Religion calendar, Jan. 18-25, 2019

Religion calendar, Jan. 18-25, 2019

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee-Danville's celebration service. 11:30 a.m. Monday, St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The Rev. Ronald C. Henton, Israel of God's Church, Sycamore, will speak, 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.

34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. service of celebration. Sunday, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. The Community Choir will begin at 4 p.m., with the service beginning at 5 p.m. Scholarships awarded uplift community youths through supporting their college education. Everyone is welcome. A free-will offering supports the scholarship fund.

Anti-abortion candlelight vigil. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, on the sidewalk in front of Women's Health Practice, 2125 S. Neil St., C. A Catholic priest will lead in saying the rosary. Event to remember those impacted by abortion. Electric candles will be provided and may be picked up in the parking lot behind the building. Call 217-352-1007.

Community ecumenical memorial anti-abortion prayer vigil. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 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.


51st annual pancake and sausage day. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 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. Sunday, St. Thomas Catholic Grade School, 311 E. Madison, Philo. St. Thomas School and Parish invite everyone to come enjoy great food and fun, including raffles. Call 217-684-2309 for information.

34th annual unity breakfast. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. The 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee and The Vineyard Church welcome community members to join in celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and support local youth scholarships. Marnita Harris, a former scholarship recipient, will give the keynote address to the 2019 scholarship recipients. A free-will offering supports the breakfast and scholarships. For information, email

Cluckin' for Catholic Education barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser. 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 708 W. Main St., U. Hosted by St. Patrick and Holy Cross churches. Dine-in, carry-out or drive-through options available. Tickets are $12 per dinner, on sale through Jan. 20 at the Holy Cross Parish Center. Call 217-352-8748.

62nd annual sausage supper. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Bondville United Methodist Church, 100 E. Chestnut St., Bondville. Sausage, applesauce, sauerkaut, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and desserts. Carry-outs are available. Tickets: Adults, $10; children ages 5-12 years, $5; children, ages 4 years and younger, free. Bulk sausage available for sale at $4/pound. Handmade quilt raffle; tickets $1 each or six for $5. Call 217-493-4012.


Bible study. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 13 through March 14, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Five-week sessions on "Worry in the Gospels," exploring the Bible's in-depth teaching about worry and what to do with it, starting on Feb. 13; and "God, and how we Fit," learning a little about God — What He is, Who He is, His plan for His creation and for us within it, starting Feb. 14. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or


Danville Christian Women's Connection luncheon. Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday,Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Road, Danville. Luncheon for all area women. Doors open, 11 a.m. Lunch at noon. Lunch theme: Happy Birthday! Speaker: Barbara Hoffner, "Walking the Marathon of Life." Feature: Jane Holts, Image Frames. Music: Miles Clark. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Cost, $15 at the door. Call Kathy at 217-474-9996.

Blood drives. Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday,First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday,First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Chestnut St., LeRoy. To make an appointment, visit or call800-733-2767.