Religion calendar, Aug. 11-17, 2017

Religion calendar, Aug. 11-17, 2017

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151st anniversary celebration. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Gifford United Methodist Church, 351 W. Plumb St. To celebrate its 151st anniversary, the church is hosting an open house with music, a guest speaker and refreshments. Call 217-568-7700 for information.

Community gathering. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25, Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect, C. Sponsored by Church Women United. The speaker will be Dr. Karen Flynn, an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois. She will be speaking from her award-winning book, "Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Nursing Fields in the Northeast regions of Canada and the U.S.A." Fellowship and refreshments at 6, followed by Flynn at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Email


Annual Cellar to Garret Garage Sale. Continues 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 708 W. Main St., U. Volunteers are needed for daytime and evening time slots. To volunteer, please use link on the parish website: Information: Mary Karten at 898-0938 or

"Operation Christmas Child Countdown" event. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21, Rantoul First Baptist Church, 401 Glenwood Drive. East Central Illinois Team. Hear about the impact of the annual fall shoebox gift collection, a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship — transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ. A Resource Fair will provide ideas, stories from past shoebox recipients, information on the discipleship program. Workshops: Packing a Shoebox and Leading OCC in Your Church or Organization. For information, email Loretta at

Jesus Is The Way Prison Ministry's fundraiser. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25, Round Barn Banquet Center, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Theme: "Still Praising Strong." This annual banquet is to celebrate the lives being changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry. In addition to the meal, hear from the lives being affected through this ministry. Seating is free but limited to adults only. For information, call 217-892-4044 or visit

People Reaching People Ministries' 8th annual golf outing fundraiser. Sept. 1, Willow Pond Golf Course, Rantoul. Entry fee is $100, which includes a continental breakfast, golf with cart, lunch, prizes and snacks. The funds will be used for a playground cover for an orphanage in the Philippines, to repair the dining hall that was destroyed by a typhoon at the Asia Center for Biblical Studies in Majayjay, Philippines, to rent a training center for a church planter in Nepal, to help an international church in Florence, Italy, plus some other ministries. Contact the Rev. Tom Richardson at 217-840-1530 or


David Wells. 9 a.m. Sunday, Ridgeview Baptist Church, 3838 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Wells, a gifted flugelhorn/trumpet player from a small town in West Virginia, will perform during the service. A free-will offering will be received. Everyone is welcome. Call 442-2210.

Outdoor concert. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Unity Church and Spiritual Center, 1206 E. Main St., U. Featuring Mr. and Mrs. Something (aka Beno and Chelsea Peck), winners of Seattle radio, Spirit 105.3 Local Music Project with their original song, "Break these Chains." They bring a youthful joy and humor to their uplifting music. Donations accepted. Email for information.

Pre-anniversary musical. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C. Pastor and Sister Claude E. Shelby Sr. will be honored for their 37 years of service at Salem Baptist Church. Musical highlights "singing pastors" from around the city as well as other local musical talents.


Free rummage. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, East Park Church of Christ, 1224 E. Voorhees St., Danville. Clothing of all sizes, toys, books, household items and other miscellaneous items will be available free of charge to anyone who has a need for them. Call 217-442-2386.

At The Cross. 7 p.m. Saturday, Countryside United Methodist Church, 1807 County Road 1000 N., U. This contemporary worship service centered around worshiping Jesus is held on the second Saturday of each month. Come as you are for this laid-back worship time and children are always welcome. Contact Jamie Essien at for information.

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon, Aug. 22, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St. C. Speaker: Ruth Catlett of Springfield, on "There's Trouble in River City." Feature: Karen Cunningham. Music: Ruth Catlett. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets $17 at the door. Call 217-621-4245.

Come and See session. 7 p.m. Aug. 23, St. Mark Room, St. Matthew Catholic Parish Center, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith and the steps required to enter the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For anyone interested in entering the Catholic Church or in completing their Sacraments of Initiation. To register, contact Joe Taylor at

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