Religion calendar, Feb. 9-16, 2018

Religion calendar, Feb. 9-16, 2018

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Peace With Justice Sunday. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. Special speaker Stephanie Corum, assistant public defender. The Jean Cramer-Heuerman Peace With Justice Award will also be announced along with a special Peace with Justice offering.

"Work as Worship Retreat" simulcast. 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Savoy United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Old Church Road, C. So how do we put our faith into action at work? Paul Taylor hosts the event. Speakers include: Patrick Lencioni, Joel Manby and Phil Vischer, just to name a few. Cost $25, includes a meal. Sign up at Enter Savoy in the search box.


Sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast. 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement. The buffet-style meal will also offer scrambled eggs, bacon, casseroles and fresh fruit. Cost is by donation.

Coach Mac's "The Works" Spaghetti Dinner. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oakwood United Methodist Church, corner of Oakwood and Collett streets. Free-will donation. Donations will support the Youth Appalachia Service Project trip. Call 217-354-4950 or 217-799-0594.

Valentine's spaghetti lunch. 11:30 a.m. Sunday, fellowship hall, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 County Road 900 East, C. The women of the church's annual luncheon honors those who have lost loved ones or who are single, and is a fundraiser to support the church missions, which include local service organizations such as empty tomb, Habitat for Humanity, Cunningham Children's Home and others. A small love donation. Go to

Lenten fish fry. 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16-March 23, Feeney Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Call 217-359-4224.

Annual fish fry. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 206 N. Pine St., Villa Grove. Fresh fried fish, cole slaw, baked beans, potatoes or chips, bread, dessert and a drink. Beer tickets available for purchase. Cost: $4-$9; 5 years old and younger, free. Raffle tickets available at door. Dine in, take out or drive-thru at 217-832-8402.

St. Luke's food pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 17, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution on the third Saturday each month. Call 217-356-4922 or email

Trivia night fundraiser. 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road., C. Tickets $12 per person or $96 for a table of eight. Dessert auction (each table is asked to bring a dessert for the auction). Pizza and breadsticks from Garcia's on sale, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. BYOB, soft drinks provided. For tickets, call 217-597-1357 or email

The Empty Bowls Supper. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. Sponsored by The STM Art Club and Art Department and Culver's Restaurant to raise funds to support The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Theme is fairytales. In addition to the meal and unique handmade bowl, there will be music, drama and dance performances. Suggested donation for a bowl and meal is $10; meal alone, $5. Call 217-352-7210.


Bellflower Country Opry. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Bellflower Community Center gymnasium, 202 Center St., Bellflower. Guests will be Rusty Cummins and Keith White. Prior to the show, the Bellflower Lions Club will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. The proceeds from this dinner will help to finance the many projects the Lions are involved in. Call 217-898-7493 if you would like reserved seats or if you have any questions. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults; 12 and under are free.


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.

Ash Wednesday Mass with Imposition of Ashes. 7 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. Begin the season of Lent with Scripture, Communion, and this traditional rite of humility. Call 217-352-9827.

Ash Wednesday service. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, sanctuary, 1203 W. Green St., U. A time of quiet reflection in a service to observe the beginning of Lent.

Stations of the Cross. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16-March 30, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. Offered every Friday in Lent. This service walks us through the steps leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and lasts about 30 minutes. Call 217-352-9827 for more information.

Blood drive. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19, First Presbyterian Church, 401 N. Church St., Gibson City.The Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 800-733-2767.

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