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Worship at The Presbyterian Church of La Porte

Pastor Peggy Casteel-Huston, the new interim pastor will lead worship services on Sunday. 

The sermon “Increasing Our Faith” will explore what to do during the interim year.

The Cross Connection service begins at 9 a.m. and the Traditional service begins at 11 a.m. The church is located at 307 Kingsbury Ave. in La Porte.  The church is handicapped accessible.  Child-care is available and visitors are welcome.


La Porte New Church to mark 160th anniversary

The New Church was built in 1859 by some of La Porte’s most well-known founding fathers.

Mary Hedge, organist for La Porte New Church and La Porte’s 2018 Historian of the Year, will celebrate this church’s local history on Sunday morning at the church on Sunday at 10 a.m. The church is located at 812 Indiana Ave., next to the public library. Everyone is invited to come.

The New Church is an inclusive, Christ-centered community of people where God’s message of unconditional love, even as we falter, brings hope and peace into our lives. Sunday services are at 10 a.m.  

For more information, contact Rev. Kit Billings, (219) 380-4682;


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 Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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.


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.


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.


Church to host lecture on ‘Rebuilding the Christian Church in Germany’

The Christian church has faced many challenging times. In Leipzig, Germany, situated, in the former East Germany, the population is only 10 percent Christian following 40 years of Communist rule. The Rev. Britta Taddiken leads the congregation of the St. Thomas Church, a congregation with a history of more than 800 years and home to renowned composer J.S. Bach. The efforts to renew are active and innovative, building relationships with all generations.

Taddiken will present a lecture and discussion on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G St., La Porte, where she will discuss the efforts to build the church community. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact


Church to hold Trunk or Treat

Grace Baptist Church, 2502 Monroe St., La Porte, will hold their annual Trunk or Treat on Oct.26 at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to join them for a time of fun and games.


Rolling Prairie UMC to hold chicken noodle dinner

Rolling Prairie UMC, located at the corner of U.S. 20 and CR-350E, Rolling Prairie, will hold an all you can eat chicken noodle dinner on Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The dinner includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, dessert and drinks.

The cost is $9 ($8 in advance), $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are free.

Call (219) 778-2910 for advance tickets.


La Porte Christian Women’s Club will hold luncheon

The La Porte Christian Women’s Club will present a luncheon Nov. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Portofino Restaurant, located at 3233 N. Ind. 39 in La Porte. The cost is $12. Seating starts at 11:15 a.m.

Janice Price, from Green Castle, Indiana, will speak about “The Power of Personality.”

Make reservations for the luncheon by Nov. 1. Make cancellations by 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Call Jan at 324-0008.

The Floor Store, 401 Boyd Blvd., La Porte, is the sponsor of the event.


Autumn at Thrift Shop

St. John's Thrift Shop has fall and winter clothes on display. 

There are sweats, jackets, shoes, and jeans in most sizes.  More clothes are put on the racks each week.

New donations often include furniture, baby items, books, kitchenwares, toys and bedding. You can find treasures each week on the 1/2 price racks.  Halloween items are also being added weekly.  

The Thrift Shop is located at 303 A St.,La Porte, open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

You can like us on Facebook to learn about new arrivals and weekly sales. Stop in soon!


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.

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


Experience church done differently

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

Join us for a coffee house atmosphere, the latest contemporary Christian worship, and solid biblical teaching.


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.

– From staff reports

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