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Silent auction, trivia night planned to support mission trip

The First United Methodist Church Mission’s Committee is sponsoring a trip to Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian Mountains in Beverly, Kentucky.

Red Bird Mission has provided assistance to the poor in the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and rugged mountainous terrain are many of the obstacles that face the residents of this rural area.

The mission is planed for March 31 through April 6.

Some of the jobs the 20-member mission team may tackle are: Roofing, siding, painting, flooring, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, outdoor deck construction and wheelchair ramps.

First United Methodist is sponsoring a trivia night and silent auction fundraiser on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. to help with construction costs and team travel expenses.

Businesses interested in supporting the mission with donations of gift certificates to the trivia night and silent auction are asked to contact Rip Ludlow at (219) 608-9750 or

The church is also auctioning a quilt made in honor of Lois Bell. Those interested in bidding on the quilt are asked to call the church office at 362-2443. The closing date for the final bid is Sunday at the trivia night event.

For more information, contact Pastor Bob Vale at 362-2443 or


Road to Life offers cutting edge worship

You are invited to join us at Road to Life Church this Sunday.

Kids 0 to fourth grade will be learning through high energy worship, teaching, games and more during their time in KidTown!

According to officials, the church exists to help others realize and reach their potential in Christ.

LOCATION/SERVICE TIMES: All services are currently being held at our Michigan City campus, located at 7056W CR-450N, at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Whether you’re an early riser or like to sleep in – there’s a service for you. We also offer a Midweek Service every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon and childcare is available.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS: Our student ministry, The Avenue, meets every Sunday at The Alley, 124 N. Eighth St., Chesterton (the old bowling alley behind the police station). Regular services for grades 5 to 8 are from 6 to p.m. and grades 9 to 12 are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Come on out for this time of FUN with friends, music, games, all new Jacked Up Cafe and more.

For more information about RTLC or any events, visit, call (219) 728-6290 or visit the church’s Twitter, Instagram @roadchurch or find them on Facebook @roadtolifechurch.


‘Christian Science’ sermon set for Sunday

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 510 E. Coolspring Ave., Michigan City, warmly invites all to their Sunday Church and Sunday School Services held at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Are you in need of a healing? Come and learn how a better understanding of God, Christ Jesus and the study of Christian Science is able to help heal you of your problems. Hymns of Praise, the Bible Lesson, The Lord’s Prayer, a Vocal Solo and other activity will be presented.

Testimonies of Healing are also given at the public Wednesday evening meeting held at 7:30 p.m.

As Christian Healing is one of the main points of Christian Science, documented reports of them are available at no cost to anyone who requests them.

Our Bible-Lesson is also available on local Cable TV Channel 99 on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., Fridays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. For more information, call the church at (219) 874-3588 or (219) 874-8853.

First United Methodist announces services

First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., La Porte, offers three services.

Service times are 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Sunday school held during all services. Adult classes are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Child care is available from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Youth Group meets from 4 to 7 p.m.

Grace Caf'e and Wonderful Wednesday has begun. There will be a free dinner served each week, by our wonderful staff, starting at 5 p.m. We do accept a free-will donation for the meal. Following the meal, there will be Children's activities K-5 and a youth bible study for grades 6-12. Also, at 4 or 6 p.m. join Pastor Bob as he starts his new bible study on Esther. Please sign up on your attendance sheets, during service, or call the church at 362-2443. The new group Young Families of Faith will be meeting at 6 p.m. This group was established to support young families through unity and fellowship as we deepen our relationship with God. Y.F.F. is part of the Wonderful Wednesday lineup. The group meets at 6 p.m. in the parlor following the Grace Café meal. Childcare is provided. We hope you’ll join us and bring friends. For more information, call or text Debi Baughman at (219) 379-4527.

Parents Night Out is the first Saturday of the month from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring dinner, stories, games, crafts and videos. Call 362-2443 to register for this free event. Donations are accepted.

Saturday Bible school “Hero for God!” is the second Saturday monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be stories, games, crafts and music. Lunch will be provided. Call the church to register for this free event.


Queen of All Saints Church to hold mission

The public is invited to a Parish Mission at Queen of All Saints Church on Feb. 24, 25, 26 and 27.

Roman Catholic Lay Evangelist John Schweisthal of Good News Ministries is conducting the mission. The event is free and is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs of the Legacy Center, 1719 E. Barker Ave., Michigan City. A shorter morning mission will be presented on Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m., on Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. and on Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

This is a perfect way to prepare for Lent. The theme of the mission is "Our Life of Faith."


20 Minutes with God series slated

Dates, speakers and meal providers have been announced for for this this years, “20 Minutes with God” Lent series sponsored by the La Porte County Ministerial Alliance.

This year’s host is Bethany Church at 102 G St., La Porte.

The service starts promptly at noon and is followed by a light lunch.

Dates and speakers are:

• March 13 — Roscoe Hoffman, River of Life Missionary Church Michigan City, with lunch provided by Hamilton Grove.

• March 20 — Bob Vale, First United Methodist, with lunch provided by First United Methodist.

• March 27 — Brian White, Salem Chapel Methodist, with lunch provided by Salem Chapel.

• April 3 — Sally Wicks, Presbyterian Church of La Porte, with lunch provided by Presbyterian Church of La Porte.

• April 10 — Dennis Meyer, Bethany Church, with lunch provided by Bethany Church.


Event explores meaning of life

Where do we come from and where are we going? These questions are decisive for understanding what it means to be human and how to orient our lives and our actions toward authentic fulfillment. Made for More is a national event which aims to answer these questions on a personal level. The event is coming to Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Michigan City on March 20 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Join nationally-recognized Catholics Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they creatively weave together dynamic presentations with live music, movie clips, YouTube videos, and sacred art for an evening of beauty and reflection on the meaning of life, love, and human destiny. You will come away with a faith-filled vision of hope that will instil in you the sheer wonder and joy of being alive. People of all faith backgrounds, or none at all, are welcome to attend.

Event is appropriate for everyone from teens to adults. A limited number of $20 tickets are on sale at the QAS Parish Office, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, or online at


Holy Trinity Orthodox Church announces services

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church invites the public to Sunday services at 10 a.m.

For more information about the church’s faith or services, call Father Lev Wawrzyniak at (219) 306-5490 or email

You can also visit us on Facebook at HolyTrinityOrthodoxChurch

The church is located at 7396 W. Johnson Road, Michigan City. Everyone is welcome.


Clothes sale and more at Thrift Shop

This month St. John's Thrift Shop has all clothes and shoes at sale prices!

First will be 1/2 price, followed by bag sales the rest of the month. Beginning Feb. 11, you can fill a large paper grocery bag with clothes for one low price. This bag sale continues all month.

It's a great time to stock up. There's always a weekly sale on other merchandise also. Like us on Facebook to learn about new donations and weekly sales. The Thrift Shop is located at 303 A St., open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in soon to see what's new! Note: If La Porte schools are closed due to bad weather, the Thrift Shop also closes.


Caregivers need care too

Nourish for Caregivers is a Catholic support group for anyone juggling the challenges of life, health, career and caring for an aging or ailing spouse, parent, child or grandchild at home, in town or at a distance. It aims to support caregivers in finding peace, comfort and joy in their caregiving journey.

The support group meets the second Wednesday of the month at St. Peter Rectory, 1104 Monroe St., La Porte, at 6:30 p.m. Each meeting includes a timely topic, participant handouts, discussion and prayer. There is no cost to the program. The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

For more information or to register contact: Deacon Frank J. Zolvinski at


Grief Support at the New Church

Rev. Kit Billings offers his compassionate and supportive presence by “Healing through Grief,” a time for anyone who is experiencing the deep pain of losing a loved one, whether recent or past. Whatever your religious background or current beliefs, you are welcome. You will be heard, honored and supported. Deep sadness from grief is universal and, as a Board Certified Chaplain, Rev. Billings understands the depths of suffering that can ensue and consume us.

Contact Rev. Billings to set a convenient meeting time since the grief support schedule has changed and meetings are now offered by appointment.

The New Church, a progressive Christ-based ministry, is located at 812 Indiana Ave. at the corner of Maple Avenue. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. (childcare is available). All are welcome who seek God in their lives. Bible study is at 9 a.m., currently studying the Gospel of Mark.

Rev. Billings can be contacted at (219) 380-4682 or For more information, or La Porte New Church on Facebook.


Beautiful Minds Ministry seeks books

Used books of spiritual, positive and educational material are needed for jails, prisons and psychiatric facilities.

Donations should be placed in a box located by the front desk at First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave., La Porte.

For more information, call Kelly Rivera at (219) 380-7354.

Resale Shop restocked each week

The Westville United Methodist Church Resale Shop, which is located at 365 W. Main St. in downtown Westville, has gently worn women’s, girls, men’s, boys and baby clothes, as well as linens, nightwear, utensils, household goods, curios and many other items including shoes and boots.

The store is restocked every week.

Hours are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Experience church done differently

Agape Christian Church, located at 1601 I St., La Porte, offers a different kind of worship experience at 6 p.m. Saturdays.

There is rock ‘n’ roll worship music and teaching, always from the Bible.

There is also a class for younger children.

– From staff reports

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