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Pastoral Team:
Rosanna McFadden
Elizabeth Kelsey


We worship at:
60455 CR 113
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-875-7800
Fax: 574-875-7885

Sunday Worship
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Time
10:45 a.m.
Church School
11:00 a.m.
Visitors welcome!
All times are
Eastern Time.

   

History of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB

EXPANSION AT ELKHART CITY

[Elkhart City 
Church]
Elkhart City Church as it appears today. The building was sold in 2001. Photo: Gary Arnold

In 1963 an educational wing, including a church library, more classrooms, and three offices for staff, was added to the church at a cost of $185,000. Dedication of the wing was in November. In the early sixties the Boys' and Girls' Clubs were begun and lasted many years.

A nursery school for three and four year olds was organized in 1964 in the church. Winifred Waltner was the first director with Ida Pressler and Sharon Bailey as teachers.

Clarence D. Sink came in November of 1966 as full-time pastor, replacing Charles DuMond. In 1972 Eleanor Painter resigned as Christian Education Director; this position was filled by volunteers from the congregation through 1976. In 1973 Church Community Services, after renting parsonage number two for five years, purchased it from the church for $1.00. In 1974 the Women's Fellowship was disbanded as an evening activity.

Clarence Sink resigned as pastor in October 1975. E. Stanley Smith was called as full-time pastor in February 1976; Ruth Anna Hoff was called to be the full-time Director of Christian Education in December 1976. The church mortgage was burned in 1976. Ida Pressler became Preschool Director in 1976 and served until 1991. During these years the church was in mission to the surrounding community in many ways: A Nursery School was operated for three and four year olds in the area; Sunday School classes often provided "scholarship" money for those children who could not afford the tuition; the public schools used the facilities for operation of a Secondary Opportunity School and Adult Basic Education; Elkhart City cooperated with Mennonite churches in the area in the Elkhart Urban Ministries for ways to be of service to the immediate neighborhood, as well as cooperating with and supporting Church Community Services, which continued to operate out of the former second parsonage at Cleveland and Benham Avenues. A 4-H Club, a Boy Scout troup, the We Care Fellowship group from Elkhart Valley Church of the Brethren, and the Fellowship of Hope Mennonite Church all made use of the Elkhart City facility during these years.

Music was always a very important part of the life of the congregation. During these years there were two choirs - the Chancel Choir for adults and youth and the Chapel Choir for children. In addition to the choirs, smaller ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, offered their gifts of musical ability.

Bible study was also an important ministry during these years. Under the leadership of Pastor Smith, 12 persons took intensive two year training to become teachers of the Bethel Bible Series; training began in 1983, and in 1985 classes began for members of the congregation, which involved a two year commitment to go through the entire Bible. (As of 1992 approximately one third of the congregation, or around 150 persons, had gone through this comprehensive study). Other weekday Bible studies were offered during the week at various times. During Pastor Smith's tenure Communion style alternated between contemporary and more traditional.

 

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