Regular Eighth Street Activities

Adult Choir: The choir gathers to practice at 8:30 am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  Everyone who is interested is welcome to join the choir at any rehearsal.  The choir sings during worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month.

Muffins with Pastors: On the 8th of every month the pastors meet with seniors in 3 different locations:  Juniper Place (Greencroft) 10:00am; Evergreen Place (Greencroft) 1:00pm; Waterford Crossing 2:30pm.  (If the 8th falls on a weekend … the gatherings will happen the following Monday.)

Midweek Meals: At 6:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month, all are invited to come to church to eat supper in the Fellowship Hall.  Each month, a group is designated to prepare, serve and clean up after the meal.  Donations are welcome to cover the cost of the meal.  Following the meal, the Church Board gathers in the meeting room for its monthly meeting.

Men’s Luncheon: On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, a group of seniors men meet together for food and fellowship.

Women’s Luncheon: Also on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, senior women gather for food and fellowship.

Mennonite Women Activities: Eighth Street has an active Mennonite Women’s group which meets regularly through-out the year for fellowship and service. Activities include work days, Christmas and Spring Celebrations, an annual outing, and an end-of-the year picnic.

Fall Season

Promotion Sunday: We believe Christian education is important to the spiritual formation of children. The transition from one year to the next in Sunday School is formally recognized by the Eighth Street Church family during our worship service.  Children (ages 2 – 12th grade) as well as their teachers, sponsors and song leaders are recognized at this time.  Both 1st graders and 6th graders are also presented with a bible.

Neighborhood Pancake Breakfast: The Mission & Service Commission organizes a pancake breakfast for the neighborhood every year.  Fliers are passed out ahead of time to invite neighbors in the Eighth Street area.  If weather cooperates, it is hosted outside on the front lawn of the church and includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, along with music, friends, & fellowship.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner:  Twice a year, the Congregational Care Commission organizes this event.  People may sign up to be a host or a guest.  This is a great way to get to know people within the Eighth Street Church family.

Relief Sale:  Every year, Eighth Street, along with many area Mennonite Churches, participates in the Michiana Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale .  It is located at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds during the fourth weekend in September.  Eighth Street operates a food both that serves Strawberry Smoothies.  At the sale there are many other food choices, including pulled pork, egg rolls, half moon pies, etc., as well as a quilt auction and several other auctions.

Stone Soup: Fellowship Commission hosts a gathering in Stef & Nancy Miller’s woods.  Like the famous story, Stone Soup, everyone is invited to bring something to add to the soup, which is then cooked in a big pot over a fire.  Hot dogs and other food items are also enjoyed, as people gather around the fire for food and fellowship.

Thanksgiving Meal:  Each year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Kitchen Committee hosts a Thanksgiving meal after church.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing are provided and everyone is invited to bring a salad/side dish or dessert to share.

 Winter Season

Coffee Time goodies for Advent:  Adult Sunday School classes are invited to bake homemade goodies for the Advent season, which are shared during coffee time in the Fellowship Hall, following worship.

Eighth Street Basketball:  While the team record may vary, the fun factor is always there!  Eighth Street participates in a basketball league with other churches that play on Saturday mornings throughout the winter months.

Children’s Christmas Program:  Children ages 2 through 5th grade participate in the telling/acting/singing of the Christmas story each year – a performance not to be missed!

Service in Mississippi:  In January each year, a group of 15-20 people travel down to Meridian, Mississippi to do service with Jubilee Mennonite, a sister church.  The group does projects at the church, at Pine Lake Fellowship Camp and at various other social service agencies in the area. The group gets lots of special bonding time, including:  during the road trip, meals, sleeping arrangements at the nearby camp lodge, and of course, work!

Spring Season

Sr. Youth Catered Meal:  This is the one and only fundraiser the youth do each year.  The youth serve a meal before the annual congregational meeting each Spring.  People are invited to give money for their meal and the money raised goes toward the youth summer trip.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner:  Twice a year the Congregational Care Commission organizes this event.  People may sign up to be a host or a guest.  This is a great way to get to know people within the Eighth Street Church family.

Women’s Celebration:  An event for women of all ages, the celebration consists of a short program (story teller, musical group, etc.), fellowship, and a meal.

Easter Feast:  In celebration of Easter, after the worship service there is a “feast” in the Fellowship Hall consisting of sweet breads, fruit, cheese and chocolate fountains.

Spring Clean Up Day:  One Saturday each Spring, the trustees put together a list of projects that need to be done around the church including window washing, weeding, and other cleaning projects.  People are invited to come and help tackle the project list.  It is a good way to spruce up the church after the winter months and socialize at the same time!

Eighth Street  Softball:  While the team record may vary, the fun factor is always there!  Eighth Street participates in a softball league with other churches that play a couple of evenings a week during the late spring and early summer months.

Graduate recognition:  Graduates within the church are recognized for the milestone they are passing with a bowl made by church member, Marvin Bartel.  The bowl is intended to sometimes be filled and sometimes be empty, or create space for the graduates in their new endeavors.

Green Sunday:  Green Sunday is a way to corporately recognize ways we can be good stewards of God’s creation.  People are encouraged to ride bikes, walk, or carpool to church and the morning’s focus is on caring for the environment.

Summer Season

Korny Korner’s Church Picnic:  The annual church picnic is a highlight in the church calendar for all ages. After the morning worship service, the congregation gathers together at a church member’s farm and enjoys grilled hotdogs and other shared dishes.  After a hearty lunch eaten around picnic tables and on lawn chairs, basketball, ultimate frisbee, tag and conversation are enjoyed by all.

Bible School:  Eighth Street organizes a week of Bible school (usually the first week after the school year ends) together with Assembly, College, Faith, & El Buen Pastor Churches. Children and adults enjoy participating in this week – full of drama, crafts, and stories -highlighting some aspect of the Biblical Story.