Grace Lutheran Church: 831 Marion St., Elkhart, has a free clothing room on the third Monday of every month from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Christ’s Commissary Food Pantry: 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. The pantry is at First Brethren Church of Elkhart, 24197 C.R. 16 E. Information: the church at 574-293-7088 or Marcia at 574-524-0931.

Church Without Walls: 731 Wagner Ave., Elkhart, 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. Information: Felicia, at the church, at 574-293-0776.

Clothed in Compassion: offers free clothing to men, women and children of all ages/sizes. Open from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month at Zion Lutheran Church, 20943 C.R. 6, Bristol. Donations accepted, especially children’s clothing.

Elkhart Community Senior Outreach: 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., Elkhart. Leave your name and phone number. For Information: Mary at 574-293-6490.

Guidance Ministries: 216 N. Second St., Elkhart. Food pantry and clothing ministry from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Bring a picture ID. Information: Pastor Lori at 574-296-7192 or

St. James AME Church: 122 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Elkhart, 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 Sunday worship service. Information: 574-294-4950.

Wheelchair Inc.: 515 East St., Elkhart. Wheelchairs, lift chairs, beds, incontinence, walkers, scooters, loaners, provides assistance based on need. Open noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 574-295-2230.

Shepherd’s Cove Food Pantry: 1010 E. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, 10:15 a.m. doors open, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Bible study for those who would like to participate, noon to 1:30 p.m., food distribution second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Elkhart Valley Church of the Brethren: Free community meal every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 24755 C.R. 24, Elkhart (corner of C.R. 11 and C.R. 24 across from Concord Junior High School).

Child care /education

Peace Lutheran Church and School: offering Together Time for children ages 3 to 5 and their guardians on the first and third Thursday of each month from September through May. Children must turn 3 before Sept. 1. Younger siblings welcome; call 574-273-8260.

Creation Station Preschool: a ministry of Jefferson Community (Brethren) Church, 58915 S.R. 15, Goshen. 9 to 11 Tuesdays and Thursdays: Classes for children who were 3 years old as of Sept. 1.8 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Pre-K. Children who were 4 years old as of Sept. 1. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Extended day class. Information and registration: The church at 574-533-1121 or the office. Information and registration: Cindi at 574-875-7950.

Good Shepherd Preschool: 202 S. Green Road, Goshen. Morning preschool with extended day option. Children ages 3 to 5. Classes offered with a five day or three day option through the school year. Classes begin Sept. 3. Information: 574-533-3773 or

Guidance Ministries Inc.: Information: 574-296-7192.

Hillcrest Preschool: ages 3 and 4. Small classes with age-appropriate learning experiences. Children must be current on immunizations. Enroll at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 4206 E. Bristol St., Elkhart. Information: 574-266-7427.

Guardian Angel Care Ministry: a ministry of New Testament Bible Church Inc. Information and tour: 574-295-5532 or 574-322-2619, or

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. Information: 574-294-4022 or email or visit

Jamestown United Methodist Church: Information: 574-389-1555.

Loving Arms Preschool: a service of New Paris Church of the Nazarene. Information: Pam Scoles at 574-831-6880.

Michiana Educare: a ministry of Faith Community Fellowship. Information: Michele at 574-262-9353.

New Creation Childcare Ministry: Granger. Information: Ashli Swathwood. 574-264-0469.

New Life Preschool and Daycare: Information: 574-848-1783.

New Salem United Methodist Church: Information: Chris Chrobot at 574-674-8293.

Open Arms Childcare and Preschool: 137 Division St., Elkhart. Full-time and part-time preschoolers accepted throughout the year. Currently accepting students from infant to 12 years old. Before- and after-school care is available. Meals and snacks provided. Information: 574-970-4309 or 574-522-8250.

Step by Step Daycare: Information - Robert or Maria Crockett at 574-296-7060 or 574-296-2805.

Trinity Lutheran School: 30888 C.R. 6, full-day and half-day preschool and kindergarten and grades 1-8.

Union Center Day Care: a registered ministry of Union Center Church of the Brethren. 574-773-2221.

Meetings /Instruction

Open Gate Praise and Deliverance Ministries: “Male to Men Ministry” will be at noon the third Saturday of each month. The ministry is at 137 Division St., Elkhart. Information: 574-522-8250.

River Oaks Community Church: will host a divorce-care support group at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, 58020 C.R. 115, Goshen. Information:

Crossroads Community Church: will host Celebrate Recovery, a group focused on inner healing, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, 57415 Alpha Drive, Goshen. Information:

Living Gospel Church: Bible Study for women at the church, 302 W. Walnut St., Nappanee. Classes are provided for children ages 2 to 5, nursery for infants. Information: 574-773-7110 or 260-894-4203.

Moms in prayer

College and Career Group: open to all moms regardless of school system, 8:30 a.m. Mondays. Information: Cheryl Miller at 574-370-2984.

Fairfield Junior/Senior High School: 8:30 a.m. Thursdays, Benton Mennonite Church, 15350 C.R. 44, Goshen.

Goshen High School and Middle School: 9 a.m. Mondays, Silverwood Mennonite Church, 1712 W. Clinton, Goshen.

Middlebury Elementary School: Heritage Intermediate School and Northridge Middle School: 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Pathway Assembly of God, 13805 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

Northridge High School: 8:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Crystal Valley Missionary Church, 233 U.S. 20, Middlebury.

Special Events

Central Christian Church: The church will celebrate the 300th Anniversary of “Joy to the World”: Dec. 15 Complete Joy-Choir Cantata; Dec. 22 Peaceful Joy–Handbell Cantata from First Christian Church to peform a “Joyous Season”; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Incarnate Joy at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The church is at 418 W. Franklin St., Elkhart.

St. James A.M.E. Church: Annual Candy Cane Ball, 122 Martin Luther King Drive, Elkhart, is at 5 p.m. Dec. 14, hosted by the men of St. James (Sons of Allen). Tickets are $20 individual and $35 per couple. Call 574-294-4950 for more information or to purchase tickets. The Rev. Charlie B. Cross Jr., pastor.

Grapevine publishes every Saturday in the Elkhart Truth. To submit information contact Lejene Breckenridge-Peete at by 5 p.m. Mondays. 

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