and the message of redemption.  Bring your voice in whatever condition it is and raise a joyful noise together with a great chorus of others as we sing the hymns that are the soundtrack of our heritage and inspiration,” said Rev. Duane Kimberley, pastor.         

HIS Blank Canvas, an art ministry, will be shared at the event.