Dunlap United Methodist Church invites Concord-area residents to a community Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the corner of U.S. 33 and C.R. 13. There will be carols, a gift for those in attendance and refreshments downstairs in the social hall.
The first of four Advent Centering Prayer services will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the Koinonia Room of College Mennonite Church, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen. Good parking is available on the south side of the church. Signs will guide you to the room. Join us for a half hour of silent prayer. Come and invite friends to join for this calming time of quiet. All are invited for tea and fellowship afterward.
Free Gospel Bible Institute is performing “A Christmas Revelation” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Servant’s Heart Community Church. The event is hosted by Biblical Church of Acts, 400 W. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart. For questions call or text 434-825-0846.
St. James AME Church, 122 King Drive, Elkhart, is celebrating Christmas with a Candy Cane Ball and Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Call 295-7010 or 294-4950 for ticket information. Only advance ticket sales.
Emma Mennonite Church’s Men’s Chorus will give two special Christmas programs on Sunday, Dec. 8. North Goshen Mennonite Church, 501 N. Eighth St., Goshen, will host the first event at 2:30 p.m. The group also will sing at 6:30 p.m. at its home church in Emma Town, 1900 S. 600 W., Topeka. Finger food will be served following the 6:30 program. For directions or for more information go to www.emmamc.org or call 260-593-2036.
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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 offers morning and afternoon classes for 3- to 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 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 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.
Zach DuBois will be performing at Waypoint Community Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. All proceeds from this benefit concert will be sent to the Philippines through Feed The Hungry. Cost: $7 for students, $10 for adults plus donations at the door. For those who are unable to attend the concert, donations can be sent to Waypoint Community Church, 56893 C.R. 29, Goshen, IN 46528. Donations can be made out to LeSea Global Feed the Hungry, memo,Philippines Typhoon. For more information about donations or the concert, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.Sunday mornings at River Oaks Community Church, 58020 C.R. 115 Goshen. Go to www.riveroaks.org or call Scott Tilley or Dawn Ergle at 875-1152 for 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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 Blvd. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-senior high. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com.
MOMS IN PRAYER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Middlebury Elementary School, Heritage Intermediate School and Northridge Middle School — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Pathway Assembly of God, 13805 U.S. 20, Middlebury.
College and Career Group — Open to all moms regardless of school system, 8:30 a.m. Monday. Contact Cheryl Miller at 370-2984 for more information.
Jim Fookes, pastor at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, is retiring from full-time ministry after serving as a United Methodist pastor for more than 40 years in eight churches. Hillcrest’s staff-parish committee invites everyone to a worship service at 10 a.m. Dec. 15, which will be Pastor Jim’s last Sunday in the pulpit. The church is at 23199 C.R. 10 (East Bristol Street), Elkhart.
Send Grapevine information to: elkharttruth.com or email@example.com, fax to 294-3895 or by mail to The Elkhart Truth, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515 by noon Wednesdays.