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May 27, 2016


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VBS is a "Blast from the Past"

Seven area churches partnered in this summer’s Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian Church July 19-23.

Over 120 children age 4 through fifth grade participated.

This year’s curriculum featured Bible Blast from the Past by Standard Publishing. Each day began with an introduction to the Bible story and daily theme, followed by participation at other sites including:

• Timeless Truth Tent where kids will explore the Bible story in a variety of interactive ways;


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold vacation Bible school

Mount Cory and Pleasant View United Methodist Churches invite children
preschool-12 years of age to join them for "Sonrise" National Park Vacation
Bible School Monday-Friday, August 3-7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mt. Cory UM Church, 300 N. Main St, Mount Cory.


Community worship service on Presbyterian lawn Sunday

The Bluffton community worship service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 26, on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the middle school cafetorium.



120 area youth enrolled in Community VBS

Over 120 area children are traveling through time to learn about God's love through the Community VBS program this week. 

Bluffton Presbyterian Church is the host church for the Bible Blast to the Past event.  Six other area churches are providing volunteer leadership for Bible story, crafts, mission and service, snacks and a special preschool track.

Sponsoring churches include: English Lutheran Church, Emmanuel UCC, First Mennonite Church, First United Methodist Church, St.John's UCC, St. Mary's Catholic Church and Bluffton Presbyterian Church.


Pandora UM offers free community meal July 29

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal on Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the Hilty Home and the menu is chicken salad croissant, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips and strawberry shortcake and beverage.


Seven churches getting ready for Community VBS

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.


Pandora UMC ice cream social July 26

Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora, will hold an ice cream social from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 26, in the fellowship hall.

This event is being hosted by Cub Scout Pack 3226. Menu consists of your choice of sloppy joe, hot dog, or chicken sandwich, plus cole slaw, baked beans, and / or chicken & noodles. Also, there will be lots of homemade pies and Dietsch Brothers ice cream.

Contact information at www.pandoraumc.com.


Mission Partners to speak at First Mennonite Church July 11-12

First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., will observe Mission Sunday on Sunday, July 12. All are invited to hear the Mission Partners, Nancy Frey and Bruce Yoder, preach on "Working Together in God’s Mission" during the worship service at 10:30 a.m.

During the Sunday school hour at 9:15 a.m., Nancy will meet with the children's large group class and Bruce with the adults.

The community is also invited to attend an information conversation with the Frey Yoders and their children, Jeremiah and Deborah, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the church's fellowship hall.


Free school supplies provided by Ministerial Association and Community Assistance Program

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Area Community Assistance Program will again provide free school supplies to children who are on the free and/or reduced lunch program in the Bluffton school district.

The supplies will be provided from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call the church to enroll your child in this program. Call 419-358-5641 for more information.


Community VBS invites all youths ages 4 through fifth grade to attend

Seven area churches are preparing for a community-wide vacation Bible school program to be held Sunday, July 19, through Thursday, July 23, at Bluffton Presbyterian Church. 

Children age 4 through 5th grade are welcome to attend without any fee.  The VBS program will meet each night from 6-8 p.m. 


Early registration is recommended by Sunday, July 12; registration will be available on the first night of VBS.  Forms are available at each church and on Facebook.