Religion calendar, Nov. 15-22, 2013
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50th Anniversary Celebration. Celebration service, 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Bible Baptist Church, 4001 W. Kirby Ave., C. Recognizing 50 years of ministry in Champaign-Urbana, the surrounding areas and the world through the dedication of missionaries we support. 359-3021.
68th annual Men's Day. 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C. Celebrated by the Laymen Ministry of the church. Theme: "Working To Receive A Crown of Life." Speakers: The Rev. Claude E. Shelby Sr., pastor at Salem, 11 a.m. service, and the Rev. Jimmie O. Holmes of Morning Star Freewill Church, 3:30 p.m. Holmes accompanied by his choir and members of his congregation.
FallFUNd Raiser Festival. 5 p.m. Sunday, 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.
Apostolic Life Truckload Sale. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, Apostolic Life, 2107 N. High Cross Road, U. Shop for toys, kitchen appliances, electronics, baby items, automotive, household furnishings and decor, tools and more, all at ridiculous savings. Proceeds benefit Apostolic Life Youth Ministries and Lifeline-connect Residential Recovery Center for Men. 367-5433.
— 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 Saturday, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution every third Saturday of each month. 356-4922.
— 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 distribution is random, so there is no need to arrive early. Information: http://www.wesleypantry.org.
Cunningham Connection 'Roll Out the Red Carpet.' 6 p.m. today, Mahomet United Methodist Church, 1302 E. South Mahomet Road. Fundraising event for Cunningham Children's Home. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and music. No tickets necessary but bring a monetary donation or gift card/certificates for the Cunningham Children's Home. To see what they need, go to http://www.cuningham home.org.
Eco-Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. Park in east lot. Enter on Orchard Street. Purchase new and quality used items; collectibles, toys, children's books, games and puzzles, artwork and home decor items, jewelry, electronics, vintage camera equipment, hobby items and more. Proceeds will support local social service projects and the renovation of the historic Royer house, home to First Presbyterian's Twice Is Nice thrift shop. A project of First Presbyterian's Earth Care Team. 367-8357.
Beef dinner. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Central Christian Church, 1101 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Menu includes roast beef, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and drink. Carry-outs available. Also, a Cookie Walk and Bake Sale. 442-2915.
Auction. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, First Christian Church of Monticello, 1699 N. State St. 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.
Sinai Temple Gift Shop Chanukah Showcase. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Davis Chapel, Sinai Temple Gift Shop, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. After Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 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.
SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Bible Education Center — Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. 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 the children in the neediest of the day care centers. "Work at your own pace" opportunity. 367-2100.
Operation Christmas Child collections. Monday through Nov. 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.
Huge indoor multi-family sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C. Clothing, furniture, books, CDs and DVDs, household items, etc. Come early, items go fast. At noon, items reduced to 50 percent off. After 1:30 p.m., everything that remains is free. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity; Uni-High Humanity Club. 352-1732.
High Cotton and Jake's Boys concert. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 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. A chili supper, hosted by the junior high and senior high Sunday school classes, 5 to 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 784-5452.
Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Speaker: Elaine James on "A Day in the Life of Marjorie Overload." Feature: "Tips on How to Organize the Home." Holiday goodies for sale. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets at the door, $14. 621-4245 or 367-3671.
'Handling the Holidays.' 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Conference Room 5 on the third floor, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville. Program for individuals who may find the holiday season a special challenge due to the death of a loved one. Meet in the main lobby prior to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. Free. No registration. Call Sister Joanne Vander Heyden, 443-5000.
Installation service. 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. For Rabbi Alan Cook. Also, Shabat Rocks, 5:30 p.m.; Thanksgiving dinner, bring a dish to share. Preneg/Oneg, 7:15 p.m. in the North and South Pods. 352-8140.