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September 19, 2021

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The story of the Presbyterian gazebo

The new structure replaces one that existed in the 1890s

Some memories never fade.

One memory of a gazebo on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn lingered long enough that it returned, thanks to efforts of members of the congregation.

In the late 1890s  a gazebo, or “band box” located on the church lawn became the center of several community events from concerts to picnics.

No one is certain the when gazebo was removed. One thing is certain: it’s back. Last week, after considerable research by church members, a gazebo was constructed very near, if not on the exact spot of the original one.


Ministerial Association procession of the cross Friday

Starts at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold its Good Friday procession of the cross on April 2.

"We will have the cross loaded in a truck with folks walking behind socially distanced and preferably wearing masks. Family units are fine together," said Rev. Jeremy Mann, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ.


Bluffton and area congregations celebrate Easter

Here's church schedules from Wednesday to Sunday

Bluffton and area churches observe Holy Week with many special worship services. Here is the list from the churches that contacted the Icon.


This scene can be in your yard

St. Mary's Catholic Church youth fundraiser can bring the Easter Bunny to your house

The Easter Bunny will make a special visit to your house. It can happen any time from now to Saturday, April 3 – the day before Easter Sunday.

All you need to do it ask. The visit is a fundraiser by the St. Mary’s Catholic Church youth. Proceeds are used for summer camp.

The Bunny will hop to your house, deliver a goody bag and then you can take a photo of the Bunny with your family. All this for a $25 donation to the church youth group.

And, the Bunny’s range is to residences within a 10-mile radius of Bluffton.


Food pantry operated in "safety mode" during January and February

Here's a list of items needed to help stock the shelves

Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry operated in safety mode during January and February, according to Ed Yeager, board president.

Due to covid-19 cautions, during the first two months of 2021 the pantry provided its clients with Community Market gift cards rather than inviting clients to the panty, located at St. John’s United Church of Christ.


Icon invites churches to submit Easter and Holy Week service information

The Icon invites area congregations to send their special church service information for Holy Week and Easter. 

Send information to: [email protected].