Religion calendar, Aug. 29, 2014
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Columnist and author Lori Borgman. 7 p.m. Thursday, Holy Cross Church Parish Center, 405 W. Clark St., C. Borgman will be coming to a "Life is Sweet" event. An evening of laughter and fellowship. Tea, coffee and desserts will be served. Sign-ups for the Champaign-Urbana fall campaign "40 Days for Life" (Sept. 24-Nov. 2) will also be available. Free. Goodwill donations accepted. Information: Joy, 359-8406.
Rally Day. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Perceptions worship, 9 a.m.; and classic worship, 11 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m.; children and youths will attend, then go to West Side Park for Rally Day events. Potluck/picnic, 12:15 p.m. at the park; bring a favorite item. Youth music, 3:30 p.m.; and children's choir, 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., an All-Church Carnival in the gym. 356-9078, champaignfumc.org.
Gibson City Bible Church celebrating a milestone. 10:20 a.m. Sept. 7, Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. U.S. 47, Gibson City. Worship service, followed by lunch and two free concerts are being held by the church to celebrate 10 years at its current location. The public is invited to attend. 784-5702, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner/theater. "Just Desserts," mystery comedy and interactive play, 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13, Savoy United Methodist Church, 3002 Old Church Road, C. Meal provided. Funds raised will go to Habitat For Humanity and the Canteen Run. Tickets $25 each or $45 per couple. Register by Sept. 5. 369-9344.
St. Lawrence Church 74th Annual Homecoming Chicken Fry/Fall Festival. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Lawrence Parish Center, Penfield. Dinner prices: adults, $10; children, $5. Raffle tickets on sale: prizes total $1,800.
A Night of Acoustic Worship. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Community Free Church of Mahomet, 102 W. Riverbend Blvd., Mahomet. Community Free Church worship pastor Jacob Barrett opening for Christian recording artists James Mark Maxey and Harold Greene. Benefit concert for HaEmek Medical Center in Afula to help both Jew and Arab children traumatized by the violence and unrest in the Middle East. 586-5165.
Round-table talk and lecture. 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, 302 W. Church St. "Modern Day Solutions to Modern Day Slavery: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking." Facilitated by Darci Jenkins, Midwest regional service coordinator of Chicago-based Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium. Round-table talk and forum session providing information and resources, 3 to 5 p.m., Westminster Hall, first floor. A lecture on human trafficking in the U.S. and locally, including how we can prevent human trafficking and provide care and advocacy for survivors, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Centennial Hall, lower level. Each session followed by a question and answer. 356-7238.
An Evening with Sayed Kashua. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., U. One of the country's foremost Arab writers and intellectuals, will be a visiting professor in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois for the entire academic year 2014-15.
—Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square, Urbana. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 3-9, Lincoln Square, Urbana. "Proverbs for Daily Living," Wednesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 8. "How Do I Start Reading the Bible?," Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9. Free. 367-2100, BibleEducationCenter.org.
— Friendship Lutheran Church of Joy, 3601 S. Duncan Road, C. 8 a.m. to noon Sundays, Sept. 7-May 3. "The Story," a 31-chapter condensed chronological journey through the Bible, through Sunday morning sermons, Sunday School and adult Bible study. The sermon and small group video also available on the website, friendshiplutheran.com. Book $10. 355-0454.
English as a second language. 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 24, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square, Urbana. This class, designed by a certified ESL instructor, uses the Bible as well as other materials to help you gain experience and practice. Free. 367-2100, BibleEducationCenter.org.
Lifetree Caf. 7 to 8 p.m. every Monday starting Sept. 8, 302 W. Church St., C. This "conversation caf" is part of a national network of locations that offer participatory events related to life and faith. Topics change weekly, focus on popular life issues, includes a short original film and guided conversation. Information: 356-7238, Dave.Plemons@firstchurchchampaign.org, LifetreeCafe.com.
One service at First United Methodist Church. 11 a.m. Sunday,First United Methodist Church of Champaign, 210 W. Church St. A blended service of our Perceptions and classic worship services. 356-9078.
— Loss & Grief Recovery.1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Conference Room 6, third floor, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville. A bereavement support group sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department. Free. Registration is required. Information: 877-737-4636.
— GriefShare. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4 through Nov. 20, Southside Church of the Nazarene, 1629 King St., Tilton. A grief recovery group from Church Initiative. It is Christ centered and gives hope to people that are grieving. Call 446-7876, 354-4149.