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Jaime Nuzum

June 27, 2017


Poetic License

Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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July 24 coffeehouse at First Mennonite includes music, poetry, dinner

A coffeehouse variety show takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 24, First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. 

This “BlauRock Café” will include poetry, music, humor and magic, plus a summer meal featuring local sweet corn. 

Most of the performers are local, but we will also feature a guest trio of Ethan Setiawan, Sadie Gustafson-Zook and Jacob Warren.  


Free community meal at Pandora UM July 27

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free community meal on Wednesday, July 27  from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Hilty Home.The menu is chicken croissant sandwich, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, strawberry shortcake and coffee/punch.


Emmanuel UCC hosts outdoor family movie nights

Bring your chairs and blankets and the family to Emmanuel United Church of Christ for Outdoor Family Movie Nights this summer.

Four movies remain on the summer schedule on Sundays July 17, July 31, Aug. 14 and Aug. 28.

The events start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be provided. Movies will be family friendly selections. In the event of rain, the event will be held inside.


Pleasant View and Mt. Cory United Methodist VBS Aug. 8-12

Pleasant View and Mount Cory's United Methodist churches will co-host this year's Vacation Bible School from Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 12, from 7  to 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Cory Church, 300 N. Main St., Mount Cory.

The VBS has classes for 4 years of age (toilet trained) through 7th grade. This
year's theme is "Adventures on Promise Island"  Excitement and fun await as kids learn about promises that God made to Bible people. The kids will also see how those promises are for them too!


Ice cream social July 17 at Pandora UMC

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold an ice cream social Sunday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 108 E Washington St.(Route 12), Pandora.

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.


Bluffton First Mennonite observes Peace Sunday July 3

Bluffton First Mennonite Church will observe Peace Sunday on Sunday, July 3, with the theme of “Strangers no More," featuring Jackie Wells' art display of that title, and Mark Rupp as guest preacher.

Rupp is pastor of Columbus (OH) Mennonite Church. He is a Bluffton University graduate and earned a Masters of Divinity with a specialization in Feminist and Womanist Studies from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Before beginning seminary, he spent three years with Mennonite Voluntary Service working with Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, KS.


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social July 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social on Friday, July 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


Here's the registration form for Community VBS in July

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!"

Children in VBS will sing at the community worship services on Sunday, July 31, on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

A registration form is an attachment to this story.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, adds Tuesday service

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, has added an additional service for the summer. 

The Tuesday evening service, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will be a casual, abbreviated copy of the previous Sunday service. 

The Tuesday evening services will be held through Sept. 6.  Everyone is welcome, especially if you are gone over the weekend for work or travel.


VBS at Riley Creek Baptist

Lacey Wagner colors a cross during craft time at Riley Creek Baptist Church. The church, located between Ada and Bluffton had 11 children enrolled at VBS on Tuesday. Ocean Commotion, Diving into Noah's Flood, was the theme of the four-day program this year. (Monty Siekerman photo)