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Wed. Apr 16, 2014

Camp Counselors Needed at Great Oaks Camp (Wed. Apr 16, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Great Oaks Camp, 1380 County Rd 900N, Lacon, IL 61540
Mark Andrews, 309.246.4005
mark@greatoakscamp.org
http://www.greatoakscamp.org/hiringvolunteering.html

Great Oaks Camp is in need of some employees for this summer. We are searching to fill our roles for camp counselor positions. We need Christians who are in college or fresh out of high school and ready to join our summer missions team.

Journey To The Cross (Wed. Apr 16, 2014 9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lakeside Christian Church/ 22t Toronto Rd, Springfield IL 62711
217.529.2513
office@lakesidechristian.com
http://www.lakesidechristian.com/WorshipArtsMinistry/JourneyToTheCross/tabid/720/Default.aspx

Leading up to Easter this year we are excited to be presenting our Journey to the Cross worship experience as a way to point people to Jesus and His work on our behalf. Lakeside's worship arts ministry will be transforming the entire building into meditative rooms that each portray an event leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

One room will be set up as the garden where Jesus prayed. Another will depict the scene of His betrayal. The final room will represent Jesus’ burial tomb. Each room will have things to taste, touch, hear and smell as well as powerful prayers and other elements to help to meditate on what Christ experienced and went through out of love for us. What a wonderful way to tell the story of God's love in a way that is unforgettable.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Apr 16, 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. Apr 16, 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.

Healing Choices (Wed. Apr 16, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Glad Tidings Church, 2001 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL
Jimmy Howard, 309.349.6356 / Nicole Howard, 309.657.6898
nhoward27@liberty.edu
http://www.gtagep.org

Healing Choices is a faith based recovery program similar to AA and Al-anon whereas there will be a 12-step program outline and small group support. Where Healing Choices differs from the traditional recovery program is its focus is on Jesus Christ as the One true Healer. If you are traveling down a road of pain and confusion due to an addiction or life controlling behavior, or if you love someone who struggles and you just don't know what to do, please take this opportunity to learn through Christ how life can be different.

 

Will meet every Wednesday at Glad Tidings Church. Nursery and classes for children of all ages are available. If you have any questions, please contact the ministry leaders - Jimmy or Nicole Howard.

PEKIN PASSION PLAY (Wed. Apr 16, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

3514 Veterans Dr
309.346.3053
http://www.pekinfirst.org

Pekin First Nazarene presents Pekin Passion Play 2014.

 

Living Last Supper (Wed. Apr 16, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St. John Lutheran Church - 6614 W. Old Smithville Road, Bartonville, IL
309.635.9200

Come see the famous 'Last Supper' painting form to life.  Learn about the men who ate at this Holy suppoer and experience the emotion and tension of the fateful night.

Thu. Apr 17, 2014

Journey To The Cross (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 9:00 am - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lakeside Christian Church/ 22t Toronto Rd, Springfield IL 62711
217.529.2513
office@lakesidechristian.com
http://www.lakesidechristian.com/WorshipArtsMinistry/JourneyToTheCross/tabid/720/Default.aspx

Leading up to Easter this year we are excited to be presenting our Journey to the Cross worship experience as a way to point people to Jesus and His work on our behalf. Lakeside's worship arts ministry will be transforming the entire building into meditative rooms that each portray an event leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

One room will be set up as the garden where Jesus prayed. Another will depict the scene of His betrayal. The final room will represent Jesus’ burial tomb. Each room will have things to taste, touch, hear and smell as well as powerful prayers and other elements to help to meditate on what Christ experienced and went through out of love for us. What a wonderful way to tell the story of God's love in a way that is unforgettable.

SHE (Seeking Him Earnestly) Bible Studies - Morning Edition (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 9:15 am)

Contact Info:

Hope Church, 3000 Lenhart Rd., Springfield, IL
Beth Funk, Hope Church, 309.787.1446 x214
bfunk@hope-church.ws
http://www.hope-church.ws/ministries/adult-ministries/women/

Hope Church's SHE (Seeking Him Earnestly) ministry for women is launching several Bible studies this January. For more information, or to register, visit the website link above.

 

Morning Edition - Thursday mornings beginning January 16th

 

Option 1 - Kelley Minter's video study on "Nehemiah" ($13)

Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?

 

Option 2 - Dan Allender's "To Be Told" ($8)

God's guidance is near at hand. He is not only your Authority, he is also your Author. As God writes the stories of your life, he uses your past to open up your future. It is your privilege to listen to your own story so you can live boldly for the sake of the Greatest Story, the good news of Jesus Christ. God reveals himself to you--and to others--through the story he has written in your life.

 

Option 3 - Beth Moore's "Esther" study --extended ($16)

If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther's day, it's tough today. This portion of God's Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives. This group will be doing the Beth Moore study every other week and meeting as a small group, building community on the opposing weeks.

 

To join any of the studies, register online or contact Beth Funk so that she can make sure that there are enough materials for everyone. Payment for books will need to be cash or check. Childcare is available for all studies.

Volunteers needed at Laketown Ministries Resale Shop (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Laketown Ministries Resale Shop, 2617 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL
217.679.5006
laketownministries@umcwoodside.com
http://www.laketownministries.org/

Laketown Ministries Resale Shop is in need of committed reliable Christian volunteers who could donate a couple of hours each week to work in the store. The proceeds of the shop are used to support the needy with rent assistance, food, and utility support.

 

Laketown Ministries is an outreach ministry of Woodside United Methodist Church in the Laketown area of Springfield, Illinois, and is an independent non-profit organization. This ministry was founded in September of 2011 for the express purpose of providing ministry to, for and with the people of the Laketown area. Laketown Ministries is a ministry of dignity and compassion providing assistance, service opportunities and a ministry of self-worth to the Laketown area for the glory of God.

 

Resale Store

Tuesday - Friday:  10:00 til 5:00

Saturday:  9:00 til 5:00

 

The resale store provides ministry opportunities through the resale of clothing and household items at reduced prices which then supports various assistance opportunities in the Laketown ministry area.

Griefshare (Thu. Apr 17, 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/content/connect/life-help/grief-loss/

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly 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.

 

Northwoods Community Church will host this 13 week support group.

$25 one time cost that will go towards the workbook used throughout the 13 weeks.

Trinity Lutheran Celebrates Easter (Church Services) (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church - 515 S. MacArthur, Springfield, IL 62704
217.787.2323

Sacrament of Holy Communion.

PEKIN PASSION PLAY (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

3514 Veterans Dr
309.346.3053
http://www.pekinfirst.org

Pekin First Nazarene presents Pekin Passion Play 2014.

 

Maundy Thursday Worship (Thu. Apr 17, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org

Maundy Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, is a service to commemorate Jesus' Last Supper and the beginning of our sacrament, the Lord's Supper. The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). Maundy Thursday worship services include Holy Communion.

Fri. Apr 18, 2014

Trinity Lutheran Celebrates Easter (Church Services) (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 1:30 am - 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church - 515 S. MacArthur, Springfield, IL 62704
217.787.2323

Good Friday Services at 1:10 pm and 6:30 pm.

Journey To The Cross (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 9:00 am - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lakeside Christian Church/ 22t Toronto Rd, Springfield IL 62711
217.529.2513
office@lakesidechristian.com
http://www.lakesidechristian.com/WorshipArtsMinistry/JourneyToTheCross/tabid/720/Default.aspx

Leading up to Easter this year we are excited to be presenting our Journey to the Cross worship experience as a way to point people to Jesus and His work on our behalf. Lakeside's worship arts ministry will be transforming the entire building into meditative rooms that each portray an event leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

One room will be set up as the garden where Jesus prayed. Another will depict the scene of His betrayal. The final room will represent Jesus’ burial tomb. Each room will have things to taste, touch, hear and smell as well as powerful prayers and other elements to help to meditate on what Christ experienced and went through out of love for us. What a wonderful way to tell the story of God's love in a way that is unforgettable.

Family Good Friday Service (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/

First United Methodist Church Peoria invites all to come with their children to our annual Good Friday Family service.  Good Friday can be a difficult day for children to understand.  Using songs and symbols, the service is done in a way to help children experience Good Friday in a way suitable to their age.

 

Good Friday Blood Drive (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Civic Center Room 220
309.673.6011
Office@IgniteChurch.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/835143659835204/

Ignite Church in downtown Peoria is kicking off their Easter celebration in an unconventional way: by hosting a Good Friday Blood Drive. On Good Friday millions of Americans will remember the blood that Jesus shed in order to save humanity. We can think of no better way to remember and celebrate His sacrifice, than by giving our blood to save others.

 

 

So on Good Friday from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Ignite Church will partner with the American Red Cross to host a Good Friday Blood Drive for the community at the Peoria Civic Center in room 220 (park and enter at Monroe St. entrance). All eligible donors age 16 (with parental consent) and older are invited to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! For more information or to pre-register you can email the church or call the phone number provided above.

 

 

Donating blood can save up to THREE lives! It only takes about 15 minutes and free snacks are provided for all participants. Come celebrate Christ's sacrifice and participate in this life saving event.

Second Presbyterian Hosts Fifth Annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” Art Exhibit (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Second Presbyterian Church - 313 N. East St., Bloomington, IL 61701
http://www.facebook.com/secondpres

Join local and regional artists in an expressive journey as they present their reflections on Good Friday as well as other elements of Christian faith. All art will be displayed in the atrium of Second Presbyterian Church.

 

The public is invited to the fifth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” show. Light refreshments will be served during the evening reception.

 

David Barton, Pastor at Second Pres, describes, "The theme of this exhibit is centered on why Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death were good. Jesus was born to die and then to live again." Luke 24:46-47 says, “and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

 

The art exhibit will close with a Good Friday worship service at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at Second Pres. The Good Friday story is told through scripture with light diminishing and a variety of music and art until the sanctuary is completely dark and quiet.

 

All are welcome to attend. This art show began five years ago when Good Friday coincided with First Friday, a monthly art event in downtown Bloomington. This art exhibit has grown significantly over the years, reaching more than a thousand viewers in 2013. The Good Friday art exhibit features members of Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, members of Second Presbyterian Church, local and regional artists, and students from Calvary Christian Academy.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 18, 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.

"The Story" An Easter Musical (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Harvest Time Bible Church, 1802 Dixon Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.626.1234
aaron@htbc.info
http://www.htbc.info

Based on the book by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee...

"The Story tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves His children, who established for them a way of salvation, and provided a route to eternity; and this same God is alive and active today--still listening, still acting, still pouring out His grace on us. Listen for God's call on your life, as He helps you write your own story!"

 

This musical will be presented by the HTBC Worship ministry on Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and then again on Saturday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information or check us out on the web.

CHRIST IN THE PASSOVER (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First Assembly of God, 4020 N. Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL
309.685.5291
nbridgmon@peoriafirstag.org
http://peoriafirstag.org

Heather Drake, a representative of Jews for Jesus, will lead an interactive demonstration of the Jewish Seder on Good Friday.  Admission is free, but in order to participate in the table activity, you must register by calling or going online. Childcare will be provided for nursery and preschool ages.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Dorothy Svetich, 309.692.3485 or 309.370.7894
djsvetich@aol.com

Come out to the Monthly Jam Session on the 3rd Friday of every month. People come from all around to listen to steel guitar, banjo, saxophone, drums, guitar, piano, trumpet, accordion and a ventriloquist. All are welcome to attend. Snacks are provided after the service.

 

Living Rock Assembly Church

1208 E. Duryea Avenue

Peoria, IL

 

A free-will offering will be taken for Missions. Giving is not required. The church is set up to walk right in; there are no stairs. Therefore, we welcome all handicap or elderly people to please attend.

Good Friday Tenebrae Worship Service (Fri. Apr 18, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/resources/events/#sthash.cDqCShGB.dpuf

The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." In this dramatic service on Good Friday, all of the lights and candles on the altar are gradually extinguished until the room is in complete darkness. At the moment of darkness, a loud noise occurs symbolizing the death of Jesus. We invite all to join us as we follow Jesus to the Cross.

Sat. Apr 19, 2014

Christian Center Baseball/Softball Signup (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center, 4100 N Brandywine Dr Peoria 61614
309.685.4218
http://www.thechristiancenter.cc/display.php?page=baseball

For boys between the ages of 5 and 18 and girls between the ages of 5 and 15, from beginner to high school. The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program is not only taught solid fundamentals but is also exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin in April, with games beginning May 10th and running through mid July.  Registration begins February 15th and continues until leagues fill up, but there is a discount if you register by April 1st! Don't wait to register; space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community! For more information, call The Christian Center at the above number.

Garage Sale (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

118 Glen Oak, East Peoria, IL 61611
309.648.5797

Garage Sale to help raise money for repairs on our church!

Strong Kids Saturday (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Washington Christian Church/1012 N Main St., Washington, IL 61571
309.444.2550
jesspittman83@gmail.com
http://www.washingtonchristian.net/tornado-relief-4/strong-kids-program

Please join us for a morning of FREE activities and childcare for families who have been affected by the tornado as well as families who would like to help with tornado relief efforts.  Open to kids from birth - 5th grade.  A mid-morning snack and a meal at 12:30 will be served.

Washington Christian Church Easter Party! (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 9:00 am)

Celebrate our Risen Savior with us on Saturday, April 19th!  Join us for crafts, games, snacks, and the message of Christ at 9:00.  There will be an Easter egg hunt that will take place at 11:00 am and a cookout at noon!  Kids from birth - 5th grade and their families are welcome to join us for all the activities or come later for the egg hunt and/or meal.  Please RSVP by calling the provided number or via the website.

RiversEdge UMC Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

RiversEdge UMC - 500 N. Chicago St., Spring Bay, IL
309.822.8279
http://www.riversedgeumc.org

Infant through Age 12.

Activities Inside and Out, Games, Prizes and Fun!

Canton Eastside Nazarene Children's Caravan Ministry (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Wallace Park in the Donaldson Building, Canton, IL
Darlene Groover, 309.338.4254

It's that time of the year for our Annual Caravan Fundraiser. This year we will be having a hot dogs and chips for sale at 12:00 Noon, the Quarter Auction starting at 1:00, During Quarter Auction, we will also have a 50/50 drawing, Silent Auctions held all day, and a Chili supper from 4:00-7:00. During the chili supper, we will have music by Patrick Jenkins formerly of Two Cent Offerings and a cake walk. If you are interested in donating anything to the silent auction, you can contact Darlene Groover.

 

 

Here is a list of the Vendors that will be there for Quarter auction starting at 12:00 Noon: Norwex, Lia Sophia, Parachute Bracelets, Usborne Books, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Wildtree Scentsy.,Timeless Creations, Sew and Bow, Miche, Dar's Crochet, Sharon's Fused Glass, Advocare, Handmade Scarfs, Dave's Table(airsoft guns etc..), Thirty One, Avon, Cutco, Skinny Wraps, Pink Zebra, Daisy Candle Company, Gold Canyon, Young Living Oils.

 

 

A little about our ministry: Every Wed. night we have around 40-50 children that attend our church. This ministry is for all ages. In their classes, they learn how to be Christ like, how to show respect, manners, cooking, how to handle bullying, etc. It's very costly to keep this ministry up and going. One book per child costs $10, teachers lesson books are $20, and we also have the expenses of crafts, trips, activities, parties, lock ins, and snacks. We hold a fundraiser every year to pay for this ministry without it coming out of the church's funds or from the parents. Your support would be great! Thank you ahead of time.

Easter Eggstravaganza (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 1:30 pm)

Contact Info:

1800 Prophet Rd., Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.625.4371
rockriverpastor@gmail.com
http://www.rrccag.org

The 2nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. An Easter Egg hunt for kids through age 12 - 6th grade. 15,000 plus age group prizes and more. Free!

"The Story" An Easter Musical (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Harvest Time Bible Church, 1802 Dixon Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.626.1234
aaron@htbc.info
http://www.htbc.info

Based on the book by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee...

"The Story tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves His children, who established for them a way of salvation, and provided a route to eternity; and this same God is alive and active today--still listening, still acting, still pouring out His grace on us. Listen for God's call on your life, as He helps you write your own story!"

 

This musical will be presented by the HTBC Worship ministry on Friday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. and then again on Saturday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information or check us out on the web.

"Eggstravaganza" and after dark egg hunt (Sat. Apr 19, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Network Christian Church, held at Little Jewels Learning Center, 4117 E Oakland Ave., Bloomington, IL
309.287.3242
danj@networkchristian.org
http://www.networkchristian.org

Get Connected this Easter with Network Christian Church. "Eggstravaganza" with egg games, the Zoo Lady, and an after dark egg hunt. Please bring your flashlights!

 

On Sunday, April 20th, join us for Easter worship at 10:30 a.m. as we begin a new 7-week series called "Amped Up". We will be offering FREE family portraits following the Easter Service.