Religion calendar, July 11, 2014

Religion calendar, July 11, 2014

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Evening on 'Understanding Israel.' 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Community Evangelical Free Church of Mahomet, Illinois 47 and Riverbend Boulevard. Great News Radio event, open to all. Materials laid out about their November trip to the Holy Land. A look at the land, the culture, the people, the customs and the traditions that form the rich biblical history of Israel, with Mark Burns and the Israel trip teacher, Pastor Jason Schifo. Snacks, video clips, artifacts, Holy Land displays and artwork. Singer/songwriter James Mark Maxey will lead worship. 367-7777.

Champaign County National Day of Prayer Task Force's monthly breakfast/prayer meeting. 9 a.m. July 19, Denny's Restaurant, 702 W. Town Center Blvd., C. The July "Community of the Month" prayer focus is the village of Rantoul. The task force prayed over the cities of Champaign and Urbana on June 21; in August, the village of Tolono will be the prayer focus. The effort will continue over the next two years until all 23 communities in Champaign County have been prayed over. Seven areas of interest are prayed over each month: government, military, media, business, education, church and family. The task force is recruiting prayer warriors in preparation for next year's National Day of Prayer observance on May 7. 480-6671,


Children of Hope and Faith garage sale. 5 to 8 p.m. July 18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19, the High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. "Early Bird Sale," 5 to 8 p.m. July 18, with $2 admission. $3 "bag sale," 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. Benefit for Children of Hope and Faith, a locally founded 501(c)(3) organization that helps orphans and needy children in Tanzania, East Africa. 721-2524,

Food distribution:

— 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. Food distribution. 689-1427.

— 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. Every third Thursday of each month. For households below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Order of distribution is random; no need to arrive early., 344-1120.

— St. Luke's Food Pantry. 10 a.m. to noon July 19, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Every third Saturday of each month. 356-4922.

Annual hog roast. 3 to 7 p.m. July 19, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1930 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Hog roast with bounce house, kids' games, cake walk and silent auction. Games and silent auction, 3 p.m. Meal, 5 to 7 p.m. Menu: roasted pork, slaw, potato salad, baked beans, homemade desserts. Also, hot dogs and chips available for kids. Fundraiser for lift chair for church and school playground equipment. Dunk tank to raise funds for an AED for the sanctuary. Suggested donation $10, adults; $6, children under 12 years old. 442-5675.


Gospel Music in the Park. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Christman Park, Rossville. Featuring The Jerry Adams Family of Speedway, Ind., singing Southern gospel, inspirational and country gospel. And the Cruse Brothers of Tangier, Ind., playing several instruments and singing country gospel. 495-0011.

Tookula. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. This concert of sacred and secular music from around the world is part of their U.S. tour. Tookula, children's and youth choir, is the most advanced of several choirs at the Choir School of the Christuskirche, Minden, Germany. Hosted by Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and others. Free, donations welcome.

Bach Vespers II. 5 p.m. Sunday,First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. Second in the Urbana Bach Cantatas Project's series of three free concerts/services of evening prayer that center around the sacred cantatas, choral motets and psalms of Johann Sebastian Bach. It includes a professional choir, accompanied by an orchestra playing on period instruments. July 13 features music for solo soprano, featuring Alexandra Nowakowski.

Gospel music service. 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Chestnut Street Church of Christ, 709 E. Chestnut St., Hoopeston. Featuring Jim Mitchell and Rim Fire as special guest, at 5:45 p.m. with a singalong, with service following at 6 p.m.

Concert in the Park. 6 p.m. July 19, Centennial Park, southwest corner of Rankin. Featuring the bluegrass family group The Bankesters. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for their harmony singing in bluegrass music. Sponsored by Rankin United Methodist Church. Free. 397-2211.

Workshops, classes

English as a second language. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 15, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square, Urbana. Classes at three levels of competency for developing English skills including spoken and written language. 367-2100,

'Pen to Paper: A Writer's workshop.' 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19 and 1 to 6 p.m. July 20, Urbana Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St. Facilitated by published writers Sharon Nesbit-Davis and Heidi Hendron Baker. Open to any level of writing expertise, and any category of writing is acceptable. Participants must be at least 18 and provide their own writing materials. Fee $10, includes Saturday lunch and snacks. Register by Wednesday; email Sabrina at


Pastor and wife's anniversary. 4 p.m. Sunday, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 702 E. Mumford Drive, U. Celebrating Pastor Dr. Willie L. Williams Jr. and Lady Michaela Williams' seventh year serving at New Jerusalem. Theme: " A Man of Faith, With a Shepherd Heart." Guest speaker: Pastor Nate Williams Jr. of New Foundation Missionary Baptist Church, Champaign.

Vacation Bible school. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through July 18, Bethel Lutheran Church, 901 W. Fairchild St., Danville. Theme: "Wilderness Escape." For pre-schoolers through sixth grade. Learn about Jesus, plus songs and crafts. Friday night concludes with an ice cream social. Register: 442-7352.

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.

Blood drive. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18, Illini Hillel-Cohen Center, 503 E. John St., C. Red Cross: 800-733-2767, to make an appointment.

Summer Zone 2014. 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 21-25, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 27, Cornerstone Christian Church, 1607 Greenwood Cemetery Road, Danville. "TNT (Treasures Not Trinkets)." Lunch, inflatables, games, face painting, prizes and tons of fun. Closing program, July 27. Register at 474-2456, 304-2539.

God's Backyard Bible Camp. 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Countryside United Methodist Church, 1807 County Road 1000 N, U. Kickoff event with meal and activities, Aug. 1. Vacation Bible school program, Aug. 2. Sponsored by Churches United of Philo and Sidney. Free. 688-2224 to register.

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