Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. Apr 20, 2014 - Sat. Apr 26, 2014

Sun. Apr 20, 2014

Trinity Lutheran Celebrates Easter (Church Services) (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 6:30 am - 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

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

Easter Services at 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 10:30 am.

RiversEdge Easter Services (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 7:30 am)

Contact Info:

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

7:30 am Worship
8:30 am Breakfast
9:15 am Sunday School
10:30 am Worship

Easter Jam 2014 (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pawnee Assembly of God, 1001 N 8th Street, Pawnee, IL 62558
217.625.2111
pag@Pawneeassembly.org
http://www.pawneeassembly.org

Join us for an interactive Easter event and fun for all ages. As adults are attending the service the kids will experience breakfast in bible times and journey through a hands on experience of what Easter is all about. Then everyone will come together for a time of celebration with prizes, free family fun photos, games, treats and have a blast in the bounce house.

Easter Morning Service (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Berean Baptist Church 3401 S. 6th St. Springfield
217.529.4224
life@berean.biz
http://www.berean.biz

Join us as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord! 

If you'd like to join us for breakfast, our Breakfast Fellowship will be from 8:30-9:30.

Everyone is welcome!

Central Illinois Easter Celebration (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.5632
http://www.eastercelebration.org/

You are invited to join us for the Central Illinois Easter Celebration at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, hosted by iWorshipCenter and Abundant Faith Christian Center. We invite you to bring your families as you experience God's Llve in a very real and tangible way. Parking is FREE and the event is FREE.

Search the Church! Easter Egg Hunt (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

1109 Alexander Road, Bloomington IL 61701
309.828.3503
http://www.bloomingtonbaptistchurch.net

It is time once again for the annual Search the Church! Easter Egg Hunt.   This event is completely free and open to all children between the ages of five and twelve.    It will be hosted by the Bloomington Baptist Church.  For more information, call us at the number provided.

Easter Worship (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

Network Christian Church meeting 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 as we begin a new 7-week series called "Amped Up". We will also be offering FREE Family portraits following the Easter service.

Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/event/lilies-lorax-lily-show/all/

Step inside our Conservatory this spring (March 28-April 20) and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants, spring plants and, of course, lilies! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage,and experience the wonderful world of the Lorax, this year’s theme. Yes, truffula trees will be added to our collection! The Lily Show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet spring with family and friends. Regular Garden admission applies.

Yates City Spring Craft Show (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

102 Main Street, Yates City, IL 61572
309.358.1252
janeric@mymctc.net

Scentsy, Skyline Cosmetics, Hair bows, Hats, Kitchen Towels, Baby Blankets, Prim Pickens, Thirty-One Bags Embroidered Items, Hand-Loomed Rugs, Doll Clothes It Works Products, Wreaths, Handmade Jewelry Norwex Natural Cleaning Products, Initials Inc. Celebrating Home~Penelope Ann, Crocheted items Rings, Knitted Dish Cloths, Scarves, Tupperware Children’s Towels & Blankets, Feedbag Totes, Cookbooks Paparazzi Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay Cosmetics Quit Blocks, Quilting and Sewing Notions, Wood Crafts Jamberry Nails, Real Time Pain Relief Lotions Rooster Cogburn’s Rarities, doTERRA Essential Oils and MORE…

 

 

Breakfast & Lunch by "Kay": Iced Coffee, Biscuits & Gravy, Fruit Plate Nachos, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Hot Dogs Janet’s Pies

 

Door prize drawn every 15 minutes Must be present to win

Central Illinois Jazz Society with the Bradley Jazz Ensemble (Sun. Apr 20, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Starting Gate Banquet Room, Landmark Recreation Center, 3325 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, IL
309.692.5330
http://www.peoriajazz.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society, serving Central Illinois since 1978, presents CIJS House Band (6:00 p.m.) and the Bradley Jazz Ensemble (7:15 p.m.)

 

Parking is available in Landmark lot and across Dries Lane.

 

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band features outstanding jazz musicians from the area. They will entertain you with a mixture of jazz styles.

 

Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.

 

Admission:

$5.00 Members

$7.00 Non-Members

Students are free

 

The Central Illinois Jazz Society is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who enjoys jazz. You do not have to be a musician to be a member or to attend our programs. The purpose of the organization is to further the appreciation of jazz among residents of Central Illinois. We provide opportunities for jazz musicians to perform and for jazz fans to enjoy their favorite music. Please consider joining the Central Illinois Jazz Society and supporting live jazz.

Mon. Apr 21, 2014

The Forgotten Initiative: Project Renovate (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Clinton, IL
The Forgotten Initiative, 309.747.4557
http://www.theforgotteninitiative.org/get-involved/projectrenovate/

Project Renovate is a one-day mission trip in our community that reaches out to families in the foster care community with projects like deep cleaning a home, landscaping, or giving a room a makeover. Project Renovate will not only bless deserving families locally but is also an opportunity to support the foster care community all across our nation by getting sponsored for your day of work.

 

June 7th in Clinton (signup deadline is May 5th)
July 12th in Creve Coeur (signup deadline is June 9th)

 

Volunteers will be needed all day (8am through the evening – you’ll be able to sign up for different time slots). Type of labor: Cleaning, painting, yard work, small construction projects, etc. For more information and to sign up, follow the website link above.

The Forgotten Initiative: Project Renovate (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Creve Coeur, IL
The Forgotten Initiative, 309.747.4557
http://www.theforgotteninitiative.org/get-involved/projectrenovate/

Project Renovate is a one-day mission trip in our community that reaches out to families in the foster care community with projects like deep cleaning a home, landscaping, or giving a room a makeover. Project Renovate will not only bless deserving families locally but is also an opportunity to support the foster care community all across our nation by getting sponsored for your day of work.

 

June 7th in Clinton (signup deadline is May 5th)
July 12th in Creve Coeur (signup deadline is June 9th)

 

Volunteers will be needed all day (8am through the evening – you’ll be able to sign up for different time slots). Type of labor: Cleaning, painting, yard work, small construction projects, etc. For more information and to sign up, follow the website link above.

Berean Summer Day Camp Registration (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Berean Baptist Church - 3401 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62703
217.529.4224
http://www.berean.biz/

We are now enrolling kids who are 3-9 years old for Summer Daycamp 2014.

 

We provide a fun, safe environment for school-age kids during the summer months. Our affordable daily program is very active with trips, swimming, bowling, arts & crafts, park days, etc.

 

Call the provided number to register.

DivorceCare (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 N. Missouri Ave., Morton, IL 61550
Church office, 309.263.2417
bethel@mtco.com
http://blcmorton.org/#/get-connected/divorce-care

This 13-week Christ-centered program includes three main parts--video, group discussion, and personal Bible study meeting on Monday evenings. Lead by facilitators who have undergone divorce and understand how you feel.

 

The videos feature teaching from over 50 leading Christian counselors, teachers, and pastors who speak on topics important to people in separation or divorce. The videos also contain real-life stories of people who've been through a marital breakup, as they share their pain, challenges, and path to healing.

 

Pre-registration is strongly recommended via phone or email.

 

Babysitting is by prior arrangement. A fee may be involved. There is no fee charged to attend DivorceCare.

Women's Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church, 6915 North Allen Road, Peoria, IL
Jillian, 309.264.1890
http://bsfinternational.org

We meet at Woodland Baptist Church each Monday night. The evenings consist of 45 minutes of discussion time in groups of about 15 and then a 45-minute lecture on the passage from our teaching leader. We meet from September to May, and we take summers off.


All women welcome, and children grades 1-12. Our goal is for women to deepen their faith through an in-depth group and personal study of the book of Matthew (we do a different study each year).

Men's Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Living Waters Lutheran Church, 7229 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL
Victor, 309.533.2377
http://bsfinternational.org

We meet at Living Waters Lutheran Church each Monday night. The evenings consist of 45 minutes of discussion time in groups of about 15 and then a 45-minute lecture on the passage from our teaching leader. We meet from September to May, and we take summers off.


All men are welcome. Our goal is for men to deepen their faith through an in-depth group and personal study of the book of Matthew. (We do a different study each year.)

Essential Oils of the Bible (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lake Springfield Baptist Camp - 5878 Iron Bridge Rd. Chatham, IL 62629
HeatherSchneiderOils@outlook.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/803515006325261/?source=1

Essential oils are referenced in 36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament. There are more than 500 reference in the Bible to the use of essential oils.

Please join us as we explore the ancient use of these precious oils and talk about how you can benefit from these same oils today.

Driven Recovery "THE DRIVEN CHURCH" (Mon. Apr 21, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Sabella Street Station, 335 Sabella St. Pekin
309.696.3929
pjdickson1@comcast.net
http://pekinfirst.com/#/sabella-street-station/driven-recovery

Driven Recovery is a Christian recovery program for men and women in addictions of all kinds. We meet every Monday night at the fusion building. We have a live praise and worship band and awesome speakers to help teach us to lean upon our God for his guidance through are troubles. We go straight to the Bible for His Word. We start out in a large group and then break in to smaller groups. During the summer months, we take our meeting outside around the pool. Our pastor loves to baptize new men and women for Christ.

Tue. Apr 22, 2014

Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study (Tue. Apr 22, 2014 6:15 am)

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church Springfield, 323 South Grand West, Springfield, Illinois 62704
217.523.7731
pastormike@springfieldfirstbaptist.org
http://www.springfieldfirstbaptist.org

Business Men in Christ and First Baptist Church of Springfield host a weekly Bible Study. All men interested in growing in Christ and strong fellowship with other men are encouraged to attend.

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Apr 22, 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.

SHE (Seeking Him Earnestly) Bible Studies - Evening Edition (Tue. Apr 22, 2014 6:30 pm)

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.

 

Evening Edition - Tuesday evenings beginning January 21st

 

Option 1 - Priscilla Shirer's "Gideon" study

A seven-session women's Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon's story is so much bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel's history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people--His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness, even through their weakness. In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God's strength.

They will be following the Gideon study with Lisa Harper's "Malachi" study.

 

Option 2 - Dan Allender's "To Be Told"

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.

 

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.

DivorceCare (Tue. Apr 22, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. This weekly support group is conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing. You’ll learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life as you learn to put your trust in the power of Christ.

 

Free childcare for children birth to age six.

$25 cost, workbook included.

Total Toxin Takeover Workshop (Tue. Apr 22, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

The Healing Tree, 901 E. Grove St. Suite P, Bloomington, IL
309.838.0799
eoneil03@gmail.com

Do you feel like you are being held hostage by the toxins in your life? Want to find a natural alternative but don't know where to start? Join Edie O'Neil, Young Living Executive Distributor at The Healing Tree in Bloomington to learn simple, effective ways to replace the toxins in your home and health with Young Living essential oils. We recently started carrying this line of oils in the chiropractic office I work for and have been AMAZED at the results we are seeing with our patients! Patients have been able to find relief from pain and symptoms. They have also been able to replace toxic household cleaners and beauty products. Young Living essential oils come directly from nature, are 100% pure, and are safe for your entire family--including your children and your pets. Call to save your seat! This event is being sponsored by Crystal Anderson at The Healing Tree.

Wed. Apr 23, 2014

Camp Counselors Needed at Great Oaks Camp (Wed. Apr 23, 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.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Apr 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players String Quartet (Wed. Apr 23, 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

The PSO Chamber Players String Quartet, will perform at First United Methodist Church Peoria.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Performers:  Elizabeth Rust, violin; Ion-Alexandru Malaimare, violin; Diane Wuthrich, viola and Moises Molina, cello.

Thu. Apr 24, 2014

SHE (Seeking Him Earnestly) Bible Studies - Morning Edition (Thu. Apr 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Ladies Night Out (Thu. Apr 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

100 N. Jackson, Clinton
217-935-3139
amhd60@yahoo.com

Salad Supper. 

Bring a salad to share with others. 

Speaker:  Tammy Wilson

Music:  Marcia Wise

First Christian Church

100 N. Jackson

Clinton, Illinois

Fri. Apr 25, 2014

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 25, 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.

Youth Gospel Fest (Fri. Apr 25, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Dream Center - 714 Hamilton Blvd, Peoria, IL 61603
309.676.3000 ext. 304

Come see the first Youth Gospel Fest with motivational speaker Annette Williams and guest speaker Minister Aaron Bailey.

 

Plus performances by Emeric Martin, AJ Gordon, Joshua Copper, and many more!

 

Admission is $3 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and up.

"Jesus, I Trust in You" (Fri. Apr 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Nazareth House of Retreat - 8508 N 100th Co Hwy Magnolia, IL 61336
309.285.8112
nssplayer@gmail.com
http://www.nazarethretreathouse.org/

Catholic Charismatic spring Retreat, "Jesus, I trust in You" Retreat Master is Fr. Terry Cassidy. Join us in this two day retreat to ponder and explore our ability and our willingness to pray, "Jesus, I trust in You," with true surrender and hope in our hearts. Preregistration is required. Contact Norma at the contact information provided.  Please send registration checks to Nazareth House of Retreat - P.O. Box 165, Henry, IL 61537.

Biblical Imagination Conference and Concert with Michael Card (Fri. Apr 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Christ Church, 1301 Linden, Normal, IL
Bill Pence, 309.452.5438
bntpence@msn.com
http://biblicalimagination.com/#/conferences/normal-il-425-27

Singer/songwriter, Bible teacher, and author Michael Card will bring the Biblical Imagination Conference, "Matthew: The Gospel of Identity," to Christ Church (PCA) in Normal, Illinois April 25-26, 2014. The Sunday night concert will be held at East White Oak Bible Church, so that we can accommodate more people (as the 2012 concert filled our sanctuary).

 

You can purchase conference tickets (which includes the concert) or concert-only tickets at the website link listed above. Conference (includes the concert) tickets are now $48; after February 25, $58. Tickets for the concert only are now $13; after February 25, $18.

 

If you are coming from out of town, we are excited to offer special conference hotel rates at the Hilton DoubleTree hotel. Just mention the Biblical Imagination Conference, and you will get a $79 rate on a standard room, which includes their breakfast buffet. Reservations need to be made by April 18 to receive this rate.

 

More information about the Biblical Imagination Conference can be found at the conference site link above. Additional Biblical Imagination Conference and Michael Card resources can be found at: http://coramdeotheblog.com/biblical-imagination-conference-on-matthew/

 

We hope you can join us for the conference and/or concert. Please pass this information along to others you feel may have an interest. If you have any questions at all, please contact Bill Pence by email or phone.

Apache Homeschool Convention (Fri. Apr 25, 2014 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 Illinois 91, Peoria, IL 61615
http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/Resources/Documents/globe2final.pdf

The 25th APACHE (Association of Peoria Area Home Educators) Convention will take place at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Registration is now open and the cost is $35 for members and $60 for non-members.

 

Speakers include Dr. Rob Rienow of Visionary Family, Jeannie Fulbright of Apologia, and Dr. Tommy Mitchell of Answers in Genesis (among others)!

 

Please go to http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/ for more info and to register!

Sat. Apr 26, 2014

Christian Center Baseball/Softball Signup (Sat. Apr 26, 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.

Biblical Imagination Conference and Concert with Michael Card (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Christ Church, 1301 Linden, Normal, IL
Bill Pence, 309.452.5438
bntpence@msn.com
http://biblicalimagination.com/#/conferences/normal-il-425-27

Singer/songwriter, Bible teacher, and author Michael Card will bring the Biblical Imagination Conference, "Matthew: The Gospel of Identity," to Christ Church (PCA) in Normal, Illinois April 25-26, 2014. The Sunday night concert will be held at East White Oak Bible Church, so that we can accommodate more people (as the 2012 concert filled our sanctuary).

 

You can purchase conference tickets (which includes the concert) or concert-only tickets at the website link listed above. Conference (includes the concert) tickets are now $48; after February 25, $58. Tickets for the concert only are now $13; after February 25, $18.

 

If you are coming from out of town, we are excited to offer special conference hotel rates at the Hilton DoubleTree hotel. Just mention the Biblical Imagination Conference, and you will get a $79 rate on a standard room, which includes their breakfast buffet. Reservations need to be made by April 18 to receive this rate.

 

More information about the Biblical Imagination Conference can be found at the conference site link above. Additional Biblical Imagination Conference and Michael Card resources can be found at: http://coramdeotheblog.com/biblical-imagination-conference-on-matthew/

 

We hope you can join us for the conference and/or concert. Please pass this information along to others you feel may have an interest. If you have any questions at all, please contact Bill Pence by email or phone.

Mommy Moments Consignment Sale (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

700 Main Street, Peoria, Il 61602
309.868.2563
msepplin827@hotmail.com
http://www.fumcpeoria.org/

Kids clothes, shoes, coats, toys, books, beds, play sets, and anything else you can think of at the annual Mommy Moments Consignment Sale! 

The Walk (for the lives of women and children) (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 8:30 am - 9:30 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria, Pekin, Morton, and Washington
309.688.0202
wpc@peoriarescue.org
http://www.peoriarescue.org/walk

Join Peoria Rescue Ministries for The Walk (for the lives of women and children) and help save a life!  The Walk is a simple two-mile walk.  Four locations to choose from:  Peoria, Pekin, Morton, and Washington.  All support raised will benefit the Women's Pregnancy Center and Esther House (divisions of Peoria Rescue Ministries).

Strong Kids Saturday (Sat. Apr 26, 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.

Sommer Park 50 Year Anniversary Hikes (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd., Edwards, IL 61528
309.691.8423
http://www.peoriaparks.org/event/50-year-anniversary-hikes/2014-02-22/

Saturdays: 2/22, 3/29, and 4/26

 

Enjoy this new “off season” program while exploring natural features, wild-life, and history found on the diverse trails of our park.

 

For information and/or to reserve your spot, please call Sommer Park. Donations accepted.

Healthy Kids Day (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

7000 N. Fleming Lane Peoria, IL 61614
309-692-7631
membership@peoriaymca.org
http://www.peoriaymca.org

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On April 26, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

 

Health Fair, Color Dash, Zumba Kids, Basketball Shootout, Mamogram Mobile, Wellmobile, Bookmobile, Firehouse, Camp Registration, Swim Team Registration

Great Cloth Diaper Change (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave, Springfield, IL 62704
217.622.0353
judy@faithfulbaby.com
http://www.greatclothdiaperchange.com

We look forward to the many new faces we will see this coming year and welcoming back our loyal cloth diaper advocates.

 

Congratulations and thanks to all 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change participants and supporters!! Guinness World Records verified that we broke the record… the new world record is 8,301 cloth diapers changed at one time at 182 qualifying locations in 15 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, United States!

 

Another 4 countries held nonqualifying (but cloth-diaper-awareness-increasing!) events: Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Philippines 84 cities hosted events that didn’t qualify for the Guinness World Record BUT DID ACCOMPLISH our goal of increasing awareness about reusable cloth diapers.

 

Unofficial babies changed: 10,029 (including sites that didn’t qualify per stringent Guinness regulations, but did in fact hold events increasing awareness about reusable cloth diapers in their communities.)

 

5 continents held GCDC events. www.greatclothdiaperchange.com Swag Bags for first 50 registerd participants, Door Prize, and Raffles benefiting the www.realdiaperassociation.com to promote cloth diapers and resources for parents.

 

Also enjoy Family Fun, Area Vendors, Mini Sessions, Family Entertainment, Face Painting, and Shopping.

 

Please bring a diaper changing mat, clean cloth diaper, and baby under 39".

Sommer Park 50 Year Anniversary Hikes (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd., Edwards, IL 61528
309.691.8423
http://www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy this new “off season” program while exploring natural features, wildlife and history found on the diverse trails of our park.  For information and/or to reserve your spot, please call Sommer Park.  Donations accepted.

Galesburg Christian School 2014 Auction (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 11:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Venue: Calvary Assembly of God, 432 N Linwood Rd, Galesburg, IL 61401
Contact Information: Galesburg Christian School, 309.343.8008
cmoberg@galesburgchristian.org
http://www.GalesburgChristian.org

At Galesburg Christian School, spring means it’s time to enjoy one of our major annual fundraisers. This is a great way to support Christian education, discover great bargains, and enjoy a fun-filled family day with lots of good food! See a list of auction items at the provided website.

Silent Auction 11:00

Service Auction 3:15

Live Auction 4:00

Chops & Dogs & More 11 – 3:00

KidZone $5 ages 3-10 11 – 6:00

Spring for Tea (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Christian Church, 204 North McLean St., Lincoln, IL
Gayla Wood, 217-732-7618 / Marcia Bidwell (Chairperson), 217-732-7772 / church office, 217.732.7618

Sale of tickets will begin February 3rd for the 11th Annual Spring for Tea sponsored by the Harvest of Talents for World Hunger.

 

Spring for Tea will be held in the Fellowship Center of Lincoln Christian Church. Doors open at 10:45 a.m with tea being served at 11:30 a.m.

 

The tea features a number of colorful and uniquely appointed tables complete with china, silver, crystal, and offering a variety of themes and decor. Women of all ages from the community will serve as table hostesses, both decorating the tables and serving graciously to the needs of their guests at the tea.

 

Traditional tea foods, ranging from dainty sandwiches to cookies, fruit, and other delicacies will be served along with the traditional Spring for Tea blend of tea. Background music will provide the proper ambiance for the occasion.

 

Men in Black will again be on hand to greet the tea guests and escort them to their appointed tables. Guests will be invited to participate in a promenade of the beautifully decorated tables as they await the serving of tea.

 

Following tasty food, flavorful hot tea, and lively conversation, a special program will be presented. Through tth etea, a number of lovely door prizes, provided by local businesses and individuals, will be presented to those in attendance.

 

Tickets are sold in advance, beginning February 3rd. There is limited seating available for the event, and tickets sell out quickly. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the church office or calling Gayla Wood.

 

Anyone interested in hosting a table for Spring for Tea or providing other assistance to the event may contact Marcia Bidwell.

 

The April tea will be the first 2014 event of the Harvest of Talents ministry, which this year will be celebrating its 31st anniversary. The Harvest of Talents for World Hunger is a unique ministry of the Lincoln church. Partnering with International Disaster Emergency Service, the Lincoln Harvest has raised $1,819,213.38 through the 30th Harvest, every penny of which has gone to feeding programs, orphanages, and missions throughout the sorld, providing physical and spiritual food to those in need. A number of Harvests across the United States have been birthed by the founding Harvest in Lincoln and have raised over $2,000,000.00 to meet hunger needs. The 31st Annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger will be held on the 4th Saturday in October 2014 in the Fellowship Center of Lincoln Christian Church. Anyone desiring information about the Harvest ministry may call the church office.

3rd Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner/Dance (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Williamsville Jr. High School, 500 S. Walnut St., Williamsville, IL
Chris and Sandy Walden, 217.544.3234
williamsvillejazzdinner@gmail.com
http://www.williamsvillejazzdinner.eventbrite.com

Doors open at 5:00 pm

Ticket price $20 each which includes dinner provide by Hickory River Smokehouse. Reserve a table by purchasing a table of ten. To purchase tickets, visit our website at contact Chris and Sandy Walden by phone or at the provided e-mail address. The evening will also include a silent auction.

Youth Gospel Fest (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Dream Center - 714 Hamilton Blvd, Peoria, IL 61603
309.676.3000 ext. 304

Come see the first Youth Gospel Fest with motivational speaker Annette Williams and guest speaker Minister Aaron Bailey.

 

Plus performances by Emeric Martin, AJ Gordon, Joshua Copper, and many more!

 

Admission is $3 for ages 12 and under; $5 for ages 13 and up.

Stir Up the Healing Waters (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Waterford Union Church, 10564 N Starling Road Lewistown, IL 61542
309.357.1450
speedyngoliath@hotmail.com

Rockin' the House Family Dance Party (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northminster Presbyterian Church - 10720 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL
309.621.1501
RockintheHouse@yahoo.com
http://RockintheHouseFamilyDance.weebly.com

A family event for all ages.  Salsa lessons and dance music provided by DJ Ed and Beverly Caballero.  Dance performances by local dance groups from a variety of dance styles.  Desserts and soft drinks included in the price of admission.  Raffle tickets available the night of the event for a 2014 American Girl Doll of the Year, Chiefs tickets, Bradley sport team tickets, artwork from local artisans, beauty products, home decor, restaurant gift certificates and much more.  

 

All proceeds will be donated to Neighborhood House Associations new program to provide healthy meals during the summer months for children in downtown Peoria who receive meal assistance during the school year. 

 

This is the 3rd annual Rockin' the House Family Dance Party organized by a 6th grade ball room dancer who wants to use his talents to help others.  Last year's dance party hosted more than 300 people.  Come out for this fun family event and help fight childhood hunger in downtown Peoria. 

Christian Comedian Greg Strange (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Covenant Community Church, 2075 N. Main St., Canton, IL
http://www.gregstrange.com

Christian comedian Greg Strange will perform funny songs and sing-a-longs in concert as part of his Hitchin' a Ride Tour. Fun for all ages!

 

Admission: freewill offering.

 

CDs are available at the concert or online.

 

Greg Strange Ministries is a non-profit outreach.

Apache Homeschool Convention (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 Illinois 91, Peoria, IL 61615
http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/Resources/Documents/globe2final.pdf

The 25th APACHE (Association of Peoria Area Home Educators) Convention will take place at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Registration is now open and the cost is $35 for members and $60 for non-members.

 

Speakers include Dr. Rob Rienow of Visionary Family, Jeannie Fulbright of Apologia, and Dr. Tommy Mitchell of Answers in Genesis (among others)!

 

Please go to http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/ for more info and to register!

AgapeFest (Sat. Apr 26, 2014 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Family Arena - 2002 Arena Pkwy, St Charles, MO 63303
618.664.1861
info@agapefest.com
http://www.agapefest.com/

Come see bands such as Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Francesca Battistelli, The Madison Letter, Rhett Walker Band, and The Afters. Also see guest speaker Jason Russel! Tickets range from $33 - $100.