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January 2017
 
January 2017

Thu. 19 Jan, 2017

Community Bible Study - Day Class (Thu. 19 Jan, 2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Join us as we study, "Red Sea to the Jordan River: A look at Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers." It's a story of how God delivered His chosen people, the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and established them as a new nation.

 

They tell the story of a holy God's faithfulness to a weak and sinful people like us. Themes like doubt and faith, complaining and grace, crisis and intercession, and failure and repentance teach us to grow spiritually mature.

 

For men, women and children. All levels of learners welcome.

 

Infant and toddler care will be provided along with a preschool through elementary age program.

Seminary for Seniors - “Mental exercise classes for the inquisitive, brave, and curious” (Thu. 19 Jan, 2017 10:30 am)

Seminary for Seniors is for people who want to keep learning and growing and pondering the meanings of life.

 

Dr. Rodney Kennedy, interim pastor at FBC Peoria, will be the moderator for the first class offered.

 

The class - "Faith and Doubt in Southern Literature" - will have its first session on Thursday, January 19 & 26 and February 2 & 9, 2017. The class will read short stories by Southern authors and have conversations about the religious themes in those stories. The textbook is The Christ-Haunted Landscape, edited by Susan Ketchins. The book is available on Amazon and can be purchased for less than $3.00. The cost of the class is $10.00 per person. Join us for stimulating, provocative conversation.

 

To enroll, call the number listed above or email the address listed above.

Food and toiletries distribution (Thu. 19 Jan, 2017 4:00 pm)

Mt. Sinai SDA Church needs volunteers to unload a truck and repackage food for distribution on every second Thursday of the month.

 

Distribution is every third Thursday of the month. We need volunteers for this day also.

 

Please call a week ahead for times and to sign up to volunteer.

Sanctity of Human Life Rally (Thu. 19 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm)

Pro-life supporters will mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide by gathering for a prayer march and rally at Riverside Church.

 

The prayer march will start in the Riverside parking lot and progress around the Federal Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. The rally at 7 p.m. will feature music, pro-life updates, prayer, and a talk by Tom Brechja, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, which defended David Daleidan.

 

Refreshments will follow.

Community Bible Study Class (Thu. 19 Jan, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Community Bible Study (CBS) Peoria Evening Class invites you to study the Gospel of Matthew!

 

This is a 30-week study for men, women and children of every denomination and every level of understanding. CBS's goal is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all. CBS's format is opening in worship, core group discussion and lecture. 

 

Matthew wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit, primarily to his fellow Jews, proving through scripture that Jesus's life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

 

CBS meets weekly on Thursday nights.

Fri. 20 Jan, 2017

DINNER & MOVIE: Resurrection of Gavin Stone (Fri. 20 Jan, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

The next film from director Dallas Jenkins (who as a youth detasseled corn in the Peoria area!), is the first effort from Vertical Church Films (Harvest Bible Chapel).

 

Gavin Stone is a burnt out former child star whose latest party earns him 200 hours of community service at a local church. His mop is traded in for the lead role in the Passion play as he learns about church, second chances, and forgiveness in the biggest role of his career. It's probably the first Christian "romantic comedy" that I enjoyed for both the romantic and the comedy.

 

TV and entertainment fans will recognize actors from Agents of SHIELD, The Middle... and perhaps most surprising, professional wrestling (The WWE actually owns the film!).

 

Dinner is buffet or whatever your choose to order from the menu. The buffet with a drink costs $13.01.

 

We'll be eating dinner until 6:30 or so, but this last Friday there was no line at 5pm, and a line out the door by 5:40. During/after dinner we hope to share trailers and discussion of other upcoming Christian films - we need 20-25 or so to have a private room to do this. At 6:30-6:45 we'll head to theaters to watch the film.

 

In Peoria it is playing at both Grand Prairie 18 and Landmark, times have not yet been announced.

 

***NOTE:  If you can't make it to dinner or even the film on January 20, this is a regular full run of the film, with multiple showtimes daily until at least the next Thursday.

Sat. 21 Jan, 2017

Concordia Blood Drive & Hot Chocolate Bar (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 10:00 am - 1:30 pm)

Central Illinois Blood Center will be here in our gym.

 

Also, stay a little while and enjoy donuts and make your favorite hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar!

Feast and FaSoLa (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Annual all-day Sacred Harp singing

 

Sacred Harp, a form of shape note singing, is early American, a capella religious music. Singers sit according to vocal parts, facing each other to form a hollow square. It is passionate, spirited music, not for performance but sung by people who like to meet together to sing.

 

Come for a few songs or stay all day. Loaner books available.

 

The traditional "dinner on the grounds" will be shared at noon. If you can't bring a dish, come anyway- we've never run low on food!

 

For more info, the Web site listed above gives background, links, and details of singings throughout the US. Search YouTube for clips of singings.

 

Contact Mark at the number above with questions.

 

It is Sacred Harp custom to welcome new singers warmly. It's a great time to give this old tradition a try.

"Art Parade" Kid Workshop (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Learn to make life-size puppets out of a variety of new and recycled materials!

 

Kid Workshops are offered on select Saturday afternoons to give children ages 8-14 opportunities to use tools, experiment with different types of making, and think creatively.

 

Register by calling the phone number above.Cost is $5.00 per member child, $10.00 per non member.

Chili dinner fundraiser (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

The menu includes chili, chips, desert, tea or coffee. We will also be serving sides with the chili.

 

Cost: $7.00

Jason Gray in Concert (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 7:00 pm)

Christian artist Jason Gray's music brings hope, light, and joy to the everydayness of life. This intimate concert setting of Jason, his guitar, and his witness are not to be missed!

 

Suggested donation:

  • $15 for adults
  • $5 for children/students

Zobrist Double Play (Sat. 21 Jan, 2017 7:00 pm)

Join the Peoria Rivermen for Faith and Family Night as they take on the Columbus Cottonmouths!

 

Chicago Cubs World Series Champion Ben Zobrist is the game's guest of honor. There will be Cubs-related giveaways throughout the game.

 

After the game, stick around for a concert with Julianna Zobrist!

 

Tickets are $12 and will be in the upper bowl. You can purchase tickets by visiting the website linked above.

Sun. 22 Jan, 2017

Creation Ministries Speaker (Sun. 22 Jan, 2017 9:45 am)

Keaton Halley will be speaking on Dinosaurs & Fossils: Amazing Evidence for Creation!

Creation Ministries Speaker (Sun. 22 Jan, 2017 11:00 am)

Keaton Halley will be speaking on Creation: What's the Big Deal?

 

This event is free and open to the public.

Augustana College Jenny Lind Ensemble (Sun. 22 Jan, 2017 2:00 pm)

Augustana's Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble will perform "Anchored & Unbound: Songs of Faith, Hope & Freedom" at four stops this year, beginning in Springfield, Illinois and ending in Davenport, Iowa.

 

The group is a select women's ensemble for singers who wish to develop advanced choral skills. The group is conducted by Michael Zemek, with accompanist Gail Baldwin. The ensemble is named after Jenny Lind (1820-1887), a Swedish opera singer often known as the "Swedish Nightingale."

My Heart's Home (Sun. 22 Jan, 2017 3:00 pm)

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950), famed author of the 1915 American classic “Spoon River Anthology,” wrote a series of poems in his later years about Menard County, Petersburg, the farms, the rivers, the people, & the prairie.

 

These poems, including “Fiddler’s Contest,” “The Prairie: Sandridge,” “River Towns,” and “The Sangamon River,” form the centerpiece of this lively, musical production.

 

Tickets will be available at the door or visit the Web site listed above to purchase tickets. Your ticket allows entry into the Illinois Gallery, Rare and Rarely Seen, and the play.

 

E-Tickets must be presented for entry. (Printed or on digital device)

Jazz Vespers (Sun. 22 Jan, 2017 4:00 pm)

The Westminster Jazz Vespers service brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration weekly, from the second Sunday in September through Pentecost, June 4, for a service of prayer, meditation and music.

 

Weekly, our sanctuary is blessed by the jazz sounds of David Hoffman. The trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra leads worship along with (most weeks) Dan Leahy, Piano, Mike Nellas, Bass, Jason Brannon, Drums, Jamika Russell, Vocals, along with Rev. Denise Clark-Jones leading the service.

 

Jazz Vespers are held in the church on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. We gather in the intimacy of the sanctuary for an extraordinary experience of jazz.

 

No charge to join us (free-will offering taken) and no reservations are required. Join us for an extraordinary celebration of joy.

 

For more information, please contact us through the info listed above. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mon. 23 Jan, 2017

Jordan Feliz in Concert (Mon. 23 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm)

Compassion International presents The Beloved Tour!

 

The tour features Dove Awards New Artist of the Year Jordan Feliz, Dan Bremnes, and Grayson/Reed. You don't want to miss it!

 

Tickets are $15 and are general admission.

 

The concert will be held at Thrive Ministries Bethel Campus in Fulton, IL.

 

To purchase tickets, call either of the two phone numbers listed above.

GriefShare (Mon. 23 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare is a 13 week DVD and discussion series that is designed for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is a support group that provides a safe and caring place to meet with others on this difficult journey of grief and who understands the heartache and questions of loss.

 

The DVDs feature clips from counselors, pastors and others who offer practical suggestions and reassurance.

 

The series will begin on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Grace Church.

 

There is no fee to participate. For further information or to register, call the church office at the phone number listed above.

Financial Peace University (Mon. 23 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm)

Dave Ramsey's nine-week Financial Peace University.

 

Monday, January 16th - March 13th.

Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. 23 Jan, 2017 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

Come and see an intimate vision of Christ's revealed glory through the eyes of John at Bible Study Fellowship.

 

We meet September 12th through May, on Monday nights from 6:45-8:30.

 

Our women's class meets at Woodland Baptist Church on N. Allen Road, and the men's class meets at Grace Presbyterian Church on Route 91.  Both classes have school-age programs - children K-12 are welcome and study the same passage at an age-appropriate level.

Tue. 24 Jan, 2017

GriefShare Winter Session (Tue. 24 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A winter session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. This 13-week session will run through April 4 and meets for 2 hours each week.

 

GriefShare is a nationally-based grief-recovery seminar that provides support for people working their way the grieving process. GriefShare uses a video seminar series, a workbook and sharing time for participants to work through their stages of grief.

 

GriefShare brings people together who are in various stages of grieving to help each other work through their grief and to find joy in life again.

Wed. 25 Jan, 2017

Griefshare (Wed. 25 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm)

A Griefshare Recovery Program will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning January 11.

 

This is a 14-week program built around video seminars, a support group and a workbook.

 

To register, call Steve (217-414-0126) or visit griefshare.org.

Thu. 26 Jan, 2017

Community Bible Study - Day Class (Thu. 26 Jan, 2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Join us as we study, "Red Sea to the Jordan River: A look at Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers." It's a story of how God delivered His chosen people, the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and established them as a new nation.

 

They tell the story of a holy God's faithfulness to a weak and sinful people like us. Themes like doubt and faith, complaining and grace, crisis and intercession, and failure and repentance teach us to grow spiritually mature.

 

For men, women and children. All levels of learners welcome.

 

Infant and toddler care will be provided along with a preschool through elementary age program.

Kindergarten Round Up (Thu. 26 Jan, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Experience your child’s potential to soar with an “Education on Eagle’s Wings!”

 

Join us for our Kindergarten Open House to see for yourself what Our Savior’s has to offer your child. We are an excellent, Christ-centered Preschool through 8th grade school.

 

All are welcome! No reservations needed.

Community Bible Study Class (Thu. 26 Jan, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Community Bible Study (CBS) Peoria Evening Class invites you to study the Gospel of Matthew!

 

This is a 30-week study for men, women and children of every denomination and every level of understanding. CBS's goal is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all. CBS's format is opening in worship, core group discussion and lecture. 

 

Matthew wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit, primarily to his fellow Jews, proving through scripture that Jesus's life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

 

CBS meets weekly on Thursday nights.

Fri. 27 Jan, 2017

Business Men in Christ Men's Retreat (Fri. 27 Jan, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

The 2017 Business Men in Christ (BMIC) Men's Retreat will be held at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly.

 

The schedule of events is as follows:

 

January 27

  • Dinner: 6-7pm
  • Dr. David King (Author and V.P. Harvesters International Ministries, Dallas, TX) will speak

 

January 28

  • Breakfast 8-9am
  • Pastor/Author Bill Fisher (Harvest Christian Center, Decatur, IL)  will speak

 

The suggested donation to attend the retreat is $20. This includes hot dinner and breakfast and all retreat materials.

 

To register, you can email or call Bernie at the address and phone number listed above. There is no registration deadline. Walkups are more than welcome!

Poverty Cure Movie (Fri. 27 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Catholic Charities will be hosting the showing of Poverty Cure in three parts. It will be shown on Fridays January 27, February 3 and February 10.

 

You can send your RSVPs and questions to Suzie Meismer by calling the number or emailing the address listed above.

 

We are the hands and feet of Jesus to the world. Come join the conversation!

Sat. 28 Jan, 2017

Business Men in Christ Men's Retreat (Sat. 28 Jan, 2017 8:00 am - 11:30 am)

The 2017 Business Men in Christ (BMIC) Men's Retreat will be held at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly.

 

The schedule of events is as follows:

 

January 28

  • Breakfast 8-9am
  • Pastor/Author Bill Fisher (Harvest Christian Center, Decatur, IL)  will speak

 

The suggested donation to attend the retreat is $20. This includes hot dinner and breakfast and all retreat materials.

 

To register, you can email or call Bernie at the address and phone number listed above. There is no registration deadline. Walkups are more than welcome!

2017 VBS Preview (Sat. 28 Jan, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am)

See and experience VBS kits for 2017.

 

Attendees will receive a 10% discount on VBS purchases.

 

Register at the Web site listed above.

Winter Wonder Walk (Sat. 28 Jan, 2017 9:30 am)

Watch the wonderful world of nature unfold on this naturalist-guided tour. Explore animal tracks and learn how animals cope with the season.

 

Dress warm!

 

Attending is free, but donations are requested.

Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age Viewing (Sat. 28 Jan, 2017 2:00 pm)

Physician and Filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

 

Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction.  Examples of stories include Hannah’s, an 14-year-old victim of social media bullying that stemmed from her trying to hide her use of social media from her mom. Issues are different for boys and girls, and the film also follows Andrew’s story, a straight-A student whose love of video games spins out of control when he goes off to college and lands in an internet rehab center. Interwoven into these stories are cutting-edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, and Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain.

 

SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

 

SCREENAGERS is blazing a new model of distribution, known as a community viewing model, in hopes that parents and educators can start a conversation nationwide about how screen time impacts our lives.  As part of the community viewing model, parents, educators, PTAs, and workplace groups can book at screenagersmovie.com.  Screenings can be booked on an event-by-event basis, and parents are encouraged to bring their kids to the movie.

Soup and Pie Supper (Sat. 28 Jan, 2017 4:30 pm)

The Linn Mennonite Christian School in Roanoke is having its annual Soup and Pie Supper, with a wide variety of homemade soups and pies!

 

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12, and under 4 is free.

 

Carryouts are also available. 

Sun. 29 Jan, 2017

Catholic & Lutheran Dialogue (Sun. 29 Jan, 2017 2:00 pm)

With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation coming this October, there will be an event including prayer, singing, dialogue, and discussion following a presentation by Rev. Kevin Laughery, Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer for the Diocese of Springfield and Rev. Chris Repp, Ecumenical Officer for the Central-Southern Illinois Synod – ELCA on Luther’s relationship with Christ and the Roman Church.

 

This event is the kick-off for a series of "table conversation" ongoing dialogue opportunities that will also involve a service component to allow Christians to work together.

 

We hope to have a large gathering of Christians for an event in October to demonstrate a growing sense of unity and understanding all through the person of Jesus Christ and by virtue of our common baptism.

 

Project 501 is a group of local Catholic and Lutheran clergy and laity dedicated to furthering the work done by the Lutheran World Federation and Pope Francis. Its hope is to move beyond commemoration to ongoing dialogue and continuing action.

 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated.

Jazz Vespers (Sun. 29 Jan, 2017 4:00 pm)

The Westminster Jazz Vespers service brings together amazing musicianship and holy inspiration weekly, from the second Sunday in September through Pentecost, June 4, for a service of prayer, meditation and music.

 

Weekly, our sanctuary is blessed by the jazz sounds of David Hoffman. The trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra leads worship along with (most weeks) Dan Leahy, Piano, Mike Nellas, Bass, Jason Brannon, Drums, Jamika Russell, Vocals, along with Rev. Denise Clark-Jones leading the service.

 

Jazz Vespers are held in the church on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. We gather in the intimacy of the sanctuary for an extraordinary experience of jazz.

 

No charge to join us (free-will offering taken) and no reservations are required. Join us for an extraordinary celebration of joy.

 

For more information, please contact us through the info listed above. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Carrollton in concert (Sun. 29 Jan, 2017 5:00 pm)

Come out and see Carrollton live! This will be a great show for all ages!

 

Tickets are available by calling the church, Monday through Thursday, at the phone number listed above. You can also purchase tickets online at the website listed above.

 

Rows 1-7 are $15.00 and all other seating is $10.00 per ticket. A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more - that makes each ticket $8.00.

 

The concert benefits the charity Mission Pre-born.

Mon. 30 Jan, 2017

GriefShare (Mon. 30 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare is a 13 week DVD and discussion series that is designed for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is a support group that provides a safe and caring place to meet with others on this difficult journey of grief and who understands the heartache and questions of loss.

 

The DVDs feature clips from counselors, pastors and others who offer practical suggestions and reassurance.

 

The series will begin on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Grace Church.

 

There is no fee to participate. For further information or to register, call the church office at the phone number listed above.

Financial Peace University (Mon. 30 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm)

Dave Ramsey's nine-week Financial Peace University.

 

Monday, January 16th - March 13th.

Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. 30 Jan, 2017 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

Come and see an intimate vision of Christ's revealed glory through the eyes of John at Bible Study Fellowship.

 

We meet September 12th through May, on Monday nights from 6:45-8:30.

 

Our women's class meets at Woodland Baptist Church on N. Allen Road, and the men's class meets at Grace Presbyterian Church on Route 91.  Both classes have school-age programs - children K-12 are welcome and study the same passage at an age-appropriate level.

Tue. 31 Jan, 2017

GriefShare Winter Session (Tue. 31 Jan, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A winter session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. This 13-week session will run through April 4 and meets for 2 hours each week.

 

GriefShare is a nationally-based grief-recovery seminar that provides support for people working their way the grieving process. GriefShare uses a video seminar series, a workbook and sharing time for participants to work through their stages of grief.

 

GriefShare brings people together who are in various stages of grieving to help each other work through their grief and to find joy in life again.