Religion calendar, Oct. 4, 2013
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SuperWoman Conference. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 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 email@example.com.
100th anniversary events. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m. Oct. 13, Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St., U. Thursday: Community Choir Concert featuring works of Adolphus Hailstork, sanctuary. Oct. 11: Informal reception, International Coffeehouse, etc. Oct. 12: Reunions, brunch, service ministries, Wesley remembrances, potluck, reading of "An Heroic Faith," midweek worship service. Oct. 13: Unified worship service with Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, catered lunch buffet and program. Registration: 344-1120, http://www.wesleyui.org.
Woman to Woman Second Annual Conference. 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. Oct. 12, Crossroad of Life Community Church, 310 Borman Ave., Rantoul. Worship service, 6 p.m. Oct. 11; prayer and praise, 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8262618715 or Facebook at WTW 2013 Conference — From Trauma to Forgiveness. 898-8777.
Ethnic food festival. 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, C. Food and desserts from Greece, Russia, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Learn how to Greek dance and enjoy music from the Balkans. Take a tour of an Orthodox Church and learn how its members still worship the same way Christians did 2,000 years ago. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food drive. Continues through Saturday, open 24 hours, Walmart, 4101 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Visit Walmart and donate canned goods. Donations will be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church Food Pantry to help homeless veterans, low-income families and their children and seniors on fixed income. 442-5675.
Just Desserts. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 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, email@example.com.
Arts and Crafts Festival. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C. Sponsored by Faith United Methodist Women to raise money to support missions. Features many arts and crafts, used book sale including videos, DVDs and CDs, a Sweet Shoppe and a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving white bean chicken chili meal, $8, or hot dog meal, $4. Luncheon tickets also available in advance, 359-3631.
Chicken noodle dinner. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Rossville United Methodist Church, 116 Maple St., Rossville. Homemade chicken and noodles, roll, salad, dessert and beverage. All proceeds go to mission projects of Rossville United Methodist Women. $8, adults; $5, children; free for ages 3 and younger.
St. Malachy School annual Fall Fest. Oct. 13, St. Malachy School, Rantoul. School's fundraiser to benefit the students. Turkey dinner, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., tickets $6-$10. Before and after dinner: Cake walk, inflatables, face painting and games, raffles, home-baked goods room, kids' corner, free throw contest, religious items store, local home businesses and more. 892-2011.
Benefit concert for pets. 6 p.m. Saturday, University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., C. Featuring pianist Samir Golescu and invited singers and musicians. With guests: Delre Smith, Bernard Archer, Allison Woolridge and Gideon Johnson. Classical piano favorites and fun songs celebrating animal companions. Donations accepted to benefit the CARE Center and the Champaign County Humane Society.
One Voice. 10 a.m. Sunday, Judson Chapel Baptist Church, 302 Wilber Ave., C. Southern gospel trio sharing the message of the gospel in song in concert at 10 a.m. and during the 11 a.m. service. 688-2918.
Christians United for Israel. 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 N. Illinois 27, Gibson City. Weekend to honor Israel. Speaker, Professor Peggy Shapiro. Saturday: How Jewish holidays and festivals bond to the Land of Israel, and ice cream fellowship. Sunday: Christians and Jews Lighting a Candle in the Darkness. 309-824-9177, 784-8673.
Operation Christmas Child Recipient. Sunday: 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 and was later placed in an orphanage where at age 10 he received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. As a teen, 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, http://www.daveramsey.com/live/city/city/Champaign.
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, http://www.firstpresurbana.org.
Faith in Place Brown Bag Lunches. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Dean Clark Room, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Bring a bag lunch. Chips, salsa, coffee and water available. New one-hour program, "Embracing Faith in Place." Free. Registration: Brian Sauder, 649-1898.
Bible studies. Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. 367-2100:
— 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14. "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.
— 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 13. "Living Out Your Faith." Class looks at how we face life choices in a way that exalts our Lord, from basic honesty to forgiving rather than retaliating.
Blood drives. 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Community Church of Christ, 535 S. Bowman Ave., Danville; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, CrossRoads Christian Church, 513 N. Vermilion St., Danville. To schedule appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, http://www.redcrossblood.org.
Vermilion County Churches of Christ/Christian Churches. 6 p.m. Sunday, 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.
— Depression support group. 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 E. Church St., Gifford. Second Tuesday of every month. 568-7196 or 568-7516.
— Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Fithian United Methodist Church, 101 Clinton St. Meets the second Monday of each month. Open to all; do not need to be involved with a church. 548-2416, 582-2517.