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November 17, 2017

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Trinity Lutheran celebrates Ascension Day May 13

A special service will be held on Ascension Day, May 13, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera

The service is to remember and celebrate Jesus' ascension into Heaven. Pastor Al Schmitzer will preach on Acts 1:1-11, the Ascension Day account.


Community dinners May 6 and May 20

Two community meals sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association are planned in May at the Bluffton Senior Citizen Center.

Both are Thursday meals. On May 6, the meal will be catered by the Bluffton Presbyterian Church. On May 22 the meal will be catered by the Bluffton St. John's United Church of Christ.

Both dinners begin at 6 p.m. Donations are accepted and all proceeds go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program food pantry.

The dinners are open to anyone in the community.


Ebenezer Mennonite Church children's choir musical May 2

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children's choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical "GPS (God's Plan of Salvation)" Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the church. The story is about a girl named Ariel and her friends as Ariel takes her driver's license test on the Holy Highway. She learns a few lessons the hard way and perseveres and learns that with Jesus Christ in her life, the road of obedience leads to the throne of God.

Choir members


May 2 Iraqi refugee photo exhibit; ping pong for peace event


As the Iraqi war fades from front page news headlines, it's easy to forget the trauma still being experienced by two million Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan.

A special photo exhibit documenting their situation will be held at First Mennonite Church, in the basement Assembly Room, on Sunday, May 2, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public.


BVHS Service of Remembrance in Findlay April 25

The ninth annual BVHS Service of Remembrance will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 2330 South Main St., Findlay on Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.

The non-denominational memorial service will honor BVHS patients and residents who died in 2009. All are welcome to attend the service, which will be followed by a reception.


"No Strings Attached" musical April 16 at Trinity Lutheran School

The students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen St., Jenera, will perform "No Strings Attached," a musical about the story of Pinocchio, on Friday April 16, at 7 p.m. in the school gym. The production is open to the public.


Presbyterian youth lead April 11 worship service

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church Youth Group will lead worship on
Sunday, April 11, according to Tenna Rhonemus, youth leader.

The service will feature the skit "Don't Bother Me, Lord, I'm Praying" by M.K. Boyle. The youth will provide special music, as well as leading the different areas of the service.

Rev. Lew Vander Naaldwill, pastor, will officiate over the Communion service. Worship begins at 10:15 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.


English Lutheran resurrects an old Easter custom April 11

"You are invited to help the people of English Lutheran Church resurrect an old Easter custom begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity, sayd Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

On Sunday, April 11, the congregation will celebrate its second annual "Holy Humor Sunday."


First Mennonite announces Holy Week services

Special services are announced by First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, for Holy Week, according to Steve Yoder, pastor.

A 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service will take place in Fellowship Hall. Baptismal candidates will share their faith stories. Communion will follow. An offering will be received for the Deacons' Benevolent Fund.

An Easter sunrise service is at 7 a.m. at the east end of the Buckeye Park. Persons should bring their own lawn chairs. Parking will be available in the swimming pool parking lot. Singing, scripture and drama will be part of the service.


Ministerial Association procession of the cross planned Friday morning

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) invites the community to join in the annual Community Good Friday observances on Friday, April 2.

The event begins with the procession of the cross through town at 11:30 a.m. The procession will start from St. Mary's Catholic Church and will end at English Lutheran Church, the host site for the worship service (located at 111 Grove St.).

The route for the procession follows:

oFrom St. Mary's, east on Elm to Jackson, south on Jackson to First United Methodist Church,