Religion calendar, Feb. 7, 2014
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Faith and Family Night. 7 p.m. today, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. Attend a Danville Dashers professional hockey game. Sponsored by Faith in Action and Faith in Action South. Designed to provide entertainment and fellowship to church groups and families. Tickets: $5 in advance (until 3 p.m. game day) from Faith in Action South, 267-2752; $6-$8 at the box office; for a church group, Chris Good, 267-2752 or 202-9459.
'Save a Child's Heart (SACH)' exhibit. 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Champaign Public Library, second floor, 200 W. Green St., and then moves to Hillel — Cohen Center for Jewish Life, 503 E. John St., C, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 10-17. Photographs of children from around the world whose lives have been saved by this Israeli-based organization. Hosted by Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and University of Illinois Hillel. Presentation by David Litwack, U.S. executive director of SACH and deputy counsel general of Israel, 4 p.m. Sunday, library. shalomcu.org, saveachildsheart.org.
Abundant Life Church of Faith opens its door. 10 a.m. service Feb. 16, David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St., Danville. The overseer, Bishop Charles L. Robinson Jr., a native of Danville, is pursuing his master's degree in divinity. He and his wife, Dionne, are co-founders, president and vice president of Into the Light Ministries. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual prayer breakfast. 10 a.m. Sunday, New Union Baptist Church, 1031 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Wood River Baptist Women's Auxiliary Region IV celebrating African-American women led by prayer. 443-2757.
St. Luke's Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution every third Saturday of each month. 356-4922.
Mission fundraising dinner. "A Night to Remember," 6 p.m. Feb. 15, First Christian Church of Monticello. Evening includes dinner and entertainment. Free baby-sitting provided. Call the church, 762-2221, to register.
SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon. 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16, Bible Education Center — Lincoln Square Village, 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.
Blue Suede Crew in concert. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Savoy United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Old Church Road, C. Tickets $15 at savoyumc.org or at the door. Kids under 10 years, free.
Musicians of St. Matthew. 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Road, U. "A Winter Concert" of classical, jazz and spiritual music, featuring musicians of the church: Jeremy House, piano; Sam Gingher, organ; Karen DeBauche, flute; Derick Cordoba, jazz guitar; Kevin Swartz, Millie Palmer, Ana Vieira and Daniel Reck, vocals. Conversation and refreshments after. Free.
Seminars on Africa. "Learning from Africa: Beginning with Z," 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 and 16, Library, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana. Two seminars on Zambia and Zimbabwe. "Sugar, Fertilizer, Cows and Goats," Feb. 9, by Alex Winter-Nelson, agriculture and consumer economics professor. "Five Women I Met in Zimbabwe," Feb. 16, by Sharron Mies. Free and open to the public.
Interactive round-table discussion. "Acceptance of Evolutionary Science Within Religion," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Coleman Hall Auditorium (Room 1255), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. With religious leaders of various faiths. One of EIU Department of Biological Sciences' events in recognition of Darwin's birthday. Free and open to the public. eiu.edu/~biology/darwin_day.php.
Interfaith Power and Light 'Preach-in on Climate Change.' 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 16, Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St., U. In conjunction with Interfaith Power and Light's fourth annual "Preach-in on Climate Change," the program will focus on climate change and Earth stewardship. This is an international, interfaith effort. People of all faiths are welcome to attend, and bring verses from holy writings of their faith as applicable to the subject. Entomologist Ed Dewalt, guest speaker. Refreshments. 355-6557.
Sign-up for Wesley Covenant Groups. 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 or 16, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. An eight-week small group study of "The Wesleyan Way: A Faith That Matters" begins the week of Feb. 16. Groups meet in homes or at the church. Sign up at the church or call the church office, 356-9078.
Encounters with Jesus. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 19 to March 19, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Village, Urbana. The class will examine some of Jesus' encounters, looking at the background details, examining the political, religious and social climate of the time. 367-2100.
Conversational English class. Two weekly classes, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, through April 14, and 10 a.m. Thursdays, through April 17, First United Methodist Church of Urbana, 304 S. Race St. Class offers assistance in better understanding the English language. Free, no registration. 367-8384, email@example.com.
Children's Church. 10:30 a.m. Sundays, through April 13, Kids' Room, First United Methodist Church of Urbana, 304 S. Race St. Except Feb. 23 and March 30. Breakfast, Scripture reading and discussion, singing/music. On Feb. 16, March 16 and April 13, includes lunch and an outing. 367-8384, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Tuesday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 E. Church St., Gifford. Meets the second Tuesday of every month. 568-7196 or 568-7516.