Religion calendar, April 19-26, 2019

Religion calendar, April 19-26, 2019

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Good Friday (April 19):

— 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. Liturgy of the Day with reading of the St. John Passion, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. Call 352-9827.— 7 p.m. at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. The Ministerial Alliance of Champaign-Urbana & Vicinity's annual Good Friday service. Held in the sanctuary. Offering on behalf of alliance.— 7 p.m. at Upper Room Bible Church, 425 W. Orleans St., Paxton. First Lutheran Church in Paxton and other churches in town will join to celebrate. Message by Dave Hohulian. Sponsored by Paxton Area Ministerial Association. Call 379-2982.

— 7 p.m. at Hammond United Methodist Church at 3rd and D streets, Hammond. Featuring special music by "Echoes of Praise," a choir of area singers. The message will be given by Pastor Jim Allison. All are invited to attend. The offering will go to the Atwood-Hammond Needy Fund. A time of fellowship will follow.

Holy Saturday (April 20):

— 7 to 8 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, sanctuary, 1203 W. Green St., U. DeMilles' 1927 silent film "The King of Kings." The Rev. Dan King Crede, senior pastor at Wesley, will accompany the action on Wesley's 90-year old Skinner organ. Call 344-1120.

— 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. The Great Vigil: Lighting of the New Fire, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and first Mass of Easter. Breakfast reception follows. Call 352-9827.

Easter Sunday (April 21):

— 7 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 301 S. College St.,Paxton. SONrise worship service. This will be followed by a free breakfast. At 9 a.m., a celebration service with communion. Call 379-2982.

— 8, 9 and 11:15 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., C.

— 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. Sonrise service at 8:30 a.m., Watseka Lounge; potluck breakfast at 9 a.m., Great Hall; and combined service at 10:30 a.m., sanctuary. Call 344-1120.

— 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church, 208 W. University Ave., C. Solemn High Mass of the Resurrection. A festive reception follows each service. Call 352-9827.

— 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Celebration worship. Call 356-9078.

— 10 a.m., at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. Worship with special music regarding the resurrection of Jesus, preceded by a light breakfast. Call 356-3635.

Easter egg hunts:

— 10 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 301 S. College St.,Paxton. The egg hunt will be followed by the Blessing of the Animals at 11 a.m. Bring your pets to be blessed by Pastor Deb Domeier. Call 379-2982.

— 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 County Road North, Champaign. Breakfast and Easter egg hunt before the worship service. Call 493-2095 or

— 9:45 a.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. All children invited. Held in Watseka Lounge. Call 344-1120.

— 7 to 9 p.m. April 26 at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. Join us for our 4th Friday family and friends fun nights for April. After the hunt, a showing of "Winnie the Pooh, Springtime with Roo." Complimentary snacks and drinks will be served. Call 356-3635.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League Convention. April 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 E. Main St., and April 27 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1930 N. Bowman Ave., Danville. Hosted by the Danville Zone. Theme: "He Knows My Name." April 26: Pre-convention activities at 1:30 p.m.; a meal (free-will offering) at 5 p.m.; a Vesper service at 6 p.m.; followed by fellowship and fun. April 27: Featured speakers, the Rev. Elliott Lutz and his wife Katie from Omaha, Neb., at 8:45 a.m. Call 815-383-0151 or email

Refresh Relationship Conference. 7 p.m. May 3 at Church of the Living God, 312 E. Bradley Ave., C, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Sessions facilitated by Pastor John F. Hannah, May 3, and Sophia Ruffin, Sonja Perry, Raii and Whitney and more, May 4. Singles, $29; couples, $69. Group rates available. For information, email Register at


Farmer City United Methodist Women Bake Sale. 8 a.m. Saturday, Sunshine Center, east door, Route 54, Farmer City. Call 778-3139.

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

Annual rummage sale. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, Trinity United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall on the lower level, 311 E. Moses Ave., Westville.


Streetfest Against Violence. 4 to 7:30 p.m. today, New Covenant Fellowship, 124 W. White St., C. Call 649-9595.

The Resurrection of Faith Tour. 6 p.m. April 27, Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St., Mahomet. The Erwins, a family group out of Texas, and Joseph Habedank will perform. Before the concert, a hymn sing at 5:25 p.m. and a free student meet and greet with the artists. Advance tickets, $5-$25; children ages 0-9 years are free. Tickets at the door will cost an additional $2. Call 841-3132.


Faith and Science in Life. 7 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrew's Lutheran Campus Center, 909 S. Wright St., C. Ashlynn Stillwell, UI assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, as part of its biannual Rheticus Forum discussion on faith and science. Call 344-1593.


Champaign-Urbana Christian Women's Connection Luncheon. 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Tickets $17 at the door. Call 649-1592 or email.

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. Cost, $15 at the door. Call Kathy at 474-9996 to register.

Blood drives. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St., Fairbury; and 2 to 6 p.m. April 29, Chrisman Church of the Nazarene, 313 N. Pennsylvania, Chrisman. Visit or call800-733-2767.