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Handbell Christmas concert at St. John's UCC Dec. 6

Old Millstream Ringers

The Old Millstream Ringers, a community handbell ensemble from the Findlay area will present a Christmas concert for the Bluffton and surrounding area. The concert is at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave. A freewill offering will be taken.

About the ringers
The Old Millstream Ringers is a community handbell ensemble from the Findlay area, and was formed in early summer 2000 to give an opportunity for local handbell ringers to grow, learn, and promote the art of handbell ringing.


Emmanuel UCC hosts Thanksgiving service

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) invites the Bluffton Community to a Thanksgiving worship service at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22.

This ecumenical service of worship will be held at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road.

In the spirit of this season, offerings of money and canned goods will be received for the Bluffton Food Pantry.


First Mennonite holds nativity display Dec. 9-11

First Mennonite Church will host "Come to the Stable," an event featuring a display of Christmas nativity items on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 9-11. The event is free and open to the public.

The indoor walk-through display will feature nativity scenes, as well as two-dimensional artwork and Christmas tree ornaments featuring the Holy Family theme. All items have been loaned from members of the congregation, many from countries worldwide, some handmade by local and regional artists. Well over 250 items will be on display during the three-day event.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry Nov. 13

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold its annual fall fish fry on Friday, Nov. 13. Serving hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for youth 11 and under.

The church is located at 8375 N. Phillips Road, Bluffton.


Children celebrate peace

Here are the children who participated in the, Celebration of Peace: Beyond Borders, held on campus last week Oct 23-24, co-sponsored by The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, Bluffton University and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC/Great Lakes.) Some of the participants are from Bluffton and Pandora. (Louise Matthews photo)


46th annual missions fest' at Ebenezer Nov. 15-22

The 46th Annual Missions Festival at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, will feature L.T. Jeyachandran as speaker for both Sundays.

The conference will be held Nov. 15 through Nov. 22. L.T. Jeyachadran is the missions director for the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Singapore. He is a well-known Bible expositor and a student of theology and comparative religions. He is a civil engineer and is from Tamil Nadu, South India.


Ebenezer involved in National Collection Week

Ebenezer Mennonite Church has been involved with Operation Christmas Child for many years. However, this year the church will serve as a relay center for Bluffton and the surrounding community.

Shoeboxes are filled with clothes, school supplies, small toys, hygiene items for kids in war-torn countries, and refugee camps.

Shoeboxes are collected during National Collection Week, Nov. 16 -22.
The Bluffton Relay Center shoebox collection site will be open Monday to Friday, from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. during the weekof the collection.


Ministerial association launches community dinners

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association has launched a twice-a-month community dinner. The dinners are open to the public for the purpose of food, fellowship and fun. Dinners are from 6 to 6:45 p.m., at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, Main Street.


What Would Lloyd Do? tickets on sale

"What Would Lloyd Do?" is the title of an original show held at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Yoder Rectial Hall on the Bluffton University campus.

The program is performed by Ted Swartz, Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp. The event includes original music and lots of humor. Ted and his family live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The rest of the Company is comprised of a team of talented actors from across North America.