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Death penalty forum at First Mennonite Oct. 14

Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) brings their “Voices of Experience” forum to Bluffton to discuss the reform recommendations issued by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty.

The Bluffton forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton. 


Pandora United Methodist Church offers community meal Oct. 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th in the fellowship hall of the church, at108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the mission committee. The menu will include lasGna, bread sticks, salad, dessert, and beverage.


County Line Church of the Brethren dedicates new Multi-purpose Building Sunday

County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod, will hold a dedication and homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Tom Dearth, senior pastor.

The day includes a 10:30 a.m. combination morning service and dedication service for the congregation’s new Multi-purpose Building.

Immediately following is a carry-in dinner held in the Multi-purpose Building. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

The events of the day are open to the public.


Food boxes for P-G residents available

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 October 15.

Boxes will be available to be picked up 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25 at at the Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Oct. 4 benefit for Missy Bishoff

The Ebenezer Mennonite Youth are having a pancake breakfast benefit for Missy Bishoff at the Campus Life Building across from the high school on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 8am-11am.

There will be a free will donation and also a cinnamon roll bake sale. Proceeds will go directly to the Bishoff family.


Support group forms for those facing life challenges

Facilitated by pastors Mark and DJ Fuerstenau, Strength in Christ is an informal group for individuals facing challenges such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a failing relationship, a financial struggle, or someone who just doesn't know which way to turn. 


Tickets on sale for "Ultimate Date Night Event" Sept. 27 at Ebenezer Mennonite

An “Ultimate Date Night Event,” takes place for couples at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton, according to Dale Seefeldt, family pastor.

The program will be presented by Jay and Laura Laffoon, authors of several books and DVDs, billed as “marriage edu-tainers,” who place their real marriage of almost 30 years on display. Their weekly online talk show Jay & Laura TV offers tips on connecting as a couple and a family. The Laffoons have two children and live in Michigan.


"Concert on the corner" Saturday morning - Main and Cherry

A "concert on the corner" is scheduled downtown Bluffton at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, according to Rev. David Good of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

The concert features Jayne McGarrity, Dave Sycks and the Bluffton Presbyterian Church Choir featuring Gospel Jazz and the Feast of Life.

The performance is free and open to the public. It takes place on the Presbyterian Church lawn on the corner of Main and Cherry.



See you at the pole rally, Sept. 23

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will host a "see you at the pole" rally at the church from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The event includes hot dogs off the grill, music, giveaways, large group games and other events. 


Transport For Christ to dedicate second mobile chapel in Beaverdam

Transport For Christ has installed a second mobile chapel in Beaverdam, with this one located at the Flying J Travel Plaza, I-75 and 30N. The first mobile chapel is across the road at the Pilot Travel Center.

The public is invited to attend a dedication of the new Second Chance Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Personnel from the international TFC office in Marietta, Pa., will attend, as will several musical groups. Light refreshments will be served.