Religion calendar, March 2-9, 2018

Religion calendar, March 2-9, 2018

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Film and discussion. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, First Mennonite Church, 902 W. Springfield Ave., U. First Mennonite Church in partnership with Chapel of St. John the Divine host the showing and discussion of the film, "Racial Taboo." Free. Sponsored by Champaign Community Coalition. Call 367-5353 or email

40 Days for Life Spring 2018. Feb. 14 to March 25, Women's Health Practice, 2125 S. Neil St., C. Peaceful prayer to save lives. Sign up at and follow us on Facebook at 40 Days for Life Champaign-Urbana. Contact


Food distribution:

— Catholic Charities' Tolono Food Pantry. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays (excluding holidays) at St. Patrick Catholic Church parish hall, 212 E. Washington St., Tolono. Call 217-621-5694 or 217-355-8413.

— Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church Sack Lunch Ministry. 9 a.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays; use office entrance at 208 W. University St., C. Free sack lunches. Visit

— Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College.10 a.m. to noon first and third Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, at Parkland College, M Building, Room M-138, on the northwest side of the campus across from the planetarium, Champaign. Open to public. Call 344-1120, or email

— Wesley Evening Food Pantry. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Rooms 48 and 50, Wesley Student Center United Methodist Church, 120 W. Green St., U. Additionally, college students-only pantry hours, 3 to 5 p.m. first Monday of the month; student ID required. Call 344-1120 or

Roast beef dinner. 5 to 7 p.m. today, Catlin United Methodist Church, Catlin. Free-will offering. Call 260-2279 or 427-5566.

Annual clothing sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Judah Christian High School, gymnasium, 908 N. Prospect Ave., C. Most items sell for $1. Proceeds go to Senior Class of 2018 mission trip. Call 359-1701.

Mega Work-A-Thon. Saturday. Annual event sponsored by Empty Tomb Inc., a local Christian service organization, combining service to local people, and is their major fundraiser. This year's goal is to raise $60,811 in financial donations by pre-registered participants from churches all over the Champaign County area. Food items, collected by churches in the area to assist 500 local families, will be put into boxes, then delivered to families in need. Call 356-2262.

Benefit soup supper. 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 10, Fellowship Hall, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osman (located between Mansfield and Bellflower). Tammy Warren of Farmer City, a teacher's aide in the Blue Ridge School District, is undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. Free-will offering. Make checks out to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Osman and mail to: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 942 Grape Avenue, Fisher, IL 61843.

Original stage play. 6 to 8 p.m. March 10, Crossroads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "When Silence Screams" by Richard Gallion explores real life story lines that plague our communities. This is a fundraising event hosted by Danville Restoring Our Community, a nonprofit organization. Call 597-2596 or

Fundraiser for St. John Lutheran School. March 12, Culver's of Champaign, 2302 S. Neil St. Culver's will donate a portion of their sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to raise funds for St. John Lutheran School, Champaign.


'The Sound of Music.' 7 p.m. Thursday and March 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 10, The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., C. Tickets $7-$10; children 5 and younger are free.


First Tuesday Interfaith Dialogue Series. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, University YMCA, Murphy Lounge, 1001 S. Wright St., C. "Shared Value of Forgiveness." Email Ann Rasmus at

Bible study. 7 p.m., Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Class on "The Still Small Voice," Wednesdays, March 21-April 18, explores the symbolic meanings of easily-overlooked details in the stories of both the New and the Old Testament. "Letter from the Disciple whom Jesus Loved," Thursdays, March 22-April 19. Free. Call 367-2100 or,


Bingo. Doors open, 5:30 p.m.; games at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. Clark St., C. Costs: $20, nine cards for 15 games; $10, three cards for 15 games; $1, a colorful dauber. There will be a small concession stand available. Water and lemonade provided. Call 356-9521 or email

GROW Self-Help Group. 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday, First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., C. The GROW mission is to promote mental health recovery, personal growth and prevention within our weekly mutual help support groups and throughout our community. Free. Call 390-2583 or email

Taize services during Lent. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 21, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Call 356-9078.

Midweek Lenten evening prayer. 7 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays through March 21, Grace Lutheran Church, 313 S. Prospect Ave., C. A soup supper at 6 p.m. precedes the Taize evening prayer service at 7 p.m. Call 217-356-6232 or email for more information.

GROW Self-Help Group. 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, First United Methodist Church of Rantoul, 200 S. Century Blvd. Free. Call 217-390-2583 or email

Blood drive. 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday,United Methodist Church, 129 N. Main, Gilman. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 800-733-2767.