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.
A Quiet Place Prayer Center on Lake Waubee in Milford is taking reservations for the 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. 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., 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: 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
“Finding True Freedom” will be the theme at the Elkhart Women’s Connection meeting on Tuesday, July 9. The DAV Color Guard 19 of Goshen will present an honor guard ceremony. Brittany Clark and Kathy Stump will provide music. There will be a special visit by Betsy Ross (Amanda Druckenmiller), who will talk about the flag she was commissioned to make. All veterans, male and female, are welcome to attend, with $3 off the meal price at this special patriotic luncheon.
Kathy Baarman of Holland, Mich., will share her family’s escape from communist Hungary and move to America when she was a child. The salad bar begins at 11:45 a.m., with a buffet lunch at noon. Cost is $10 inclusive. Childcare is complimentary with reservation. All ladies are welcome. RSVP to Esther at 875-1955 or Linda at 522-3660.
College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen, is offering the last summer activities program for deaf or hard-of-hearing children on Thursday, July 11, to enhance their social and linguistic development through a supportive, fun day-camp environment where sign language is the norm for communication. The program is open to children with a hearing loss who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact College Mennonite Church at 535-7262 or Mramer2012@gmail.com for details.
Hidden Treasures rummage sale, St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 411 W. Vistula St. (S.R. 120), Bristol, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.
The Gospel Echoes Team will host an All-Team Homecoming Sing at 2:30 p.m. July 14 at Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway E., Goshen. Mercy Road, Ontario, New Life, Harvest, Crossroads and Canada West (via satellite) teams will be featured. A freewill offering will be received for the prison ministry.
St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church in Bristol will have a strawberry social and during Bristol Homecoming Days. The social will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Tickets are $3, with children 5 and younger eating for free. There will be homemade shortcakes, fresh strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping.
Several Elkhart County churches will hold a song, story and prayer event to “put faces on the immigration issue” from 1 to 2 p.m. July 14 at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie St., Elkhart. There will be music, a brief program and an opportunity to meet people.
Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, invites friends and former attendees to help celebrate its centennial year throughout 2013. A Body That Lives is the theme for stories of people with vision and courage who influenced and guided the church’s ministry through its 100 years to the present time. A Celebration of Art and Visual Creativity Open House will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 during Goshen’s First Friday’s activities. On display will be art works of fabric, clay, jewelry, wearable art, paintings and photography as well as quilts created by current or formers members of Eighth Street. A special highlight will be a mural painting created by the church’s preschool-aged children. Stories Past and Present will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Eighth Street’s history will be shared through the art of storytelling, humor and music under the direction of Doug Liechty Caskey. Celebration of Music is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Special performances by former members will feature Doyle Preheim, vocalist, Santa Fe, N.M.; Matt Swihart, trumpeter, Rochester, N.Y.; Arlene Steffen, pianist, Fresno, Calif.; and Christine Gerig-Way, organist, Goshen; and the Eighth Street Centennial Choir.
Beginning in February, to coincide with the church’s founding in February 1913, the congregation has heard stories of men and women who contributed to its century of life. These “Moments in Time” can be found on the church’s website, www.8thstmennonite.org. The centennial celebrations will conclude Nov. 24 with worship, communion and the traditional Eighth Street Thanksgiving Dinner. Check the website for additional information.
Send Grapevine information to: firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to 294-3895 or by mail to The Elkhart Truth, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515 by noon Wednesdays.