Religion calendar, July 18, 2014
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Youth Explosion. Continues 7 p.m. today and Saturday, New Generation Christian Fellowship, 1401 W. John St., C. Featured guests each day and musical selections. Interdenominational and open to all. Service includes prayer, Scripture, song, musical acts, offering and a sermon from each speaker, Minister Piper Harvey on July 18 and the host, Elder Joseph L. Williams, on July 19. Offerings donated to help fund the next annual Youth Explosion of 2015. Free admission.
Champaign County National Day of Prayer Task Force’s monthly breakfast/prayer meeting. 9 a.m. Saturday, 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 will pray over the village of Tolono in August and will continue for the next two years until all 23 communities in Champaign County have been prayed over. Each month, seven areas of interest are prayed over: government, military, media, business, education, church and family. The task force is recruiting prayer warriors in preparation of next year’s National Day of Prayer observance, May 7, 2015. 480-6671, nationaldayofprayer.org.
Children of Hope and Faith garage sale. “Early Bird Sale,” 5 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon (closing for lunch) and $3 “bag sale,” 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. July 18, $2 admission. Benefit for Children of Hope and Faith, a locally founded not-for-profit organization that helps orphans and needy children in Tanzania, East Africa. 721-2524, childrenofhopeandfaith.org.
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.
Annual hog roast. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 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., includes roasted pork, slaw, potato salad, baked beans, homemade desserts. 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.
Concert in the Park. 6 p.m. Saturday, 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 some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music. Sponsored by Rankin United Methodist Church. Free. 397-2211.
Gospel music service. 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Chestnut Street Church of Christ, 709 E. Chestnut St., Hoopeston. Featuring Ted and Pat Cundiff as special guests at 5:45 p.m. with a singalong, with service following at 6 p.m.
Veggie Tales Celery Night Fever. 6 to 8 p.m. today, First Baptist Church at Savoy, 1602 Prospect Ave., Savoy. Premiere of the latest Veggie Tales movie, “Celery Night Fever.” Mini-meal at 6 p.m., and then the movie. Popcorn and prizes. Bring a blanket, your parents and a friend.
Summer street hockey. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 7, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ELCA, 2101 S. Prospect Ave. C. For ages fifth grade through high school. All are welcome. Outside in front parking lot of church. Information: 352-1732.
Blood drive. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury. Red Cross: 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
Champaign-Urbana Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon. Noon July 29, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Speaker: Linda Sill of Chillicothe, ”Who is Your Best Friend.” Feature: Gretchen Potter. “A Fun Time With Hats.” Tickets $15 at the door. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. 621-4245, 367-3671.
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.
Vacation Bible School. 6 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 3-8, Crossroads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville. “SHINE — Crowns of Heaven.” For children pre-kindergarten through grade 5. 443-4323.