Religion calendar May 24, 2013

Religion calendar May 24, 2013

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Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew. 7 p.m. June 1, High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. Areawide Catholic gathering and evening of spiritual enrichment and community building, planned by The Catholic Connected Team, representing all 19 parishes in the Champaign Vicariate. Speaker: Elizabeth Ficocelli, "The Year of Faith: Encountering Christ through the Sacraments." Free, but welcome free-will offerings to fund future events.,

Vacation Bible schools:

— Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 600 E. Pennsylvania Ave., U. "Colossal Coaster World," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 9-14. For kids ages 4 years through 6th grade. Free games, snacks, crafts and Bible study activities. Information: 367-5924.

— Muncie Baptist Church, 205 Main St., Muncie, Ill. "Kingdom Rock," 9 a.m. to noon June 10-14. For youths ages 5 to 12. Bible lessons, games, crafts, music. Free. Guests are welcome. Information: 548-2116 or 446-0995.

— Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C. "Kingdom Rock," 9 to 11:30 a.m., June 17-21. For ages 4 years to fifth grade. Singing, dancing, crafts, games. All are welcome. Registration: 352-1732.

— St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 205 N. Third St., St. Joseph. "God's Backyard Bible Camp," 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 24-28. For ages 4 to 4th grade (completed). Music, games, crafts, story time and more. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Dinner included. Registration: 469-2515.


Annual chicken fry. 5 p.m. June 1, Centerville United Methodist Church, 2269 Lickskillet Road, 3 miles north of White Heath. Information: 762-7891.

Relay For Life of Champaign County Survivor Dinner. 6 to 8 p.m. June 3, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Doors open at 5 p.m. Register by today: American Cancer Society, 356-4861.


Gospel sing. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Paxton Full Gospel Church, 619 S. Railroad (U.S. 45), Paxton. Cowboy Church gospel sing. Potluck afterward; bring a dish to share.

Classes, workshops

Summer crafts for kids. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St., C. "Slotted Animal Ark," June 10; "Straw Loom Weaving," June 11; "Tumble Bug 500," June 12; and "The Great Frame Up," June 13. Supplies provided. Fee $10 each day. Registration: 390-8911,


Champaign Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Center, 1501 S. Neil St., C. All ladies in the area are invited. Speaker: Mary Boling, "Avon In." Feature: Dress Barn Style Show. Tickets $14 at the door. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Reservations: Mary, 621-4245, or Naomi, 367-3671.

Blood drives:

— 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville. To schedule an appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767,

— 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Road, U. To schedule an appointment: Community Blood Services of Illinois, 367-2202.

— 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors will get a T-shirt. Information: 442-1504 or email

Summer worship. Beginning Sunday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church parking lot, 2112 S. Prospect Ave. Regular worship: 9 a.m. Sunday, with Holy Communion; and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Holy Communion. No Sunday, Christian education classes held during the summer months. Information: 352-1732.

Preparedness Expo. June 1, Slot and Wing Hobbies parking lot, 1040 W. Bloomington Road, C. "Sowing the Seeds of Self-Reliance." Displays and demonstrations to help you learn how to survive when all electronic transactions cease. Come anytime between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Christian Emergency Preparedness Network. Free. Details: or 417 2447.

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