Religion calendar Sept. 15, 2013
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Pastoral anniversary. 4 p.m. Sunday, Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C. Celebrating the Rev. and Sister Claude E. Shelby Sr.'s 32 years of service at Salem. Theme, "The Pastor's Good Work." Associate minister, the Rev. Ronald Baker will speak, 11 a.m. worship service and the Rev. P. W. Harris of Mount Zion Baptist Church, East Moline, choir and congregation, 4 p.m. service.
Fourth annual Midwest Seniors Conference. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Catlin Church of Christ, 715 W. Vermilion St., Catlin. Sponsored by the church. Main speaker: Bob Stacy, formerly Church of Christ minister, on "His Healing Presence; Exodus 15:25." Love offering collected to help Mashindi Medical Mission build a hospital in Zimbabwe. $20 includes speakers, continental breakfast and lunch. Register at http://www.catlinchurch.com, 427-2166.
Danville Zone Fall Rally. 10 a.m. Thursday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 302 N. Market St., Hoopeston. Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Central Illinois District. Theme: "Streaming with the Lord." Speaker: Katie Schuermann of Sherman, author of several books and articles on suffering and theology of the cross. New Beginnings Women's Center, Watseka, and Women's Care Clinic, Danville, will be the recipients of items collected.
Sonlife Broadcasting Network Fellowship Dinner. 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2930 Rutherford Drive, U. Potluck dinner, time of singing of old hymns, testimonies and prayer. Testimony by Pastor Jerry Grice of Sidney, a retired Deputy Sheriff from the State of Arkansas. Grice will announce the opening of a new church, Victory In The Cross — Family Worship Center of Champaign-Urbana. Grice will serve as senior pastor assisted by Robert Bridgewater of Urbana as associate pastor. Register before Saturday. 480-6671.
Centennial celebration. Sept. 22, First Church of God, 1004 E. Orange St., Hoopeston. First Church of God is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with two special services, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., followed by lunch, then at 3 p.m., food, music, children's activities, games, jump houses, dunk tank, children's "Tricycle-Bicycle-Wagon Parade" and fellowship.
Rummage sale. 8 a.m. Saturday, Union Corner United Methodist Church, 14158 Perrysville Road, Danville. Proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of St. Paul's UMC in Lloysville, Liberia. This is in conjunction with the Popcorn Cluster Mission Project to Liberia. 497-5764.
Ice cream social. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Prairie Dell Church, 2250 E. 2150 N. Road, Watseka. Efforts are being made to preserve and restore this historical church in Iroquois County. Hosted by The Iroquois Antiquers, Quester Chapter #1396, who are working toward raising funds to assist with restoration projects at the church.
— Catholic Charities' Tolono Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon every Friday and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday (excluding holidays) at St. Patrick Catholic Church's east entrance; 212 E. Washington St., Tolono. May come twice per calendar month. Must be 18 or older and show a photo ID. No location restrictions. 689-1427.
— Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, parking entrance on Matthews, south of Green. Door on Goodwin south of Green, Urbana. Monthly food distribution for households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Order of food distribution is random; no need to arrive early. http://www.wesleypantry.org, 344-1120.
— St. Luke's Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. 356-4922.
Let's Can Hunger. 5 to midnight Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 21, Colbert Park, Savoy. Inside Out Church will accept canned goods at their table during the Savoy Orchard Days festival. Donations will go to a local food bank. For each can donated, get one entry into a drawing for $100 off your electric bill. The church will draw names for five winners. 419-6103.
5K run/walk. 9 a.m. Sept. 21, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School all-weather track and cross-country course, Paxton. Begins with a -mile fun run for children 9 years of age and younger beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by Loda United Methodist Church to benefit the Hands of Christ Food Pantry that serves all of Ford County and residents of the PBL School District. Prizes. Register at handsofchristfoodpantry.com or call the church, 386-2237.
Blackwood Legacy Quartet in concert. 6 p.m. Sunday, Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton. The Mansion Records artists from Nashville link the best of Southern gospel's traditional sound with today's newer country gospel and worship music. Free and an offering will be received.
Iran trip. 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Bah'ai Center, 807 E. Green St., U. Anne Eardman will talk about her recent trip to Iran and show pictures. Iran is the birthplace of the Bah'ai Faith. All are welcome to attend.
Rheticus Forum 2013-14 lecture series. 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center, 909 S. Wright St., C. The Rev. Roger Digges of Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Champaign, will present the opening lecture, "Science, Culture and Faith: Mutual Gifts," for the lecture series, "The Rheticus Forum: Asking New Questions of Faith, Science and Culture." 766-6937, email@example.com.
Revival. 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 20, Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul. Services with evangelist, the Rev. Larue Kidd, pastor of True Light Baptist Church, Chicago.
Informational seminar. 7 to 8 p.m. today, Champaign Church of the Brethren, 1210 Neil St., C. Maintaining your "Equal Protection Under the Law" with Equal Access to a Lawyer. Hosted by Dawn M. Blackman Jr. & Dawn M. Blackman Sr. Free. 390-8911.
Wesley Covenant Groups sign-up. 9 a.m. to noon Sundays through Sept. 22, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Small group study of the Letter to the Hebrews, beginning the week of Sept. 22. Groups meet in homes or at the church. Sign up on Sundays or call the church office, 356-9078.
Social Media: Opportunities and Pitfalls. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. This seminar will emphasize Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Aaron Ebata, associate professor, University of Illinois Department of Human Development and Family Studies, "Social Media, Individuals, and the Family." 367-8357.
Loss and Grief Recovery. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 12, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Conference Room 5, Danville. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department. Registration required. 877-737-4636.
— 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Saybrook Christian Church, 113 E. Harrison St., Saybrook; 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, St. John's Lutheran Church, 110 E. Illinois St., Sibley. To schedule appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, http://www.redcrossblood.org.
— 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Hoopeston First Church of God, Fellowship Hall, 1004 E. Orange St. Walk-ins welcome. Community Blood Services Illinois: 367-2202.
Ladies Night Out with Christ Banquet. 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. The women ministry of Fellowship Baptist District Association. Doors open, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program, "Fellowship Got Talent." Door prizes, raffles and vendors. Tickets $30; buffet dinner. 369-5722.
One Man Circus. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22, Inside Out Church located in Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy. Bobby Hunt, the Circus Boy, will perform as part of the service. He has been featured on TV shows including "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" and "Wild Chicago," and has performed for two U.S. presidents, Ringling Brothers and Disneyland. 419-6103.
SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon. 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. "Work at your own pace" opportunity. SNUGGLES is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing knitted or crocheted 6-by-6-inch yarn squares that will be sewn together (in Africa) into small blankets and sweaters for children in the neediest of the day care centers. 367-2100.