From the Community

From the Community

Your congregation is invited to submit events and happenings for this webpage.

From the Community highlights non-Center sponsored activities in the community that may be of interest to congregations in your area and throughout the state. Items are posted on the website, and a monthly email goes out to congregations.

The news items in this community collection are not Center sponsored. The information posted does not imply a Center for Congregations endorsement of those products, companies or services. We can accept only one item per congregation each month, and announcements must have a broad, general public interest. We will consider each submission, but not all can be included due to space, timing and content.


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From the Community

On Sunday, June 23, the ground-breaking vocal group, The Ripple Effect, will be presenting a Christmas in June concert at Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of Christmas favorites, followed by a traditional carol sing-along, and the moving and unforgettable cantata, His Love Still Shines (complete with chamber orchestra). A free-will offering will be taken, and 10% of the monetary proceeds will be donated to Seasons Counseling of Michiana. Immediately after the performance, there will be a Christmas Ice Cream Social!
Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, in partnership with Connection Ministries, is once again hosting a three-evening Summer Friendship Gathering for individuals with developmental disabilities. Evenings begin with dinner served at 6 p.m. and will include Bible study, worship, small group discussion, prayer, and service activities. All registered participants (adult friends with intellectual disabilities, and volunteers who work in a one-on-one capacity) will receive a T-shirt illustrating the 2019 theme "In His Steps," based on 1 Peter 2: 21 and Hebrews 12: 2.
Kids age 3 through 5th grade are invited to attend "Athens: Paul’s dangerous journey to share the truth" Vacation Bible School June 24-28, 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. daily at Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 7950 Marshall St., in Merrillville. A kid-friendly dinner is included, along with Bible stories, music, games, and more. The cost is $10 per family and includes a free music CD or MP3 download. Those interested can register in advance at https://vbspro.events/p/events/tmlcvbs or at the door on June 24. Questions? Call (219)769-5376
Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, an American Episcopalian theologian, writer and speaker, will deliver the keynote address for the 2019 Annual Swedenborgian Church Convention held at Valparaiso University this summer at Harre Union Ballroom on campus. His title is: "Youth Leadership and Order of the Sacred Earth, and Other Ways Earth is Speaking to Us Today." Fox will speak on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. Fox is known for his “Creation Spirituality” and his books, "Original Blessing" and "The Coming of The Cosmic Christ," Rev.
The congregation of North United Methodist Church and members of the community will gather under a big tent in North UMC’s parking lot at 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, for one service of celebration and music at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 30 called Worship Without Walls. Bryce Nelson (www.MusicBNelson.com), a Christian recording artist from Indianapolis, will lead the music. Many will remember him for his special music video of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" filmed in North's sanctuary.
All are welcome to a fun-filled weekend of fellowship, friends, shopping and sight seeing. The trip begins as the bus leaves the church at 6 a.m. on Friday July 12, 2019. Participants return by 8 p.m. on Sunday July 14, 2019. This trip to Louisville, Kentucky, includes stops at FOOD Network restaurants, the Muhammad Ali museum, shopping at the Outlets and more. The cost is $65, non-refundable, which includes the cost of the bus trip per person.
All are welcome to this opportunity to develop leadership knowledge, skills and abilities. For 15 years, Faith Church in Dyer has served as a premier host simulcast site for the Global Leadership Summit, where hundreds of leaders from numerous organizations in NW Indiana, the Chicago Southland and other places (businesses, governments, schools, colleges, universities, not-for-profits, and faith-based organizations) gather to gain fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty.
All are welcome to explore the vital tools to begin Messy Church. Participants will learn about the history, values, format and best practices to get Messy Church started. Those in attendance will have opportunity to dialogue with their teams about specific challenges and strengths that will assist in communicating the gospel to all ages. Cost is $150 for a team of 2-5, each additional person is $25. Individual registration is $100 each. Lunch is provided for $5 per person. Registration can be submitted online through the Messy Church USA website link above.