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RELIGION BRIEFS, DEC. 8

Updated: January 9, 2013 6:04AM



CEDAR LAKE

Cedar Lake United Methodist Church: 7124 W. 137th Place — Donations are sought for the Project Love Food Pantry. Each $25 provides a Christmas dinner to a family. Mail donations to the church, marked “Christmas Dinner,” or call 374-7312.

GARY

Genesis Convention Center: 5th Avenue and Broadway — The Northern Indiana Missionary Baptist Educational District Association holiday gala is at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $35; call the Genesis Center at 882-5505 or Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church at 882-9339.

Holy Bethel Missionary Baptist Church: 810 W. 8th Ave. — The Pastor’s Aide annual day observance is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Guest is pastor Herman Polk of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Hammond. 882-1940

Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church: 2629 W. 23rd Place — The winter carnival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. 949-4794

Prayer House of Faith Church: 300 E. 15th Ave. — A free Christmas dinner is being served from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; worship service is at 11 a.m.; free gifts. 886-1020

Ross Community Reformed Church: 3900 W. 41st Ave. — The 19th annual cookie walk and craft fair is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8; cookies are $6 per pound. 980-0200

Temple of Praise Church of God in Christ: 3941 E. 13th Ave. — A clothing and coat giveaway is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8. 938-7004

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

HOBART

Advancing Christ’s Kingdom Ministries: 1001 W. Ridge Road — The Christmas Extravaganza and gift giveaway is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, with a karaoke contest, games, face painting, popcorn and hotdogs. The first 100 children in four categories – newborns to age 3, ages 4 to 7, ages 8 to 12 and ages 13 to 17 – receive free gifts. 940-3165

MERRILLVILLE

St. Stephen Martyr: 5920 Waite St. — A holiday fair is being held Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Homemade and specialty crafts, homemade cookies for $5 a pound, a Winter Wonderland Cafe and more available. 980-9348

Laurel Church: 7525 Taft St. — The Community Christmas Trunk ’n’ Treasures event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, with gifts for families, hot cocoa, cookies, toys, winter clothing items and more. 738-1991

PORTER TOWNSHIP

Salem United Methodist Church: 769 W. County Road 350S — A cookie walk is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, cookies are $5 per pound, containers and plastic gloves provided. 988-4700

PORTAGE

First United Methodist Church: 2637 McCool Road — A fair trade sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with home décor, Christmas decorations, jewelry, food items, and handmade items by artisans and farmers from more than 30 countries, cash and checks only. 762-3846

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

VALPARAISO

Calvary Church: 1325 Evans Ave. — The children’s choir and drama group present the Christmas musical “Back to the Manger” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 462-4026

First Presbyterian Church: 3401 N. Valparaiso St. — The church choir and chamber orchestra perform the Christmas cantata “A Blest Messiah Born!” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Admission is free. 464-4985

St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church: 36 W. County Road 700N — A cookie walk is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, cookies are $7 per pound. 462-4052

Union Community Church United Church of Christ: 602 Monroe St. — Guest speaker Thomas Roberts presents “A Journey with St. Francis: Pilgrimage to Assisi” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. R.S.V.P. deadline is Monday, Dec. 10; call 464-3197 or email uccspirit@yahoo.com.

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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