Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground (a program of the Episcopal Church) is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.

Sacred Ground:

  • Is a ten-session program
  • Will meet every other week on Wednesday at 6:00 – 7:30pm beginning on February 10th.
  • Provides video and written resources chosen to expand participants’ knowledge and perspective on race and racism
  • Will meet via Zoom
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso are partnering on this program.

Dates for Sacred Ground:

  • February 10, 24
  • March 10, 24
  • April 7, 21
  • May 5, 19
  • June 2, 16, 30

For more information about Sacred Ground, please see this link:

To register for Sacred Ground, go to

Please register before February 7, so that we can plan for the first session! 

Sunday Worship for January 24, 2020

Important Note:

Since COVID-19 infection rates in Porter County continue to rise, in order to keep our staff, volunteers and worshipers safe during this time, we have suspended in-person worship until we see that the pandemic is under better control in our area; as always, our livestream worship remains our primary gathering.

Livestream worship at 9:00am

Our primary worship service gathers us from all the places we dwell, as we welcome people from across the country and around the world!

Bulletin is here: January 24, 2020 – Livestream

For Children and Families

Printable Children’s Worship Activity Pages:

Sunday School
Sunday School will gather on Zoom this week at 10:15 – a separate email will come to SS families with a link.  If you’d like to participate and don’t find the link, please email pastorerica(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

A word about Livestream Communion:

While we keep ourselves separate to steward each others’ health, we are including Holy Communion during our livestream on Sundays. Our goal is to experience Communion together, even while apart; immediate, not something available as a recording that someone might use later; organic, not something prepackaged or purchased; safe and accessible, so people don’t need to travel/have contact with others to pick things up. Please note: extraordinary times like these require us to depart from our usual practices. We all eagerly look forward to the time when we can leave these extraordinary measures behind and return to safely gathering in person on Sundays, as is our norm!

Here’s what you need to prepare in advance: Before Sunday’s service, choose a plate and cup that you will use for Communion in your space. Find some bread (whatever kind works for you; even a cracker can do in a pinch) and, if you have it, grape juice or wine. Note that if you don’t have grape juice or wine, that’s perfectly OK; our theology teaches that receiving Christ in one element (i.e. just bread or just wine) is more than sufficient! You can leave an empty cup ready as a sign of that overabundance of blessing. We also recommend having a candle handy, which you can light throughout the Sunday service, if that is safe for you, to help create a worshipful space in the midst of our homes which are also offices and schools in this time!