Community Alerts

Your congregation is invited to submit a Community Alert.

Community Alerts highlight non-Center sponsored events and happenings 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 on the third Monday of each month. The deadline for submission is the previous Friday.

The news items in Community Alert 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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Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN, will host a presentation by Rev. Dr. Lawrence Brennan on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Fr. Brennan will speak on the topic “500 Years Later, The Reformation: A Roman Catholic Perspective.” Fr. Brennan is professor of systematic theology at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne offers a Lutheran response. The day begins at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Brennan’s presentation, followed by Dr. Ziegler’s response. There will be a time for questions and answers.
The Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop is a half-day event that will show participants how to equip lay people to minister to those who need care. Participants will gain hands-on ministry skills through a sample of Stephen Ministry training. The training can deepen a congregation's vision for care and outreach, and introduce them to the benefits of Stephen Ministry. This event is for pastors and church staff, lay leaders and decision makers, caregivers and caregiving teams.
On October 22, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will be hosting the 15th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. Proceeds from this festival will go to Shepherd's House in Fort Wayne and to support the Madina Village School in Sierra Leone, Africa. A $10 wristband gains participant access to inflatables, a corn box, a tractor ride, oversized games, toasted marshmallows and more. The chili cook-off is $5 with 3 voting tickets. Also available are hot dogs, cider, a caramel apple bar and a silent auction.
All are invited to an informational meeting about the 2018 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations at Christian Theological Seminary. It will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Shelton Auditorium at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd St., Indianapolis. The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program seeks to strengthen Indiana congregations by providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection.
Jewish portraits in the Literature of Indiana is the focus of a Lunch & Learn talk by Trent D. Pendley, author of the historical fiction Toys in the Closet, Thursday, October 26th at 12 noon at the Jewish Federation in Munster. Those interested can RSVP at 219.301-0960. Trent will discuss writings by Sid Fleischman, Meyer Levin, Saul Bellow, Lee Zacharias, Betty Tigay, Kathryn Lasky, Garry August and Rosemary Gard. Pendley is a past president of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society.
This event is for those caring for a loved one or who would like to partner with others in the faith community to minister to family caregivers. CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions invites all to the 2017 Family Caregiver Conference. Dr. Diane Healey of St. Vincent Center for Healthy Aging will discuss how medical advances have resulted in longer life spans than ever, yet more people are living with multiple chronic conditions that negatively impact quality of life for themselves and their families.
On Saturday, October 28, Sherry K’s groundbreaking vocal group The Ripple Effect presents the 3rd annual "If You Knew Me, You'd Love Me" concert - an evening of music and words designed to build understanding. Uplifting songs of unity and inspiration will be interwoven with speakers from the community who will share personal stories of feeling misunderstood in our society today. The event takes place at St. Peter's United Church of Christ. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10, and can be purchased from any Ripple Effect member or at the door.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the Spirit & Place Festival is a 10-day festival of events. Created by and for the community, each event explores the 2017 theme of POWER by using arts, humanities and religion. From panel discussions and lectures to dance performances, film, yoga and art-making, the Spirit & Place Festival has something for everyone. Spirit & Place is an initiative of the Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts.
While 50% of all adults will develop at least one mental illness over the course of their lives, many of them will go first to a pastor before going to a psychiatrist or medical doctor to seek help. However, most pastors haven’t been equipped to address mental health challenges among their people. Mental illness is not the result of weak faith or a lack of spiritual willpower. The church has a unique opportunity to eliminate the stigma and talk openly about mental health.
This event features Indiana historian Dr. James Madison, poet Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde, SongSquad and actors from the Indiana Historical Society’s museum theater program. Historic documents, images and music will be used to help the community reflect on the history of race.