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, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Creation Station Preschool, a ministry of Jefferson Community (Brethren) Church. 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, 406 S. Fifth St., Goshen, is enrolling students for the 2013-14 school year. 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, 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 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.
Hubbard Hill Auxiliary’s Gospelfest will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Prairie Camp, 63526 C.R. 9 S., Goshen. Cost: $7 general admission, $5 senior citizens and students. Food and refreshments available for purchase. A festive variety of six gospel music groups will be performing for all to enjoy.
Dunlap United Methodist Church, 23674 U.S. 33, will present the Chords Vocal Ensemble from Fort Wayne at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 8. The eight-member ensemble will present a special program of contemporary settings of traditional song and hymns. The ensemble is accompanied by acoustic piano, organ and bass guitar and is recognized as one of the premiere vocal groups in Indiana. Chords will be joined by trumpeters Todd Ward and Jim Kibby and trombonist Tony Alessandrini to accompany several selections with Chords member Bill Anders. Their website is www.ChordsMusic.org.
Little Saints Day Care and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Middlebury, 708 W. Wayne St., Middlebury, are planning a Care for Carmen Community Day from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. The event will raise money to help pay medical bills for Carmen Yoder, a 4-year-old who became ill last spring and was diagnosed with encephalitis. She spent a month at Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend and two weeks at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Carmen is a student at Little Saints Day Care and her mother also teaches at the daycare. Carmen is recovering and still goes to rehabilitation three days a week. Detra Yoder, Carmen’s mother said, “It was only four months ago that Carmen was in ICU and they weren’t sure if she would survive. The doctors called her a miracle.” The fundraiser will feature bounce houses, games, prizes, a silent auction, bake sale, live music and fire trucks at the event. Pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and more will also be served. Donations for Carmen can be sent directly to Carmen Yoder Fund, First State Bank, 111 S. Main, Middlebury, IN 46540.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-5672.
The “Dreams Come True” youth program for all school-age youths meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays for 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 group meets at 2900 Benham Ave. 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 Road (corner of Brick and Gumwood), Granger. Children’s program open for those in grades 1-12. 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.
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, beginning Sept. 18, 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
Elkhart Women’s Connection will meet Tuesday, Sept. 3, at The Matterhorn Banquet and Conference Center. The salad bar opens at 11:45 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch at noon. Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross, Purdue Extension director, will share ways to stretch food dollars with nutritious foods. The club is doing a service project for Council on Aging to help seniors by bringing a protein food such as peanut butter or tuna to help meet their needs. Lisa Haley will speak on “How to Stay Afloat When Life Capsizes You.” Cost is $10 inclusive, free baby-sitting for those attending. RSVP to Esther at 875-1955 or Linda at 522-3660. If you need a table saved, let them know when you call.
Glory to Glory Fellowship will celebrate its first holy convocation during a week of activities at 7 p.m. Sept. 17-20. The theme is “We’ve Come This Far by Faith.” Sept. 17 is a general night, Sept. 18 will feature Jean Neville, Evangelistic Night president, and the Sept. 19 meeting will be Women Day with Pastor Carolyn White, general mother of the women’s department. These meetings will be held at Emanuel Community Church, 415 W. LaSalle St., South Bend. Sept. 20 will be the official day and installation service at New Hope Church Ministries, 313 E. Ohio St., South Bend, with Sandra Stubbs, prophetess and interim pastor. Information: 261-7097.
DJ Construction will hold its second Lunch & Learn event on the topic of church branding from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17. Local church leadership is invited to attend this free event that includes a boxed lunch and presentation from Mark MacDonald, owner of Pinpoint Creative in North Carolina. MacDonald has more than 25 years of experience as a senior brand strategist who helps churches and ministries to be “intentional with their ‘story and promise’ so they can influence more people in their community.” RSVP to Tammy@djconstruction.com by Sept. 13, or call the DJ offices at 533-1645. Seating is limited.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 65159 C.R. 33, Goshen, will offer an icon painting workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Tuition is $350 per student, and serves as a fundraiser for St. Mary’s. Each participant will receive brushes, a prepared panel and all other materials (paint, 24K gold leaf, etc.) necessary to complete a 9-inch-by-12-inch icon. Snacks and lunch on Saturday are included. During this workshop, students will learn basic color mixing and painting techniques, be instructed in the history and theology of the icon, and receive personal instruction and demonstration for each stage of painting. No artistic experience is necessary.
Students are required to make a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve their space. To register or for more information, contact Brian Whirledge at 536-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.