Antiochian Orthodox Church, 65159 C.R. 33, Goshen, invites the community to attend upcoming Lenten services, which will culminate on Pascha (Orthodox Easter) Sunday, May 5. At 6 p.m. each Friday through April 26 is an Akathist service to the Theotokos (Mary). These hour-long services include hymns of the Annunciation, Nativity, Christ and the Theotokos herself. The services will be followed by a soup supper and lecture series by Father Matthew Wade, priest at St. Mary’s, on the “Women of the Old Testament.” Following the Akathist service on April 26 is a guided tour of St. Mary’s newest iconography, recently painted by local iconographer and parishioner, Brian Whirledge. Sunday is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. St. Mary’s will be celebrating liturgy at 10 a.m. with four Orthodox churches from around the Michiana area, followed by a carry-in meal. Additional Lenten services are at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted: pre-sanctified Liturgy, Wednesdays through April 24; Annunciation of the Theotokos, 8 a.m. Monday; Bridegroom Matins, Palm Sunday-Tuesday, April 28-30; Holy Unction and Blessing of Oils May 1; St. Basil’s Liturgy, 9 a.m. May 2; Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels May 2; 8:30 a.m., Royal Hours, and 4:30 p.m. Vespers on Good Friday, May 3; Lamentations, Good Friday, May 3; 8 a.m.; Preparation Prayers and 9 a.m., St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy, Saturday. Holy Pascha, the most important service in the Orthodox church, starts at 10:30 a.m. May 4, followed by a middle-of-the-night carry-in dinner. At noon May 5 is Agape Vespers, where the Gospel reading of the first appearance of the risen Lord will be read in as many languages as known by those present. Regular weekly services will continue throughout Lent. For additional information about St. Mary’s or directions to the church, go to www.stmarysorthodox.org.
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 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.
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, has begun for the 2013-14 year. Classes are available for children who are 3 as of Sept. 1, 2013, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. There are two options for children who are 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, 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 email@example.com. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dust and Ashes, the husband and wife musical duo of Tom Page and MaryLou Troutman, will appear at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley Ave., Sunday, April 21, at two morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and at an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Dust and Ashes began their music ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Page, an ordained United Methodist minister, is a founding member of the group.
Nappanee Missionary Church, S.R. 19 and C.R. 50, will present the musical “Evidence of Grace” at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. Presented by the worship choir and orchestra of the church, the musical is designed to encourage and inspire. On Saturday night only, a free cupcake and coffee reception will be offered in the grand hall of the church an hour before the musical. “Evidence of Grace” traces God’s hand of mercy, the everyday, life-altering evidence of God’s presence in our lives. Soloists are from Nappanee, Mishawaka, Bremen, Bourbon and New Paris. Tom and Jennifer Bennett of Goshen and Judy Borntrager of Syracuse will provide the thread of narration tying the musical together. Don Rohrer, associate pastor, will direct.
Gospel singer/songwriter Tammi Contreras will be in concert at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at Mountain Top Community Church, 216 N. Second St. Contreras writes music about some of her most harrowing life experiences and how her relationship with God saved her life. Her passionate message and music make for an unforgettable life experience. Contreras and her husband, Jerry, are affiliated with Black Sheep Harley Davidson in Christ, a motorcycle ministry they enjoy together in California.
Jim Worthing will be in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Union Center Church of the Brethren, 70535 C.R. 11, Nappanee. A three-octave range and a voice with the dynamics of faith and experience, a clear winsome testimony and a deep-seated commitment to the Christian message make Worthing an inspiring and unforgettable concert. A free-will offering will be taken for Worthing’s ministry. And an ice cream social will follow the concert.
The members of the Scott United Methodist Church have had several events to raise money for the new roof on the church parsonage, which is located next to the Scott UMC Church in Scott. The public is invited to attend a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 to a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the church, 7020 N. 675 W. Shipshewana. The cost is by donation.
Good Shepherd Nursery School is having a Mother’s Marketplace Craft Show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. There will be more than 25 vendors set up at First English Lutheran Church, 406 S. Fifth Street, Goshen. Handmade items include scarves, tutus, headbands, knit hats, purses, baby blankets, bibs, baby gifts, tag blankets and many more. There will be a bake sale as well as a raffle giveaway every 15 minutes. For more information go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/493087007405500/
Grace United Methodist Church, Third and North Main streets, New Paris, is hosting a hog roast fundraiser from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. A complete meal deal — eat in our take out — is available. Cost: adults, $8; age 10 and older, $3; age 2 and younger, free. Tickets are available at Miller’s TV, or call the church office at 831-2445.
The “Dreams Come True” youth program for all school-age youths meets 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 at 309-6188. The meeting will be at 2205 Oakland Ave. in the Holy Temple basement. Directors: Pastor Jeremiah Matthew and junior deacon Scott Matthews.
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9:30 a.m. Sabbath School each Saturday 3601 E. Bristol St. Information: Joann Inglish at 206-9398.
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: email@example.com or 831-4905. Women’s BSF class: 6:55 p.m. Mondays at Grace Church, 52025 Gumwood (Brick and Gumwood), Granger. Children’s program open for those in grades 1 to senior high. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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. Free-will 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.
Nappanee Missionary Church, 70417 S.R. 19 N., extends an invitation to the spring session of GriefShare from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 19 through June 11, in the Fireside Room. It is a safe and confidential environment conducive for many people to connect with others going through the grieving process. If you know anyone who would benefit from this program, have them call 773-7773, ext. 237, at any time, or email Gloria Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are welcome at any time during the 13 weeks: each session is self-contained. Registration and payment for the workbooks will take place at the first and subsequent meetings.
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, West Walnut and North Locke streets, 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.
St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church, 601 E. Vistula St., 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 email@example.com.
MOMS IN PRAYER
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:
Elkhart Central High School: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Meeting sites vary. Contact Kristal Klehfoth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-3818 for more information.
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.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 2913 E. Bristol St., is hosting a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Mark Swinney will present the lecture “Prayer and Healing — Explore the Connection.”
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.