Religion calendar, Sept. 27, 2013

Religion calendar, Sept. 27, 2013

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100th anniversary events. 7:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday, Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St., U. Today: Organ recital, featuring Zach Klobnak, in sanctuary, followed by a reception in Watseka Lounge. Sunday: fall seminar, Higher Education, Faith and Good Works: The Interface of Academia and Faith on the Contemporary University Campus, with University of Illinois President Robert Easter and Illinois Wesleyan President Richard Wilson and other panelists. More events Oct. 10-13. 344-1120,

Spiritual Health Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Sponsored by School of Metaphysics. More than 20 booths, includes the Bahai Center and Unity Church and Spiritual Center. Readings, demonstrations, information on health, meditation, body image, inspirational photography, responsible investing and more. 344-2270.

UU Social Justice Film Series. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon, U. "The Health Care Movie" screening/discussion. Sponsors include The Social Action Committee of the UU Church, University YMCA and the Peace and Service Committee of the U-C Friends Meeting. Refreshments. Free.

SuperWoman Conference. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5, Atwood First Baptist Church, 231 N. Illinois. Worship through singing, testimonies, giveaways, lunch and speakers. Keynote speaker: Marla Alupoaicei, author of books on Intercultural Marriage and Faith, Wicca. Light breakfast, 8 a.m.; conferences, 9 a.m. Fee $10. 578-2555 or Misty Appleby, 550-5350 or

Season of Exaltation: Greater Works Crusade. Nov. 1-2, Crossroads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Sisters Obliged to Serve. Nov. 1: Doors open, 3 p.m.; crusade, 4 p.m. with a matinee service; followed by writers reception, prayer room, vendors, praise seminar, hospitality hour. Nov. 2: Continental breakfast, 7:30 a.m.; prayer and praise service, 8 a.m.; Workshop 1, 9:30 a.m.; Workshop 2, 10:30 a.m.; lunch; closing service, 12:30 p.m. Registration: $20 by Sept. 30; $25, Oct. 1-Nov. 2. Mailing registration form deadline Oct. 23, register at the door after Oct. 23. 443-2757, 443-5954.


Just Desserts. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Community United Church of Christ, 805 S. Sixth St., C. Fundraiser for UCC Campus Ministry, featuring premiere desserts of Champaign-Urbana. More than 20 businesses participating. Adults, $10; children, $5. Tickets: 552-9505.

Higher Ground Fundraising Banquet. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., U. Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry's annual fundraising banquet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Christopher Yuan, graduate and now faculty member at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. Seating limited to adults only. Reservations, information at 892-4044,


The Chosen Ones. 10 a.m. Sunday, Judson Chapel Baptist Church, 302 Wilber Ave., C. These Southern gospel recording artists use the medium of Southern gospel music to present the gospel truth and encourage the church. 688-2918.

Gospel sings:

— Featuring The Prime Timers Quartet, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Morey Chapel Church of Christ, 19194 E. 1100 North Road, Danville. Singing Southern gospel, plus gospel classics. Food and fellowship to follow. 474-1610.

— Featuring The Crystal Valley Quartet, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Bismarck First Church of Christ, 100 Maiden Lane. 474-1617.


Christians United for Israel. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. Oct. 6, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 N. Illinois 27, Gibson City. Weekend to honor Israel. Speaker, Professor Peggy Shapiro. Oct. 5, How Jewish holidays and festivals bond to the Land of Israel, and ice cream fellowship. Oct. 6, Christians and Jews Lighting a Candle in the Darkness. 309-824-9177, 784-8673.

Operation Christmas Child Recipient. Oct. 6: 8:15 to 9 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Savoy; and 9:15 a.m. at Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign. Speaker during services: Valery, who grew up on a farm in Russia with his parents, later placed in an orphanage where at age 10 he received a Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. As a teenager, he was adopted by a family in Illinois, then a year later became a follower of Jesus.

Workshops, seminars, classes

Dave Ramsey's The Total Money Makeover Live. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, The Vineyard Church, 1500 Lincoln Ave., U. Ramsey's daughter Rachel Cruze will give families common sense money principles to help them get out of debt and build wealth. Cruze will teach the same principles her dad has used. 888-227-3223,

Public Seminar Series on Fresh Water Availability and Use. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, except Oct. 27, Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. First four seminars address fresh water issues at global, national and local levels; the last two, household best use practices. Oct. 6: Global and National Water Availability and Detrimental Practices, 2011 Documentary "Last Call at the Oasis." Free. 356-5860, 367-6445,

Bible study. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Seeing Christ in the Jewish Feasts. Class looks at the current practices involved in six different feasts; discover the eternal principles that God has designed with them. 367-2100.


Blood drive. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Living Hope Christian Church, 201 S. Seminary St., Downs; noon to 6 p.m. Monday, First Presbyterian Church, 401 N. Church St., Gibson City. To schedule appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767,

Petting zoo. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Inside Out Church at Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive. Furry Friends traveling petting zoo will be part of the morning service. Many animals including an alpaca, mini horse, rabbit, guinea pigs, prairie dog, lizards, turtles, silkie chicken, call duck, Patagonian cavy and more. 419-6103.

A Pet Blessing. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, church lawn, Mansfield United Methodist Church. The event will include a blessing of each animal by Pastor Sharon Monroe. Also includes face painting, treats for pets and children, pet photos, balloon animals and a pet parade. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled in October. Free and open to the community.

A blessing of pets. 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Schlarman Academy South Campus, parking lot, corner of Vermilion and Voorhees streets, Danville. In celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The 20-minute prayer service includes scripture readings and prayer by students and the blessing of pets by the local parish priests.

GriefShare. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 21, Southside Nazarene Church, 1629 King St., Tilton. A Christ-centered grief recovery group that includes video, workbook and group session. Source: Church Initiative. 446-7876, 354-4149.

Little Angels. 7 p.m. Thursday, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville. Support group for parents and others who have lost an infant. First Thursday of every month. No registration. 443-5000.

Vermilion County Churches of Christ/Christian Churches. 6 p.m. Oct. 6, South Side Church of Christ, 611 Forrest St., Danville. County rally with guest speaker from Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, preaching, music, fellowship; refreshments following the service. Youth County Rally: Junior/senior high outside event; in the event of bad weather, rally will be indoors. Information: 442-2996.

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