Family Calendar & Concerts

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

Sun. Dec 21, 2014

We Have Our Savior - Christmas Worship Celebration (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church of Pekin
700 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL
309.857.5650
chris@fbcpekin.com
http://www.fbcpekin.com

Come celebrate the birth of Jesus (God among us) with our Praise Band and Christmas Choir! There will be a pre-service Christmas Party in our foyer. Come and enjoy!

We Have Our Savior - Christmas Worship Celebration (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church of Pekin
700 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL
309.857.5650
chris@fbcpekin.com
http://www.fbcpekin.com

Come celebrate the birth of Jesus (God among us) with our Praise Band and Christmas Choir! There will be a pre-service Christmas Party in our foyer. Come and enjoy!

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Conklin's Travels Back in Time for "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"

 

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce an all-new edition of their annual holiday revue of music, comedy, and merriment, this year entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" opening on November 6 for a seven week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, playing through a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31. Wednesday evenings are added during the month of December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

 

"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is really two shows in one. The first act is an old-fashioned country Christmas revue featuring terrific country music, along with comedy songs and skits reminiscent of the beloved show, "Hee-Haw," as well as stirring gospel Christmas music in the style of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Statler Brothers. The second act takes the audience back to the WWII era with a USO show, featuring timeless Christmas music that premiered during that era, including "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It also features classic radio sketch comedy and a tribute to the troops with the company in full uniforms from various branches of the military. As always, audience participation will feature in the fun of the evening.

 

The Barn's resident company of talented comics and terrific vocalists will be featured including Mary Simon, April Bieschke, Dan Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Jimmy LaHood, Diann Thompson, Terri Whisenhunt, and Dave Windsor. Tamra Challacombe, one fo the most versatile musical theatre performers in Central Illinois and the Barn's resident choreographer and new Group Sales Director also makes a welcome return to the Barn's holiday show after a two-year absence.

 

The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is 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 friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.

 

Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. The Gala New Year's Eve performance which includes a pre-show performance, hats, noisemakers, and a door prize drawing to welcome in the new year, is priced at $125 per couple. No advance payment is required for regular performances. For reservations, call the box office. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sharon Health Care Elms
3611 N. Rochelle
Peoria, IL
309.642.9588
peoria@neighborlove.org
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9y0zzcy06f162b4&llr=9zpvyaiab

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Christmas, Neighbor Love, a ministry of E CUBED International, wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors.

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms - 74 seniors total.

 

The gift bags will include skin lotion/shaving cream, socks, a poinsettia, a piece of fruit, a Christmas card, and a stuffed animal/puzzle book. (Exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

The investment to Adopt a Senior for Christmas is just $20 per gift bag.

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A donation of ANY amount is appreciated.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to deliver your bag to the seniors.

 

We will also need volunteers to help assemble the gift bags at Sharon Health Care Elms at 1pm on Sunday, December 21st.

 

Please visit the above Web site to indicate how you would like to help.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Divorce Care for Adults, Kids, and Teens (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Great Oaks Community Church
515 State Route 116
Germantown Hills, IL 61548
309.383.4330
dan.hoehne@greatoakscc.org
http://www.greatoakscc.org

Help for healing from Divorce for adults, children, and teens. This is a 13 week program designed to meet the spiritual and practical needs of families impacted by divorce.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Dec 21, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

Contact Info:

Dixon Bethel Ministry Center
131 N. Court
Dixon, IL 61021
815.284.3849
dixonbethel@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/746222898769257/753503381374542

If you've been looking for a kid's club that teaches Christian values for 3 year olds through 6th graders, consider Dixon Bethel's Awana program.
 
Dixon Bethel Church has one of the area's largest and longest-running Awana programs in the area, and we'd love for you to join us this year! Our clubs meet at Dixon Bethel Church Ministry Center (behind the church) on Sunday nights during the school year. 


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

Awana clubs teach the gospel of Christ to children from preschool through high school. Throughout the program, children are rewarded for memorizing Bible verses and completing character building activities. Younger children learn through games, crafts and puppets -- wonderful learning tools for this age. As they grow, children are introduced to small group interaction, community outreach, apologetics and life application of the gospel.


Dixon Bethel Church's Awana sessions are run by volunteers with a passion for sharing their faith with children. 

Mon. Dec 22, 2014

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Mon. Dec 22, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Dec 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Chillicothe Bible Church
434 West Moffitt Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Chris, 309.274.6449
chris.heffron@gmail.com
http://www.chillibible.org

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting.

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

Tue. Dec 23, 2014

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Dec 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.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Tue. Dec 23, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Dec 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.

Wed. Dec 24, 2014

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Salvation Army
243 Derby St.
Pekin, IL 61554
309.346.3010
http://www.salvationarmypekin.org

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton.

Monday - Saturdays Nov. 17th - Dec.24th

Please call to schedule your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Christmas Eve at the Cathedral (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
607 N. E. Madison Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.671.1550
GEtzel@cdop.org
http://www.cdop.org

Christmas Eve events at St. Mary's Cathedral include:

 

  •  Family Mass at 4:00 p.m.
  •  Spanish Mass at 6:00 p.m.
  •  Christmas Concert at 8:00 p.m.
  •  Solemn Mass at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Come the celebrate the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord.

Christmas Eve Services (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24th.

 

The 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature a special children's choir consisting of Trinity School students in the 3rd-8th Grades performing during the service.

 

The 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will feature the Trinity Adult Choir performing special Christmas music during the service.

Christmas Eve Services (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 11:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24th.

 

The 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature a special children's choir consisting of Trinity School students in the 3rd-8th Grades performing during the service.

 

The 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will feature the Trinity Adult Choir performing special Christmas music during the service.

Thu. Dec 25, 2014

Christmas Day Service (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Day service at 10:00 a.m.  Andy Wiesenhofer will perform special Christmas music during the service.

26th Annual Community Christmas Dinner (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sterling Nazarene Gym
411 13th Ave
Sterling, Il 61081
815.625.0864

Free to anyone who would like a delicious meal and fellowship.

 

Noone should be alone on Christmas

 

We will deliver a meal to your home or provide a ride if you live in Sterling or Rock Falls, just call.

 

Also looking for a way to give back to the community? Call Tom to volunteer/ and or make a donation.

 

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Crosswind Community Church Building
400 W. Union St
Bloomington, IL 61701
309.826.9859
edding@mchsi.com
http://www.communityprayerrooms.org

Come for praise and worship with opportunities for soaking time with the Lord, joining with others in corporate intercession for the city, and receive confidential prayer.

 

Come and go as needed between 6:00p to 8:30p every Thursday evening, unless it is a holiday.

 

For more information, see Facebook: search "cpr:communityprayerrooms".

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Dec 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. Dec 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. Dec 26, 2014

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Fri. Dec 26, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Addictions Program (Fri. Dec 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. Dec 27, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 3:00 am)

Contact Info:

Woodside UMC
3519 Sheffield Rd
Springfield, Il 62703
217.529.2736
woodsideumc@comcast.net
woodsideumc@comcast.net

Woodside United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a keyboard player, a drummer and a choir director.  If interested please email us at woodsideumc@comcast.net

Tenth Avenue North (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd.
Peoria, Il 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/tenth-avenue-north/

Coming to Northwoods Community Church for a free concert!

Tenth Avenue North (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd.
Peoria, Il 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/tenth-avenue-north/

Coming to Northwoods Community Church for a free concert!