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Worship at The Presbyterian Church of La Porte

A special worship service on Sunday at 10 a.m. will feature a Children’s Christmas play, part of the Advent season, at The Presbyterian Church of La Porte, 307 Kingsbury Ave. It will be a combined service of the two worship services usually offered.

Everyone is also welcome to attend Advent worship Dec. 22 at the regularly offered contemporary service at 9 a.m. and the traditional service at 11 a.m.

For further information or questions call 362-6219 or visit


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.


Trinity announces Christmas services, December events

Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Ave., La Porte, has announced services for the Christmas season.

An advent service will be held Dec. 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Their Candlelight service will be held Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner to follow. The Christmas Eve service will be held Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church will be participating in the 19th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour presented by People Engaged in Preservation. The event will be held Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 per person from P.E.P. or cal (219) 363-2094 or (219) 363-7485. Tickets may be purchased at Trinity during tour ours only for $25.


‘SoulCore’ offered at Queens

The Health & Wellness Ministry at Queen of All Saints and St. Mary’s have announced that the next session of SoulCore: A Movement to Nourish Body, Mind, & Soul through the beauty of the Rosary is Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Legacy Center, rooms 4-5-6.

Amy O'Donnell, SoulCore instructor, will be conducting this session. The Queen of All Saints Legacy Center is located at 1719 E. Barker Ave., Michigan City.

For more information, contact Bruce or Becky Garwood at


Blood drive at Trinity

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Ave., La Porte.

It will be held in the fellowship hall on Dec. 17 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Call the Red Cross at (800) 733-2767 or go to (trinlaporte) to schedule your appointment.


Cantata planned for Mill Creek Baptist Church

Mill Creek Baptist Church Choir will present their Christmas Cantata “And on Earth Peace” on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.

The cantata, created by Randy Vade, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall, will allow you to feel the beautiful spirit of Christmas.

The church, located at 8762E CR-200S in Mill Creek, is easily accessible for he physically challenged. You are invited to join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ, Our Lord and Savior.


Queen of All Saints to present Christmas Cantata

Queen of All Saints Adult Contemporary Choir, directed by Stephanie Sobecki, will present a Christmas Cantata, Sing With The Angels, at Queen Of All Saints Church, 606 S. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, on Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

All are welcome to the free Cantata which re-tells the Christmas story from the vantage point of the angels from Gabriel's first appearance to Zacharias, to the glorious scene of angels filling the heavens singing Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

The program will end with the congregation joining the singing of "Angels  We Have Heard On High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."


Christmas Decor at Thrift Shop

St. John's Thrift Shop, 303 A  St., La Porte has Christmas decorations of all sorts!

You can find ornaments, dishes, wreaths, lights and some trees or tree stands.  There are lots of winter coats, scarves and gloves for men, women and children. The shop has a nice selection of pictures and mirrors, recliners, baby pack n' play, toys, puzzles with new items added each week. 

Don't forget to look at the large assortment of jewelry, shoes and puzzles. 

You can learn about new donations on Facebook, located under St. John's Lutheran Church.

The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. If La Porte schools are closed due to weather, the Thrift Shop will also close. Come 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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