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September 4, 2015


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Eight congregations partner with Samaritan's House and Crossroad Crisis Centers in SOS program

During March eight Bluffton and Pandora congregations will partner with Samaritan House and Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, through the “Supply Our Sisters,” (SOS) program, according to Amy Mikesell.

SOS is a month-long collection of feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons of various types) and the churches are collection points.

“Women make up 32 percent of the homeless population. Feminine hygiene products are essential, but are rarely donated to homeless shelters and women’s resource centers,” said Mikesell.


First Mennonite Ash Wednesday candle lighting service at 8 p.m.

All are invited to attend First Mennonite Church's Ash Wednesday service at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The service opens FMC's Lenten series of "Upside Down and Inside Out," with imposition of ashes, prayers around the cross, music, and scripture.

Pastors Steven Yoder and Gloria Hernandez Bucher will lead the service, with Lucia Unrau as pianist.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.


Baked spaghetti dinner fundraiser Feb. 18 at First United Methodist

A baked spaghetti dinner is planned at the First United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The fundraiser benefits the children's/youth missions and camp activities. There are a limited number of tickets at the door. Carryout is available. Call the church at 419-358-8921 for tickets in advance.

The church is located at 116 Church St., Bluffton. The event takes place in the church Fellowship Hall.


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran's Ash Wednesday service begins at 7 p.m.

The Lenten season at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, with a service at 7 p.m. The first of six Wednesday evening services is titled “Anyone Who Sins is a Slave to Sin”, based on John 8:31-36.  Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will deliver the message and the students in kindergarten through eighth grade will sing “Meditation for Lent." A soup supper will be served by the Ladies” Aid from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.

Trinity is located at 301 North Main Street, Jenera.


Mount Cory and Pleasant View UM begin 40-day Lenten series

The Ash Wednesday service for the Mount Cory and Pleasant View United
Methodist Churches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at
Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 300 County Road 37, Bluffton.


Tickets available for Transport for Christ Second Chance Chapel banquet

Tickets are now available for the Transport for Christ Second Chance Chapel banquet planned at Marbeck Center on the Bluffton University campus on Friday, Feb. 20, according to David Lugibihl, chaplain.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the banquet beings at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the group "Three Bridges."

"You meal has been paid for, but you must reserve your place to attend," said Lugibihl. Call Lugibihl at 419-230-3294 to reserve a tickets.


Red Cross blood drive Feb. 5 at First Mennonite Church

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

If you wish to schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-Red Cross or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.” Walk-ins are welcome.

The Mission, Peace and Service Commission of First Mennonite helps to organize a Red Cross blood drive twice each year.


Pandora UM holds free community meal Feb. 25

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the church fellowship hall. The meal this month is provided by Mission Committee of Pandora UMC. The menu will be chicken sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and beverage.

The church is located at 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.


Churches offering food boxes to P-G households

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 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16. Boxes will be available to be picked at 11 a.m. up Saturday, Feb. 28 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main St.,  Pandora.


Bluffton American Legion commemorates Four Chaplains Sunday at First United Methodist

In commemoration of the sacrifice of four armed forces Chaplains during World War II, The American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, according to Don Rock, chaplain of Bluffton Post 382.

The Bluffton American Legion members will attend the 10:30 a.m. service at First United Methodist  Church, Sunday, Feb. 1. All veterans and their spouses are welcome to attend.