Community Advent Lessons and Carols, a 13-year Elkhart tradition, returns this year at First Congregational Church, 431 S. Third St. At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 join soloists Danielle Svonavec and Stephen Lancaster, the community choir and organists Jim Begly and Kevin Vaughn for an evening of choral and organ music, Advent hymnody and readings to celebrate the beginning of the Christian season of Advent and the holiday season. No admission fee and open to all. Donations are accepted for Church Community Services. Community Advent Lessons and Carols is sponsored each year by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and hosted by various congregations in the community.
Agape Baptist Church Food Pantry, 248 W. Wolf Ave., is open from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Information: the Rev. Dannel Brown, pastor, at 266-7670.
Augustana Lutheran Church, 1133 Kilbourn St. (one block north of Strong Avenue at Kilbourn and Pleasant streets) serves a meal from 5 to 6 p.m. every Monday for individuals and families who are unemployed or underemployed.
Christ’s Commissary Food Pantry is open from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and 6 to 7:15 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Clients may come every 30 days. Clothing and household goods are available whenever donated. The pantry is at First Brethren Church of Elkhart, 24197 C.R. 16 E. Call the church at 293-7088 or Shelley at 304-2749 for more information.
Church Without Walls, 731 Wagner Ave., food pantry/clothes closet open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Thursdays. Clients may come once a month for food and weekly for clothing. For questions or concerns, clients may call the church at 293-0776 and ask for Felicia.
Clothed in Compassion, C.R. 6 at C.R. 19, Bristol, offers free clothing to men, women and children all ages/sizes. No paperwork to fill out. Available from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturdays of the month. Located in the basement of the old Zion Lutheran Church building. Donations of clothing accepted as well, especially children’s clothing.
A free community breakfast is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the new Zion Lutheran Church, 20943 C.R. 6 (corner of C.R. 6 and C.R. 19), Bristol. Freewill donations accepted.
Elkhart Community Senior Outreach site gives out canned food and clothing from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 802 W. Garfield Ave. Leave your name and phone number. Information: Dell Davis at 250-9827 or Mary at 293-6490.
Come to Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., for a cup of coffee. Food pantry and clothing ministry from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring a picture ID. Information: Jim Metz at 296-7192 or www.guidanceministries.com.
St. James AME Church, 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, has a food and clothing ministry. The Lord’s Cupboard is open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second and third Tuesday of each month and one hour after the Sunday worship service. Items include free bread and other food items, hygiene products, and new and gently used clothing. Information: 294-4950.
South Bend Pantry & Social Services Inc.’s Elkhart division, 717 Monroe St., has pantry hours from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Clothes, food and toiletry items are available. Call 226-4876 and make an appointment.
Brenneman Day Care and Kindergarten. Information: 533-4388.
Calvary United Methodist Preschool. Information: 522-7708.
The Compass is an after-school program for elementary-age students in the Wa-Nee school district. Information: 862-4636, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Creation Station Preschool, a ministry of Jefferson Brethren Church. Information: 533-1121.
Dunlap United Methodist Preschool has openings for 3- and 4-year-olds. Information or to register: Cindi Covey, director, at 875-9060.
Good Shepherd Nursery School, First English Lutheran Church. Information: Jillian Shively at 533-3773.
Guardian Angel Care Ministry, a ministry of New Testament Bible Church Inc. Information and tour: 295-5532 or 322-2619, or www.guardianangelsite.org.
Guidance Ministries Inc. Information: 296-7192.
Hillcrest Preschool, ages 3 and 4. Small classes with age-appropriate learning experiences. Children need to be current on their immunizations. Enroll at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 4206 E. Bristol St. To arrange a visit call 266-7427.
Hively Avenue Preschool, a ministry of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 800 E. Hively Ave., offers morning and afternoon preschool classes for 3- to 5-year-olds. To schedule a tour or obtain enrollment information, call 294-4022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at preschool.hivelymennonite.org for more information.
Jamestown United Methodist Church. Information: 389-1555.
Jefferson Brethren Preschool. Information: 533-1121.
Little Cherubs Preschool, a ministry of First Congregational UCC: Open 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ages: 2½ to 9. Website: www.littlecherubspreschool.com or contact Michelle Rhoads, email@example.com or 266-9303.
Loving Arms Preschool, a service of New Paris Church of the Nazarene. Information: Pam Scoles at 831-6880.
Michiana Educare, a ministry of Faith Community Fellowship. Information: Michele at 262-9353.
New Creation Childcare Ministry, Granger. Information: Karen Walorski at 264-0469.
New Life Preschool and Daycare. Information: 848-1783.
New Salem United Methodist Church. Information: Chris Chrobot at 674-8293.
Open Arms Childcare/Preschool. Information: 970-4309 or 522-8250.
Prairieview Day Care, a registered ministry of Prairieview Missionary Church. Information: 533-5113.
Redeemer Community Christian School, 24004 Old U.S. 20, offers full-day preschool and kindergarten as well as grades 1-8. Information: 264-5739.
Step by Step Daycare. Information: Robert or Maria Crockett at 296-7060 or 296-2805.
Trinity Lutheran School, 30888 C.R. 6, full- and half-day preschool and kindergarten and grades 1-8.
Trinity United Methodist Nursery School. Information: Crystal Ayres, 294-7602, ext. 119, or www.3umc.org.
Union Center Day Care, a registered ministry of Union Center Church of the Brethren. Information: 773-2221.
Winding Waters Preschool. Information: 264-9913.
Yellow Creek Mennonite Day Care. Information: 862-1045.
David Huff of David and the Giants will perform a free concert at New Life Christian Fellowship, 54700 Fir Road, at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. David and the Giants were early pioneers of Christian rock in the early ’80s.
Harvest Community Church Cookie Walk 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. No time for Christmas baking? Family get-togethers or office parties coming up? Purchase a large container for $8 or a small container for $5. Pick your favorite kinds of cookies and fill your container. Take home as many cookies as you can as long as the container will close. All proceeds benefit Celebrate Recovery, a program that helps people discover freedom from their hurts, habits and hang ups. The Cookie Walk supports CR by supplementing book purchases, training seminars, events and expanded programs. The church is located at 17285 C.R. 34, Goshen. Information: 534-3528
Enrollment for the “Dreams Come True” youth program for all school-age youths is under way. Walk-ins will be accepted. Sessions will be at 7 p.m. Saturdays. Food, activities, field trips, mentoring, etc. No fees required. The program is designed to show kids or adults how any dream can be achieved, no matter how great the task may seem. Information: Sister Rowena Gutierrez, 309-6188. The meeting will be at 2205 Oakland Ave, Holy Temple basement. Directors: Pastor Jeremiah Matthew and Junior Deacon Scott Matthews.
Bible Study Fellowship is an in-depth, international Bible class for people of all ages and backgrounds. The study this year is the book of Genesis. New this year: Lessons are available in Chinese. Women’s day classes: Goshen/Elkhart: 9 a.m. at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 Old C.R. 17, Goshen. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-4905. Women’s BSF class: 6:55 p.m. Mondays at Grace Church, 52025 Gumwood (corner of Brick and Gumwood), Granger. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-senior high. Contact: email@example.com or 269-687-9588. Elkhart men’s evening class: 6:55 p.m. Mondays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-senior high. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-2272.
Christian counseling (no charge) is available by appointment at the River of Life Community Church, 2626 Prairie St. by calling 522-2114.
The Buddhist Society of Elkhart meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 1732 Garden St. (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship). Sessions include Dharma talks by Venerable WuLing, with discussion, chanting and walking meditation. Freewill offering. Information: 295-8753 or www.buddhistsocietyelkhart.org.
Crossroads Community Church Divorce Care also has Divorce Care 4 Kids. Both classes are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 57415 Alpha Drive, Goshen. Information: Donita Johnson at 848-0891.
Next Step Singles, a place for Christian singles age 25 and older, meets to discuss life events during a book or video study from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Crossroads North Campus, 3322 Middlebury St. Information: 875-4479 or mycrossroadscommunity.com.
The Meeting Place at Grand Horizon Center, 1610 S. Nappanee St., holds a “happening” at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The Meeting Place is a communitywide service where pastors and worship leaders from different walks of life minister to the spiritual needs of the community. For those in need, a bag of groceries is available to take home from the Joseph Storehouse. Please bring ID. Contact Megan at 970-9242 with questions.
Cancer support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 Old C.R. 17, Goshen, led by Brent Poe, pastor/cancer survivor. Information: 875-6537. All materials for the class are provided.
A Bible study for women is at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at Living Gospel Church, corner of West Walnut and North Locke streets in Nappanee. Teaching, discussion groups and fellowship are included in the study from the book of Genesis titled “Lessons for the Family -- Isaac and Jacob.” Classes are provided for children ages 2-5, and a nursery is available for infants. Information: 773-7110 or Judy Kitson at 260-894-4203.
Mothers of area students are invited to come to Moms in Prayer weekly to pray for their children and the schools they attend. The times and locations for the groups are:
Ÿ Elkhart Central High School, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Meeting sites vary. Contact Kristal Klehfoth at email@example.com or 262-3818 for more information. Any moms interested in praying for Pierre Moran Middle School or for college students also welcome.
Ÿ Heritage Intermediate School, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Pathway Assembly of God, leader Jodi Mynhier at 825-1406.
Ÿ Homeschool students, 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Griner Mennonite Church, 12418 C.R. 20, leader Anna Miller at 825-5194.
Ÿ Middlebury Elementary, 9 a.m. Fridays at Pathway Assembly of God church, leader Joy Miller 875-1591.
Ÿ Northridge High School, 8:30 a.m. Mondays at First United Methodist Church of Middlebury, 301 S. Main St., leader Cheryl Miller at 370-2984.
Ÿ Northridge Middle School, 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Pathway Assembly of God, 13805 U.S. 20, leader Laurie Smith at 825-3097.
Ÿ Orchard View, 8:30 a.m. Mondays at Crystal Valley Missionary Church, 233 U.S. 20, leader Sheila Miller at 825-4443.
Ÿ York Elementary, 8:30 a.m. Mondays at River of Life Fellowship, 11162 S.R. 120, leader Michelle Streeter at 848-5381.
St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church, 601 E. Vistula, Bristol, has a Wednesday morning rector’s Bible study with the Rev. Carol Fleming. Information: 848-7114.
A Grief Share support group meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Northside Baptist Church, 53198 C.R. 9, Elkhart. Contact the church at 264-6713 or Jim Camren at 675-9812 for more information. Website: www.griefshare.org.
Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., is hosting a faith-based addictions recovery class from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays in the Ministries’ education room. The curriculum is “The 7 Principles of Recovery” by Virgil L. Stokes, a former alcoholic and current pastor. Class size limited; please RSVP prior to class. Information: 296-7192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tired of the commercialism of Christmas? Buying presents? Getting together with relatives? Cornerstone Baptist Church, 29635 C.R. 10, is planning an all-church series, “From Humbug to Hallelujah: Learning Lessons from ‘A Christmas Carol.’” Together they’re preparing for a Christmas without regrets by learning from the true Spirit of the season. Information:262-1331.
Send Grapevine information to: email@example.com, via fax to 294-3895 or by mail to The Elkhart Truth, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515 by noon Wednesdays.