Religion calendar, Jan. 17, 2014
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Annual Community Ecumenical Memorial Prayer Vigil. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, C. The purpose of the vigil is to memorialize all lives lost to abortion, as well as to continue to learn about abortion, and to pray for those whose lives have been affected by it. Theme, "United in Love on Our Walk for Life," with His Grace Bishop Demetrios, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, as featured speaker. Reception follows. All are welcome to attend.
Touring photography-text exhibition. Opening reception for "We Have Faith!," 5 p.m. Thursday, University YMCA, Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender clergy and religious leaders speak out. The exhibit explores the experiences of LGBT clergy and religious leaders from many traditions and denominations including Christians, Jews, Muslims and others.
Pancake and Sausage Extravaganza. 8 a.m. Saturday, 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 other mission projects. Call Methodist men's president Bob Sherman, 202-6258.
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.
St. Thomas 47th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Thomas Catholic Preschool and School, 311 E. Madison St., Philo. Serving pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. Sign up for raffles. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children grades K-8; free for younger.
Habitat for Humanity of Danville's Annual "Souper Bowl" lunch. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31, First Presbyterian Church gym, corner of North and Franklin streets, Danville. Tickets $6 for eat-in or takeout; $12 for quart of soup (takeout only). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Danville ReStore or call 497-4234.
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.
Moody Chorale. Concerts by the choral from the Moody Bible Institute:
— 6 p.m. Saturday, Eastlawn School, 341 E. Center St., Paxton. Sponsored by Upper Room Bible Church. Free; free-will offering taken.
— 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Bible Baptist Church, North Century Boulevard, Rantoul. Sacred music concert. 893-3888.
Gifford Tornado Relief Concert. 7 p.m. Jan. 31, Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. Originally scheduled for Jan. 10. 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. 819-4646.
Mini-midwinter Retreat. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Theme: "Jog Through the Bible." Retreat leader: The Rev. Kenneth Cuffey, president of the Urbana Theological Seminary and professor of Biblical Studies. Continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m.; program, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration fee: $5; includes breakfast. Advanced registration required. Sign up on Sunday in the Friendship Center or email the church by Wednesday. 356-9078, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to Read Romans Effectively. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 30-March 20, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. 367-2100, UrbanaBEC@gmail.com, BibleEducationCenter.org.
Blood drive. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Chestnut, LeRoy. To schedule appointment: American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, http://www.redcrossblood.org.
Erev Shabbat Service. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 17-31, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Reform service followed by oneg. Special programs: MLK Shabbat, Jan. 17. Growth and Renewal Service, Jan. 24. All are welcome.
Shabbat at Hillel. 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 24 and 31, Cohen Center for Jewish Life, 503 E. John St., C. Conservative, Orthodox and Reform services followed by dinner. Sponsored by Hillel Foundation at University of Illinois. email@example.com.
Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon Jan. 28, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Speaker: Shirley Wheatley on "Cups of Life." Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets at the door, $15. 621-4245 or 367-3671.