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April 30, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

REGISTRATION FORM AT BOTTOM OF STORY.

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.

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Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold vacation Bible school

Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist Churches will co-host vacation Bible school August 3-7 from 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Cory UMC, 300 N. Main. Pre-registration will be August 2 @ BFLC from 6-8 p.m. The week will conclude with a joint service on Sunday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Cory followed by a community cook-out at the BFLC.  Service will include the children singing songs they learned during VBS.

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Trinity Lutheran adds mid-week summer service

Beginning on Tuesday, June 16,  at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, will add a mid-week summer service. 

This service will be an abbreviated, less formal worship taken from the regular 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services held the previous Sunday. 

Summer Sunday school and Bible classes will continue to be at 9:20 a.m. on Sundays.  More information is at:  tlcjenera.org

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Former Blufftonites discuss Latin American Anabaptist Seminary June 15

Former Bluffton residents Jerry and Leonor Kennell, now North American ambassadors to SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15 at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St.

All are welcome to visit with the Kennells and learn more about SEMILLA, including information about their unique joint programming relationship with Bluffton University, as well as an upcoming Guatemala learning tour.

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First Mennonite to commission director of youth ministry June 14

First Mennonite Church will commission Shannon Thiebeau as their Director of Youth Ministry during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 14. Theibeau, a native of St. Marys, is a 2015 graduate of Bluffton University, where she majored in religion with a concentration in youth ministry.

Dr. Alex Sider will be the guest preacher during Sunday's service. Sider is an Associate Professor of Religion, the Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bluffton University.

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