Religion calendar, Jan. 3, 2014

Religion calendar, Jan. 3, 2014

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Catholic Charities' Tolono Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon every Friday (except Dec. 27) 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. Food distribution. Participants may come twice per calendar month and just need to be 18 or older and show a photo ID. No location restrictions. 689-1427.

Pancake and Sausage Extravaganza. 8 a.m. Jan. 18, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, County Roads 2200 N and 900 E, C. Annual men's feast for missions. $6. Supports Habitat for Humanity, the CROP hunger walk, tornado reconstruction in Illinois, Teresa Sherman teaching English in Azerbaijan, Rachel Rebecca Berry serving homeless immigrant women in Seattle and many other mission projects supported by the church's men's group. Call Methodist men's president Bob Sherman, 202-6258.


Gifford Tornado Relief Concert. 7 p.m. Jan. 10, Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. Featuring Woody and Vonnie Wright. Free-will offering; all proceeds go to the

Gifford Tornado Relief Fund at the Gifford State Bank to help victims of the Nov. 17 tornado. Concert sponsored by The East Central Illinois Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 819-4646.

Workshops, classes

'Thy Kingdom Come.' The Rev. Dave Birch's 27-part expository series of sermons on the Book of Revelation. Starts 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oakwood Christian Church, 2063 S. Scott St., Oakwood. 354-4559.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Nine-week course starting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 Bloomington Road, C. Practical tools to gain control of finances and set up for long-term financial success. Meet once a week, a different lesson taught by Dave on DVD, followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. Call 359-8909 for cost and to register.

What the Apostles Believed and Taught.7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-23, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana.A study of the time the apostles spent with Jesus as he prepared them for their great work. 367-2100,,

Bible Truth Series.7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana.A study of the authenticity of God's word; Earth's origin; comparing Biblical prophecy with historical evidence; and a historical comparison of Christian beliefs. 367-2100,,


Weekly Baha'i devotions. Devotional services, 10:30 a.m. every Sunday, Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St., U. First, third and fifth Sundays led by Marilyn Rickey. Readings and prayers of Baha'i writings as well as scripture from other religions are used along with music. Second and fourth Sundays, Keith and Cora Hays lead with live music in a more informal setting. 355-6557.

Cancer Prayer and Support Group. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 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.

Free ESL classes. 7 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13-June 23, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. Students will learn English as a second language through an accredited instructor using the Bible as the "text." 367-2100,,

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