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June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Bob Fett volunteers in Haiti following earthquake

Bob Fett (on right) working on a well in Haiti

By Austin Arnold, Icon BGSU intern

Note: Jim and Jodi Mohney, Midwest directors of Living Water International, will speak at English Lutheran Church at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21.

They will show a video and discuss the world-wide need for clean water. They will also explain the efforts of Living Water International with pump repair, drilling wells and hygiene in many Third World countries and especially Haiti.


1st Mennonite Church First Night cancelled

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, has cancelled this week's (Wednesday, Feb. 10) First Night activities, according to the church office. The First Night is a Wednesday evening dinner with a program, which follows.


Voice of the Martyrs speaker at Ebenezer Feb. 14

Robert Brock, mission representative with The Voice of the Martyrs, will speak at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-demoninational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide.

Brock has been with VOM since 1993 and has traveled to more than 35 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. He meets with families of martyrs and delivers aid, relief and spiritual encouragement.


Benefit concert for Haitian orphanages Feb. 4

Ohio Northern University to host benefit concert for Haitian orphanages

Ohio Northern University will host a benefit concert for Haitian orphanages on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the English Chapel.

The event is organized by Sarah Waters, visiting professor of music, Dennis Kratzer, professor of music, and Georgette Roby, a senior music performance major from Oak Harbor, Ohio.

The concert will include musical acts, a reading about the 1791 Haitian slave rebellion, and prayers. The ONU Men's Chorus and University Singers are scheduled to perform.


February worship schedule at MMH released

February's worship service schedule at the Mennonite Memorial Home for February was recently announced. All services are in the Home's chapel. The schedule follows:

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m

Feb. 7 - Bill Herr

Feb. 14 - Duane Bollenbacher

Feb. 21 - Bill Herr

Feb. 28 - Bill Herr

Tuesday evening services at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 - Wayne Albertson, Ada First United Methodist

Feb. 9 - John Foster, Trinity United Methodist


Feb. 15 deadline for tickets to Transport for Christ banquet

Transport for Christ (TFC) will host its annual banquet Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Marbeck Center, Bluffton University. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reservations are necessary by Feb. 15. Contact Dave Lugibihl, 419-230-3294 or Nancy Spallinger, 419-296-0360 to make reservations, or to make a donation.


Cultural auction night to benefit Haiti

The Ohio Northern University Asian American Student Union (AASU), in cooperation with the Muslim and Indian Student Associations, will hold its first Cultural Auction Night to benefit the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti on Feb. 10 in the McIntosh activities room from 6-9 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.


OSU Lutheran worship team at English Lutheran Jan. 31


The worship team of Jacob's Porch will be at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.


4 Bluffton residents featured on WTLW's Grace for Today

Four Bluffton residents will share their stories on WTLW TV 44's Grace for Today program in early February.

Phil and Sharon Zimmerly, of Common Grounds coffee shop, Jim "Train" King of Ebenezer Mennonite Church and Beth Boehr-Miller, who recently launched a news business, are the guests, according to Christina Ryan Claypool, herself a Bluffton University graduate, and host of the television program, which airs at 9 a.m. each morning.


Jan. 18 Bluffton benefit lunch assists New Orleans group

A Martin Luther King Day benefit lunch, with all proceeds going to the Fight Back Center, New Orleans, La., is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for youth under 12 and free for pre-school youth, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.