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RELIGION BRIEFS, DEC. 15

Updated: January 16, 2013 6:03AM



CEDAR LAKE

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

CHESTERTON

Duneland Aglow Lighthouse: — The organization meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. Speaker is pastor Ken Miller of the Portage Christian Fellowship Church. Light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7. Admission is free with an offering for expenses. 926-2060

GARY

Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ: 110 W. 43rd Ave., Gary — The Feed the Hungry event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway. The free event is led by elder Tommy Dolton. 644-8084

First Baptist Church: 626 W. 21st Ave. — The drama ministry presents the free play “A Family Christmas,” written and directed by the Rev. Kenneth Gray, at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. 883-3216.

St. John Spiritual Church: 1921 W. 45th Ave. — A “Feed the Homeless” event is from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. 980-3609

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church: 1831 Virginia St. — The mass choir’s anniversary concert is at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

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

Augustana Lutheran Church: 207 N. Kelly St. — The church’s 150th anniversary celebration is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The Sunday school classes, bell choir and adult choir present a “Sankta Lucia” service of light that salutes Swedish traditions. “Lucia” buns and other Scandinavian treats and refreshments served afterward. Because Lucia is the saint of the poor and hungry, nonperishable food donations are requested for the church pantry. 942-3574

Cornerstone Community Church: 7983 Grand Blvd. — A Christmas Eve candlelight service is from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24; homemade cookies served afterward. 942-4800

MERRILLVILLE

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

Bethel churches: 10202 Broadway, Crown Point, and 13620 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake — The churches’ annual Christmas Eve services are at 2 and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at the Star Plaza Theatre, 9001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. Each service features a special choir, a mix of traditional Christmas songs with contemporary worship music, and preaching by Bethel senior pastor Steve DeWitt. Childcare is not provided; families are encouraged to bring children to services. bethelweb.org

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

ST. JOHN

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church: 10701 Olcott Ave. — The Hispanic ministry sponsors a bilingual Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; includes Mariachi Sol de America, Aztec and Folklorico dancers; fellowship and refreshments afterward. 668-4764

VALPARAISO

Calvary Church: 1325 Evans Ave. — The Family Force 5 Christmas pageant is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are available on itickets.com for $15, or $20 at the door. 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. Free admission. 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

WHITING

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church: 2011 Clark St. — The Romanus Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24 (with compline, carols and Divine Liturgy), and at 9:30 a.m. Christmas day Tuesday, Dec. 25 (with matins, carols and Divine Liturgy). 659-0277

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