Religion briefs

2013-12-07T00:00:00Z Religion briefs nwitimes.com
December 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TODAY

Cookie walk

WHEELER | Wheeler Methodist Church will hold a cookie walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 307 North St. Cost is $5 per pound and containers will be provided. Call (219) 759-1108.

Advent Morning of Reflection

WHITING | Advent Morning of Reflection is planned with guest speaker and scripture scholar, the Rev. Jerry Schweitzer from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Rose Room, 1739 LaPorte Ave. Refreshments will be served and a free will offering will benefit the Whiting/Robertsdale St. Vincent DePaul Society. Call (219) 659-4138.

Breakfast with Santa

CROWN POINT | Breakfast with Santa is from 9 to 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 forages 3 to 10. There will be free photos with Santa. Also on this day the Play & Learn Preschool will have their annual Scholastic Book Sale from 9 to 3 p.m. Call (219) 663-1515.

Annual Christmas bake sale

MERRILLVILLE | Annual Christmas Bake Sale includes a large variety of Greek and American pastries and sweets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison St. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and diners can choose from lamb shanks with rosa marina pasta w/salad for $12, pastitsio (Greek lasagna) w/salad for $8 or a traditional Greek salad for $5. Call (219) 942-5781.

Cookie and Novelty Sale

HAMMOND | Our Lady of Fatima will host its annual cookie and novelty sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 8 a.m to noon Dec. 8 at St. Casimir School Blue Room, 4329 Cameron Ave. One pound packages of home baked cookies are $5 per package and other baked goods. Christmas and Novelty items will be for sale along with a raffle table of items and baskets. Call (219) 931-2589.

Harmony Handbells

CROWN POINT | Harmony Handbells will perform from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Hillside Community Church, 5201 W. 109th Ave. There will be a free-will offering and bake sale to fund the Jon Millstead Memorial Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, this scholarship is given to young cancer survivors headed to college. Call (219) 613-1079.

The Story of Light

HAMMOND | First Baptist Church will offer a downtown Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at 473 Sibley St. The program will include church musicians, a 120-voice choir, a 50-piece orchestra, youth choirs, and soloists. Call (219) 932-0711.

SUNDAY

Christmas Music Program

WINFIELD | Christ Presbyterian Church in Winfield will present its annual Christmas Worship Program with talented musicians from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 7416 E. 109th Ave. The hand bell choir will perform, as well as the choir, and those in attendance, will sing Christmas songs old and new. Coffee and sweets will be served after the celebration. Call (219) 663-0129.

Sing along/cookie decorating

HIGHLAND | Sing child-friendly Christmas songs complete with costumes for the children to put on, like red noses and black top hats, play indoor snowball as a team game, enjoy a snack, hear a story and decorate cookies to take home at the church's fourth annual event from 2 to 4 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2201 Azalea Drive. Santa plans to stop in. Children need to be registered by phone and will receive a treat bag. New toys for a toy drive and new mittens for children in need will be collected. Call (219) 924-2100.

Christmas at St. Victor's

CALUMET CITY | This year marks the South Suburban Chorale’s 13th annual Christmas concert, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Victor Catholic Church, 553 Hirsch Ave. The 130-member chorale will be directed by Albert M. Jackson and accompanied by pianist Marilyn Bourgeois and organists Mark Sudeith and Michael Cierski. Joined by the Chicago Gargoyle Brass Ensemble, the chorale sings music of Claudio Monteverdi, Franz Biebl, John Rutter, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and others.

Live Naivity and Marketplace

MUNSTER | Westminster Presbyterian Church will offer a live Nativity and marketplace. Nativity performances at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. at 8955 Columbia Ave. Come inside and shop the artisan booths and enjoy the many different vendors. Call (219) 838-3131 or visit: www.wpcmunster.org.

God's Helping Hands Puppet Ministry

HAMMOND | Professional puppeteers will share Bible stories and songs through this interactive ministry from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hessville Bible Church, 6518 Grand Ave. Call (219) 844-8900.

THURSDAY

Christmas Caroling at McDonald's

HAMMOND | Join the Hessville Bible Church as they sing Christmas songs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the McDonald's, near 169th and Grand Ave. Call (219) 844-8900.

FRIDAY

Journey of Joy

SOUTH HOLLAND | An eight-scene walk through re-enactment of the Christmas story (live Nativity) is planned from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Cottage Grove Christian Reformed Church, 16556 Cottage Grove Ave. Call (708) 331-0391.

Prayer and the Advent Season

HAMMOND | The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Spiritual Life Commission is sponsoring a special advent program, Prayer and the Advent Season with the Rev. Stan Dominik as the presenter from 7 to 9 p.m. at 7140 Arizona Ave. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program. Call (219) 989-9317.

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