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July 31, 2015


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Pandora churches offers food boxes for those in 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. Thursday, Jan. 15.  Boxes will be available to be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, January  31 at the Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Trinity Lutheran plans New Year's services

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will hold a New Year’s Eve service at 7 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Bolwerk leading  under the theme "God’s Word and His Salvation Will Last Forever.”  A New Year's Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the theme of “Faith in Christ Makes All Things Truly New.”  Worship will be led by Pastor Al Schmitzer.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Bluffton churches planning special Christmas Eve services

The Icon is aware of the following Christmas eve church services in the Bluffton area.
Churches not listed are invited to submit Christmas eve service information to: info@blufftonicon.com.

Bluffton Baptist 
A Christmas Eve service begins at  5:30 p.m. The church is located at  345 County Line Road.


Bluffton English Lutheran Church plans two Christmas Eve services

The community is invited to Christmas Eve services at the Bluffton English Lutheran Church.

A family candlelight service of holy communion will begin at 7 p.m., with the children present helping with an interactive re-telling of the Christmas story.

A festival candlelight service of lessons and carols with holy communion will begin at 11 p.m.

The English Lutheran Church is located at 111 Grove St., Bluffton. For more information, call 419-358-2591 or email: elchurch@wcoil.com.


Trinity Lutheran church and school services announced

The students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, will present "Children of the Heavenly Father” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The students from pre-school through eighth grade will tell of the birth of Christ through word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-service music on Wednesday Dec. 24, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by "Children of the Heavenly Father" at 7 p.m.

A Christmas day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir and handbell choir will perform. 


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold combined Christmas Eve service

A Christmas Eve Service for Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist
Churches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Mount Cory UM, 300 N. Main St,
Mount Cory.  Come to celebrate “Christ’s Birth” with an evening of
Christmas carols, special music by the handbell choir and joint choir,
scripture, and communion.   The service will be led by Pastor Mark


First Mennonite Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m.

First Mennonite Church invites all to attend their candlelight Christmas Eve service scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. The service will include vocal and instrumental music, scripture, candlelighting, and carol singing.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.


Bluffton Presbyterian Christmas Eve service filled with carols

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., will have a carol-filled night on Christmas Eve.

The 7 p.m. worship service will be a candlelight service of lessons and carols.  


Riley Creek Baptist cantata Sunday, Dec. 21

Riley Creek Baptist Church will present the Christmas cantata "Mary, Did You Know?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. This presentation will include well-known carols and newer songs along with narration. The cantata will be directed by Carl Snare. 

The public is invited to attend. The nursery will be well-staffed.

Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton.


Christmas cantata at Pandora United Methodist Dec. 14

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present its Christmas Cantata, “Candles and Carols" written by Mark Hayes on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service. The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Kira Davis. The church is located on state route 12 at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.