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Community VBS July 24-28 at Emmanuel UCC

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, is the host congregation to this summer's community Vacation Bible School.

VBS is from Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

It has classes for preschool through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Deep Sea Discovery - where kids will know that God is always with them!" 

Contact Emmanuel UCC or other participating churches for registration forms. Also, persons may contact Kim Worcester 567-227-0193, Kathy Moser 419-296-6243, or Erin Stark 419-643-9558.


Riley Creek Baptist VBS June 12-15

Riley Creek Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School later this month.

Ocean Commotion, Diving into Noah's Flood, takes place fom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly from Sunday to Wednesday, June 12-15 at the church, 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton.

The VBS is for youth ages 2 through sixth grade. For questions call the church between 9 a.m. and 4 p .m. at 419-326-6361.


Trinity Lutheran graduation is May 29

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation is Sunday, May 29, in the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. 

Pre-service music will be by members of the graduating class.  Grant Insley is the class speaker.   The class members are: Hannah Aliva Hassan, Trent Michael Hummer, Grant Emerson Insley, Jayden Christopher Mays, Peyton Elyse Rettig, Derek John Rose, and Noah Michael VanDermark. 


Pandora UM free community meal May 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:3007 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided  by Lita Siefker and Scott and Jen Mershman. The menu is vegetable soup, crackers, peanut butter sandwich, cheesy-garlic biscuits, cornbread, pudding dessert  and beverage. 


Ebenezer Mennonite holds National Day of Prayer program May 5

Ebenezer Mennonite Church will hold a National Day of Prayer program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Crossroads Ministry Center. There will be a color guard, and the pledge of allegiance be be presented by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The service will be called to prayer by the playing of a shofar, or ram’s horn.


Grace Mennonite holds fundraising event for Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit

The Today's Disciples SS class of Grace Mennonite Church will hold a fundraising program about the Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit project Sunday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at Grace. This will be an informational program with pictures, video, and stories.


Six to be confirmed at Trinity Lutheran

Six youth will be confirmed on Sunday, May 1, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, in the 10:30 a.m. service. Confirmands include  Nicholas Beach, Hannah Hassan, Trent Hummer, Jayden Mays, Peyton Rettig and Noah VanDermark.  

A regular service will be held at 8 a.m., and at 9:20 a.m., the confirmands will give a review of Bible teachings in a question and answer format. All are welcome to attend and the church is handicapped accessible.


Shannon Upton guest speaker at CL Church of Brethren Mother's Day banquet April 29

Shannon Upton, Christian speaker and author of the Organizing You books, is the guest speaker at County Line Church of the Brethren's Mother's Day banquet, at 6 p.m., Friday, April 29.

Upton helps women clear out their spiritual clutter so they can grow closer to their families and their Lord.

Reserve tickets ($5 adults, $3 youth) by calling the church office at 419-649-5364.

Following her talk her books are available at a discounted price and she will sign them.

For more information about Upton, her books and her ministry check out OrganizingJesusMoms.com.


Bluffton First Mennonite Church celebrates Music Sunday

First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., is celebrating Music Sunday this on Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.

The service will include a blend of music groups with all of the children's choirs -- Cherubs, Jubilate and Youth, directed by Laura Marie Hartzler; the Adult Bell Choir, directed by Ray Raeburn; Chancel Choir, directed by Mark Suderman. One of the songs by the Jubilate and Youth will even include some men (i.e. dads, grandpas.)

Lucia Unrau is the church organist and Don Hooley will accompany one choir on trumpet.

All are invited to attend the service.


Ebenezer children present spring musical April 24

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present
a spring musical called “The Agape League” on Sunday, April 24,
at 10:15 a.m. in the Crossroads Ministry Center.

The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Rd, Bluffton. Everyone is