Family Calendar & Concerts

Sun. Dec 21, 2014

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

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church of Pekin
700 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL

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

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

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church of Pekin
700 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL

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

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

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Box Office, 309.965.2545

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


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


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


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


The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which on evening performances includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.


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

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

Contact Info:

Sharon Health Care Elms
3611 N. Rochelle
Peoria, IL

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


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


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


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


ALL donations are tax deductible.


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

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


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


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

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

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614

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


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


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

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

Contact Info:

Great Oaks Community Church
515 State Route 116
Germantown Hills, IL 61548

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

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

Contact Info:

Dixon Bethel Ministry Center
131 N. Court
Dixon, IL 61021

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

Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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

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