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September 19, 2021

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Shipwreck Remembrance 2021

Members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will observe the annual Shipwreck Remembrance on Sunday, September 19. The services, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. will give praise to the Lord for saving the lives of passengers on the “Famous Dove” when it was shipwrecked off the east coast of the United States on September 17, 1831. Many of the passengers coming from Germany were the founders of Trinity and many descendants are members today.


Community Picnic at Bluffton Presbyterian September 19

The community is invited to a community picnic provided by Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N Main St., on Sunday, September 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

The outdoor event will take place on the church lawn. A picnic meal of hotdog or shredded chicken sandwich, chips, veggies, cookie and bottle of water will be available, while supplies last.


Faithline youth gatherings begin September 12

The Faithline monthly gathering of youth for dinner, a message and Christian fellowship is for students in grades 6-12 from all churches and  denominations. Speakers “share their hearts and their love of the Lord and worship leaders share their music ministries.”

Gatherings are Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 116 Church St, Bluffton.

September 12, 2021 Speaker: Erica Hawkins

October 17, 2021 Speaker: Trevor Bassitt 

November 21, 2021 TBA 

January 8, 2022 Speaker: Jeremy Basinger

February 6, 2022 Speaker: Noah Stratton


Emmanuel celebrates 160th with school kit dedication

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Rd, rural Bluffton, will observe the 160th anniversary of its affiliation with what is now the United Church of Christ on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Commemorating the occasion with its annual Rally Day at the church, the congregation will dedicate 160 (or more) school kits to Church World Services, which supplies kits to areas of need throughout the world. For example, in the United States there currently are several disaster areas where school kits may be needed.


Community VBS begins Sunday, July 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church

This summer's Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School is hosted by St. Mary's Catholic Church, 160 N. Spring St, and it takes place Sunday, July 18, through Thursday, July 22.

The VBS theme is Rocky Railroad - Jesus' power pulls us through.

Due to the unknowns that Covid-19 continues to share, VBS will be delivered in a hybrid format.

All children and their families are invited to participate in outdoor activity stations on Sunday and Thursday nights.

Families are asked to attend in a staggered format to ensure social distancing.


A little Saturday noon music

Performing at dedication: Jane Sycks (Paul Baransy playing 2nd trumpet Saturday), Marilyn Edwards, Roy Couch, Greg Mohr, Dave Sycks.

The Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N .Main St., will dedicate its new gazebo in a noon ceremony on Saturday, June 26.

In the event of rain, the festivities will be held in the church.

A Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and concert by the Dave Sycks Bluffton Brass Quintet are part of the ceremonies.