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Blast to the Past!


July 19-23, 6-8PM

Bluffton Presbyterian Church

Main St., Bluffton

Travel back in Time and experience God’s Amazing Love! This event is FREE and open to all children ages 4 through grade 5. Register at one of the sponsoring churches or on Facebook at “BlufftonVBS2015”.

A community worship service is planned for Sun. July 26, 9AM on the church lawn.

Bryant and Kim

Changes for 1st UMC

Dear First UMC Family,

It is with a heavy but hopeful heart that I write today to tell you that I will be leaving as the Pastor of First UMC effective June 27th. It has been a great honor to stand before you, sit with you, cry with you, laugh with you, and build the Kingdom with you over these years, and I will forever be grateful for the memories I take with me from Bluffton.

The change comes as the result of a new career opportunity for my husband Bryant in Greensboro, North Carolina. We prayed diligently over the decision, and while our hearts are sad to leave this wonderful place, we have peace and excitement for what God has in store for First UMC and its ministry under new pastoral leadership.

On a personal note, I would like to say that First UMC and this community has become and always will be one of the most precious parts of my life. You have helped my family welcome our baby girl, you have embraced us as a unique ministry couple, you have accepted both my husband and I for the gifts that we bring, you have journeyed with me and helped to heal me from cancer, you have supported us as we took a step of faith into the realm of foster parenting, and you have intentionally built the Kingdom alongside us each day. For all of this, I am so grateful. Thank you.

I will not be assuming another pastoral leadership position in our new location. I will take time to help my family transition smoothly, and I will live in a season of gratitude for what I have experienced here with all of you.

In the month to come, Bishop Palmer, the West Ohio Conference Cabinet, the Northwest Plains District Superintendent, Barry Burns and your SPRC committee will introduce to you a new pastoral leader. This group of people are Spirit-led and empowered by prayer, and I am confident that God is using them to place a new leader here at First UMC who will come alongside all of you to accomplish new and amazing heights for the Kingdom of God. Please, be in prayer for these transition leaders and your new pastor.

When I arrived in Bluffton four years ago with my husband, Bryant and son, Max, I sat across dining room tables, living rooms, barns, restaurant tables, football bleachers, and meeting rooms with you to get to know you. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and for holding us there for this season. While we hope that we have been a blessing to you in some small way, please know that you have ministered to us in amazing ways.

As the Apostle Paul said, and I echo from my heart, “ I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:16-19a

Be blessed,

Pastor Kim

Confirmation Sunday

What a blessing! Confirmation Sunday 2015!
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Birthday Outreach

A precious young lady named Sophie is giving away her 11th birthday to others this year. She is celebrating her special day by spending time serving at Guiding Light Maternity Home and their new ministry space, the Resting Place. If you’d like to help her celebrate, READ THIS LETTER she’s written to us. Click below.

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VBS Planning Meeting!

vbs logoSunday, July 19- Thursday, July 23, 2015

Host: Bluffton Presbyterian Church

Planning Meeting of Church Representatives: Monday, March 23 @ 7PM


As in the past, VBS will be offered FREE to all children ages 4 through grade 5!

Contact: Tenna Rhonemus 419-305-3366 tlrhonemus (at),

Carole Enneking 419-348-7691 jcenne (at)

About Bible Blast to the Past: Get ready to travel on a life-changing adventure that leads kids in search of a love that lasts forever! At Bible Blast to the Past, kids will participate in the large-group excitement of Blast to the Past Bash, experience God’s Word at Timeless Truth Tent, learn ways to serve others at Mission Quest Cave, discover ancient arts and facts through science and crafts at Discovery Ruins, and enjoy snacks and games at Backtrack Bazaar. There’s even a place for the littlest explorers at Playtime Pasture!



Supply our Sisters

Most womenSOS logo in color (2) have monthly menstrual cycles.  This requires a monthly supply of feminine hygiene products.  Women make up 32% of the homeless population.  Feminine hygiene products are essential, but are rarely donated to homeless shelters and women’s resource centers.  As a result, acquiring basic feminine hygiene supplies every month is a silent struggle for many homeless and poor women in our communities.  The inability to meet this basic, recurring need is often a private, humiliating disgrace.

“Supply Our Sisters” (SOS) is a month-long collection of pads and tampons.  Eight churches in the Bluffton and Pandora communities are participating.  Donations will be distributed to The Samaritan House and Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, Ohio.

 Please place your donations in the box located at the back of the 1st UMC sanctuary throughout March. Questions? Contact Amy Mikesell at amymikesel (at)






Remembrance Service




Join us for our New Year sermon series based on the movie UNBROKEN. Unload your burdens as we discover what it means to get through all the dark places, and yet, still be UNBROKEN.


Christmas Eve

Join us for pre-service music at 6:30pm, worship at 7:00p.m. and the candle-lighting ceremony to end our evening together.

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Covenant Bible Study





With whom are you connected? 

Join our Adult Bible study on Sunday mornings at 9:00am to connect, learn, and grow. You’ll find us in the Education Wing by the church offices.



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