Religion calendar, Jan. 12-19, 2018

Religion calendar, Jan. 12-19, 2018

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration. 4 to 6 p.m. today, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. Community members of Champaign County celebrating the mission, teachings and legacy of Dr. King. This year the committee honors the leadership of local youths serving the Champaign-Urbana communities. Theme: "Fifty Years Past, Fifty Years Forward ... Our Future Dreamers." Keynote address by Sally Carter, chief executive officer of Tap In Academy. No registration. Email Tracy Kleparski at

Special Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service. 7:30 p.m. today, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Special guest musicians Chris Vallillo and Rocky Maffit, joined by Larry Adelston. Call 217-352-8140.

Annual Unity Breakfast. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. Join 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee in celebrating the birthday of America's pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Shawanna Lee, former scholarship recipient, will provide the keynote address to the 2018 scholarship recipients. Free and no registration. Email Tracy Kleparski at

Movies at McKinley. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois, 809 S. Fifth St., C. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a free screening of the movie "Selma," a historical drama about Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts to secure equal voting rights. Discussion to follow. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 217-344-0297.

Community Ecumenical Memorial Pro-Life Prayer Vigil. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 708 W. Main St., U. A prayer vigil to bring the community together to remember and mourn for those lost to abortion as well as to hear Scripture, testimony, and a speaker about this issue. Call 217-762-2953.


50th Annual Pancake and Sausage Day. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 County Road 900 East, C. A $6 donation for an all-you-can-eat feast. Tickets at the door. Proceeds go to: Cunningham Children's Home, Chaddock, Restoration Ministries, Mahomet Youth, Helping Hands, and Salt & Light. Also, the women of the church will hold a bake sale from 8 a.m. until all goods are sold. Information at

St. Luke's food pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 20, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution on the third Saturday each month. Call 217-356-4922 or email

51st Annual Pancake and Whole Hog Sausage Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21, St. Thomas Catholic Grade School, 311 E. Madison, Philo. St. Thomas School and Parish invite everyone to come enjoy great food and fun, including exciting raffles. Call 217-684-2309.


Canaan Baptist Church 21st Annual SAFE House Winter Concert rehearsals. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, Canaan Baptist Church, 402 W. Main St., U. All singers who wish to participate are welcome to join Canaan Victory Chorale and Interfaith Mass Choir to rehearse for the concert on Feb. 25 at First United Methodist Church, Champaign.


Workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 21, UniPlace Christian Church, 403 S. Wright St., C. "Healing America's Political Divide: A Workshop On Reconciliation In Families & Communities," led by Elaine K. Olson, a Licensed Clinical professional counselor, ordained pastor and spiritual guide. Free, but reservations requested. Visit or call 217-352-5118.

Bible study. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 31 through Feb. 28, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. "Metaphors and Similes in the Bible" will look at some well-known and some lesser-known similes and metaphors in the bible and explore how these types apply to Israel, Christians, God and Jesus. Most classes will use object lessons. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or

Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course. Six weeks starting 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 509 S. Fourth St., C. In "Communication: Its Art & Soul," we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its power to better ourselves, our relationships and all of society. Fee $79; textbook included. For information, call 217-355-8672 or email


Rescue Us meeting. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, First Church of Christ, 503 N. Main St., Georgetown. Do you or someone you love have an addiction controlling your life? Transportation and child care provided. Call 217-474-2306 or 217-274-0333.

Learn about Baha'i Faith on radio. 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, WEFT 90.1 F.M. radio. Each month on the second Saturday, Shaun David and Marilyn Rickey will introduce you to it on our program, "A New Lamp." It will include a teaching section about the Faith and a time of interviewing local Baha'is or guests to learn what the effect of being a Baha'i has had on the individual's life. Call 217-355-6557.

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection. Noon Jan. 23, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Luncheon for all ladies in the area. Speaker: Lori Boruff of Aledo, on "Hope in the Ruins." Feature: Lori Boruff, "Leaving a Legacy." Tickets $17 at the door. Call 217-649-1592 or 217-586-7026 for more information.

Danville Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 24, Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Road, Danville. Theme: Birthday Winter Wonderland. Speaker: Lori Boruff on "Lose Your Way, Lose Your Wonderful. Special feature: IDEA Store. Music: Miles Clark. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Cost $15. Register by Jan. 19. Call Kathy at 217-474-9996.

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