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Annual Community Garage Sale March 2-3

The SHANNON Service Club of Bluffton is conducting their annual community garage sale and chicken BBQ on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.  The events will be held at the Centre.  Tickets are available from Duane Bollenbacher and Ben … Continue reading

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Always Close (Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9)

Have you ever had a difficult choice to make?  Perhaps you have been offered a job but it meant moving, or you met the love of your life at the Philadelphia airport only he or she was heading for Baltimore … Continue reading

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God’s Loving Paths (Psalm 25:1-10)

How hard it is to untangle our mistakes without wanting to justify ourselves and explain why we did what we did, or how we misunderstood something or how others misunderstood us.  But sometimes the only path forward is to simply … Continue reading

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Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

In the words of St. Francis: Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from worries and have trust in God. Fast from … Continue reading

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Lenten Activities Begin February 14

A combined Ash Wednesday service will be held with our sister church, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, at Emmanuel, beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14.  The imposition of ashes will be offered as well as communion. Maundy Thursday … Continue reading

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Lenten Daily Devotional Booklets Available

To help us observe Lent, there are a number of daily devotional booklets available at the back of the church sanctuary on the windowsill.  If you are homebound and would like to have a booklet, you may contact the church … Continue reading

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Easter Lilies/Church World Service Blankets to be Ordered

It’s time to order Easter lilies and/or blankets for Easter Sunday!  Order forms will be placed in church bulletins through March 4.  The final day to place your orders is Sunday, March 4, 2018. Only lilies will be available for … Continue reading

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Food Pantry in Need of Supplies

You will notice that the food pantry shelves empty out quickly, especially after the third Saturday distribution takes place.  Out of our abundance, we need to meet the needs of others.  On a Sunday morning, open your cupboard door and … Continue reading

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Sunday, February 25–Worship at 10:30 a.m.; Pastor Carol Clements will speak on “Focused”, based on Mark 8:31-38.  Consistory meets after worship; there will be a coffee hour in Oppermann Hall after worship. Tuesday, February 27–Ladies meet at LuLu’s, 9 a.m.; … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  January 23,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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