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Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary men's choir to perform at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will host the 40-voice men’s choir of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on Sunday, March 8.  The choir will present both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

This free program includes traditional and contemporary rel­igious music. Chorus members accompany the choir on organ, piano, violin, saxophone, guitars, brass, and drums.


March 3 PrimeTimers cancelled

Due to the forecasted weather on Tuesday, March 3, PrimeTimers has been cancelled. The group will meet next on Tuesday, April 7.


Pianist to perform March 1 at Mt. Cory UM

Pianist Alsbrooks Smilth will be performing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, 300 North Main Street, Mount Cory, on Sunday March 1. Smith is currently a pianoteacher in Findlay and a member of St Mark's United Methodist Church. The former college music professor travels around the state performing at many Methodist churches. The service will be led by Pastor Mark Fuerstenau and
is open to the public.


Pleasant View UM soup lunch benefit March 1

Multiple kinds of soups, homemade bread and desserts will be available during the annual soup lunch benefit at Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton. Serving will be Sunday, March 1, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Donations will benefit a prom to honor those with special needs and disabilities for ages 16 and over. This is a ministry of former Pleasant View member Shane Geisheimer. The church is located at 300 Township Road 37, north of Bluffton. All are welcome. Cost is by donation.


Trinity Lutheran Lenten service Feb. 25

The second mid-week Lenten service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Vicar Bryant Laude from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Findlay, (grandson of former Trinity Pastor Donald Laude), will preach on “If One Dies, it Produces Life for Many.” 

The choir will sing “Were You There.”  A light supper will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The church is at 301 North Main Street, Jenera, and is handicapped accessible.  All are welcome.


St. Mary's youth give a history lesson to adults in the congregation

Youth of St. Mary’s Catholic Church gave a history lesson to adult members of the congregation on Feb. 9.

“Pioneer to Present, A Journey of Faith,” was presented by youth as an on-going part of the congregation’s 150th anniversary year.


Jane Warren directed the production. Scenes portraying events in the life of the congregation included:


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.