Religion calendar, Jan. 11-18, 2019

Religion calendar, Jan. 11-18, 2019

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Champaign County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. The Countywide Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee will present three awards that uphold the ideals of King: Alissia Young will receive the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award; First Followers will receive the James R. Burgess Jr. Award, Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award; and Seon Williams will be awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award. The public is invited to this free event, which includes a crudite reception at 4 p.m. and a program at 5 p.m. Keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago, plus music by Crofton Coleman and Barrington L. Coleman. Call 217-384-2466 for more information.

34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Celebration. Jan. 20, Krannert Great Hall, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. The Community Choir will begin at 4 p.m., with the service starting at 5 p.m. The scholarships awarded uplift community youths through supporting their college education. Everyone is welcome. A free-will offering supports the scholarship fund.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee-Danville's celebration service. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The Most Rev. Ronald C. Henton, Bishop, Israel of God's Church, Sycamore, will be speaker and Danville MLK Mass Choir will perform. Free admission. Part of the committee's two-day celebration includes a motorcade/parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 to the church, and the MLK Scholarship Banquet at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St. Banquet tickets, $20. Call 217-442-7917 or 217-431-2280.

Community Ecumenical Memorial Pro-Life Prayer Vigil. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22, Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, C. A prayer vigil to bring the community together to remember the lives lost to or forever impacted by abortion. Theme: "Every Life is God's Gift." Speaker: Laura Paulus, director of the Mary and Martha House, Chicago. Also, a video message from Archbishop Nathaniel, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis, Chicago, the candlelight rose procession, fellowship and refreshments. Call 217-762-2953.


St. Luke's food pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Food distribution on the third Saturday each month. Call 217-356-4922 or email

51st Annual Pancake and Sausage Day. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 County Road 900 East, C. A $6 donation for an all-you-can-eat feast. Tickets at the door. Proceeds go to: Cunningham Children's Home, Chaddock, Restoration Ministries, Mahomet Youth, Helping Hands, and Salt & Light, and international missions. Also, the women of the church will hold a bake sale from 8 a.m. until all goods are sold. Information at

52nd Annual Pancake and Whole Hog Sausage Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20, St. Thomas Catholic Grade School, 311 E. Madison, Philo. St. Thomas School and Parish invite everyone to come enjoy great food and fun, including exciting raffles. Call 217-684-2309 for more information.

34th Annual Unity Breakfast. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 21, Vineyard Church, corner of Lincoln and Bradley in Urbana. Come together to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and support local youth scholarships. All are welcome. A free-will offering supports the breakfast and scholarships.


Blood drives. Noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Paxton Hope Vineyard Church, 152 Market St.; noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 23, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24, First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Chestnut St., LeRoy. To make an appointment, visit or call800-733-2767.

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connections Luncheon. 11:45 a.m. Jan. 22, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Luncheon for all ladies in the area. The speaker will be Barbara Hoffner of Madison, Wis., on "Walking This Marathon of Life." Ticket prices are $17 at the door. Call 217-649-1592 or 217-586-7026 for more information.