Religion calendar, Aug. 24-31, 2018

Religion calendar, Aug. 24-31, 2018

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Tenth year celebration. Saturday, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Help us honor Our Mother in collaboration with Central Illinois Jurisdiction Women's Department. Jurisdictional supervisor, community servant, supervisor Barbara Gillespie-Washington. Browsing at 2 p.m. and program starting at 3. General seating, $40, VIP seating, $50. Contact Brenda Smith at 217-384-8034 or for tickets or information.

Welcome Week at Wesley. Monday through Aug. 31. Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. Grad student gathering, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Etc. Coffeehouse. Cookout, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Pantry Garden Area. Midweek worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Etc. Coffeehouse. Friday with Friends Lunch, 11 a.m., Etc. Coffeehouse; ESL Class, 3 p.m., Conference Room; International Coffeehouse, 4 p.m., Etc. Coffeehouse. Call 217-344-1120 or go to

A Lyceum Program to Honor Albert R. Lee. 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Bethel A.M.E. Church, 410 E. Park St., C. "A Legacy of African American Excellence." Remembered as the unofficial dean of black students during the first half of the 20th century at the University of Illinois, Lee served 52 years at the president's office, through seven administrations, retiring as chief clerk in 1947. He was a 36-year member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. Vanessa Rouillon, assistant professor at James Madison University and Albert Lee's scholar and biographer, will highlight his life and legacy. Main address presented by Cecilia Conrad, managing director, Office of Grants Management at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Presenters include Deborah Banks, Lee's great-niece; Sandra Gibbs, former associate executive director, National Council of Teachers in English; and Robert J. Jones, chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A reception will follow with refreshments. Call 217-766-9694 for more information.


Fair Hope Children's Ministry's garage-sale fundraiser. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Bowman Avenue United Methodist Church, 911 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Household items and attic treasures for sale. This is a fundraiser for the faith-based children's organization's building fund. The ministry is currently outgrowing its facility located behind Bowman Avenue United Methodist Church. Call 217-497-5764 for information.

Annual tent sale. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St., U, and its thrift store, Twice Is Nice, at 306 W. Elm St. The annual thrift shop sale clears the store's basement storage area of overstocks and large items and introduces the shop to members of our community and incoming University of Illinois students. Call 217-367-8357 for more information.


21st Annual SAFE House Gospel-Jazz Concert. 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Hessel Park, 1400 Grandview Dr., C. This concert benefits the Men's and Women's SAFE (Substance Abuse-Free Environment) Houses; 12-month faith-based residential programs, administered by the Canaan Development Foundation. Featured musical guests include George Powell, Minister of Music at Fallbrook Church, Houston, Texas; "American Idol" contestant Vincent Powell; and local talent. Enjoy food for purchase, free children's face painting, craft tables and a bounce house. Call 217-367-2158.

Pre-anniversary musical. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park, C. The Pastoral Aide Ministry of the church with Salem members are honoring pastor, the Rev. Dr. Claude E. Shelby Sr. and First Lady, Sister Montrula Shelby for 37 years of pastoral service to the Salem family. Celebration activities begin with this musical, featuring Pastor Jerry Jones and The Fantastic Jones Family of Springfield.


Monthly Baha'i Game Day. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Baha'i Center, 807 E. Green St., U. Devotions at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon potluck dinner. There will be games, puzzles and general fun for people of all ages from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Call 217-355-6557.

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: Sue Tunberg of Moline, "Angels." Music: Teresa Rund. Feature: "Angels" by Sue Tunberg. Tickets are $17 at the door. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Call 217-649-1592 or 217-586-7026 for more information.

RCIA Come and See. 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mark Room/Parish Center, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. This session is an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith and the steps required to enter the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). To register, contact Joe Taylor at

Grief Support Group. 6-7 p.m. beginning Sept. 5 and continuing through Nov. 14 (it will then resume at a later date), Mahomet United Methodist Church. There will be bible verses. This will not be a specific book study but an open sharing group. For more information, contact Pam Parker at