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Trinity Lutheran observes Shipwreck Sunday on Sept. 20

> On Sunday, September 20, members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will observe Shipwreck Sunday.

On September 17, 1831, forefathers of Trinity members were on a ship called the Famous Dove which was bringing them to America from Germany.  There was a terrible storm and those on board prayed and sang hymns. 


Pandora UM free community meal Sept. 30

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 5:30-7 p.m.. In the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the Rebecca Circle  and  the menu is ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, dessert and beverage.


Volleyball falls to Heidelberg and DePauw

By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant

Heidelberg stats  I  DePauw stats

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Coming off a rough Friday night, the Beavers continued with the Sommer Center Spiketacular against Heidelberg and DePauw on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Beavers started the morning off by taking the first set from Heidelberg, 25-19, before the Student Princes fought back to take sets two (25-20) and three (25-22).


Swiss Mennonite celebrate 175th anniversary of first Mennonite church here

A celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite Church in the Bluffton-Pandora area involved a daylong event on Sunday, Aug. 30. Several hundred persons attened.

Bluffton Swiss Community Historical Society sponsored the celebration. Activities took place at the site of the original log church, near 17876 Road 4, Pandora.

The celebration included a worship service, lectures, displays, hymns singing, and a traditional Swiss meal held under a large tent. 

Several photos from the afternooon are below.


First Mennonite offers 5-week Sunday school class for college/university students

First Mennonite Church will offer a five-week Sunday school class for college and university students, beginning Sept. 27, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.


Mt. Cory and Pleasant View UM begin new bible study

The Mount Cory and Pleasant View UM Churches will begin a new program
beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, called "Worship on Wednesdays" (WOW.)  The program and bible study will be available for people of all ages.

The bible study will use Max Lucado and Randy Frazee's book "The Story,"
which is a study of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation in story form.  WOW is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W.
Washington St., Mount Cory.


Trinity Lutheran School started on Aug. 17

Classes at Trinity Lutheran School, Jenera began on  Aug. 17.  The school has classes for Pre-school through Grade 8.

Valarie Tharman joins Traci Hummer (Pre-school and Kindergarten), Connie Krueger (Grades 1-2), Jeremy Dennings (Grades 5-6) and Steve Strong (Grades 7-8 and Principal) as the teacher of Grades 3-4. Valarie is a graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota.



Emmanuel UCC holds worship, carry-in picnic at village park Aug. 16

Emmanuel United Church of Christ  will have a worship service and carry-in picnic at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, at the village park shelter house by the high school baseball field.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a chair if you would like. Following the picnic there will be games to include all ages. There will also be a pie and cake walk.


Shizuo Tachibana to speak at First Mennonite Church

Shizuo Tachibana of Japan will speak about the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Shizuo will share stories of hibakusha, survivors of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Now a teacher at Ha private preschool based on the Steiner method, Shizuo was the first member of the Hiroshima Mennonite Church.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St.


Pandora UM free community meal Aug. 26

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, August 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. 

The meal is provided by the Mission Committee and  the menu is subs/hot dog, cole slaw, assorted chips, sherbet, cookie, and beverage.