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Miss America Party. 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, C. The party is planned to honor Miss Illinois Grace Khachaturian during the Miss America competition. Everyone is welcome. Call 217-369-4610.

Outdoor movie. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sidney Christian Church, 305 E. Main, Sidney. The movie, "I Can Only Imagine." At 7 p.m., the longest banana split ever seen in Sidney will be served. Also, free popcorn, soda and water. Feel free to return on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for fellowship and in-depth study of the film's message for all ages. For information, call 407-608-0090.

Sunday School Rally Day and potluck. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2201 County Road 900 E., C. A kick-off to its fall program. Worship at 10:30 a.m. with Children's Sunday School during service. The potluck, open to the public, is an opportunity for the community to visit with the congregation and to introduce their children. Mount Vernon UMC men will cook hot dogs and hamburgers. Participants are invited to bring a side dish or dessert. There will be games and activities for the kids. Call 217-493-2095.

Forty Hours Devotion. Sunday through Tuesday, St. Matthew, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, C. Msgr. Stanley Deptula, diocesan director of liturgy, will preach a Eucharistic mission during which the blessed sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the church for more than 40 hours (through Tuesday evening). Mass/homily with Msgr. Deptula, followed by exposition of the blessed sacrament in the church, 5:15 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Preached holy hour with Eucharistic procession and benediction of the blessed sacrament, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sign-ups for 40-hour devotion at or call 217-359-4224.

Olivet Holiness Campmeeting. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11-16, Olivet Holiness Tabernacle, located off Route 1 on Ash Street, Olivet. Inspirational and uplifting messages from six local pastors. Ben Skinner, new minister at the Georgetown Friends Church, Tuesday, with music by Mike Daulton; Steve Gladding, a retired Nazarene pastor, Wednesday; Matt Filicksky, minister to the Georgetown, Fairview and Fairmount Methodist churches, will speak and be song leader Thursday; Glen Thompson of Liberty at Friends Chapel, Sept. 14; Troy Horne, minister at Georgetown Nazarene churches, Sept. 15; Joe White will speak and provide the music, Sept. 16. Joe and his wife, Mindy, minister at the Vermilion Grove and Ridge Farm Friends churches. Call 217-269-2482.


Food distribution:

— Catholic Charities' Tolono Food Pantry. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays (excluding holidays) at St. Patrick Catholic Church parish hall, 212 E. Washington St., Tolono. Call 217-621-5694 or 217-355-8413.

— Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College. 10 a.m. to noon first and third Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, Parkland College, M Building, Room M-138, on the northwest side of the campus across from the planetarium, Champaign. Food distribution. Open to public. Call 217-344-1120, or email

St. Luke's food pantry. 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15, St. Luke CME Church, 809 N. Fifth St., C. Call 217-356-4922 or email for more information.

Annual homemade fried chicken dinner. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Collison Masonic Lodge. Menu includes chicken, slaw, baked beans, chips, rolls, drinks and desserts. Presented by Collison United Methodist Church. Free-will donation. Carry-outs available.


Bible study. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 27 through Oct. 18, Bible Education Center, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. Class on "Lessons from the Kings — Ahab, Asa and Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah and Josiah." The accounts of the kings of Israel and Judah are full of thrilling stories that provide powerful role models, stirring exhortations and practical life skills for troubled and uncertain times. Free. Call 217-367-2100 or


Rescue Us Meeting. 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday, First Church of Christ, 503 N. Main St., Georgetown. Do you or someone you love have an addiction controlling your life? Transportation and child care provided. Call 217-474-2306 or 217-274-0333.

Blood drives. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Saybrook Christian Church, 113 E. Harrison St., Saybrook. To make an appointment, visit or call800-733-2767.