Community Alerts

Your congregation is invited to submit a Community Alert.

Community Alerts highlight non-Center sponsored events and happenings in the community that may be of interest to congregations in your area and throughout the state. Items are posted on the website, and a monthly email goes out to congregations on the third Monday of each month. The deadline for submission is the previous Friday.

The news items in Community Alert are not Center sponsored. The information posted does not imply a Center for Congregations endorsement of those products, companies or services. We can accept only one item per congregation each month, and announcements must have a broad, general public interest. We will consider each submission, but not all can be included due to space, timing and content.

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Community Alerts

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church presents a Christmas concert, with free performances on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. While the concert is free, the audience is invited to “pay it forward” through a freewill offering received during the concert, which will benefit a local immigration resettling support agency, the Immigrant Welcome Center. Funds received at last year’s performances resulted in a $19,000 donation to a local food pantry. This year’s candlelight concert, “Welcome Christmas!
Santa Claus is coming to town! All are welcome to Zion Lutheran Church for this Zion Youth Connection event.
Not everyone feels joyful at Christmas. Sometimes the holiday season brings forward painful memories, difficult losses and grief, or heightened stress that leads to feeling overwhelmed. Even the dark days and early sunsets impact many. This year, Mt. Pleasant Church invites all to a “Blue Christmas” service, December 3, at 6 p.m. In this service, participants will observe a time of worship and reflection that gives space to experience the difficult feelings of the season, and place them in the hands of the God.
On December 9, 10 a.m.-noon, all are welcome to hear The Ripple Effect Choir at University Park Mall (Barnes & Noble atrium) as they sing Christmas carols and collect donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves, coats, hats and other winter apparel for those in need.
Fort Wayne Rising proudly presents The Brilliance live in concert on Wednesday, December 13, 2018 at C2G music hall. With their second full-length project, David Gungor and John Arndt—otherwise known as The Brilliance—present All Is Not Lost. Tickets are $12 for general admission, open seating. The first two rows are reserved for VIP ticket holders. VIP tickets are $25 and include early entry for intimate pre-show performance of 2-3 songs, brief Q&A, and access to front row seats for the show. All tickets will be delivered digitally via email.
The public is welcome to attend the Christmas eve service, set in a barn. There will be live animals. The children in attendance are invited to wear costumes and participate as the Nativity story is reenacted. It is a very casual service so all are encouraged dress warmly.
Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water, explores the 21st century face of charity. Scott will share his unique story of rediscovering his lost faith that brought him face-to-face with the global water crisis. He leveraged technology and innovation to reinvent charity and build America’s largest private funder of international water programming, and along the way, transformed the traditional form of charity. Scott founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006.