Religion calendar, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2018

Religion calendar, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2018

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Welcome Week at Wesley. Today, Wesley Student Center and United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. 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. today,Bethel A.M.E. Church, 410 E. Park St., C. "A Legacy of African American Excellence." 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.

Selichot service. 7 p.m. Saturday, Davis Chapel, Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, C. Screening of "The Women's Balcony," an Israeli comedy. Following the film, a brief discussion before proceeding to the sanctuary for Havdalah and a brief contemplative Selichot service. For information, call 217-352-8140.

Outdoor movie. 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Sidney Christian Church, 305 E. Main, Sidney. The movie, "I Can Only Imagine." At 7 p.m., the longest banana split ever seen in Sidney will be served. Also, free popcorn, soda and water. Feel free to return on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for fellowship and in-depth study of the film's message for all ages. For information, call 407-608-0090.

Forty Hours Devotion. Sept. 9-11, St. Matthew, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Msgr. Stanley Deptula, Diocesan Director of Liturgy, will preach a Eucharistic Mission during which the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration in the Church for more than 40 hours (through Sept. 11 evening). Mass/Homily with Msgr. Deptula, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church, 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9 and 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Preached Holy Hour with Eucharistic Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Sign-ups for 40 Hours Devotion at or call 217-359-4224.


Annual homemade fried chicken dinner. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Collison Masonic Lodge. Menu includes chicken, slaw, baked beans, chips, rolls, drinks and desserts. Presented by Collison United Methodist Church. Free-will donation. Carry-outs available.


Marvin Lee Country Gospel Show. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hale Park, Philo. Country gospel show. The Guys Quartet from Monticello will join the Marvin Lee band with some great gospel music, songs that have been loved for years. There will be food and ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs. Call 217-493-4177 for information.


Bible study. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, and Thursdays, Sept. 6-20, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Class on "How To Study the Bible," Wednesdays, explores tips and techniques, looking at reading for detail and examining context, explore and practice with key Bible study tools. "Abigail: A Woman of Good Understanding and Beautiful Countenance," Thursdays. The story of Abigail provides encouragement, reassurance and hope in the midst of trial. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or for more information,


Grief Support Group. 6 to 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

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