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February 8, 2016

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Four concerts on the lawn planned at Presbyterian Church

Bluffton Presbyterian Church has four concerts on the lawn planned this summer and fall.

Feature performers include Jayne McGarrity, piano; Dave Sycks, trumpet; Linda Sycks, oboe; Jerry Szabo, oboe; Julia Szabo, voice; and Dave Good, keyboards.

The free concerts are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturdays in July through October. The dates are:
• July 18
• Aug. 15
• Sept. 19
• Oct. 17

This summer the congregation will host the Community Vacation Bible School, sponsored by Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. VBS is from July 19 to 23.


Pandora UM offers free community meal May 27

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE Community Meal on Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee. The menu will be sub sandwiches, potato salad, chips, brownies and beverage.


Food boxes available to families in the P-G school district

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. Friday, May 15. Boxes may be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Farewell reception for Trinity Lutheran pastor

There will be a farewell reception for Pastor Jeff and Arleen Bolwerk at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 10, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street,  Jenera.  They will be leaving for Benton Harbor, Michigan, where Pastor Bolwerk will be installed as pastor at St. Matthew’s on May 17.  Pastor Bolwerk has served Trinity for eight years.


Community vacation Bible school July 19-23

Seven area churches are again partnering in the community-wide vacation Bible school program. This year’s event will be hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian Church July 19-23 from 6-8 p.m. Children age 4 through fifth grade are welcome to attend, at no cost. Children need not be attenders of any of the seven churches.


Former state representative Matthew Huffman to participate in Ebenezer National Day of Prayer event

All are invited to attend a National Day of Prayer program on Thursday, May 7, at 7: pm. in the Crossroads Ministry Center at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Rd., Bluffton.

The event will include music and prayer, and will feature special guest Matt Huffman, former Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House of Representatives. 


Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran May 3

Six youth will be confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday, May 3, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, in the 10:30 a.m. service.  

The Confirmands are:  Wesley Lane Below, Caden Thomas Gurney, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Korey Lynn Strahm, and Logan Nicholas Stuckey.  

A regular service will be held at 8 a.m.  Beginning at 9:20 a.m., the Confirmands will give a review of Bible teachings in a question and answer format.  


St. John Mennonite youth perform "Big Shot" April 26

The Children's Choir at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora,will present the musical, "Big Shot," Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.  

This story takes place in a garden at 54 Garden Row where the insects are fearing for their lives. The new owner of the property is bringing in the big, bad Goliath DX 1000 for a full property extermination. The insects learn to listen to the smallest insect in the garden, a spider mite, who comes up with a plan to handle the exterminator.

There are over 70 children ages 4 through grade five involved.


Ebenezer Mennonite Disciple Singers musical April 26

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical called “Here for the Gold” on Sunday morning, April 26, at 10:15 a.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center.  

The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Rd, Bluffton.  Everyone is welcome.


County Line Church of the Brethren's car show July 11

The 9th Annual County Line Car Show will be held Saturday, July 11, from noon-3 p.m. at County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod. Registration is from 11 a.m.-noon. Entry fee is $10.

Car owners will be eligible for awards and door prizes. There will also be a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8. For tickets, call 419-649-5364.

Children's activities will include a bound house and face painting. 

All profits will help pay for the new activity center.