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Former resident and her husband will share about their South Asia ministry

A celebration of the South Asia ministry of David and Carrie Hartman is hosted at The Centre At Bluffton, 601 N. Main St., from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, by English Lutheran Church. Carrie is the daughter of Bob and Sue Fett of Bluffton and English Lutheran is her home church.

The community is invited to participate in this event, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about the lives of families in South Asia, as well as to support the ministry of the Hartmans as they seek to "build bridges of peace" in the midst of those families. 

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Campus Life Youth for Christ middle school programming start this week

Campus Life Youth for Christ announces its 2013-14 middle school calendar, according to Hannah Slechter, middle school director.

Bluffton Club 56
Mondays after school to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Campus Life Room, 111 W College Ave. Bluffton
Starts Monday, Sept.16, for 5th and 6th graders

Pandora Club 56
Tuesdays after school to 4 p.m.
Location: Pandora Missionary Church
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 17, for 5th and 6th graders

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Pandora free community meal planned for September 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, September 25,  from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the Rebecca Circle and will be Ham, potatoes, green beans,dessert and beverage.

All are welcome.

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Dale Seefeldt installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries at Ebenezer Mennonite

Dale Seefeldt, who lived in India most of his life, was installed as pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries on Sept. 8 at Ebenezer Mennonite church.

Despite his years in India, he holds a strong connection to Bluffton. His wife, Ruth, is the daughter of former Ebenezer pastor, Charles Warren. In addition Ebenezer Mennonite had earlier commissioned and sent he and his wife as missionaries.

“I moved to India in 1951 at the age of four,” Seefeldt said. “My parents were missionaries.”

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St. John's UCC commemorates 140th anniversary Sept. 15

One of Bluffton’s oldest congregations, St. John’s United Church of Christ, celebrates its 140th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 15, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Using the theme “Joy in the journey,” the congregation has several events planned during the day.

Rev. Charles Jordan, a son of the congregation, will preach the anniversary sermon, titled “Reaching into the future with faithfulness.” The service starts at 10:30 a.m.

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Food boxes available for P-G families for September

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. 

The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. 

In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 pm on Monday September 23. 

Boxes will be available to be picked up on Saturday September 28 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main Street, Pandora.

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Mennonite Women meet Sept. 16

First Mennonite "Mennonite Women" will hold their first meeting of the fall at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, in the church fellowship hall.

Greg and Synthia Arnette of Findlay will tell about WeServe.coffee, a coffee shop in Findlay that has 100 percent of its profits going to local and global charities.

 

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Pandora United Methodist Church host program on Islam

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a program to foster better understanding of Islam.  People in the United States have very little understanding of the history of Islam and its connection to Judaism and Christianity.  The World of Belief: Inside Islam – is a two part video and discussion presentation will inform participants on the foundations of this major world religion and guide to understanding how Islam functions in the global community.

Part One will be Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.  (These are the same session repeated.)

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The AmazingRACE-Week of Service...brought to you by the English Lutheran congregation

The week of Sept. 8 through 15 you might see a lot of bright gold and black t-shirts being worn by people all over Bluffton carrying rakes or hammers or paintbrushes and the like, and wearing work gloves.  

Who are these people, and what will they be doing? 

Well, they'll be the people of English Lutheran Church, and they'll be doing acts of random kindness and intentional acts of service as they participate in The AmazingRACE-Week of Service event. 

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Community meals on Sept. 5 and 19

Two community meals are planned in September at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, under the direction of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. 

Meal dates:

• Thursday, Sept. 5, served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• Thursday, Sept 19, served by St. John's United Church of Christ.

Meals are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. All monetary donations go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.

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