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Maple Grove to hold pet blessing

Maple Grove United Methodist Church is inviting all of the community – two- legged, four-legged, feathered, scaled or gilled to a Blessing of the Animals on June 9 at 11:30 a.m.

The blessing will be held at the church located at 6655E CR-1000N, New Carlisle.

God created the earth and everything in it, including the animals of the land, see and air. For many, animals are more than pets and hold a special place in our lives as members of our family. This event is an opportunity to thank God for the gift of animals and to ask a special blessing for the animals that enrich our lives in many ways.

There will be a brief devotional followed by individual blessings for each pet.

Refreshments for the two-legged and four-legged guest will be served. We will be accepting donations of dog and cat food, dog biscuits or cat litter to be donated to local needs.

All dogs must be on a leash and any other pets must be in their carriers/cage.

Maple Grove will be worshiping outdoors at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Deb at (219) 762-3601.



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 7 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.

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.


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.


‘Mars and Beyond’ VBS planned

Sauktown Church of Christ, 8751E CR-150N, Mill Creek, will hold a Mars and Beyond vacation Bible school.

The vacation Bible school will be held June 10 through June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 3 through adults.

To register, or for more information, call Laurel (574) 654-3762.


Bible Boot Camp slated

Grace Baptist Church, 2502 Monroe St., La Porte, will hold a Bible Boot Camp on June 18 through June 20 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. for ages preschool to fifth grade.

Enjoy Bible stories around the campfire, basic training games, mess hall snacks and learn to make your own puppet.

Call the church to register at 362-8229.


St John's Lutheran Church offers VBS

St. John's Lutheran Church and School, 111 Kingsbury Ave., La Porte will offer a "Passport To Peru" vacation Bible school starting June 24 through June 28 from 9 to 11 a.m.

All kids ages three to 11, come get your "Passport To Peru " and join us on an exciting journey learning about God's good gifts to us, giving thanks for them,  and sharing them with our friends! With lively and captivating South American music, fun animal characters, experiencing Bible lessons with creative and delightful activities, and real-life stories about kids from Peru, you are sure to have a great time! 

To register your child, or for any questions call the church office at (219) 362-3726.


Mill Creek Baptist Church to hold patriotic program

The Music Ministry of Mill Creek Baptist Church, 8762E CR-200S, Mill Creek, will celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic program on June 30 at 10 a.m.

The program will include music and acknowledgment of the armed forces.

“We Believe” is a patriotic musical that declares the Word of God is true. The musical was created and compiled by Mike Speck and arranged by Mike Speck and Cliff Duren and orchestrated by Cliff Duren.

The church is air conditioned and easily accessible for the physically challenged.


New Church Swedenborgian convention planned

The community is invited to any or all of the following events (June 29 to July 2) which will be offered at Valparaiso University during the New Church Swedenborgian convention held there. Hosted by La Porte New Church, this timely and critical theme of earth-care, Rooted in Spirit: Earth is Speaking to Us, will be addressed by Rev. Dr. Fox who will help us understand the need for action by all of our current and future generations.

Admission is free, reservations are not needed. Events are in the Harre Union, Ball Room.

In addition, Sunday morning worship, June 30, will be held at 11 a.m. on the VU campus in the Gloria Christi Chapel, lower level of the beautiful Resurrection Chapel.

Guests are always welcome to attend regular Sunday services at La Porte New Church, held at 10 a.m., 812 Indiana Ave., La Porte. For more information, contact Rev. Kit Billings, (219) 380-4682.

June 29, 7 p.m - Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, Keynote Speaker

"Youth Leadership and Order of the Sacred Earth, and Other Ways Earth is Speaking to us Today"

In her struggle to survive, Mother Earth is busy at work awakening the young to new kinds of leadership.  Rev. Matthew Fox has an "intergenerational vision for love and action." 

Fox will be the keynote speaker at this event, sharing his thoughts on the important roles of elders and the youth at this critical time of Earth and Human history. 

The American theologian renowned for his books “Creation Spirituality,” “Original Blessing”, and The Coming of the Cosmic Christ,” Fox perhaps has done the most to reframe a positive role for the natural world in Christian theology in the contemporary moment.

June 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Nature’s Mystic Mirror, Rev. Christine Campbell

Are you aware that nature is both our mirror and teacher, offering us a way to develop a deep awareness of the correspondences between the natural and spiritual worlds? Nature provides a mirror into the spiritual world which in turn allows us to discern our own limitations and blocks. The correspondences we draw may reveal the places in ourselves that separate us from God and from each other. This is a meditative class that will leave you feeling more at peace inside and out.

June 30 - 3:30 to 5 p.m. - Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Rev. Rich Tafel

The New Church, or the next evolution of Christianity, is described as integrating three areas: our moral life, our civil life, and our spiritual life. We believe that it is impossible to lead a spiritual life if you are not engaged in the world, running your business, showing up for work, managing your family, and engaging in social and political life.

Are you aware that the “old church” seems to be crumbling as two hundred churches in America close each week? An epidemic of loneliness is spreading throughout the industrialized world, and young people find they have few places to develop their spiritual life.

Spiritual entrepreneurism is a solution. Here is a way that churches can seek to develop the inner life of those who participate, while also helping them develop their business life. It offers itself as a place where young entrepreneurs can develop their inner lives as they get expert coaching and learn strategies to launch their business or nonprofit… an opportunity for inspiration.

July 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m. - Helen Keller’s Spiritual Legacy, Rev. Sage Cole

You’ve heard of how Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame physical disabilities to live an inspiring life. But did you know she became one of the most famous people of her generation?... a writer, an advocate for economic justice and international peace, an opponent of WWI, deaf and blind, and totally devoted to the theological vision of Emanuel Swedenborg. Come hear about how this remarkable person lived her faith, in action.

July 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Transcendence: The Power and Purpose of Prayer, Rev. Dan Burchett

Prayer is a common practice in all religious teaching and is foundational in importance. The thinking behind the practice of prayer takes those praying in many different directions. Perhaps prayer has little to do with changing life situations but rather changing us. There is much to say about the power and purpose of prayer. It may be different than what you think.


La Porte Christian Women’s Club will hold luncheon

The La Porte Christian Women’s Club will present a luncheon July 9 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.

Jean Schaffer, of Fort Wayne, will speak about “Winning the Game.” Special feature is to be announced.

Make reservations for the luncheon by July 5. Make cancellations by 10 a.m. July 8. Call Jan at 324-0008.

Thode Floral, 610 Lincoln Way, La Porte, is the sponsor of the event.


Sixth annual UMW Arts & Crafts Show slated

The La Porte First United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Arts & Crafts Show on Sept. 28, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Porte County Fairgrounds, 2581 Ind. 2.

This event features over 100 artists and crafters whose top-of-the-line items reflect superb craftsmanship and originality. You will find something for every room in your home, for your patio or backyard, for children and newborn infants, for your pets, for your own personal accessorizing, and for your holiday decoration needs. While shopping, don't forget to look for those unique gifts for family and friends. It will be difficult to leave empty handed! Lunch and delicious desserts will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.

For more information call 362-2443.


Summer bargains at Thrift Shop

St. John's Thrift Shop has clothes for the whole family: shorts, tank tops, swimwear, T-shirts, sandals and more. 

You can also find golf clubs, tools, sports items and toys. The shop offers a large variety of merchandise, such as jewelry, dishes, cookware, bed linens and books. 

You can read about new donations and weekly sales when you like us on Facebook. 

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


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.



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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