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St. John’s UCC celebrates 150th Anniversary with street fair

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 223 West College Ave., is inviting the community to its 150th anniversary Street Fair on  Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The street fair will take place on West College  Avenue between S. Lawn and S. Jackson, right next to the Church. Featuring food, entertainment, kids’ activities, crafts, games and historical displays, there will be  something for everyone to enjoy.


Outdoor Family Movie Night at County Line Church

County Line Church is on the corner of County Line and Sandusky Rd. is hosting a free Outdoor Family Movie Night on Friday, June 23 at 8:30 p.m. 

The movie will begin at dusk. 

Free popcorn, hotdogs and activities for the kids will be provided. The event is rain or shine; If raining, the movie will be viewed in the barn. 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to 4227 N Hardin Rd, Harrod.


Confirmations at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Two students were confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday, May 7, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The Confirmands were Gabriella Amber Kretz and Maddisun Ann Wiles.


2023 Vacation Bible School theme is "Twists and Turns"

From July 16-20, English Lutheran Church will host the 2023 Vacation Bible School (VBS). The events will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

VBS is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association area churches which include Bluffton Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Church of Christ, English Lutheran Church, First Mennonite Church, St John’s Church of Christ  and St.  Mary’s Catholic Church.

The theme will be "Twists and Turns: Following Jesus Changes the Game” with the verse from Psalm 25:4 “Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.”

Organizers note, "kids will play their way through VBS while learning that Jesus guides them through the ups, downs and zigzags of lives. Most important, kids will encounter the Gospel and learn that sin’s message of 'game over' is overcome through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection."

For more information about VBS, contact Sue Fett at 419-792-9087 or email [email protected]

English Lutheran Church is located at 111 Grove Street, Bluffton, Ohio 45817.


Grace Mennonite Church seeks rental home

Grace Mennonite Church is preparing to host a refugee family in the Bluffton area this summer.

This is part of “” which brings refugees waiting in overseas camps who have been vetted by the U.S. State Department and who will have started applications for visas, residency, work permits and social security numbers.

The church is seeking a rental home in the area. For more information, contact Keith Suter at [email protected].


Easter services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will have two services on Sunday, April 9.  The Easter Dawn service will begin at 6:30 a.m. under the theme: He Lives to Dry Tears and Calm Fears.