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Grapevine, Oct. 5, 2013

Church-related activities in the Elkhart County area
Posted on Oct. 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.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 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring a picture ID. Information: Jim Metz at 296-7192, or

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, or

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

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.

Hively Avenue Preschool is enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. Morning and afternoon classes are available 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: or contact Michelle Rhoads at 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

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.


The Helmsmen Quartet from Sturgis, Mich., will give a concert at Northside Baptist Church, 53109 C.R. 9, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, 1732 Garden St., will host a concert featuring award-winning singer and songwriter Andrew McKnight on Oct. 10. McKnight’s songs stretch from Americana country-tinged rock to ancient Appalachian sounds, among other influences. McKnight, also a guitarist and storyteller, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Donation of $15 (at the door) is suggested.


First United Methodist Church, 214 S. Fifth St., Goshen (across from the police station), will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. All items will be half price.

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 24832 U.S. 12 E., Edwardsburg, Mich., will hold its 23rd annual spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Includes spaghetti with special-recipe meat sauce, salad bar, garlic bread and ice cream dessert.

Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12. $2 per bag. Snack bar and lunch available both days. Sponsored by UM Women for Missions. Information: 679-4435.

Carry-outs and wine available.

Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 58529 C.R. 23, Goshen, will hold its annual swiss steak supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Adults $8, children ages 6-10 $4. Call 533-2872 for advanced tickets. Walk-ins welcome.

Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, will host a haystack dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Adults $7, kids 5-12 $4, younger than 5 free. Silent auction from 4 to 6 p.m.


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 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 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: 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: 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: 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

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

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. Childcare will be provided. Must pre-register by contacting Sheila Yoder at 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


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 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.


“Evolution vs. God: Shaking the Foundations of Faith” will be shown at Riverview Mennonite Church of White Pigeon, Mich., at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The film sets out to answer the question, “Is there observable evidence to support the perspective of Darwinian evolution?” Best-selling author and TV co-host Ray Comfort, a proponent of intelligent design, doesn’t interview creationism experts; he exclusively uses comments by scientists who believe in evolution to make his point. The church is located on U.S. 131 one-quarter mile south of U.S. 12.

Former Los Angeles assistant police chief and Pointman Leadership Institute founder Robert L. Vernon will speak at First Baptist Church in Elkhart on Oct. 7 in recognition of the first week of October as Peace Officer Week. All local peace officers without a church home are encouraged to come for a morning to celebrate their service to the community. Vernon, who served during the Rodney King riots, will speak at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. The church is located off of C.R. 17.

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 65159 C.R. 33, Goshen, will offer an icon painting workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 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. Space is limited. If the workshop fills, a waiting list will be started. To register or for more information, contact Brian Whirledge at 536-4347 or

Send Grapevine information to:, 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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