Religion calendar, Feb. 21, 2014
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Mega Work-A-Thon fundraiser. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at several churches and other locations. Empty tomb needs volunteers for the fundraiser. Sign up, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday at empty tomb, 301 N. Fourth St., C. Volunteers are required to belong to or attend a Christian church. People are asked to donate $80 or obtain the money through sponsors for the event. Participants will read the Gospel of John to children of lower-income families who are being invited for readings, games and food at seven area churches; help build 25 clothing cupboards for kids; deliver donated furniture and do maintenance projects at area homes. emptytomb.org.
— 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. 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.
Empty Bowl Supper. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. A meal, student performances in music, poetry reading, drama and dance, and receive a handmade ceramic bowl. Suggested donation for bowl and meal, $10; meal alone, $5. Proceeds go to The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Champaign.
C-U at Home One Winter Night. 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday, Neil Street, downtown Champaign. One Winter Night is the primary funding source for C-U at Home. Public figures, business and ministry leaders and community members will spend 12 hours outside, sleeping in a cardboard box, to raise awareness and funds to help the homeless. Donations may be given at a convenient donation drive-thru on Chester Street, a circle drive around the City Building. cuathome.us/one-winter-night-1014, 819-4569.
Chicken noodle dinner fundraiser. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sidney United Church, corner of Main Street and Longview Road. Funds raised will help the Evelands of Philo. Cathy, who is unable to work due to neuropathy from cancer treatments and spinal deterioration, and Monty, who is disabled due to a debilitating spine and hip condition. Donations may also be mailed to the church: 501 E. Main, Box 147, Sidney, IL 61877. 688-2295.
17th annual SAFE House Winter Benefit Concert. 4 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Featuring the University of Illinois Black Chorus, First United Methodist Chancel Ringers, the Champaign-Urbana Community Choir and Ray Wiggs, organist. Free-will offering. Substance Abuse Free Environment is a 12-month faith-based residential program. 367-2158.
Community service project. 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Urbana Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St. The Baha'is in the C-U area will put together toiletry kits for area homeless shelters. Donations of new, unopened travel size toiletry items may be dropped off noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. Part of the Baha'i activities for the AyyamiHa five-day festival of parties and gift giving, especially remembering those in need. 337-1808.
Building HOPE. 6 p.m. March 7, First Christian Church, 3601 S. Staley, C. Dinner and concert with Mark Schultz, singer/songwriter. Hosted by CHOSEN Orphan Care Ministry for two projects: the renovation of a home of a deserving local family and to raise funds to provide a home for orphaned street children in Nepal. Tickets $30. fcc-online.org, 898-7616, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop the Violence Gospel Teen Explosion. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 W. Bloomington Road, C. This gospel celebration features local music artist Lamar "Marty B." Browning, the Praise Dance Ministry of New Foundation, Missionary Baptist Church, Deacon Terry Napper and The Whosoever Will Youth Choir, and the Pilgrim MBC Teen Choir. Hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. in recognition of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Free. email@example.com.
Greater Vision. Southern gospel trio in concert, 6 p.m. Saturday, Hoopeston Area High School. Greater Vision travels all over the United States encouraging and ministering to audiences of all ages by way of song. All seats reserved. 815-457-2049, 815-405-5411.
Paul Oakley. Guest speaker, 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Church, 309 W. Green St., U. "Oneness — Why Does it Matter?" Oakley is currently a ministerial intern at Abraham Lincoln UU congregation, Springfield, and a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Blood drives. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, 201 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill.; noon to 6 p.m. Monday, First Presbyterian Church, 401 N. Church St., Gibson City; and platelet donations only, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 North Route 47, Gibson City; platelet donations taken by appointment only. Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org.
Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. All ladies in the area welcome. Speaker: Linda Dutton, "Tall But Still Growing." Feature: Jeff Zoff from Stonecroff. Music by Steve Schuren. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets $15, at the door. 621-4245, 367-3671.
GriefShare. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 27-May 22, Southside Nazarene Church, 1629 King St., Tilton. Christ-centered, grief recovery group. Each session deals with different areas of grief. Program is from Church Initiative, a nondenominational, nonprofit ministry. 446-7876, 354-4149.
Touring photography-text exhibition. "We Have Faith!," through March 2, University YMCA, Murphy Gallery, 1001 S. Wright St., C. The exhibit explores the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy and religious leaders from many traditions and denominations including Christians, Jews, Muslims and others. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Training sessions for Austin's Place volunteers. Ongoing at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Austin's Place provides safe, hospitable sleeping space for up to eight women each evening through March 31. Volunteers stay overnight, pick up and drive women, do laundry, solicit and collect donations, recruit volunteers and pray for its mission. Contact Cathy Strick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 552-5640 or the Rev. Cathy Minor at 356-9078 or email@example.com.