Religion calendar, Nov. 8-15, 2013
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First-year anniversary. Continues 7 p.m. today, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul. Speakers: The Rev. Gladys Williams of The Living Word Baptist Church, Decatur, today; and the Rev. Presse Matthews of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, Decatur, 11 a.m., and the Rev. Thurston Hunt Sr. of Galilee Baptist Church, Peoria, 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
142nd anniversary. Sunday, Farmers Chapel United Methodist Church, 414 Poland Road, Danville. The church will celebrate with a Harvest Homecoming program and carry-in meal. A musical program by former and present members at 10 a.m., followed by a "Famous Farmers Chapel" dinner at 11:47 a.m. Former and present members are encouraged to come. The church will provide fried chicken to go with your carry-in dish. Call Dennis Turner, 442-3674.
Celebration of birth of Baha'u llah'. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Urbana Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St. The Baha'i community will celebrate the birth of it's founder, with a chili cook-off challenge at 6 p.m., followed by cake and ice cream, and ending with devotional time. Baha'u llah' was born Nov. 12, 1817, in Persia. Visitors are welcome to join the Baha'is of Champaign for this joyous occasion. 355-6557.
50th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, Bible Baptist Church, 4001 W. Kirby Ave., C. This special time is set aside to recognize 50 years of ministry in Champaign-Urbana, the surrounding areas, and the world through the dedication of missionaries we support. Celebration service at 10 a.m. 359-3021.
FallFUNd Raiser Festival. 5 p.m. Nov. 17, Dewey Community Church. Featuring Soul Purpose (Indiana), East Bend Bluegrass Group and Dewey Ladies Quartet. Also, a silent auction of yummy goodies and antiques. Ice cream and cake after the program. Come celebrate: "God's Past, Present & Future Faithfulness." Tours of our new building, 4 p.m. 897-6488.
Annual bazaar. 5 to 7 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois St. Unique crafts with a spaghetti supper fundraiser in support of the church youth group, today. Holiday crafts, homemade cookies on the Cookie Walk, baked goods and candies in the Country Store, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Lunch includes ham loaf, escalloped chicken, vegetable, salad, bread, dessert, beverage. 543-3159.
— 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. Just need to be 18 or older and show a photo ID. No location restrictions. 689-1427.
— St. Luke's Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 16, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution every third Saturday of each month. 356-4922.
Fall bazaar. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Berquist Hall, Rankin United Methodist Church, 328 N. Main St., Rankin. Crafts, country store, "trash & treasures," quilt raffle, rolls and coffee from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with soups, sandwiches, dessert. 397-2340, 397-2211.
St. Peter's Women's Fellowship annual Cookie, Craft and Vendor Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. Crafts include ornaments, hand-stamped greeting cards and retired stamps for sale, bird seed balls, wire crafts, and vendors include Pampered Chef, Toffee Tales, Tastefully Simple and more. 356-3635.
Great Bake Sale and Mini Bazaar. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, St. John Lutheran Church, 509 S. Mattis Ave., C. Homemade cinnamon rolls/coffee. 359-1123.
Longaberger Basket Binga. Door opens at noon Saturday, Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. White St., C. Hosted by Catholic Charities Advisory Board of Champaign and Piatt counties. Games begin at 1 p.m. Lunch available to purchase, several vendors participating, raffle and door prizes. Purchase 20 games for $15 in advance, 369-6778, 352-3964; or 20 games for $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit all local programs of Catholic Charities. 689-1427.
Annual chicken noodle dinner. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Savoy United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Old Church Road, C. Carry-outs available. Proceeds benefit Methodist Habitat Build 2014. Suggested donations: adults, $10; children ages 5-12, $5. 352-3993.
Live and silent auctions. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, second-floor dining hall, McKinley Foundation, 807 S. Fifth St., C. Enjoy a catered meal and bid on scores of goods, services and activities donated by members and friends of McKinley Presbyterian Church. Sample items: international folk art, Illini basketball tickets, CSA share, body therapy, gift wrapping, gutter cleaning and more. $6; $20 for a family. 344-0297.
Sinai Temple Gift Shop Chanukah Showcase. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17, Davis Chapel, Sinai Temple Gift Shop, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. After Nov. 17, open 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 and 24 in the Gift Shop. After Nov. 24, limited Chanukah supplies during office hours in the Temple office. Everything needed to observe and celebrate Chanukah. 352-8140.
Annual fried chicken dinner. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Thomasboro Community Building, 600 Commercial St. Sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church, Thomasboro. Menu: Fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, desserts, drinks. Carry-outs available. Suggested donations: adults, $10; children ages 6 to 10, $5; children 5 and younger, free. 643-3265.
Benefit for Salt & Light Ministries. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Wal-Mart, North Prospect Avenue, Champaign. Salt & Light Ministries will distribute 650 Thanksgiving Meal Baskets later this month. There are a few items outstanding that will complete each meal. Remaining items for each basket will cost approximately $7.70 per basket. Families of Midwest Believers Church, 1802 S. Duncan Road, C, will shop at Walmart and have a collection vehicle in front of the store to gather the items to be delivered to Salt and Light. If you have interest in supporting this worthwhile effort, join them.
The Drummer Boy Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, gym, 1930 N. Bowman, Danville. Immanuel Lutheran Woman's Guild. Homemade crafts, baked goods and candies. Many great items in the bazaar. Luncheon, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., includes homemade pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, iced tea, coffee and homemade desserts; adults, $8; children under 12, $3. Express line for those on lunch hour.
Auction. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, First Christian Church of Monticello. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for bidder registration, concessions and silent bidding. The first of four live auctions begin at 6:30 p.m. More than 200 items will be sold. Proceeds used for a mission trip to Haiti on May 31-June 7, 2014. 762-3027.
Operation Christmas Child collections. Nov. 18-24 at six collection points in Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Monticello, Rantoul and Rankin. Goal of collecting 11,000 shoeboxes packed full of toys, school supplies and hygiene items by local individuals, families and organizations for needy kids overseas. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ for specific locations, dates and times shoeboxes or donations for shoeboxes can be dropped off.
Crosswalk. Gospel group from Terre Haute, Ind., in concert, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Ogden United Methodist Church, 105 W. Main St. Everyone is invited to come and worship God through this musical offering. Love offering taken to support their ministry. 369-7813.
High Cotton and Jake's Boys concert. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Gibson City United Methodist Church, 206 E. 10th St. High Cotton, a bluegrass band from eastern Illinois, and Jake's Boys, a Southern gospel group from the Gibson City area. Prior to the concert, the junior high and senior high Sunday school classes are hosting a chili supper from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. 784-5452.
Veterans Day service. 12:15 p.m. Monday, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 102 N. State St., C. Selected Scripture readings, prayers and hymns will be about self-sacrifice and service. Handicapped-accessible entry is available from the church's parking lot off Park Street.
Sixth annual Family and Friends Day. "Family and Friends Joining Together in God," Sunday, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 702 E. Mumford Drive, U. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; services, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker: The Rev. Joe Glass of First Baptist Church, Georgetown.
Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 6:30 p.m. Monday, 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.
Depression support group. 7 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday of every month, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 E. Church St., Gifford. 568-7196 or 568-7516.