Family Calendar & Concerts
First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 8:30 am)
First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603
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.
VBS at Broken Chains Church (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 10:30 am)
Broken Chains Church
728 S. 14th Street
Springfield, Il 62703
Come join us at Broken Chains Church (BCC) for Vacation Bible School (VBS) for "Mission Impossible." It's July 31-August 2, 2015. Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Come join the fun!
In Concert: The Woodsmen Quartet (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 11:00 am)
Clementine Memorial Church
2075 N. 11th
Springfield, IL 62702
The Woodsmen Quartet, from Batesville, Indiana, will be in concert!
A love offering will be received.
Public is invited to this event!
For more information, call Pastor Dan Wilson at the number above, or Jim Peek at 217.787.7312.
Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 12:00 pm)
Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.
Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.
With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.
Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.
Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701
WPEO Peoria: Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020
Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F 217.522.6631
Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085
Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213
KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639
Rhapsody in Bloom at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
Join us at Luthy Botanical Garden for "Rhapsody in Bloom" on August 1 and August 2!
This event is a celebration of art, music, food, and bloom. Come see the inspired works of a diverse selection of local artists, listen to talented musicians and singers, and enjoy culinary creations from some of Peoria's best eateries.
Kids can enjoy activities in our Children's Garden!
Cost is $3 per person. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information, please call Luthy Botanical Garden at the number above.
National Health Center Week (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 3:00 pm)
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 (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 4:00 pm)
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!!
Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 6:00 pm)
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.
Bethany Community Church Dedication Ceremony (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 6:00 pm)
Bethany Community Church invites you to the Dedication Ceremony. This new facility is located in Washington at the address above. An Uncle Bob’s ice cream social and tour will follow the ceremony.
DRAMA - 'Til Night Becomes Day (Sun. Aug 2, 2015 6:00 pm)
Faith Baptist Church of Pekin is hosting the Academy of Arts Ministries and their dramatic presentation "'Til Night Becomes Day: The True Account of George Muller of Bristol" George Muller was a 19th century minister whose orphanage and church became a shining example of the power of prayer.
The drama will begin in the church's sanctuary. Faith Baptist Church is located at the corner of Koch St. and Howard Ct. in Pekin.
The Academy of Arts is in its 45th year of ministry and is well-known throughout the United States for their professional sacred dramas and music. They are a non-profit faith ministry based out of Taylors, SC, whose motto is "Making the Bible Come Alive."
The team coming to Faith consists of 6 single young ladies, 6 single young men, and a married couple. They are all either part of the staff of the ministry, students in their conservatory, or handpicked from the numerous drama seminars they do throughout the country during the school year.
Admission is free. A love offering for the team will be taken at the end of the service.