Religion calendar, June 21, 2013
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Citywide Christian Fellowship and Agape Fest. 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, I Hotel and Conference Center, ballroom, 1900 S. First St., C. Christians from across Champaign-Urbana worshipping together. Guest speaker, international missionary Erin Roberts, will share his experience spreading the gospel in the Middle East. Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Registration fee $5: 855-463-7324, http://www.SundayAction.com.
Burwash Bash Community Celebration. June 27-30, Burwash Park, Savoy. Planned by First Baptist Church at Savoy, corner of Prospect and Burwash. Event for all ages. Includes a God's Backyard Bible Camp, for ages 3 through grade 5, 9 a.m. to noon June 27-29 and celebration June 30; with a celebration of the community in the afternoon and evening hours. June 28, a balloon artist, games, and a stage show, featuring the bluegrass band, Black Ridge Road. June 29, a 32-foot climbing wall, obstacle course and bounce house, a stage show, featuring the King Family Band, a light meal and ice cream and cookies. June 30, a pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m., and combined service, 9:30 a.m. All free. http://www.fbc-cs.org.
20th Anniversary Block Party for Restoration Urban Ministries. 2 to 7 p.m. June 28, 1213 Parkland Court, C. Features a bounce house, dunk tank, tours of the facilities and music. The Rev. Sampson Green from Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, will speak at 5 p.m. Papa John's, Hawaiian Ice and Taco Motorizado will give 10 percent of their sales back to the Ministries. Hot dogs, chips and water also provided. Learn more about the services and success stories. 390-8984.
Vacation Bible schools/camps:
— Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 N. Neil St., C. Summer crafts for kids, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.: "Wire Basket Weaving," Monday. "Japanese Kumihimo Braiding," Thursday. Supplies provided. $10 fee each day. 390-8911, email@example.com.
— East Park Church of Christ, 1224 E. Voorhees St., Danville. Super Saturday Vacation Bible School, "God's CSI (Christians Seeking Information) Team," for kids age 3 to grade 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration, 9 a.m. Lunch provided. 442-2386.
— St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. Summer Theatre Camp, "Puppet Camp," 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 15—19, for ages 6-15. $240. After-camp, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. $75. Performance, July 19. Registration: 356-3635.
— Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day Camp. 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. July 22-26, Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive, C. Session 1, July 22, 23, for those entering third through fifth grade and Session 2, July 24, 25, 26, for those entering sixth through eighth grade. Free co-ed sports day camp. Solid athletic training from local high school coaches and collegiate athletes, dynamic assembly speakers, and biblical discussions led by high school and college FCA athletes. Registration: http://illinilandfca.org/daycamp, 480-7903.
Wine and cheese reception. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Social, 38 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Hosted by Friends of Laura Lee Fellowship House to benefit the 99-year-old Laura Lee Fellowship House, a United Way agency in Danville. $20 donation. Any donations above $100 will get a special invitation to a VIP reception. http://www.llfh.eventbrite.com.
Living Gift Market. 6 to 8 p.m. June 28, First Presbyterian Church, Centennial Hall, 302 W. Church St., C. A Living Gift Market "sells" income-producing animals like goats, bees, chicks and cows. Through Heifer International the animals go to hungry, rural families in other countries working to improve their lives, and are delivered with technical training in animal care and concern for the environment. Animals and items for sale range from $10 to $500 (a whole cow). 356-7238.
'Hear Our Song: A Benefit Concert for Pediatric Stroke Awareness.' 7:30 p.m. June 28, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Featuring the voices of Jason and Nicole Morgan, April and Andy Blacker, Jeff Chandler, Kari Croop, and sisters, Monica Samii and Nina Samii Frye; accompanied by Dan McCue and Andy Croop on piano and guitar. Sponsored by the church. Silent auction and baked goods and beverages for sale. Tickets $10-$15 at the door. All proceeds go to CHASA, a nonprofit organization that funds research, scholarships, family retreats and other outreach efforts. http://www.chasa.org.
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.
Powell Family Concert. 7 p.m. Saturday, Living Word Fellowship Church, 1000 Park Ave., St. Joseph. Celebrating the release of their new CD. Performing new songs as well as Powell Family classics. Free.
Environmental Month. 10:30 a.m. Sundays in June, First Presbyterian Church, Centennial Hall, corner of State and Hill streets, Champaign. June 23: Elizabeth Doellman of American Water Co., "Conservation and Stewardship." Each Sunday in June, scientists and other environmental professionals will speak. 356-7238.
Christians United for Israel. 10 a.m. Sunday, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 N. Illinois 47, Gibson City. Guest speaker: Retired Professor Peggy Shapiro of http://www.standwithus.com Ministries along with Holocaust survivor Miriam Rosenbaum (Shapiro's mother), on "Lighting a Candle in the Dark: Educating about Israel." Israel needs unwavering friends to stand and speak up on its behalf more than ever. Christians United for Israel, one of the largest Pro-Israel organization in the United States, will hold a Washington Summit, July 22-24; register at http://www.cufi.org.
Annual Mission Day. Celebrated during the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul. Speaker: Sister Lillie P. Davis of the Greater Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur.
Monthly Baha'i game day. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Urbana Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St. Devotions, 10:30 a.m. Potluck dinner, noon, followed by an afternoon of games and fellowship for all ages. All are welcome for all or part of the day's activities.
Annual Day. 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park Ave., C. The Ushers and Nurses of the church will celebrate their 67th Annual Day. Theme: "Striving To Please God," Psalms 40:8. Guest speaker: The Rev. Nathan Williams Jr. of New Foundation Missionary Baptist Church, Champaign. He will be accompanied by his choir and congregation. 356-8176.
Blood drive. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, 201 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Ill. To schedule an appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, http://www.redcrossblood.org.
Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Center, 1501 S. Neil St., C. All area ladies are invited. Speaker: Cindy Blair of Ottawa. Feature: Marsha Lenski, "Beauty Tips on a Budget." Music by Cammy Sherrill of Mahomet. Tickets $14 at the door. Mary, 621-4245, or Naomi, 367-3671.
Liberian program. 5 p.m. June 28, United Methodist Church, 118 N. Axtel St., Milford. Featuring a slide show from the January Liberian mission trip taken by Pastor Gene Turner and Linda Decker. The trip was sponsored by the Methodist Cluster group of churches in Rankin, Cissna Park, Rossville, Potomac, Wellington, Milford, Stockland and Hoopeston. Program includes Dehkontee Tarr, a Liberian citizen, who is traveling the United States and is a guest of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference. A meal served prior to the slide show. Question-and-answer session following the program. 815-889-4711.