Religion calendar, Sept. 22-28, 2017

Religion calendar, Sept. 22-28, 2017

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Annual St. Matthew Parish feast day celebration. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, north lawn, St. Matthew Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. All are invited to join in celebrating faith, families and our parish. Food, DJ music, games, bounce houses, photo booth and face painting. Finger foods would be welcome. Call 217-359-4224.

49th church anniversary service. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul. Guest speaker: The Rev. William Johnson of Loving Missionary Baptist Church, Bloomington. The church is also celebrating Friends and Family Day.

Campus Peace Taize Service. 7 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 909 S. Wright St., C. First Mennonite Church, UniPlace Christian Church, St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, McKinley Presbyterian Church and University Baptist Church are hosting a contemplative service of prayer, music and meditation centered around the theme of peace and reconciliation. This 45-minute service provides a safe space where one can find spiritual centering and renewal. Following the service, there will be refreshments and snacks. If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Chris Schlling at

40 Days for Life:

— Kickoff event, 5 p.m. Sunday, Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. Clark St., C. Join us for a light meal followed by the movie "Juno," rated PG-13. Adults-only recommended for the movie. Free and open to all. RSVP to Sandi at 841-1943 or

— 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27-Nov. 5, Women's Health Practice, 2125 S. Neil St., C. Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer, community outreach and peaceful vigil. Sign up at


Rummage sale. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdayand Sept. 29, with a bag sale, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 30, Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 E. Florida Ave., U. For information, call 217-367-8923.


Bible study. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 12 to Nov. 9, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. The classes, "Understanding the Bible's Big Picture," giving us a chance to think about how each of the 66 books of the Bible combine to tell one unfolding story, and "King David's Diary," studying David's life through the prism of the Psalms, start Oct. 11-12, respectively. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or

"Operation Christmas Child Countdown" event. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Cross Pointe Church of God, 3101 Airport Road, Bloomington. East Central Illinois team. Hear about the impact of the annual fall shoebox gift collection. A resource fair and workshops. For information, email Loretta at

Seminar series. 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 1, Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St. The six-week series, "The Arc of Human History: Challenges to Sustainability," is presented by UI experts. Seminar 1, "Journey of the Universe: Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human transformation." A documentary film that is grounded in contemporary science and explores man's place in the universe. Call 217-367-8357 or email for information.


Fall revival. Continues through 7 p.m. today, Greater Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, Rantoul. Evangelist will be the Rev. Elton McEwen, pastor of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Magnolia, Miss.Sixth annual Cuba Forum. 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Centennial Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, corner of State and Hill streets. Learn more about Cuba with guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. JoElla Holman, on "Stories We Tell Ourselves." Anyone is welcome to join. Call 217-356-7238 for information.


Pet Blessings and Memorial. 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Unity Church and Spiritual Center, 1206 E. Main St., U. A time of blessings and love for companion animals. Also, a short service for all family pets that have transitioned from earth. Hospice Hearts, a foster-based rescue serving cats and dogs orphaned due to owner illness, nursing home admission or death will be attending. Outside; rain or shine. Donation only. All donations go to Humane Society and Hospice Hearts. Email for information.

Baha'i monthly game day. 10:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St., U. Meet and greet time at 10:10 a.m., devotions at 10:30 a.m., potluck dinner at noon, followed by an afternoon of board games, puzzles, fun and fellowship for all ages. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 217-355-6557 or 217-337-1808.

SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Bible Education Center at Lincoln Square, Urbana. Knit and crochet squares that will then be sewn together in South Africa into blankets or sweaters for children. Bring needles and yarn or use donated materials. Call 367-2100 or email for more information.

Blood drives. Noon to 5 p.m. Monday,First Presbyterian Church, 401 North Church St., Gibson City; 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Chestnut, LeRoy. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit or call 800-733-2767.

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection luncheon. Noon Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St. C. Luncheon for all ladies in the area. Speaker: Judy Dagraedt of Ottawa, on "Peace in the Midst of Turmoil." Feature: Mini concert by Judy Dagraedt. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets $17 at the door. Call 217-621-4245 for more information.

Danville Christian Women's Connection. Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday,Danville Boat Club. Luncheon theme: "We are Blessed." Speaker and special feature: Judy Dagreadt, "Peace in the Midst of Turmoil." Music: Logan Kirby. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Cost $15. To register, call Kathy at 217-474-9996 or Sharon at 765-793-3296.

Program on Active Hope. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30, Urbana-Champaign Friends Meetinghouse, 1904 E. Main St. Facilitated by Sharon Monday, based on the book, "Active Hope," by Joanna Macy and Christ Johnstone. Active Hope is a process that can be applied to any situation. In the words of Macy, "Our focus is on how we strengthen and support our intention to act, so that we can best play our part, whatever that may be, in the healing of our world." Email for information.