Grapevine: Upcoming events at Elkhart County area churches

Upcoming events at Elkhart County area churches
Posted on Oct. 31, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 31, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.


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. 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: Mary at 293-6490.

Come to Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., for a cup of coffee. Food pantry and clothing ministry from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Bring a picture ID. of everyone wanting served. Information: Pastor Lori 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.


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, jeff@jnstone.com or jlccl@verizon.net.

Creation Station Preschool, a ministry of Jefferson Community (Brethren) Church. Classes are available for children who were 3 as of Sept. 1, 2013, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. There are two options for children who were 4 as of Sept. 1, 2013: pre-K from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or the Extended Day class from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact the church at 533-1121 or stop in at the office, 58915 S.R. 15, north of Goshen, for more information or to register your child.

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, 406 S. Fifth St., Goshen, is enrolling students. Three options for Pre-K program. Children ages 4½ to 5½ may attend classes five days a week from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. or three days a week at the same time. The Pre-K students attending three days a week have two schedule options: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The traditional preschool program for children ages 3½ to 4½ will be offered from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Junior preschool for children ages 2½ to 3½ will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays. For enrollment, more information or questions, call Jillian Shively (director) at 971-8516 or the church at 533-3773. Monthly tuition prices are available.

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 is enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. Morning and afternoon classes are available for 3-5 year olds. Children participate daily in the “Minds in Motion” program. A weekly Bible time teaches positive character development. Call 294-4022 for information or to schedule a visit.

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 at lcpreschool@yahoo.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 at 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.


Faith United Methodist Church, 22045 C.R. 18 (across from Concord Little League), is having its annual peanut brittle sale. Price is $7 per pound. Orders are to be placed one week in advance; call 875-4438. The last day to order is Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Cookie Walk & Craft Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Salem United Methodist Church, 52173 Ash Road, Granger. Soup and sandwich lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wide variety of cookies for sale by the pound and crafts from the church along with more than 20 other crafters. Information: 674-2882

Andy and Friends Gospel Puppets is selling Carson’s Community Day booklets for a $5 donation on Nov. 15 and 16 to help support its ministry of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to children. Andy and Friends is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization receiving 100 percent of the booklet price, while the customer receives up to $500 in special offers from Carson’s, located in the Concord Mall in Elkhart. To purchase a booklet, contact the office of Andy and Friends at 295-2286 or visit during any of the in-store selling dates, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 16. For more information about The Carson’s Community Day booklets or questions about Andy and Friends Gospel Puppets, contact Rev. Brent Blough, program director, at 295-2286.

Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, will host Bus Kelver’s Famous Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. AUCE fish, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, drink. Adults $8, children 5-12 $4, 4 and under free. Information: 674-8646.

Guidance Ministries and Santa’s Pantry are teaming up for the third annual Santa Stroll 5k walk and timed run fundraiser. The event is Dec. 14 with the run starting at 9 a.m. and walkers starting at 9:15 a.m. The event location is at the Knights of Columbus on Lexington Avenue. in Elkhart with the route taking runners/walkers through the Elkhart Riverwalk and various parks. There are prizes, food and drinks available to participants. The earlier the registration is submitted the lower the fee. Go to www.santaspantry.org to register now and for more information.


A Quiet Place Prayer Center on Waubee Lake in Milford is taking reservations for the fall Men and Women Creating Community groups. These groups meet once a month from September to May (none in January). This year’s topics for women are Celtic Spirituality, God’s Joy-Filled Surprises and Exploring Christian Formation Through the Arts. Men will be using Philip Yancey’s book “What Good Is God? In Search of a Faith That Matters.” For more information or to have a brochure sent, contact Norma Miller, director, at milfam@bnin.net or 536-5672.

The “Dreams Come True” youth program for all school-age youths meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at 2900 Benham Ave. 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 at 309-6188. Directors: Pastor Jeremiah Matthew and Junior Deacon Scott Matthews.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9:30 a.m. Sabbath School each Saturday at 3601 E. Bristol St. Information: Joann Inglish at 206-9398.

GriefShare and DivorceCare support groups will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings at River Oaks Community Church, 58020 C.R. 115 Goshen. Please go to www.riveroaks.org or call Scott Tilley or Dawn Ergle at 875-1152 for further details.

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. 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: luannsteury@gmail.com or 831-4905. Women’s BSF class: 6:55 p.m. Mondays at Grace Church, 52025 Gumwood Road (corner of Brick and Gumwood), Granger. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-senior high. Contact: baseballno35@yahoo.com or 269-687-9588. Elkhart men’s evening class: 6:55 p.m. Mondays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-senior high. Contact: elkhartembsf@yahoo.com or 315-2272.

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.

American sign language classes for adults are offered at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $60 plus $50 for textbook. Child care will be provided. Must pre-register by contacting Sheila Yoder at Sheila@collegemennonite.org or phone the church at 535-7262.

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.

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 Exodus titled “Lessons in Leadership.” 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.

“God, Repair My Life” is a new group meeting for young men who want to change their lives and start taking steps on giving their life to the Lord. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every two weeks on Wednesdays at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St. Enjoy movies, music snacks and drinks, live guest speakers and much more while learning how to get back on track. Attendees will pray as a group, discuss violence, drugs and God. This event is made for men who are serious about changing their lives but need help and guidance, not for clowning around.

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 pastorlori@guidanceministries.com.


Mothers of area students are invited to Moms in Prayer to pray for their children and the schools they attend. The times and locations for the groups are:

Elkhart Central High School — 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Nondenominational. Meeting sites vary. Come to observe, or for more information, contact Kristal Klehfoth at klehfoth@aol.com or 262-3818. Moms interested in praying for college students also welcome.

Goshen High School and Middle School — 9 a.m. Monday, Silverwood Mennonite Church, 1712 W. Clinton, Goshen.

Fairfield Junior/Senior High School — 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Benton Mennonite Church, 15350 C.R. 44, Goshen.

Northridge High School — 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Crystal Valley Missionary Church, 233 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

Northridge Middle School — 8:30 a.m. Friday, Crystal Valley Missionary Church, 233 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

Heritage Intermediate School — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aunt Karen’s Café, 1298 Orpha Drive, Middlebury.

Orchard View Elementary School— 8 a.m. Monday, Pathway Assembly of God, 13805 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

Middlebury Elementary School — Meeting varies. Contact Joy Miller at 875-1591 for more information.


Central Christian Church on Franklin Street in Elkhart will have a joint worship service with Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 1829 Oakland Ave., at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Both choirs will be singing, and the message will be by Pastor Mike Wills.

“Finding Home: As in Heaven, So on Earth” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Salvation Army/Kroc Community Corps Center, 900 W. Western Ave., South Bend. She will explain how scientific prayer heals homelessness, unemployment, instability, family issues and more. In the 1960s, Luedeman was a hard rock singer, and a drug overdose led to a complete change in lifestyle. For more than 35 years, she has been in the public practice of Christian Science, including speaking and writing. Leudeman has spoken at more than 60 prison, rehab and homeless facilities around the world. The talk is sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, South Bend.

Middlebury Food Pantry Benefit Raffle: Now through Nov. 15. Win an iPad, TV and more. Tickets available at Varns and Hoover Hardware, Legacy Furniture, Showhauler Trucks, First Mennonite Church, Old Creamy Antiques. Need not be present to win. Cost: $5 each or five for $20. Drawing will be held Nov. 15 at Sweets, Sips and Surprises.

Send Grapevine information to: grapevinejkl@aol.com, via fax to 294-3895 or by mail to The Elkhart Truth, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515 by noon Wednesdays.

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