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Coat drive Saturday at New Life Church
Congregants of New Life Church, 501 N. Indiana Ave., Goshen, invite the public to attend their first coat drive Saturday.
More than 100 coats, plus scarves and hats of all sizes will be available.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and the coats and other winter accessories will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Refreshments will be served.
New Life Church is next to the Old Bag Factory and The Depot.
Advent centering prayer service Monday
The second ecumenical Advent Centering Prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at College Mennonite Church in the Koinonia Room. Parking is available on the south side of the church and signs on the doors will guide attendees to the proper place. The public is invited.
The service lasts about half an hour. Participants are invited to stay for a cup of tea and fellowship afterward.
No sign up is required.
ECA students to present Christmas concert
Elkhart Christian Academy’s choir, band and orchestra students will present a concert of traditional Christmas favorites that tell the story of Jesus’ birth at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The concert will take place at First Baptist Church, 53953 C.R. 17, Bristol.
Selections will include vocal jazz arrangements of “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and an arrangement of “Silent Night,” as well as other Christmas favorites.
The concert will also include a sing-along.
Church to host live Nativity
Maple Grove Church in Topeka will host a live Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14 and 15.
Animals will be provided by Maple Lane Wildlife Farm, Topeka.
The church is located at 806 S. Main St.
Community invited to candlelight service
The public is invited to join the congregants of Bethel Missionary Church for a candlelight and communion service at 6 p.m. Dec. 22.
The church is located at 63473 C.R. 7, Goshen.
Nursery care will be provided for preschool-age children.
For more information, call the church at 862-2631 or go online to www.bethelmissionarychurch.org.
Winter coat drive at Guidance Ministries
Guidance Ministries is collecting winter coats in every size and color for those in the community in need of a warm coat. Donations can be dropped off at Guidance Ministries headquarters, 216 N. Second St., Elkhart, Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All coats will be given away free of charge. Gifts are tax deductible. For more information, call 296-7192.
Five Ind. theology schools share in Lilly grant
Five Indiana theology schools are among 51 nationwide that have been awarded a total of more than $12 million by the Lilly Endowment to study economic issues facing future ministers.
The Indianapolis-based endowment announced this week the 51 schools include Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, the Anderson University School of Theology, Fort Wayne’s Concordia Theological Seminary and Bethany Theological Seminary and the Earlham School of Religion, both in Richmond. Each school will receive about $250,000.
The endowment began its initiative last year with an experimental pilot. Grants were given to 16 theological schools to develop programs to improve the economic well-being of their students and graduates.
The endowment says recent research shows student educational debt in excess of $30,000 is not uncommon for seminary graduates.