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St. Peter Lutheran Church Announces New Assistant Music Director

St-Peter-Mario-SamaniegoSt. Peter Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Portage, Indiana, joyfully announces that Mario Samaniego has joined their Music Department as Assistant Music Director. He plays keyboards, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, drums and also sings.

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Bishop Makes Pastoral Visit to St. Catherine Hospital

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Bishop Donald J. Hying visited St. Catherine Hospital on Monday, Feb. 13, as one of several stops in Northwest Indiana to observe the World Day of the Sick.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Feast of St. Francis Brings Blessings to Pets, Children, the Elderly

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Feast-of-St-Francis-Brings-Blessings-to-Pets-Children-the-ElderlyThe Rev. Anthony Janik, director of spiritual care services at Franciscan Health Crown Point, prays over Kimber the canine during a 15th-annual Blessing of Children, the Elderly and Pets on Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis.

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New Christian Community Coming to Portage in 2016

The-Well-ACC-LogoThe Well, A Christian Community is launching its public worship services on September 25, 2016 at The Portage Township YMCA. The Well is an independent, non-denominational Christian community based upon the teachings of the Bible. It is founded by Pastor Kevin August and his wife Laura August.

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St. Peter Lutheran Church Installs New Minister by Linda Lemond

St-Peter-Lutheran-Church-Installs-New-Minister-by-Linda-Lemond-01St. Peter Lutheran Church of Portage, Indiana, joyfully announces the installation of the Reverend Benjamin Thomas Ahlersmeyer as its new minister. Pastor Ben was installed July 31, 2016, with many local ministers, congregational members, friends, family members and visitors in attendance.

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Kids Town Pays a Visit to Portage


Chesterton is too small for the hearts of the Road to Life Ministry so from August 2nd through the 4th they are taking their love and their gospel out into the region. Kids Town Live is a special edition of the weekly Sunday School program the church offers its youth. Day one invited the Portage community to join in on the fun at our own Woodland Park.

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Lexi Elisha's 'Who You Are' is Here

Lexi-Elisha-Who-You-AreIt took me about 10 years to fully understand the weight of my calling. It took me years of good songs, good writing, and my heart in a good place to realize good is not anointed and good does't cost much. This realization is when Who You Are was birthed. I was hit with the most devastating and exciting news of my life... of which I cannot disclose at this time due to confidentiality and safety measures. The day I received the news I sat in a room with Rusty Varenkamp, genius producer and writer, and we wrote Who You Are.

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Franciscan Health-Munster: Bishop Blesses, Dedicates New Hospital Chapel, Altar

Franciscan-Health-Munster-Bishop-blesses-dedicates-new-hospital-chapel-altar-2016Most Rev. Donald J. Hying, archbishop of the Gary Catholic Diocese, blesses with holy water attendees at a Rite of Blessing of the Altar and Dedication of the Chapel ceremony on Feb. 9 at Franciscan Health-Munster. The newly completed hospital chapel is named in honor of Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health Celebrates Pastoral Care Week

Franciscan-St-Margaret-Health-Celebrates-Pastoral-Care-WeekMost Rev. Donald J. Hying, bishop of the Gary Catholic Diocese, was keynote speaker at a Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Hammond dinner program for clergy and spiritual care workers from area churches and hospitals Oct. 27. The dinner was in conjunction with the celebration of Pastoral Care Week (Oct. 25-31). Pastoral Care Week dates back to the 1980s, when the National Association of Catholic Chaplains adopted a resolution setting aside a week in which to celebrate and honor all those who participate in the pastoral/spiritual care ministries.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health Celebrates Life with Area Students

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer saw hundreds of young souls gather for the annual Respect Life Celebration on Monday, October 12 in the campus’s front lawn. This event has taken place during Respect Life Week for over 20 years, and is meant to put an emphasis on the precious gift of life and to let people know that their lives matter, have meaning, and deserve respect.

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St. Peter Lutheran Church Prayer Shawl and Lap Robe Ministry of 2015

St-Peter-Litheran-Prayer-Shawl-Ministries-2015For several years, the members of St. Peter Lutheran Church have been involved in a ministry that spreads God’s warmth and love in a very tangible way. Talented people create prayer shawls and lap robes to be given to those in need of a healing touch.

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