Religion calendar, Aug. 10-17, 2018

Religion calendar, Aug. 10-17, 2018

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Religious-school student registration. 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Registration is a family-focused event, so come for pancakes, registration, and a blood drive (until 1 p.m.). Breakfast is open to the community; cost $5, $20 max per family; email Rabbi Jody,, by Aug. 15. To sign up for the blood drive, call 217-378-5155 to reserve your time.

Farmer City End-of-Summer Community Party. Noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 19, Weedman Park, Farmer City. The party is a fun, free event for the entire Blue Ridge community. Food, music, games and more. Visit for more information.

Back-to-School Bash. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 19, Hessel Park, 1400 Grandview Drive, C. Sponsored by Apostolic Life. Giveaways, free food and drinks, free games, free inflatables and much more. For more information, visit or call 217-367-5433.


Food distribution:

— 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 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. For information visit or call 217-344-1120.

Sacred Heart parishwide garage sale. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 212 N. Pine St., Villa Grove. Furniture, households decor, men's, women's and kids' clothing, shoes and accessories, antiques, kitchenware, tools, holiday/seasonal decor and more. Lunch items available: hot dogs from Sonic, homemade desserts, bottled water and soda.

W.O.W. (Women of Westminster) rummage sale. 4 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1700 Crescent Drive, C. Proceeds go to mission projects. Call 217-352-3387.

Giveaway. 10 a.m. Saturday, Grove Street Church of God in Christ, 501 E. Bishop Robert L. Perry Jr., C. For our neighbors and community. Items to be given out include foods, cool waters, soda pop, clothing, shoes, back to school items. Call 217-621-0555.

Sixth annual community hog roast. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1930 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Games and activities for the whole family and a silent auction. Roasted pork, potato salad, baked beans, sweet corn, homemade desserts and hot dogs available for the children. Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12, includes all the games, popcorn, snow cones and face painting. A fundraising event for the church to help replace the school windows. Call 442-5675.

Jesus Is The Way's "Circle of Love" Fundraiser 2018. 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24, Laborers' International Union North America Local 703, 108 E. Anthony Drive, U. This annual fundraising 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 JITWPM. Guest speaker Les Alderson, who has been doing prison ministry for many years and is also the state representative for Celebrate Recovery Inside. Seating is free but limited to adults only. To register, call 217-892-4044 or visit


Christopher Holman, organ concert. 7 to 8 p.m. today, Chapel of St. John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright St., C. Concert on the John-Paul Buzard organ. Holman has spent the past year in Europe, where he has performed over 30 concerts on historic organs in 11 countries. Free.

Amber Norgaard Concert. 7 p.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect Ave., C. Norgaard entertains with piano, guitar and beautiful voice. Free-will offering. Call 352-1732.

Mr. and Mrs. Something Concert. 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Unity Church and Spiritual Center, 1206 E. Main St., U. Winners of Seattle radio Spirit 105.3 Local Music Project with their original song, "Break These Chains," Mr. and Mrs. Something are dedicated to lifting the human spirit through music. Donations only. Outdoor concert; indoors in case of rain. Call 217-328-6963.

Annual hymn festival. 3 p.m. Sunday, United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Tenth streets, Gibson City. Theme: "Celebrating the Triune God." A free-will offering will be taken to support events and scholarships funded by the music foundation. Donations may also be made to Gibson Area Music Foundation, P.O. Box 292, Gibson City, IL 60936.

Michael Fisher, organ recital. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, McKinley Presbyterian Church, 801 S. Fifth St., C. Fisher has been parish organist for Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, Champaign, for 16 years. Free.

Jake's Boys Concert. 7 p.m. Sunday, Champaign First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. A central Illinois men's Southern gospel group. Free-will offering accepted to benefit the United Methodist Church Illinois Great Rivers Conference and Kids Endowment Fund.


Family and Friends Day. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 808 E. Bradley Ave., C. All are welcome to come and fellowship. Also, at 3 p.m., come celebrate at an ordination where four men are crowned deacons at the church. Call 352-7713.

Pet blessing. 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Bring your pets for a treat and a special blessing from Rabbi Alan.

GROW Self-Help Group. 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 12, First United Methodist Church of Rantoul, 200 S. Century Blvd. A weekly mutual help support group. Free. Call 217-390-2583 or email