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RELIGION BRIEFS, DEC. 1

Updated: January 2, 2013 6:04AM



CROWN POINT

Bethel Church: 10202 Broadway — Salt & Light of Northwest Indiana all-day conference for churches, small groups and community members, Saturday, Dec. 1; 7:30 a.m. check-in, conference concludes at 4 p.m.; registration $45 at the door. Speakers are: Andy Rittenhouse, founder of the Salt & Light Movement; and Jason Topp and Joey Mayfield, co-directors of Salt & Light of NWI. 663-9200.

GARY

Church of God In Christ: 5718 W. 9th Ave. — A revival begins at 7 nightly Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 7. Speakers are Bishop B.A. Sanders and pastor Robert Strong Sr. 949-2626.

First Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church: 643 W. 41st Ave. — Good Deeds Ministry clothing giveaway and food for the hungry, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday; winter clothes and coats available Saturday, Dec. 8. 884-6170 or 484-9623.

Living Way Christian Center: 235 W. 40th Ave. — A guest speaker is featured at 2 p.m. the first Saturday monthly; refreshments served; includes a clothing and coat giveaway. (586) 914-1251.

Mount Zion Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ: 4937 Massachusetts St. — The 18th annual Christmas gathering begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Genesis Convention Center, 5th Avenue and Broadway. 980-1647.

New Shiloh Baptist Church: 1727 W. 15th Ave. — The 53rd church anniversary and pastor Corey Jackson’s fourth anniversary festivities conclude with a service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. 944-7670.

Prayer House of Faith Church: 300 E. 15th Ave. — A clothing giveaway is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 886-1020.

St. Mary of the Lake: 6060 Miller Ave. — The annual bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, in Lessard Hall, with new items, trinkets and treasures, baked items, books, plants and crafts. Raffle tickets are $5 at the door. 938-0913 or 938-1373.

HIGHLAND

Immanuel United Church of Christ: 2201 Azalea Drive — A free family holiday event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with holiday songs and a story, cookie decorating, games, snacks and a visit from Santa; registered children receive a treat bag; attendants are asked to bring a new pair of mittens or hat for the Mitten Tree. 677-8716.

MERRILLVILLE

Laurel Church Ministries: 7525
Taft St. — The congregation dispenses gifts to community members during the Community Christmas Trunk ’n’ Treasures free family holiday event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the front parking lot. Hot cocoa, cookies, toys, winter clothing and more are offered. To volunteer or for more information, call 738-1991.

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral: 800 Madison St. — The St. Helen’s Philoptochos Ladies Society holds the ninth annual Christmas Pastry Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Lunch is available on Saturday.

MUNSTER

Westminster Presbyterian Church: 8955 Columbia Ave. — The 15th annual cookie walk to benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area is Saturday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 9 a.m. Call Cynthia at 922-2732 or (708) 895-8332, or email ccamp@hospicecalumet.org.

OGDEN DUNES

Ogden Dunes Community Church: 116 Hillcrest Road — The Christian family movie, “The Nativity Story,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 762-1184.

PORTAGE

First Presbyterian Church of Portage: 6225 Lute Road — A cookie walk is from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, with cookies ($7 per pound), nut rolls and pumpkin rolls. 762-4914.

PORTER

Beyond the Box Community Center: 801 S. Babcock Road — Families are invited to hear the story of David and Goliath at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; free photos available with the giant Goliath on display. 762-7589 or jim@step-by-step.org.

ST. JOHN

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church: 10701 Olcott Ave. — A bilingual Mass celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, celebrants are Bishop Dale J. Melczek and the Rev. Jaime Perea, www.stjohnparish.org.

VALPARAISO

Heritage Lutheran Church: 308 N. Washington St. — Midweek Advent services are held at 11:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5 through 19, luncheon is served after 11:30 a.m. services. 464-2810.

WHEELER

Wheeler United Methodist Church: 307 N. St. — A cookie walk is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; cookies are $5 per pound, containers provided. 759-1108.

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