Religion briefs

2013-07-12T21:00:00Z 2013-07-13T00:12:05Z Religion briefs


Community barbecue

GARY | A community barbecue will be hosted by Ross Community Reformed Church from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be food, music and surprises at this free event at 3900 W. 41st Ave. Call (219) 980-0200.

Church social aids foundation

CROWN POINT | St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1/2 mile south of St. Anthony Hospital, will host an Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 2 to 4 p.m. at 12718 Marshall St. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the Crown Point Community Foundation. Call (219) 663-0559.

Hope's Closet

GRIFFITH | Hope's Closet provides free clothing, shoes and household essentials to those in need. Sponsored by Griffith Free Methodist Church, the closet is open on the second Saturday of every month, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church, 826 N. Lillian Ave. Call  (219) 924-7296.


St. Paul Episcopal marks 125th

MUNSTER | St. Paul Episcopal Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary at 10 a.m. at 1101 Park Drive. The church was founded in Hammond in 1888 and rededicated in Munster in 1989.  A reception will follow in the Cloister in the Woods. Call (219) 838-3803.

African pastor will speak

MUNSTER | The community is welcome to hear African pastor Richard Banda speak at 10 a.m. at Mercy Hill Church, 900 Ridgeway Ave. This service will include the congregation of Hope Church in Griffith. Pastor Banda is from Lusaka, Zambia, where he leads the Ramah Life Ministries group of churches. He is a gifted musician, recording artist and inspiring speaker with an international ministry. Call (219) 924-4007.

Croatian Parish Day

GARY | St. Joseph the Worker Croatian Church will host its annual Croatian Parish Day after Mass, from noon to 4:30 p.m., at 330 E. 45th Ave. Barbecue lamb and pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), raznjici (shish-ka-bob), muckalica (pork stir fry) and cevapcici dinners will be sold. Additionally, palacinke (crepes), strudels and baked goods will be available for purchase. Phil Stipancic & Orchestra will entertain. Call (219) 980-1846.


Vacation Bible school

GARY | Ross Community Reformed Church will offer Kingdom Rock VBS from 9 a.m to noon through Friday for preschoolers through sixth-graders at 3900 W. 41st Ave. Learning activities, Bible adventures, amazing experiments, wild games and surprising adventures are featured. Call (219) 980-0200 or visit

Summer camp

GARY | God's Grace Church and Grace Community Development will offer a free Summer Feeding Enrichment Program for children 5 to 18 years old through Aug. 9 at God's Grace Church, 4580 Broadway. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Call Phyllis Ali at (219) 902-2010.

SCUBA vacation Bible school

CROWN POINT | Holy Spirit Church will hold vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon throughout the week with the Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure theme, for ages pre-kindergarten to fifth grade at 11319 Randolph St. The cost is $25 per child. Call (219) 661-0074.

Vacation Bible school

DYER | Grace Lutheran Church will hold vacation Bible School from 9 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the week with the theme Tell It on the Mountain, at 8303 Sheffield Ave. Call (219) 865-1137.

VBS at Bethel Church

CEDAR LAKE | VBS at Bethel Church will be held from 9 a.m to noon through Thursday for children 4 years old through sixth grade at the Cedar Lake campus at 13620 Wicker Ave. Each day of VBS includes an opening session filled with music and games, followed by a lesson, craft time (during which the school-age kids do service projects two days during the week), and game time. There is a family night for parents and siblings on the final day of each VBS week at 6:30 p.m. An offering will be taken throughout the week to buy solar panels for a medical facility in Sierra Leone, Africa. Due to space limitations, attendees should choose one campus to attend. Register at or at the church office at either campus. Call (219) 663-9200.

Kingdom Rock VBS

GRIFFITH | Griffith Lutheran Church will host Kingdom Rock VBS Where Kids Stand Strong for God from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. throughout the week. The closing program will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at 1000 N. Broad St. Call (219) 838-1626.

Vacation Bible school

HEBRON | Hebron Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school for preschoolers through sixth-grade students from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 312 N. Madison St. There will be games, Bible stories, memory verses, snacks and prizes. Call (219) 996-3394.

Bible school, carnival planned

VALPARAISO | Calvary Church invites children in grades kindergarten  through five to share in Turn It Up! Vacation Bible School from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. at 1325 Evans Ave. Registration is free. Visit to register. Indoor and outdoor games, bounce houses, face-painting, music and carnival food, including free hot dog meal for kids. The community is welcome. Call (219) 462-4026.

Vacation Bible school

HOBART | Trinity United Methodist Church will offer Kingdom Rock VBS: Where Kids Stand Strong for God from 6 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the week at 3561 S. Randolph St. Preschoolers through children entering sixth grade are welcome. Register at Call (219) 962-1353.


Vacation Bible school

LANSING | Kids 4 to 12 are welcome to find out how God Is Good at vacation Bible school. Make the summer evenings cooler with crafts, science and games today through Friday at 18420 Burnham St. Call to register at (708) 474-1144.

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