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Sun. Sep 21, 2014 - Sat. Sep 27, 2014

Tue. Sep 23, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Riverside Community Church
207 NE Monroe
Peoria, IL
Jeanie, 309.635.8201

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Hope Church, 3000 Lenhart Rd., Springfield, IL
Mandi Miller, 309.725.9583
mandimiller13@hotmail.com
http://www.mops.org/

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) is in your area! Come join us the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Hope Church. Moppets are available for your kiddos, so they will be learning too! For more information about MOPS here in Springfield or nationally, visit the website above.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 State Route 91
Peoria, IL 61615
309.256.3580
Hilbert6@comcast.net
http://www.gracepres.org/calendar/details.asp?ID=86584&title=MOPS%2FMoms+Next

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

West Side Christian Church
2850 Cider Mill Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
Stephanie: 217.793.2800
stephanied@wschurch.org
http://www.wschurch.org/arena/default.aspx?page=3987

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

Tea Party Rally (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Knox County Fairgrounds
1392 Knox Highway 9
Knoxville, IL
Patrick Harlan, 309.335.6695
pharlan11@gmail.com

The Galesburg Area Tea Party will host its 5th annual Tea Party Rally. This year's featured speakers are Jim Oberweis, Illinois candidatte for U.S. Senate, Joe Walsh, Chicago WIND radio 560AM talk show host and former congressman, and Paul Schimpf, candidate for Illinois Attorney General. All are encouraged to come, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy an evening of educational and patriotic fellowship.

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Grace Church, 1325 E Jefferson, Morton, IL
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Krys:309.264.0787 Peggy:309.589.6430
pslavens@gracepres.org
http://www.perspectives.org

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Grace United Methodist Church, 601 N. 4th Street Pekin, IL 61554
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Sally: 309.346.3034
sfmfreetwn@yahoo.com
http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/50477/class/256085

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

West Side Christian Church
2850 Cider Mill Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
Stephanie: 217.793.2800
stephanied@wschurch.org
http://www.wschurch.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=3960&promotionId=1959

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/divorcecare-for-teens/

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/connect/life-help/divorce/

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life as you learn to put your trust in the power of Christ.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/divorcecare-for-kids-dc4k/

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Calvary Temple Christian Center
1730 W Washington St
Springfield, IL 62702
217.546.9700
lkolanowski@calvaryspringfield.org

Do you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up? Celebrate Recovery is a group for those that are searching for freedom from anything that stops you from having the fulfilled life that God has planned for you.

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran School
515 S. MacArthur
Springfield, IL 62704
Joleen: 217.899.9418
j.oest@att.net
http://www.griefshare.org/groups/41679

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

West Side Christian Church
2850 Cider Mill Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
Stephanie: 217.793.2800
stephanied@wschurch.org
http://www.wschurch.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=3960&promotionId=1960

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

West Side Christian Church
2850 Cider Mill Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
Office: 217.793.2800
stephanied@wschurch.org
http://www.wschurch.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=3987

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 24, 2014

Looking for prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball! (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61614
309.685.4218
Dhellige@sbcglobal.net
http://www.purityball.com

The Christian Center is collecting prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball.  Please drop off current, in-style, clean dresses to the Christian Center Monday through Friday. Your donation helps ladies to come in their very best to this enchanting, exciting event. Questions? Call or go to our website!

40 Days for Life: Join in Prayer (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Your Home
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http://40daysforlife.com/mission/

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

 

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.

 

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families, and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus. These specific prayer requests will seek God’s help for:

 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

 

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

 

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/celebrate-recovery-step-study-for-women/

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Step Study for Men (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/celebrate-recovery-step-study-for-men/

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 N. State Route 91
Peoria, IL 61615
309.645.5205
jeff.mcnutt@rlicorp.com
http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/locations/org/41258/class/258115/atid/l_mi

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Ear Infection Workshop (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Naturally Yours Grocery
1503 E College Ave
Normal, IL 61761
309.828.6200
drkasey@mitchellfamilychiro.com

Join Dr. Kasey Riesberg DC to learn about the causes of ear infections and ways to treat them naturally.

 

Royal Tailor in Concert (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace United Methodist Church
601 N 4th St
Pekin, IL 61554
309.347.7131
graceumc@pekingrace.org
http://pekingrace.org/Welcome.html

Royal Tailor in Concert!
A See You at the Pole Youth Event
 
Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:00
Free concert, no tickets needed
 
Show put on for local grade school and high school students, but all public is welcome!

Thu. Sep 25, 2014

Peoria Mayor's Prayer Luncheon (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
501 Main St
Peoria, IL 61602
309.685.1725
peoriaprayerlunch@yahoo.com
http://peoriamayorprayerlunch.com/

This year’s speaker is Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy Strawberry. Darryl was an eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the Year with the New York Mets, and he won four World Series Championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999). He retired with 335 career home runs and 1,000 RBIs. Darryl is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared home run hitters in the game of baseball, Straw's Sweet Swing, Strawberry's Field Forever, and The Legendary Straw Man!

 

In addition to Darryl and Tracy, there will be great music, food, and fellowship. This luncheon will be truly inspirational. Please come and bring friends and co-workers. The cost is $35 a person, tables seat 10, and you may register and pay online through the above website. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket and do not know yet who your guests will be, just repeat putting your name in the Buy Tickets registration form for each ticket purchased. You will receive an email confirmation and table assignment before the event. For more information, you may call or email the committee.

 

Please note that seating to this event is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria and surrounding areas
Everywhere, USA
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562.567.2050
freesaeed@trinity3in1.net
http://beheardproject.com/saeed

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Concordia Moms Bowling League (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mt. Hawley Bowl
8200 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-692-7555 or 309-693-7624 (Barb)

This is our 41st year of fun and fellowship while raising money for staff requests at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria. Through your weekly bowling fee, you would be helping classroom teachers acquire teaching aids and fulfill other needs at the school. We meet Wednesday mornings from 9 - 11 am. We have an excellent, mature, on-site babysitter for a minimum charge. ALL bowling averages are welcome as we are a non-competitive league which is conducted in a Christian atmosphere. If you haven't played for a while or want to give it a try, this is the league for you! Please consider joining us soon!  Call Barb Kane at 693-7624 for more information.

Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Embassy Suites, 100 Conference Center Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611
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309.673.3716
tci@teenchallengepeoria.org
http://www.teenchallengepeoria.org

The 15th annual Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet is being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Featured Speaker is Global Teen Challenge President Dr. Jerry Nance. Special Music Guests are the Peoria Pops Orchestra along with Soloist Jonna Harkness from Harvest Bible Chapel. Proceeds from the event go to further the work and ministry of Teen Challenge Peoria. For ticket information/pricing, please call the above number.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Reservations, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N. Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/griefshare-2/

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Video lessons combined with group discussions help provide encouragement, hope, support, and healing during one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Sabella Street Station 335 Sabella Pekin IL 61554
309.509.1181
bobbiejobarnes@att.net

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

Hosted by: Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter Bobbie Jo Barnes

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

*All artists that wish to participate must arrive by 6:30 pm to meet with BJB to sign up for the night.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register before the event, please contact BJB by using the contact information listed above.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61614
309.691.3209 / 309.573.6606
mtiemeier@sbcglobal.net
http://www.cbsclass.org/Classes/peoriaeve/home.aspx

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, 30 week Bible study for men and women of all ages and all levels of scripture knowledge.  It is composed of individual study at home, small group discussions, effective teaching, and fellowship.

 

This year's study focuses on the gospel of Mark (18 weeks) and Christian Living as discribed in Philemon, Jude and 1st, 2nd & 3rd John.

 

Class meets on Thursday evenings, starting September 4th through May 7, 2015. 

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. Sep 26, 2014

A Rally for the Release of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Riverfront Freedom Memorial, Riverfront Park
1204 Riverside Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
309.698.9467
teresabotkin@mtco.com

Worldwide Vigils Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment

 

 

More than 700 days ago, American Pastor Saeed Abedini boarded a flight to Iran and never came back. Christmas has come and gone twice, and he's missed his children's birthdays and other family celebrations. After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iran government on charges related to his Christian faith. Now, two years to the day of Abedini's incarceration, concerned citizens will gather in East Peoria and at similar vigils around the world to pray for his safe release and call upon their governments to act on his behalf. The U.S. citizen and Boise, Idaho, minister is serving out a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his Christian faith, Pastor Saeed has faced repeated beatings, malnourishment, lack of proper medical treatment, and death threats from other prisoners and Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

 

 

Held on the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment, East Peoria's vigil, at the RiverFront Freedom Memorial, (the area around the flags) in Riverfront Park, behind the East Peoria Walmart, is part of a global effort to tell the world: #Its'sTime to #SaveSaeed. Protesters will gather in East Peoria to pray and to bring attention to Saeed Abedini's situation and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

Washington Community High School Homecoming Parade (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Park District Building to WCHS
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Washington, IL
309.444.3167
http://www.wacohi.net/latest-news/homecomingforms

The parade route starts from the Park District Building, continues through the square and north onto Jefferson St., then west to Washington Community High School.

 

Come out and wave to Scott Wheeler from "Afternoons with Scott & Cat" driving the WCIC station van!

Cookout and Kickball (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Oakwood Park
349 W. Birchwood
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.2417
bethel@mtco.com

The 20 and 30 year old ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton, known as Root 2six7, is hosting an initial start up event in order to share with the community what the ministry is about and what they have to offer to the community.

Root 2six7 will be hosting a cookout and kickball tournament at the north pavilion at Oakwood Park in Morton, IL.

 

This will be a family friendly event specifically targeting 20 and 30 year olds as well as their families. Please join us for a fun filled evening of fellowship and information about further ministry goals.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/connect/life-help/recovery/

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to get free from hurts, habits, and unhealthy relationships. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace, and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain. Free dinner and childcare provided. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Northwoods Community Church from 6:00-8:30pm.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Reservations, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Church
1325 E. Jefferson St.
Morton, IL
309.266.9281
grace.church@gracemorton.org
http://www.gracemorton.org/resources/divorcecare-griefshare/

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

MOPS at First Covenant Church (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Covenant Church
3616 N Bigelow St
Peoria, IL 61604
309.648.0254
office@firstcovenant.net

MOPS is coming to First Covenant Church in Peoria. We are located on the corner of War Memorial and Knoxville.  MOPS is for any mother of a preschooler 6 or younger.  Babysitting is provided. 

Addictions Program (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bloomington Baptist Church
1109 Alexander Road
Bloomington, IL 61701
309.828.3503
addictionsprogram@bloomingtonbaptistchurch.net
http://www.addictionsprogram.com

Is it possible to kick the stubborn habit and change your life? Is it really possible to ditch the drugs, pornography and alcohol?  The answer is: YES.  It can be done. There is real, genuine freedom to be found from your addictions. You can live a life apart from your addictions.

 

At the Reformer's Unanimous Addictions Program, we're not interested in helping you manage the symptoms of your addiction. Our desire is to deal with the root cause of the issue and give you complete and total freedom from the dependency and cravings of your problem.

 

This is not a Twelve-Step Program. This is a faith-based, Christ-centered Addictions Program.We use time-tested Biblical principles to guide you to freedom and give you a new life apart from your addicions.If you've tried everything else; if you've failed to quit dozens of times in the past, we can help you. 

 

Our local chapter meets Friday evenings at the Bloomington Baptist Church. There will be testimonies of victory, small-group counseling and explanations from God's Word about how to kick our stubborn habits.

 

For more information, visit our website or call the above listed number.

Sat. Sep 27, 2014

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 am)

Contact Info:

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Peoria RiverPlex, 600 NE Water Street Peoria, IL
309.925.3919
Walk4theMind@yahoo.com
http://www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind 

 

Named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native who was in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle could support one another. In 2003, Mark founded the Walk for the Mind to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the walk lives on and since then has raised more than $380,000 for brain tumor research. The Walk has grown from 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year.

 

Dr. Patrick Elwood, “the central Illinois father of neurosurgery,” was named to be the honorary chair at the 2014 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.

 

Dr. Elwood, a Peoria native whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was the driving force in the developing and advancing neurological services in the Peoria area, including establishing the neurosurgery residency in Peoria. He’s a prominent neurosurgeon, scholar, mentor, and known by many patients as a lifesaver.

 

“Many will remember Dr. Elwood for having done the surgery on their friend or family member” said the Walk’s organizer, Peggy Flannigan, who noted Dr. Elwood likely has performed the most brain tumor surgeries than any other surgeon historically in the Peoria area. “Having Dr. Elwood as the honorary chair will have a personal meaning to a lot of people.”

 

To register for the Walk or for more information, visit the website!

 

This is the third year all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for brain cancer research. Last year’s Walk generated a record $50,000 for research. 

Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk followed by the Piglet Prance FREE Kids Race! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Weldon Springs State Recreation Area
4734 Weldon Springs Rd
Clinton, IL 61727
217.935.9541
Margie.Gehres@DJWHospital.org
http://www.Facebook.com/SwiftySwine2014

It's a family fun day! Come with your family or by yourself...  our hope is that any and all ages experience a great day!

 

Clinton's Dr. John Warner Hospital has teamed up with the Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation and Dewitt County Museum in addition to several local sponsors and volunteers to bring you the first ever Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk! A "kiddie race" dubbed the "Piglet Prance" will follow the 5K awards ceremony.

 

The "swine and piglet" theme was formed due to the fact that Saturday, September 27th is DAY ONE OF Clinton's TWO day annual event - the 46th ANNUAL APPLE AND PORK FESTIVAL held in Clinton, Illinois on Sept 27th & 28th!

 

Run or walk the trail... enjoy beautiful scenic Weldon Springs. Then make a day of it by checking out the vendors of crafts, foods, and amazing goodies that the festival provides!

Kevin Dedert Memorial Race for Adoption: Acts 2:38 Race (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Petersburg Church of Christ
701 S 12th Street
Petersburg, IL 62675
217. 652.9697
sbd613@hotmail.com

The purpose of the race is to raise funds on behalf of two families in Menard County who are in the process of adopting children from China and Ethiopia.  The race includes a 2-mile walk, a 3-mile run, and an 8-mile bike ride (Acts 2:38).  However, the race is NOT a triathlon.  You can enter one event as an individual, or as a team (3-5 members), you can enter one event or multiple events.

Registration begins at 7:00 am.  The start and finish lines are at the Petersburg Church of Christ, 701 S 12th Street, Petersburg, IL 62675.

 The cost is $30/person or $60/team.  Please contact Sarah at (217) 652-9697 or Janelle at (217) 801-2213 with any questions or to pre-register.

Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center - walk for Life (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center
500 N. Walnut Street
Taylorville
217.824.7200
ccoker@lacpc.com
http://www.supportlovingarmscpc.com

Join Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Taylorville for the annual Walk For Life! We will meet at the Chautauqua Building in Manners Park located in Taylorville; registration starts at 8:30 am and the Walk begins at 9 am.If you’d like to walk with us, simply pick up a Walk brochure at Loving Arms or print one from the website. Then, just bring your completed form to the registration table on the morning of the Walk.

 

Help us reach our goal! We are looking for at least 200 people to raise at least $200. Will you commit to this goal? It's easy...there is no need for you to collect money! We can bill your sponsors for you.

 

Your support will help! By asking your friends, family and co-workers for sponsorship, we can continue to offer the following services…FREE!

 

  • On-site Pregnancy Tests
  • Options Counseling
  • Pre-natal, Parenting, and Life Skill Classes
  • Men's Mentoring Program
  • Sexual Integrity Program
  • Abstinence Education Program
  • Baby Boutique (Maternity and Baby Items)
  • Post-Abortion Support

You can make a difference by walking. It’s Easy!

 

You don’t have to collect any money…we collect it for you. It’s a short walk…everyone can participate. You don’t have to be present to participate…walk on your own. Get a free T-shirt for $200 in pledges! How do I get involved…It’s Easy! Register by mail to Loving Arms CPC, 500 N. Walnut Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, or by calling Loving Arms CPC.

Scarecrow Festival (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Dixon Main Street & Riverfront
115 S Hennepin Ave
Dixon, Illinois 61021
815.288.2308
mainst@grics.net
https://www.facebook.com/events/776393815735911/

The 18th Annual Scarecrow Festival presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, Kids' Games, Doggy Zoo, Sauk Valley Bank Dunk Tank, and much more.

 

The festival entertainment stage will feature a special family-friendly performance by Funky Monkey Wrestling. Watch these WWE-style wrestlers compete in matches or come by for a photo and autograph. The ring will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave. throughout the day.

 

"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, Executive Director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."

 

The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

 

The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up again, as families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins. Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.

 

"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."

 

Also included during the Scarecrow Festival weekend this year will be a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, September 26th at dusk on the Riverfront. The Dixon Family YMCA and Life House Liberty Court are helping to make this fun, family event a kick-off to the weekend of activities.

 

For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.

Gowns for the Purity Ball are available! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61614
309.685.4218
Dhellige@sbcglobal.net
http://www.purityball.com

Looking for a gown for the Purity Ball?  We want you to look your best without breaking the bank!

Lucky for you there are gowns available from The Christian Center!  Gowns are just $10.00 each.  You can stop by the Christian Center on the following dates.

 

Sat Sept 27th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Tues Oct 7th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 18th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Sat Oct 25th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon

 

Also, if you have any gowns in great shape you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Christian Center during business hours Monday-Friday.

Family Fun Day (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Faith Tabernacle Church
571 Sandusky
Jacksonville, IL 63650
217. 245.2903

Faith Tabernacle Church in Jacksonville will be hosting a Family Fun Day.  Free food, refreshments, ice cream, games, and an outdoor movie will be provided.  All are welcome, so bring out the entire family for this family-friendly event!

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Reservations, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

Ballet 5:8 Presents the Story of Job (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Davenport Annie Wittenmyer Complex
2822 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52803
800.838.3006
info@ballet58.org
http://ballet58.org/2014/07/10/09-27-14-the-story-of-job-in-davenport-ia/

Ballet 5:8, a Christian professional ballet company located in Chicago, IL will visit Davenport, IA to present a full evening program.

The performing company will present its full length neoclassical ballet based on the Biblical story of Job, exploring the tension between God's sovereignty and the suffering we experience. Ballet 5:8 will also present an abstract ballet, The Four Seasons of the Soul, which takes audiences on a journey through the life of the Christian believer in vivid color and movement. 

 

Ballet 5:8 is a 501-(c)-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging audiences in discussion of life and faith through performance arts. 

 

Ivan Parker in concert (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Evangelical United Methodist Church
401 Walnut St.
Washington, IL
Don Moushon, 309.444.4342 / Jennita Wright, 309.444.8346
http://ivanparker.com/

Evangelical United Methodist Church is proud to present one of America's most exciting gospel artists, Ivan Parker.

 

Ivan is taking the country by storm with numerous appearances on national television and guest appearances on the Bill & Gloria Gaither Homecoming Video Series. Ivan is a veteran in the gospel music industry. He was voted Favorite Male Vocalist seven years consecutively and Favorite Lead Vocalist for six consecutive years. He has also been awarded Soloist of the Year numerous times by the Singing News Fan Awards.

 

Ivan is known for his versatility in music styles. While attending a concert, you will enjoy old-time favorites, Ivan's greatest hits, and progressive Southern to inspirational music. Audiences everywhere are drawn to the music and the message that Ivan Parker delivers. Check out Ivan's voice and music online.

 

Don't miss this exciting evening of praise and worship with multi-award winning artist, Ivan Parker. It will be an evening to remember.

 

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Get your tickets now at the church office, Monday-Thursday mornings, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with check made payable to EUMC Gospel Concert Committee, to Don Moushon, 1408 Calvin, Washington, IL 61571.

 

If you have questions about this performance or any future concerts, please call Don Moushon or Jennita Wright.