Family Calendar & Concerts

Flat View
March 2017
March 2017

Sat. 25 Mar, 2017

Mom2Mom Market Sale (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 7:00 am - 1:00 pm)

We are excited to announce our 3rd annual Mom2Mom sale. This sale provides an opportunity for moms to sell their high-quality, gently-used baby or kid items in a hassle-free indoor event.


This event is equivalent to hitting 30+ child-specific garage sales in one convenient location. You will find everything you need for your growing family including but not limited to children's and maternity clothing, children's furniture, books, games, toys, DVDs, room decor, and bedding. There will be guaranteed products and guaranteed shoppers, so it is great for both buyers and sellers.


Admission is free to this event, and table rental is available for both private sellers and family friendly business vendors. Do you have large items to sell but are not interested in renting a table? Come sell them in our Big Ticket Room. Proceeds raised through table rental will benefit our OBF Abide mom's group and will be used towards community service and outreach.


You will not want to miss this event! We look forward to seeing you! Visit the website listed above to register for a table or like our Facebook page Mom2mom Market.

Through His Eyes (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Heavens View Women's Ministry will hold its next Restoring Broken Pieces Seminar. Through His Eyes will teach you how to see yourself the way our Father sees you!


This seminar is open to all adults and free to attend. We will begin with breakfast, and the seminar will start around 9 AM. We will have two great speakers, praise and worship with the Strasma's, followed by healing prayer.


For more information, please call Heavens View at the number listed above.

Day of Renewal (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

Peoria area Cursillo is sponsoring this Day of Renewal. The day will begin with mass, and it is open to anyone who has made a Cursillo in the past.


The cost of the event is $14.00 per person, and includes lunch.


For reservations, please call the number above.

Truth for Every Man - Men's Conference (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This conference is to equip men to be dedicated followers, truth pro-claimers and passionate seekers of the life found only in Jesus Christ.


The speakers include: Pastor Rick Holland, Dr. Gary Gilley, Dr. Steve Spurlin, Pastor Tom Zobrist, Pastor Jason Alligood, Elder Geoffrey R. Kirkland, Pastor Cliff Davis and Author James Daughtry.


For more information, please visit the website above.   

Heartseekers Women's Conference (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 9:30 am - 3:30 pm)

Join us for a conference featuring speaker Carol Kent, and worship leader Babbie Mason.


For more information please refer to the email and phone number listed above.

CCDA Cafe (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Join us for a Cafe with Noel Castellanos! Noel Castellanos is a motivator and mentor to young leaders.


CCDA Cafe provides individuals an opportunity to hear stories from other people who have a vision to see restored communities with Christians engaged in the process of transformation.


For more information, refer to the contact information listed above.


Hope to see you there!

Free Movie: Priceless (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm)

Join us for a free movie and learn more about human trafficking and how to help STOP this crisis.


A free will offering will support ministries that fight to stop trafficking on the front line.


Hope to see you there!

Truth for Every Man Conference (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm)

The keynote speaker of this event will be Pastor Rick Holland, with breakout speakers, Dr. Gary Gilley, Tom Zobrist, and more. We want to help men walk faithfully with God starting in their homes. We want to bring men together in order to encourage them to grow in the Word, and to shine like stars in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation. Our desire is to bring the truth to bear on the mind of every man.


This is a concerted effort to provoke one another to love and do good deeds starting with thoughtful, meaningful time spent in the Truth. Since Jesus proclaimed himself to be “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) the disciples of Christ should be equipping one another (Eph 4:12), to follow the Lord, speak His truth in love, and live a life that honors Him. This conference is designed to accomplish these three tasks.


Hope to see you there! 

FREE EASTER MOVIE: "RISEN" (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 6:30 pm)

Springfield Business Men in Christ is offering a free showing of 2016 release "RISEN" to the general public.


RISEN is an account from a Roman Centurion's point of view- from executioner to follower of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Sat. 25 Mar, 2017 7:30 pm)

"Joseph" is a great family show, directed by Lincoln Christian University's Tim Searby, with a cast made up of students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.


The production will be the mega-mix based on the UK revival production, and will include an original set, staging, choreography, and costumes by Grand Ball Costumes of Charleston, Illinois.

Sun. 26 Mar, 2017

I Believe (Sun. 26 Mar, 2017 3:00 pm)

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus will present their spring concert titled "I Believe" at Peoria’s First United Methodist Church.


The concert's theme embraces songs of hope, encouragement, and possibility and will feature the newly established Preparatory Chorus of 2nd through 6th graders who will be singing two of their own selections as well as joining the Youth Chorus in their final selection of the concert entitled ”I Believe."


The concert will also feature a special guest, Leslie Koons, violinist with the Peoria Symphony, who will accompany the songs "Inscription of Hope" and "Old Joe Clark."


Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and will be available at the door.


For more information, please call the number above.

Jazz Vespers (Sun. 26 Mar, 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.

Alpha course (Sun. 26 Mar, 2017 5:00 pm)

Do you wonder if there is more to life? How does God factor in? Have questions?


Come join us for an 11 week ALPHA course answering questions such as, "Is there more to life than this?," "Who is Jesus?," "How does God guide us?," and more.


We are offering free supper and childcare so that you are free to participate or just listen.


For more information, refer to the website listed above.

"The Legacy Journey" (Sun. 26 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm)

Dave Ramsey's "The Legacy Journey" class will lead you deeper into investing, basic estate planning, purposeful living, safeguarding your legacy, and discovering the keys to generational wealth and true generosity.


This class is seven weeks and is geared toward people who have already gone through FPU. The cost for the class is $110 and you will receive a workbook, basic will, and a bonus lesson all in a wooden keepsake box to help you organize and store your important documents.


To register, visit the website listed above.

Film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" (Sun. 26 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm)

Grace Memorial Church in Edinburg is showing the film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" by Ben Stein.

Ben Stein shows how the ideas of Intelligent Design are censored from the scientific debate regarding the origins of life in academia.

The Talleys In Concert (Sun. 26 Mar, 2017 6:30 pm)

The Talleys - an acclaimed southern gospel group - will be in concert at Harvest Time Bible Church.


They have enjoyed 11 number one songs and have received numerous Singing News Fan Awards and Dove Award nominations.


A free-will offering will be taken.

Mon. 27 Mar, 2017

GriefShare (Mon. 27 Mar, 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. 27 Mar, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

You are invited to join us for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. This 9-week study will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Mondays starting Feb. 6  and running through April 3.


The sessions will last between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on discussion from the participants. Childcare will be provided.


The cost is $93 per family and includes all the materials needed, plus access to bonus online components. The class is being led by Amy Denney, who has taken or taught Financial Peace University more than half a dozen times. You can register online at the link above or by calling Amy at the phone number listed above.

Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. 27 Mar, 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. 28 Mar, 2017

GriefShare Winter Session (Tue. 28 Mar, 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.

Celebrate Recovery (Tue. 28 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm)

Celebrate Recovery is a confidential 12-step Christian recovery program that provides a safe environment designed to address issues such as alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, codependency, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual addiction, and much more. It is a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hope in a Christ-centered recovery atmosphere. Celebrate Recovery is biblically based and founded on the principles of recovery from the 8 Beatitudes in the book of Matthew.


Food and fellowship (optional) begins at 6 PM, followed by a large group session. The session starts with worship, followed by a lesson on a recovery topic. After this will be open small groups, and gender specific share groups at 9 PM.


Meals are provided at a cost of $4.00, and at the Solid Rock Cafe there will be free desserts and more fellowship after the small group meetings. Come and see what Celebrate Recovery can do for you! Join the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team every Tuesday night as we present this life changing ministry.


There will be FREE childcare for ages 1-12. Celebration Place (CR) is offered to kids ages 5-12. For more information, please call the church at the number listed above.

Wed. 29 Mar, 2017

Movies For Lent (Wed. 29 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm)

Grace and Peace Lutheran Church will host its third annual Movies for Lent event.


Movies include God's Not Dead 2, War Room, Grace Card, Polycarp, and Risen. Hot dogs, popcorn, candy, fruit, and lemonade will also be served.


Doors will open at 5:30 and movies start at 6 PM. There is no charge for admission or for the theater food. Families are welcome and encouraged.

Griefshare (Wed. 29 Mar, 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

Thu. 30 Mar, 2017

That Man is You! (Thu. 30 Mar, 2017 6:15 am)

That Man is You! is an interactive, multimedia men's program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership.


Over the course of three years, That Man is You! successively concerns men in their relationship to God, to their spouse and to their children. That Man is You! is successful at attracting large numbers of men- including younger men still actively parenting- and then transforming their spiritual lives.


Indeed, independent research from the Faith Adviser to the Gallup Poll reveals That Man is You! to be one of the most life transforming programs ever studied. No matter where you are at in your spiritual journey, Jesus Christ wants to meet you there and take you further.  

Community Bible Study - Day Class (Thu. 30 Mar, 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.

Single and Parenting Class (Thu. 30 Mar, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a 13-week winter session of Single and Parenting beginning Thursday, February 16.


Single and Parenting is a support group for single parents to meet and discuss issues unique to their situation. Whether you're a single parent by choice, divorced or widowed, this group meets to discuss such topics as conflict resolution; tired and overwhelmed; parenting tools and projects; money and career; emotions and stability; and suffering and adversity. Each session is comprised of a video on a specific topic, group discussion and personal Bible study about relationships and parenting.


There is no fee to participate. A light meal and childcare will also be provided at no cost.


For more information, you can call the phone number or email the address listed above.

Community Bible Study Class (Thu. 30 Mar, 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. 31 Mar, 2017

APACHE Homeschool Convention (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 8:30 am - Sat. 1 Apr, 2017 4:00 pm)

Join us for our 28th annual APACHE Homeschool Convention!


APACHE's vision is to connect homeschooling families with resources that equip, support, and encourage them in their efforts.


At the convention, you'll hear from Dr. Kathy Koch, Kendra Fletcher, Jonathon Lewis, and many more. There are also many workshops to choose from.


A special pre-convention will take place on March 30 from 6:30-9 PM. 


For more information or to register, please refer to the website and email listed above.

The Vine Conference (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 4:00 pm)

The Vine Conference is a weekend retreat to engage and challenge high school students (grades 9-12) to own their faith and to draw deeper into the Word.


Join us as we explore God’s Word through engaging sessions, dynamic worship, interactive breakouts, and much more!


Students can expect to leave on Saturday feeling challenged, encouraged, and spurred on in their faith.


The Vine Conference is also a great opportunity to get a taste of college life. Conference attendees will stay in the dorms, interact with current LCU students, and spend time with the LCU professors who will be teaching breakout sessions.


The Vine Conference 2017 is scheduled for March 31-April 1 on the campus of Lincoln Christian University (LCU). It’s open to all students grades 9-12 who want to learn about the Gospel message and have a blast doing it.


LCU welcomes youth group and individual registries at the above Web site.

Girls On the Go (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

Join the YMCA Girls on the Go team(grades 6-8) while they travel to run local trails, visit community businesses, and hear from community leaders.


This is a 7 week session and will end with the Make a Wish 5K in Dixon.


Come join us for an informational meeting to learn more.


For even more information, refer to the number and website listed above.

Chicken Dinner and Family Fun Event (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

The Senior Class of Faith Baptist Christian School will be hosting this event. Dinner will be served at 5 with the dining room remaining open until 8:00 PM.


A silent auction, children's games and entertainment will also be part of this great family friendly event. Funds raised will be going to the Senior Class Missionary and Educational Trip to New York City and Washington DC in April.


Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. They are available from any FBCS Senior as well as the school office.


Hope to see you there!

Soul'd Out Quartet (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 5:30 pm)

Come see the Soul'd Out Quartet in concert! This event is free and a love offering will be taken.


For more details please call the number listed above.

GCS Spring Auction (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm)

This years GCS Spring Auction will feature sit down dining, and Becky Ellison's delicious food, so purchase your tickets soon!


The GCS annual auction provides a great opportunity for you to advertise in our auction program book, our Facebook page, and on-line auction website.


We are also looking for new items, services or certificates to be placed in the auction.


If you have questions, please contact the number listed above and ask for Mandy.



Lutheran Marriage Encounter (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm - Sun. 2 Apr, 2017 12:00 pm)

Marriage Encounter helps good marriages become refreshed, renewed, and revitalized. Discover how to include God in your marriage. You can turn this weekend of discovery into a lifetime of love.


The deadline for registration is March 1st. However, late reservations will be taken if space is available.


For further information, contact Norm & Deb Lopez at the email listed above, or check out the website above.         

Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra (Fri. 31 Mar, 2017 7:30 pm)

Take a musical promenade down the Champs Élysées. From Chabrier’s delightful Habanera and Faure’s elegant Pavane, to Ravel’s light-hearted Le Tombeau de Couperin and Debussy’s sentimental Clair de lune; this is April in Paris.


Mozart’s thrilling Paris Symphony concludes this springtime stroll!


General admission is $20, and student tickets are $5. There are also senior rates available.


Experience it for yourself by calling the number above or visiting the website listed above.