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Sun. Aug 2, 2015 - Sat. Aug 8, 2015

Tue. Aug 4, 2015

ICC Summer Explorers Camp (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 6:45 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
309.694.5116
mfleming@icc.edu
http://icc.edu/around-campus/child-care/summer-explorer-camp/

Summer Camp for children 6-12 years old (must have finished Kindergarten)  Located on the East Peoria ICC Campus, we engage your child through fun and learning activities, games, creativity, field trips and more!  Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Monday through Friday, 6:45am-5:00pm. For registration information, go to the website listed above.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/foster-gallery/

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
309.680.7620
assistant@heartlandchc.org
http://www.heartlandchc.org

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cross Pointe Church of God
3101 Airport Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

MOVE VBS (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abiding Word Church
806 E Lynn Blvd
Sterling IL 61081
815.626.1827
contact@abidingwordchurch.org
http://awcvbs.eventbrite.com

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 5:45 pm)

Contact Info:

New Life Christian Church
401 West Edgewood Court
Morton, IL
309.266.9050
scaggscarolyn@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/celebraterecoverymorton

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. This is the Morton, Illinois chapter.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

New Horizons Baptist Church
809 7th St
Pawnee, IL 62558

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.4662
shoes@ionagroup.com
http://www.ionagroup.com/shoes

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Treasure Hunt Bible School (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Gethsemane Church
1601 Frederick Dr.
Pekin, IL. 61554
309.346.7791
tthegethsemanechurch@gmail.com
http://shoutout.wix.com/so/6KwsCyOI#/main

Gethsemane Church is hosting:

 

Vacation Bible School

 

Theme: Treasure Hunt

 

When: August 3rd-6th.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cuba Church of the Nazarene
609 S third Street
Cuba, Il, 61427
309.785.4171
https://www.facebook.com/events/865890890170446/

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Aug 4, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Assembly of God
800 E Vernon Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
309.454.2402
1agbn@1agbn.org
http://1agbn.org/ministries/celebrate-recovery/

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian Recovery Program that provides a safe environment designed to address such issues as Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Anger, Resentment, Depression, Co-Dependency, Sexual Addiction, Food Addicition, Relationship Addiction, Controlling Behavior, Insecurity Guilt/Shame, and Pornography.

 

These words are about more than just 'issues'. They are about people who are struggling with problems that sermons and Bible studies alone won't solve. There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond thier wounds to experience the healing and liberty of Jesus Christ through Celebrate Recovery!

 

Every Tuesday:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner for $3

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Small Groups

9:00-9:30 p.m. - Free desserts/coffee

Wed. Aug 5, 2015

ICC Summer Explorers Camp (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:45 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
309.694.5116
mfleming@icc.edu
http://icc.edu/around-campus/child-care/summer-explorer-camp/

Summer Camp for children 6-12 years old (must have finished Kindergarten)  Located on the East Peoria ICC Campus, we engage your child through fun and learning activities, games, creativity, field trips and more!  Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Monday through Friday, 6:45am-5:00pm. For registration information, go to the website listed above.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/foster-gallery/

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
309.680.7620
assistant@heartlandchc.org
http://www.heartlandchc.org

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cross Pointe Church of God
3101 Airport Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

MOVE VBS (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abiding Word Church
806 E Lynn Blvd
Sterling IL 61081
815.626.1827
contact@abidingwordchurch.org
http://awcvbs.eventbrite.com

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

New Horizons Baptist Church
809 7th St
Pawnee, IL 62558

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.4662
shoes@ionagroup.com
http://www.ionagroup.com/shoes

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Treasure Hunt Bible School (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Gethsemane Church
1601 Frederick Dr.
Pekin, IL. 61554
309.346.7791
tthegethsemanechurch@gmail.com
http://shoutout.wix.com/so/6KwsCyOI#/main

Gethsemane Church is hosting:

 

Vacation Bible School

 

Theme: Treasure Hunt

 

When: August 3rd-6th.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cuba Church of the Nazarene
609 S third Street
Cuba, Il, 61427
309.785.4171
https://www.facebook.com/events/865890890170446/

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

Thu. Aug 6, 2015

ICC Summer Explorers Camp (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:45 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
309.694.5116
mfleming@icc.edu
http://icc.edu/around-campus/child-care/summer-explorer-camp/

Summer Camp for children 6-12 years old (must have finished Kindergarten)  Located on the East Peoria ICC Campus, we engage your child through fun and learning activities, games, creativity, field trips and more!  Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Monday through Friday, 6:45am-5:00pm. For registration information, go to the website listed above.

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
2941 S Koke Mill Rd
Springfield, IL 62711
217.793.9760
webfumc@springfieldfirst.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Springfield's host location, visit their website:

http://www.springfieldfirst.org/#/home

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Heritage Church
4801 44th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
309.788.2030
webfumc@springfieldfirst.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Rock Island's (Quad Cities) host location, visit their website:

http://www.heritageqc.com/event/the-global-leadership-summit/all

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
info@nwoods.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Peoria's host location, visit their website:

http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/learn/leadership-development/the-global-leadership-summit-2015/

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Eastview Christian Church
1500 Airport Rd
Normal, IL 61761
309.451.5000
contactus@eastviewcc.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Normal's host location, visit their website:

http://www.eastviewchurch.net/news-events/summit/

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/foster-gallery/

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Tot Time (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Dickson Mounds Museum
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd
Lewistown, IL 61542
309.547.3721
info-dmm@museum.state.il.us
http://experienceemiquon.com/content/dickson-mounds-museum-2

Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.

 

A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Participants will enjoy light refreshments.

 

Registration is not required and admission is free.

Local Flavors 2015 Lunch at Cyd's (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Cyd's Gourmet Kitchen Cafe
5901 N PROSPECT ROAD
Peoria, IL 61614
molly@ilstewards.org
http://www.buyfreshbuylocalcentralillinois.org/#!local-flavors-peoria/cdn1

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Peoria and the surrounding area. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

National Health Center Week (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
309.680.7620
assistant@heartlandchc.org
http://www.heartlandchc.org

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cross Pointe Church of God
3101 Airport Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

Try the Greenways: St. Vincent Greenway (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Vincent Greenway
7335 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Louis
314.436.1324
cassie@trailnet.org
http://greatriversgreenway.org/event/try-the-greenways-st-vincent-greenway/

Join Trailnet for a weekly, easy-paced, guided ride on a paved trail in Great Rivers Greenway’s River Ring network. The rides are free and will give both new and experienced bikers the chance to explore a different greenway location in St. Louis City, St. Louis County or St. Charles County each month.

 

During the month of August, attendees can participate in a 7.2-mile round-trip ride along the St. Vincent Greenway from the entrance of St. Vincent County Park on St. Charles Rock Road, along the greenway through the park, across the UMSL campus, to the North Hanley Metrolink Station and back again.

 

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to St. Vincent County Park on St. Charles Rock Road with rides departing at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the number or email above or visit the website above.

MOVE VBS (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abiding Word Church
806 E Lynn Blvd
Sterling IL 61081
815.626.1827
contact@abidingwordchurch.org
http://awcvbs.eventbrite.com

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Galesburg Christian School Fun Fest Open House (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Galesburg Christian School
746 Hawkinson Avenue
Galesburg, Illinois 61401
309.343.8008
talexander@galesburgchristian.org
http://www.galesburgchristian.org

Tour the campus & meet the teachers!

 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Preschool - 5th grade at 1881 E. Fremont Street.

 

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 6th - 12th grade at 746 Hawkinson Avenue.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:45 pm)

Contact Info:

SCHEELS
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62711
217.726.6330
eventssp@scheels.com
http://www.scheelscommunity.com/events/scheels-run-walk-bike-skate-club/

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! This club meets every Thursday, starting March 26 and ending on October 5.

 

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

 

Visit the website above for more information.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

New Horizons Baptist Church
809 7th St
Pawnee, IL 62558

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.4662
shoes@ionagroup.com
http://www.ionagroup.com/shoes

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Treasure Hunt Bible School (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Gethsemane Church
1601 Frederick Dr.
Pekin, IL. 61554
309.346.7791
tthegethsemanechurch@gmail.com
http://shoutout.wix.com/so/6KwsCyOI#/main

Gethsemane Church is hosting:

 

Vacation Bible School

 

Theme: Treasure Hunt

 

When: August 3rd-6th.

New 2 Homeschooling Informational Meeting Sponsored by A.P.A.C.H.E. (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Emmanuel Baptist Church
309 N Second Street
Dunlap, Illinois 61525
bpullen1994@gmail.com
http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/

Have you made up your mind to homeschool this fall? Are you a basket full of nerves with unanswered questions as to how to start homeschooling? Let us help!

 

Join APACHE member and Veteran Homeschool Mom Hope Ware as she boils down the homeschooling how-to questions into homeschool how-to common sense that will help you get started on the right track!

 

Who Should attend? Anyone who is considering homeschooling this fall or someone has started homeschooling in the last couple of years but still has questions. Non APACHE Members are welcome!

 

Sponsored by the Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators Questions? Email Hope Ware hopeware64@gmail.com or Bryan/Elizabeth Pullen at the email above.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cuba Church of the Nazarene
609 S third Street
Cuba, Il, 61427
309.785.4171
https://www.facebook.com/events/865890890170446/

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

Summer Concert of Gospel Music (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Mehtodist Church
Kellogg & Ferris Streets
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.343.4151
grmws@39centurylink.net
http://www.galesburgrescuemission.org/calendar.html

A benefit for and sponsored by The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter.

 

Featuring: The Heritage Singers from Maranatha Baptist University.

 

FREE ADMISSION!!

Fri. Aug 7, 2015

Christian Center Baseball (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center
4100 N Brandywine Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614
309.685.4218
http://www.thechristiancenter.cc

Fall Baseball registration is currently underway. Minor League is ages 9-10 years old. Major League is 11-12 years old. (8 year olds can play if they will be enrolled in the Minor League (9-10 yrs) in the summer of 2016.)

 

The season runs August 29 – October 3 (Saturdays only).

 

The fee for fall Baseball is $45 with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above, (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Christian Center Soccer (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center
4100 N Brandywine Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614
309.685.4218
http://www.thechristiancenter.cc

Soccer registration is currently underway for ages 5–18 - coed.

 

The season runs August 24 – October 3. (This league meets 2 times per week - once during the week and once on Saturday.)

 

The fee is $60 per participant, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Eastview Christian Church
1500 Airport Rd
Normal, IL 61761
309.451.5000
contactus@eastviewcc.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Normal's host location, visit their website:

http://www.eastviewchurch.net/news-events/summit/

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
2941 S Koke Mill Rd
Springfield, IL 62711
217.793.9760
webfumc@springfieldfirst.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Springfield's host location, visit their website:

http://www.springfieldfirst.org/#/home

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Heritage Church
4801 44th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
309.788.2030
webfumc@springfieldfirst.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Rock Island's (Quad Cities) host location, visit their website:

http://www.heritageqc.com/event/the-global-leadership-summit/all

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
info@nwoods.org
http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/locations.asp?attend=reg2015&groupby=IL

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Peoria's host location, visit their website:

http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/learn/leadership-development/the-global-leadership-summit-2015/

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/foster-gallery/

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
309.680.7620
assistant@heartlandchc.org
http://www.heartlandchc.org

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cross Pointe Church of God
3101 Airport Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

MOVE VBS (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abiding Word Church
806 E Lynn Blvd
Sterling IL 61081
815.626.1827
contact@abidingwordchurch.org
http://awcvbs.eventbrite.com

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 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/

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. Learn to walk with Jesus and with a church family. Experience Celebrate Recovery where you don’t have to journey alone.

 

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to become free from life’s hurts and habits. 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. Meetings are every Friday.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

New Horizons Baptist Church
809 7th St
Pawnee, IL 62558

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.4662
shoes@ionagroup.com
http://www.ionagroup.com/shoes

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cuba Church of the Nazarene
609 S third Street
Cuba, Il, 61427
309.785.4171
https://www.facebook.com/events/865890890170446/

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

FREE Seventh Day Slumber Concert (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln, IL
1700 North Jefferson Street
Lincoln, IL 62656 US
217.671.9814
etsfree7@gmail.com
http://www.itickets.com/events/345169.html

His Hands Outreach presents Seventh Day Slumber live in Concert.

 

This is a free event-everyone is welcome!

 

Doors open @ 6:30 p.m.

Save the Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lewistown VFW Post #5001
1323 S Main St
Lewistown, IL 61542
309.547.4301
explore.lewistown.history@gmail.com
http://lewistownillinois.org/wp/rasmussen-blacksmith-shop/

The Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation will be holding a Trivia Bowl night on Friday, August 7th at the Lewistown VFW Post #5001. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., Trivia Bowl will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cost per team is $100 for up to 10 players per team. You may call the number above to reserve a spot for your team or just show up that night. Bring some food, your friends and family, and your random knowledge of all things to help save the Blacksmith Shop!

Sat. Aug 8, 2015

BLESSING DAY (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Days of Grace Fellowship
273 E Queenwood Rd
Morton IL 61550
309.263.7899
daysofgracefellowship@yahoo.com
http://www.daysofgrace.org

Blessing Day is like a garage sale but EVERYTHING IS FREE! All sizes clothing, small appliances, home decor, dishes, electronics, books, some school supplies, etc. ALL FREE.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
309.673.3641
info@fumcpeoria.org
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/about-us/foster-gallery/

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum
403 W. 2nd St.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.622.9490
firemuseum@comcast.net
http://firehouseofgodministries.com/firemuseum.htm

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Health fair back to school event (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Living Waters Christian Ministries
1405 E. Laurel
Springfield, IL 62704
217.816.0002

Living Waters Christian Ministries will be having a Health and wellness fair, all are welcome.

 

There will be- free refreshments, music, games, prizes. Free school supplies (k-8), Wellness Screenings, a raffle for a State Fair Mega Pass. Police Academy Applications for those over 21 and much more. Please come out and enjoy the festivities with us

National Health Center Week (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605
309.680.7620
assistant@heartlandchc.org
http://www.heartlandchc.org

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
411 WEST LAKE AVENUE
PEORIA, IL 61614
309.682.5491
https://www.facebook.com/events/902869083118282/

You are invited to the First Baptist Summer Music Festival! People of all ages can enjoy food, the outdoors, and a variety of great live music.

 

Performers include Sarah Marie Dillard, the Pulse of Peoria Drumline, Chris Marchand, Higher Ground, and musicians from First Baptist Church, United Presbyterian Church, Zion Baptist Church, and Epiphany Anglican Mission. Bring a chair, and find us on Facebook at the website above for more information.

Open Gospel Sing (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Town and Country Baptist Church
18443 IL. Rt. 9
Pekin, IL
309.346.3215
tcbc.pastor01@gmail.com
http://Townandcountrychurch.org

Town and Country Baptist Church will host an Gospel sing, open mic style. If you sing or have a group who sings Gospel music, come and sing. Or if you just love to listen, come and enjoy.

 

Second Saturday of the month through August.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.4662
shoes@ionagroup.com
http://www.ionagroup.com/shoes

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Weekend Family Experience (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Abiding Word Church
806 E Lynn Blvd
Sterling IL 61081
815.626.1827
contact@abidingwordchurch.org
http://awcvbs.eventbrite.com

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Soul'd Out Gospel Quartet (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Westfair Baptist Church
1815 W Lafayette St
Jacksonville, IL
217.243.5429
pastorrhea@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westfair-Baptist-Church/142443719120500?ref=hl

Soul'd Out Gospel Quartet Free Concert at the location above.