Friday, July 25, 2014

 In this archive photo from April 1, 2014, Goshen College student Ryan Smith looks at the message on his t-shirt, meant as a show of support for the school's employment policy that says sex should only be between married heterosexual couples. Goshen College is a Mennonite institution and debate is growing in the church about same-sex marriage. The issue figured in Clinton Frame Mennonite Church's recent decision to cut ties with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church cited several reasons for leaving the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, including other congregations’ acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Updated on July 24, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.

A love for Christ compels Ribbon of Hope to keep helping locals who are coping with cancer. The organization’s executive director shared a few stories about times when she and her staff worked to show others His compassion. 

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.
 Fans of Toby Mac excitedly wait for him to take the stage at the World Pulse Festival in South Bend on Aug. 14, 2010. This year's festival will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of Notre Dame University.

Thanks to the venue change, festival guests now will have access to indoor restrooms, seating and concessions.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:57 a.m.
 Gene Troyer, campus pastor for Granger Community Church in Elkhart, speaks to the board of zoning appeals Thursday night. The board rejected a request by the church to operate a coffee shop.
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 8:47 p.m.

Numerous concerns aired before board voted 4-0 against the proposal for church on East Bristol Street.

 An artist's rendering of plans for the proposed coffee shop at Granger Community Church.
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.

Granger Community Church’s plans will be reviewed July 10 at a zoning board meeting.

 Liz Larimer reads from the Bible Sunday, June 15, during service at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersburg.
Posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:14 a.m.

The number of congregants at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church has decreased over the last five years. After their pastor retired in 2013, they decided it was time to close their doors.

 The Catholic Bishops of Indiana have released a reaction to the ruling that struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban.
Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:37 a.m.

After the state gay marriage ban was ruled unconstituational, the Catholic Bishops of Indiana released a statement Wednesday, June 25.

 Loretta Salchert's friend, William, shared this message.
Posted on June 26, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.

Loretta Salchert, director of Ribbon of Hope cancer ministry, visited a patient on her way through Indianapolis. Through his pain and doubt he’d make it out of the hospital, he shared a message: Keep the faith.

 The front exterior of St. Vincent de Paul School.|45703
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul received a $9,000 grant to help subsidize tuition costs.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

Nancy Louise Meyer was ordained Sunday as Indiana’s first female bishop by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests. However, the ordination is not considered valid by the Catholic Church.

 Clarinetist and 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival honoree Dave Bennett plays Sunday, June 22, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church's jazz worship service.
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.

Musicians playing at the Elkhart Jazz Festival will visit a local church this weekend.

 A bus load of children and young people arrive at Cornerstone Ministry on Brady Street in Elkhart Ind Friday June 6, 2014.  The ministry is a local outreach by Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church, Bremen Ind.
Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

Cornerstone Ministries has been mentoring and evangelizing to children in Elkhart for a while, and soon it could be in a much larger space.

 Brett Bontrager, 21, of Middlebury, collapsed and died during a mission trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, Friday, June 6, 2014.
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:36 p.m.

Brett Bontrager, a member of Riverview Christian Fellowship in White Pigeon, Mich., was 21 years old.