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August 17, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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First Mennonite Church invites all to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend the Christmas Eve candelight 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.

All are also invited to the Christmas Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. Pastor Wanda Stopher will be preaching and special music will be provided by Dr. Lucia Unrau, organist; Youth Choir, directed by Laura Hartzler; and Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. Mark Suderman.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, announces Christmas service schedule

An afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called “From Heaven Above to Earth I come” will be held Friday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. in the church in Jenera.


Bethel Church of Christ candlelight service Christmas eve

Bethel Church of Christ will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 23. Worship on Christmas Day will be at 10 a.m. Bethel is located at 4014 CR 304, which is old route 30. Brandon Mayden is pastor.


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.