Religion calendar, March 15-22, 2019

Religion calendar, March 15-22, 2019

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Annual Blessing of the Tractors. Noon Saturday, Hensley Township Building, County Road 2100 East, at 900 North, C. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will hold this annual blessing to celebrate and bless the people who work the land. There will be a short blessing ceremony and then the ladies of the congregation will serve a free lunch. All farmers and gardeners in the area are invited to bring seeds, plants, soil and implements to be blessed by Pastor Naomi Roberts. Information and directions at


Lenten fish frys. 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, today through March 22, Feeney Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Call 217-359-4224 for more information.

Benefit soup supper. 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 23, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Osman. Menu: Chili, potato soup, oyster soup, sandwiches, pie and drinks. Jodi Burgess of Fisher, diagnosed in 2018 with pancreatic cancer, recently started new chemotherapy treatments. Cost is a free-will offering to be given to Burgess for medical expenses. If you can't attend and would like to donate, make the check out to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Osman; mail to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 942 Grape Ave., Fisher, IL 61843.


The Collingsworth Family. 7 p.m. today, Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St., Mahomet. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A hymn sing at 6:25. A free meet-and-greet for students at 6:30 p.m. The Collingsworth Family, voted as America's favorite mixed group in Christian music for the last seven years, presents their much-loved musical message through a variety of musical styles in voice, through horns, violins, guitar and piano. Advance tickets, $5-$25; children age 9 and younger, free; at the door, if still available, $10-$35. For tickets, call 217-841-3132 or visit

1662 Choral Evensong for St. Patrick's Day. 4 p.m. Sunday, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. Celebrate the Irish spirit at this 45-minute classic sung service, featuring Rutter's Gaelic Blessing, Celtic hymnody and canticles of Ireland. Wear green if you like. Call 217-352-9827 for more information.


ESL classes. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, April 1 through May 20, St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. A free ESL course, taught by Christina Havenland, an ESL teacher at Parkland for 19 years. Free. Class materials are free. Free child care. Light snacks provided. Registration limited to 25 people (child care limited to 20 children). Register by March 22. Call 217-356-3635 or email

Bible study. 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 3 through May 2, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Five-week sessions on "So you think you know the Apostle Paul?," starting on April 3; and "Jesus Real or Fraud?," starting April 4. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or visit


Friday Forum lecture series. Noon Fridays, today through April 12, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., C. Series theme, "RESIST: Building a Culture of Nonviolence." On March 15, Kryss Chupp, "Christian Peacemaker Teams." March 29, Michael Metz, author, "Radicals in the Heartland," on campus student activism. All are invited to attend this free and public lecture series. Visit

Women's luncheon meeting. Noon Saturday, Danville Rescue Mission, 834 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. The Rev. Jill Walker, pastor of two churches, one in Mattoon and one in Lovington, will be the speaker. Walker was host of "On Board" children's television ministry for many years and is a popular women's speaker. Meeting begins at noon with lunch served first. Sponsored by Mission's Women's Auxiliary. All area women are encouraged to attend. A free-will offering will be taken. Call 217-260 4324 or email


Pray First! 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 10, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. A time of quiet prayer and reflection on Wednesdays during Lent in the First United Methodist Church Chapel. All are welcome. Call 217-356-9078 for more information.

Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. 11:45 a.m. March 26, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Luncheon for all ladies. Speaker: Bess Stetler on "There's No Place Like Home." Feature: scarf tying. Everyone bring a neck scarf. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. Tickets $17 at the door. Call 217-649-1592 or 217-586-7026 or email

Blood drives. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 27, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury; and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 29, Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave., Danville. To make an appointment or for more information, visit or call800-733-2767.