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April 27, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Pandora UM holding community meal October 26

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, Oct. 26,  from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal will be provided by Never Ending Witnesses Small Group. The menu includes a pulled pork sandwich, potato chips, cookies, and drink.


Emmanuel UCC invites Icon viewers to fall festivities day on Oct. 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fall Festivities Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event, open to the public, includes trunk or treat, crafts, and several other activities. Come dress for Halloween.

The church is located at 8375 N. Phillips Road.


Tickets available for Living Proof simulcast at Ebenezer Mennonite Oct. 15

Evangelist Beth Moore featured presenter

A Living Proof simulcast featuring Evangelist Beth Moore will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Join women from around the world for this one-day event, during which participants can hear Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching. Guests also can hear Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell.

The morning session begins with coffee and pastries. The cost for tickets are $15 with an additional $5 optional Subway lunch. Tickets available until Sunday, Oct 9.


Oct. 9 benefit for Dennis and Chastity Gallant at Pleasant View UMC

Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton, will host a soup benefit on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The benefit will include numerous soups, breads and desserts along with drink. It is by donation. Face painting and animal balloons will be available for the children during the benefit.


Jenera church commemorates 185th anniversary of "Shipwreck Sunday"

During 8 and 10:30 a.m. services at Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will observe the annual Shipwreck Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 18. 

The services, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. recalls the passengers on the “Famous Dove” when it was shipwrecked off the east coast of the United States on Sept.17, 1831.  Many of the passengers coming from Germany were the founders of Trinity.

During a storm, the passengers prayed and sang hymns while on the wrecked ship and when they safely reached land, they promised to observe Sept. 17 in thanks to God,  to the third and fourth generations, this being the 185th year.


Jenera church announces Mornings with Mommy schedule

Mornings with Mommy is a fun and easy way for you to enjoy activities with your infant through preschool age children (ages 0-5 years) and meet other moms.

Dads, grandmas, grandpas, and nannies are welcome, too. These educational play-dates will begin on Monday, Sept. 19, and continue on the first and third Monday of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera.


Free community meal Sept. 28 at Pandora United Methodist

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Ted’s Market. The menu is pulled pork sandwich, au gratin potatoes, green beans, ice cream, punch, water and coffee.


Fuller Seminary professor weekend speaker at Ebenezer Oct. 8-9

Ebenezer Mennonite Church hosts a weekend featuring Chapman "Chap" R. Clark, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9.

He is Associate Provost for Strategic Projects, Professor and Chair of Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

In a Saturday evening program, from 7 to 9 p.m., he will talk on Sticky Faith and Hurt 2.0: Nurturing the Long-Term Faith of Adolescents.

During the 9 a.m. Sunday school hour his theme is Adoptive Church: The Essence of Biblical Community.


Beth Huffman guest speaker Sept. 7 at Mt. Cory UMC Friendship Circle

Beth Huffman will speak during the 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, meeting of the Mt. Cory United Methodist Church Friendship Circle, 300 N. Main St., Mt. Cory.

Huffman is a retired English teacher from Columbus Grove and is an inspirational speaker and author.

In the past six years, she has spoken to well over a thousand people whose audiences include civic organizations, women’s groups, professional organizations and church groups.


Bethel Church of Christ has back-to-school "Urge" event Aug. 21

A free event, titled Urge 2016, open to youth from junior high through college age takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21 at Bethel Church of Christ just north of Ada.

The focus  is to encourage students ( to do well in the upcoming school year and to urge them to be who God wants them to be in their schools. 

URGE features Courtnee Morris as the guest speaker along with the Mike Lee Band (Worship) from Fort Wayne, SafeKept (Christian Rock) from Columbus and B List Boys (Christian Hip Hop) from Bluffton.