Don't Touch the Cactus at Road to Life

MICHIGAN CITY — Join Road to Life Church Sunday as they continue their series "Don't Touch the Cactus!" Kids ages 0-4th grade will be having a blast with their series, "Don't Touch the Cheese!" through high energy worship, teaching, games and more.

Locations and service times:

• Chesterton Campus: Duneland Boys & Girls Club (521 W 1100 N) at 9 & 11 a.m.

• Michigan City Campus: (7056 W 450 N) at 9 & 11 a.m.

• Merrillville Campus: (7525 Taft St.) at 5 & 7 p.m.

Road to Life offers cutting edge worship as well as teaching that is relevant to this generation. They exist to help others realize and reach their potential in Christ. They are a local church that is Kingdom driven, community-minded and people focused. For more information about RTLC or any of our upcoming events, visit their website at www.roadtolife.church or call 219-728-6290. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @roadchurch or find them on Facebook@roadtolifechurch.

Former alcoholic, atheist to sing about Jesus

La PORTE — Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host Chris Driesbach and his original, folk-rock music for a free concert open to the public. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

According to Pastor Kevin Boushek of Beautiful Savior, Driesbach is homeless and couldn’t be happier about it. In June of 2006, he paid off his debts, sold his home and belongings and got in his car to travel the country.

Driesbach is a Christian musician, originally from New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit the city, however, the condo he was living in as well as the church he was a member of, were flooded and nearly destroyed. Boushek said a wonderful story of rebuilding and rebirth followed as Driesbach and his church body rallied to restore the church buildings and many members’ homes. To Driesbach, that was reason enough to drop everything and hit the road to share his music and his message of thanks.

“It had long been a dream of mine to do this,” Driesbach said. “I’m very grateful to have had this amazing experience!”

Driesbach has performed more than 2,800 concerts and worship services in more than 750 Lutheran churches in 41 states since then and recorded 7 CDs of original Christian music including songs for children and a collection of favorite hymns.

On Oct. 16, Driesbach will present a one-hour concert at Beautiful Savior, 3628 W. Johnson Rd., telling about his journey from atheism to Christianity with a personal presentation.

Driesbach grew up in a dysfunctional household, he said, and turned to alcohol at 14 to cope. Before long, the coping mechanism became a long-lasting addiction. All the while, Driesbach was a proud atheist, renouncing the idea of a God and willing to debate that fact with anyone who disagreed.

That all changed one morning, however, when Driesbach woke up with the shakes – a slang term for withdrawal.

“It really scared me because I realized I was dying of alcoholism,” he said. “I was desperate and I was dying.”

Driesbach joined a 12 Step Program for alcoholics and has been sober for 30 years. Nine years later he met a Lutheran pastor who invited him to a Bible Information Class.

“What I really wanted was to argue with him, but the Spirit won the argument! That absolutely changed my life,” he said, “but I don’t take credit for that. God gave me the gift of faith working through his word.”

Musically, Driesbach’s songs are varied: country, reggae, folk and some rock and roll. The lyrics, however, are much more important, he said. Each song is about his Christian life path, the inspiration he takes from the Bible and the hope he holds for the future.

Fall Revival

MICHIGAN CITY — Macedonia Baptist Church will host their Fall Revival with Rev. W.T. Burton of Benton Harbor, Michigan, 6 p.m. daily Oct. 17 and 18. Macedonia Baptist Church is located at 3007 Ohio St. with Pastor Rev. Allen D. Briggs Sr.

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