Religion calendar, May 17-24, 2019

Religion calendar, May 17-24, 2019

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Church's 136th anniversary celebrated. 10 a.m. Sunday, Second Baptist Church, 40 Franklin, Danville. Second Baptist will celebrate its anniversary at the morning service with Pastor James A. Green of Greater Gethsemane Baptist Church, Indianapolis, delivering the message. Green is a native of Danville.

2019 Family Festival. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. Free event, featuring food and fun for the whole family. Activities include a soda ring toss, family Polaroid picture with costumes, face painting and more. Call 217-344-1120.

"Ignite Your World" Youth Rally. June 1, First Baptist Church, 231 N. Illinois, Atwood. Registration, 4:30 p.m. Free meal, 5 p.m. For all kids who just completed grades 5-12. Guest speaker: Doug Davis of Arthur, a full-time high school teacher of 26 years and pastor for 13 years at Arthur Southern Baptist Church. Worship leader: Mitch Fleming of Atwood, leads praise and worship for Ignite Youth Ministry each Wedesday evening. Music will be contemporary Christian songs. For information, email or call 217-57-2555.

Vacation Bible School. 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 3-7, Muncie Baptist Church, Muncie. Farm Fresh Faith, an underwater adventure, is an exciting and interactive learning experience for all children, ages kindergarten to seventh grade. To register, call 217-548-2116. Children can also register at the event.

Vacation Bible School. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10-14, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green St., U. Open to all children ages 3 years to fifth grade. Music, bible stories, art, science, outside games and lunch. Free. Attendance is imited to 30 students. Call Ms. Rachel at 621-6984 by May 31 to register or for more information.


Flea market/silent auction and bake sale. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Countryside United Methodist Church, 1807 County Road 1000 N, (between Sidney and Philo). Clothes Closet, Book Nook, Sonshine Cafe, Children's Store and more. Call 217-688-2777.

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 for more information.


Bell celebration. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., C. Join us in celebrating the newly restored bell, the oldest bell in Champaign. They will be dedicating it at both services. All are welcome to attend. Call 217-356-9078 for more information.

"Southern Raised." 7 p.m. May 24, Grace Church, 800 W. Oak St., Mahomet. This love-offering concert features "Southern Raised," the winners of the 2018 Diamond Award for Bluegrass Gospel. This family band has sung at the National Quartet Convention, played in Branson multiple times, and spent the summer of 2018 at Shipshewana, Ind., performing their original show "American Made, Southern Raised."


"Affordability, Access and the Changing Landscape of Higher Education" forum. 7 p.m. Thursday, Philo Presbyterian Church,105 E. Jefferson St., Philo. Dr. Barbara Wilson, executive vice president of the University of Illinois System, will speak. All are invited to attend this timely forum.


Movie and discussion. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W. Green St., U. Screening of "13th" by Ava DuVernay. This thought-provoking documentary brings together scholars, activists and politicians to analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. A panel discussion will follow the film. The screening will begin at 2 p.m. Email for information.

Blood drives. Tuesday, Sidney Christian Church, 305 E. Main St., Sidney. To make an appointment, email Also, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St.., Fairbury; and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday,First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Chestnut St., LeRoy. To make an appointment or for more information, visit or call800-733-2767.

Fourth Friday Friends and Family Fun Night. 7 p.m. May 24, St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., C. "We're Off to the (Tricycle) Races" and other games. Fun for all ages. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and the event is free to attend. Call 217-356-3635 or for more information.

Lifeline-connect Ribbon Cutting and Open House. 4 to 6 p.m. May 30, 2107 N. High Cross Road, U. Ribbon cutting and open house for the new 24-man facility. Lifeline-connect is a Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol addictions. Enjoy refreshments, see the dorm, and meet the staff, graduates, and others who made it happen. Visit our website at Call Brenda Rogers, administrative director, at 217-621-9649 for information.