Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. Apr 19, 2015 - Sat. Apr 25, 2015
April 2015

Sun. Apr 19, 2015

Westfair Christian Academy Italian Buffet and Auction (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

This is the Academy's 13th Annual Italian Buffet and Auction.  It is the schools largest fundraising event.  We serve an all you can eat HOMEMADE Italian Buffet, which includes Lasagna, Mostaccioli, Italian beef, salad and garlic bread.

 

This event gets larger each year and we anticipate feeding over 1,000 people this year There is also a silent auction and live auction component that will have 150+ packages/baskets/items.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 19, 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

 

Habitat Love Thy Neighbor Choir Concert (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

A benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity of McLean County featuring a Community Choir and the Sounds of Illinois Chorus! This event is family friendly, so please bring everyone to enjoy the beautiful music!

 

In honor of Habitat’s 30th Anniversary in McLean County, the concert will be free to the community this year!*

 

*Though we kindly ask you to consider a good will donation to Habitat to support the mission of building homes and hope for hard working families

Central Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Banquet (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Central Illinois' Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is having its annual Home Team Banquet. This year, they are pleased to welcome former St. Louis Cardinals' Pitcher Andy Benes.

 

The banquet will be an inspirational evening that is targeted toward adults and will include a financial appeal. The entire cost of the banquet is underwritten by sponsors. The goal of the banquet is to present participants with the opportunity to become FCA Home Team members, which are families or individuals contributing $25 or more per month ($300 or more annually). The banquet will also present the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

 

Tables will be filled by FCA supporters and their guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in hosting a table who have not done so in the past can call the FCA office at the phone number above to be placed on a waiting list. If the tables are filled, there will be an option for people to purchase tickets to attend the program portion of the evening.  

 

For more information, please call the number above.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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. 

Lost & Found Concert (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 6:30 pm)

A Lost & Found concert is interactive, driven by the audience. Each show is different, always spontaneous, improvisational and musical, often poignant, and occasionally funny.

 

As Michael Bridges & George Baum play, you find that you feel welcome, that strangers become friends at the concert, and that the music of faith is fun. More information about Lost & Found can be found at http://www.speedwood.com.

 

Tickets are $5. For more information, please contact the phone number above.

Mon. Apr 20, 2015

Kids Klub- Celebrate Earth Day! (Mon. Apr 20, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS, Greenview Nursery, and Affordable Shred in celebrating Earth Day! Register to win a kids gardening set and other great prizes. Affordable Shred will be teaching kids how they too can recycle.

 

The FIRST 50 kids will receive a sapling to take home and plant. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.

Hope Life Center Annual Fundraising Banquet (Mon. Apr 20, 2015 6:00 pm)

Hope Life Center would like to invite adults to their "Making Abortion Obsolete" annual fundraising banquet. This will be an evening of celebration and opportunity to learn how you can work with us to eliminate abortion from our community. 

 

Special guest Kirk Walden will be speaking at the banquet. Walden, author of The Wall, is a former pregnancy help center director and founder of Life Trends, a company serving more than 1,100 life-affirming ministries in the US and throughout the world. 

 

Kirk has a surprising view on the true impact of pregnancy resource ministries all over the country. Are you ready to make abortion obsolete and create a true culture of life in America? Kirk brings a powerful perspective on how the battle will be won in this generation. He will invite each of us to dream of (and take part in) accomplishing the impossible: ending abortion as we know it. Come prepared for an evening filled with humor, challenge, vision and hope.

 

Business attire is requested. This is an adults-only event. There will be an opportunity to give a financial gift at the event.

 

Please RSVP to the phone number above by April 6th, if possible. 

Tue. Apr 21, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Hope Life Center Annual Fundraising Banquet (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 6:00 pm)

Hope Life Center would like to invite adults to their "Making Abortion Obsolete" annual fundraising banquet. This will be an evening of celebration and opportunity to learn how you can work with us to eliminate abortion from our community. 

 

Special guest Kirk Walden will be speaking at the banquet. Walden, author of The Wall, is a former pregnancy help center director and founder of Life Trends, a company serving more than 1,100 life-affirming ministries in the US and throughout the world. 

 

Kirk has a surprising view on the true impact of pregnancy resource ministries all over the country. Are you ready to make abortion obsolete and create a true culture of life in America? Kirk brings a powerful perspective on how the battle will be won in this generation. He will invite each of us to dream of (and take part in) accomplishing the impossible: ending abortion as we know it. Come prepared for an evening filled with humor, challenge, vision and hope.

 

Business attire is requested. This is an adults-only event. There will be an opportunity to give a financial gift at the event.

 

Please RSVP to the phone number above by April 6th, if possible. 

Central Illinois Hosta Society Meeting and Potluck Dinner (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 6:30 pm)

The Central Illinois Hosta Society will meet for a potluck dinner. Chicken and drinks will be provided. Members and guests, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

 

After dinner, Ella Maxwell, Horticulturist at Hoerr Nursery and Tazewell County Master Gardener, will discuss "The Master Gardener Program". Master gardeners are a special group of people who all have a common interest - a love of gardening and nature, and the desire to share that knowledge with others. Ella will talk about the training and topics covered in the program and what being a Master Gardener has meant to her.

 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the society or meeting, call Shelly Baldini at the phone number above, visit the website above, or visit Central Illinois Hosta Society on Facebook. A $10 annual membership includes a monthly newsletter and other benefits.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 6:30 pm)

Do you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up? Celebrate Recovery is a group for those that are searching for freedom from anything that stops you from having the fulfilled life that God has planned for you.

After Five Christian Women's Club (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 6:30 pm)

After Five Christian Women's Club is hosting a dinner and presentation!

 

Lula Minor will speak on "Hope Through it All" and the evening will feature Rhonda and Bart Leinberger, who will discuss "Alpacas of Indian Pt. Hills." Music will be provided by Lula Minor.

 

The cost to attend is $16. Please make reservations by Saturday, April 18 by calling Ann at the number above.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Apr 21, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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. Apr 22, 2015

Resource and Employment Fair (Wed. Apr 22, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Join METEC Resource Center and Peoria Housing Authority for the 5th annual fair.  The event will feature agency representatives, hiring representatives and an opportunity to talk to recruiters on site.  Dress your best and bring your resume! Twenty-five vendors will be in attendance to meet with you!

Thu. Apr 23, 2015

Trading Hands Kids Sale (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 9:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Trading Hands Kids Sale is a chance to clean out your closets and do all your spring shopping at once!  We accept gently used kids clothes, toys, books, games, etc.  Sell your gently used items with us and shop for everything you need in the future. For more information, please visit the website listed above.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 2:00 pm)

The popular series began at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis with the first installment, Church Basement Ladies, in 2005. Subsequent sequels  have been seen in venues coast to coast to cheering, loving, sell-out crowds. In this final installment, the year is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hot-dishes and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. As they time-jump through a century, these ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of their egg coffee!

 

Meanwhile, the bittersweet Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn. Times are tough in this small farm community, and hard decisions will have to be made. Once again, the ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity, and more crazy antics.

 

Featuring all-new music by composer Drew Jansen, who wrote the music and lyrics for the past Church Basement Ladies installments, and a script by sketch comedy writer Greta Grosch.

 

Audiences from coast to coast have fallen in love with these ladies of the church basement, and all agree that each new installment gets better and better. What’s more, you do not have to have seen past installments in order to know what’s going on.

 

Tickets: $25 for the 2pm Matinee or $30 for the 7pm Evening Show
Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more.

 

Optional: $10 lunch and $15 dinner prior to each performance by reservation (Call Brian Garnant at 309-444-8600.)

 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org or call 309-444-8600.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 5:45 pm)

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.

Ladies Night Out (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 6:30 pm)

You are invited to Ladies Night Out! The speaker, Deanne Mott, will talk about "When God Tells Your Story," and music will be provided by Erin Davis. Ladies only. Please bring a salad to share with others!

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

NEED PRAYER? Come for music, praise, worship, rest, and an opportunity to receive confidential prayer.

 

The Prayer Rooms are open to the public. Attendees can come and go as needed.  Praise and Worship starts at 6:30 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m. confidential prayer begins on a first come-first served basis.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

Hosted by: Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter Bobbie Jo Barnes

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

*All artists that wish to participate must arrive by 6:30 pm to meet with BJB to sign up for the night.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register before the event, please contact BJB by using the contact information listed above.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, 30 week Bible study for men and women of all ages and all levels of scripture knowledge.  It is composed of individual study at home, small group discussions, effective teaching, and fellowship.

 

This year's study focuses on the gospel of Mark (18 weeks) and Christian Living as discribed in Philemon, Jude and 1st, 2nd & 3rd John.

 

Class meets on Thursday evenings, starting September 4th through May 7, 2015. 

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 7:00 pm)

The popular series began at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis with the first installment, Church Basement Ladies, in 2005. Subsequent sequels  have been seen in venues coast to coast to cheering, loving, sell-out crowds. In this final installment, the year is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hot-dishes and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. As they time-jump through a century, these ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of their egg coffee!

 

Meanwhile, the bittersweet Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn. Times are tough in this small farm community, and hard decisions will have to be made. Once again, the ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity, and more crazy antics.

 

Featuring all-new music by composer Drew Jansen, who wrote the music and lyrics for the past Church Basement Ladies installments, and a script by sketch comedy writer Greta Grosch.

 

Audiences from coast to coast have fallen in love with these ladies of the church basement, and all agree that each new installment gets better and better. What’s more, you do not have to have seen past installments in order to know what’s going on.

 

Tickets: $25 for the 2pm Matinee or $30 for the 7pm Evening Show
Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more.

 

Optional: $10 lunch and $15 dinner prior to each performance by reservation (Call Brian Garnant at 309-444-8600.)

 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.fivepointswashington.org or call 309-444-8600.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. Apr 23, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

Fri. Apr 24, 2015

Trading Hands Kids Sale (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 9:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Trading Hands Kids Sale is a chance to clean out your closets and do all your spring shopping at once!  We accept gently used kids clothes, toys, books, games, etc.  Sell your gently used items with us and shop for everything you need in the future. For more information, please visit the website listed above.

Faith Fest (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 5:00 pm)

Faith Baptist Christian School is having Faith Fest- a community carnival! There will be games, rides, food, prizes, vendors, cakewalks, and LOTS OF FUN! Come one, come all!

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

"Secret Church" Simulcast with David Platt (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 6:00 pm - Sat. Apr 25, 2015 12:00 am)

The culture around us is constantly changing, and successive changes are often accompanied by significant challenges. So how does the call of Christ compel us to respond to these challenges? How does a Christian respond to the rapid rise of so-called same-sex marriage and the increasing acceptance of homosexuality? How does a Christian live in a world of rampant pornography, a world where babies are aborted and widows are abandoned? How does a Christian think in a culture of pervasive racial prejudice and limited religious liberty? What does a Christian do in a church that exalts prosperity amidst a world of extreme poverty?

 

Secret Church explores Biblical foundations for answers to these questions and comes to significant conclusions regarding Christ's call on every Christian to engage culture with a firm grip on the Gospel in the church and a fervent passion for God’s glory in the world.

 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the simulcast begins at 6:00 p.m. It is scheduled to end at midnight. The simulcast will feature Bible teaching led by David Platt, musical worship, and prayer focused on the persecuted church.

 

Cost: $5 (need to register in advance)

Call or email the church to register!

 

For more information, please use the contact information above.

Casting Crowns Concert (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 7:00 pm)

Casting Crowns with be at the Peoria Civic Center, with special guest Josh Wilson! 

 

Casting Crowns' Thrive tour features popular songs including "All You've Ever Wanted" and "Broken Together." They have consistently delivered songs that spur listeners to evaluate their relationship with God and with each other. 

Josh Wilson is known for his songs including, "Savior Please," "Before the Morning," and "Faith is Not a Feeling."

 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the website above.

 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Fri. Apr 24, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

Sat. Apr 25, 2015

Flapjack Fundraiser (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 8:00 am - 10:00 am)

The Illinois Valley Fuller Center is having a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit their home repair program for Central Illinois Veterans.

 

Tickets are $5.00 and includes bacon, pancakes, coffee and orange juice.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the door, online, or by calling the phone number above.

Creation Emphasis Weekend (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 8:30 am)

Creation Emphasis is going to be an awesome weekend geared for students and families regarding creation and the many questions that we have about it. Society and science continues to stir the waters on our understanding of creation. Author and speaker, Bruce Malone, will be sharing in 5 different sessions throughout the weekend with amazing truths that we need to know about creation. 

 

Saturday Topics:

"Why Creation Matters" 8:30 a.m. (Men)

"Censored Science and the Bible" 6:00 p.m.

 

Sunday Topics:

"Explosive Evidence for Creation" 9:30 a.m.

"Creation and the Great Commission" 10:30 a.m.

"A Matter of Time" 6:00 p.m.

The Walk (for the lives of women and children) (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 8:30 am - 10:00 am)

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. 

 

Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

There are four locations to choose from:

Peoria: Ester House

Pekin: Mineral Springs Park

Morton: Idlewood Park

Washington: Washington Park- Grange Shelter

 

All support raised will benefit the Esther House and Women's Pregnancy Center (divisions of Peoria Rescue Ministries).

 

For more information or to register, call the phone number above or visit the website above.

31st Annual Child Fair- "A Day at the Zoo" (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Sauk Valley Community College will host the 31st annual Child Fair "A Day at the Zoo." 

 

This special celebration will be bigger and better than ever with over 40 exhibitors on hand who will have hands-on activities, games or giveaways for participants. Children and families can visit the bounce house and obstacle course, emergency vehicles display, car seat safety checks, barrel rides and Miller’s Petting Zoo.

 

“Hoo” Haven, Inc. from Durand, IL will also offer two 30-minute educational programs with wildlife animals at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

 

WCIC will be at the Child Fair! Stop by the WCIC booth for "Kids on the Air," where kids can try out what it's like to be a DJ!

 

The Sauk Valley Community College Child Fair is free to the public and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Trading Hands Kids Sale (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Trading Hands Kids Sale is a chance to clean out your closets and do all your spring shopping at once!  We accept gently used kids clothes, toys, books, games, etc.  Sell your gently used items with us and shop for everything you need in the future. For more information, please visit the website listed above.

The Self-Propelled Advantage Family Conference (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Joanne Colderwood invites you to the Self-Propelled Advantage Family Conference.

 

Joanne will help you discover how to raise independent, motivated kids who work with excellence! Raising extraordinary children is never an easy thing. For some reason, no complete User Manual accompanies the birth of your child. Becoming a family unit is not a simple matter either. Family units sometimes change and fluctuate, and each family is unique. This uniqueness is respected as a foundational concept of the Self-Propelled Advantage Family Conference.

 

Here are just a few of the questions Joanne will answer: What are the three elements that work together to give children an ultimate advantage in life, that give them an edge, and make them extraordinary! Is it genetics? Upbringing? How can parents motivate their children to work with excellence? What impact does parenting have on a child's educational success? How does self-learning prepare students well for the SAT and the ACT? What curriculum is best for developing self-learning and mastery? What kinds of expectations should be set with young children that will bring out the best in them as young adults? Should students focus on their strengths or weaknesses in high school? Is there some sort of system for teaching kids to teach themselves? What is the one thing that holds home-educated students back more than anything else? What do the Calderwood kids think about their rather unconventional educational upbringing?

 

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website above.

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Bring your families out for the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. This event will encompass well-being through several events and activities for kids and their families. This event will focus on physical activity, nutrition, life skills, and many other dimensions of health that focus on healthier lifestyles.

 

We will have exotic fruits for sampling, various activities such as kickball, various gym games, tent and fire building as well as several vendors that will focus on safety, nutrition, personal well-being and physical activity.

SCHEELS Golf Demo Day at Knight's Action Park (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS to try out the latest in drivers and clubs from top golf vendors! Register to win: Exotics Hot Launch Golf Bag courtesy of Tour Edge, OdysseyWhite Hot 2.0 Putter courtesy of Callaway, Golf Bag courtesy of Nike, Golf 10-Pail Punch Card courtesy of Knight's Action Park, $500 Gift card courtesy of SCHEELS

 

All participants will receive (3) FREE holes in the SCHEELS Golf Simulator.

 

This event is sponsored by SCHEELS, Taylor Made, Nike Golf, Callaway, Adams Golf, Cobra, Cleveland Golf, Tour Edge, & Exotics

SCHEELS Golf Demo Day at Knight's Action Park (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, NikeGolf, TaylorMade/AdamsGolf, and TourEdge Exotics as we try out the newest in clubs and drivers.

 

Register at the event to win a $500.00 SCHEELS Gift Card; Callaway Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0; TourEdge Exotics Hot Launch Golf Bag; NikeGolf Golf Bag; 10-pail Punch Card courtesy of Knights Action Park driving range.

 

All participants will receive (3) FREE Holes in the SCHEELS Golf Simulator. You don’t want to miss this event. See you at Knights!

Family Matters "Team Up for Children with Disabilities" Bowlathon (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 1:00 pm)

Enjoy a fun afternoon and help raise money for Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center!

 

Raise $100 in pledges to bowl 3 games receive a t-shirt, and enjoy refreshments. Free shoe and lane rentals, team and bowler prizes, adapted bowling equipment available.

 

Family Matters provides information, training, and advocacy to families that include children with disabilities, health challenges, and other learning issues. Join us as we "Team Up for Children with Disabilities"!

 

For more information, please visit the website above. 

Spring Praise Concert (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Faith Community Church is having their 1st Annual Spring Praise Concert. All are welcome. Other churches encouraged to participate or fellowship with us.

 

For more information, please visit the website above.

 

Senior Jam (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Open to anyone! Bring your instruments, gather 'round, and play music together. Senior Jam happens on the 4th Saturday of each month.

St. Joseph's Home Trivia Night (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Test your knowledge at St. Joseph’s Home Trivia Night 2015! Assemble your team for a night of fun and fellowship while coming together to support the Home.  The grand prize: $150 and our coveted traveling trophy.

 

The cost is $15/person or $100/table. (Tables are limited to 8 individuals.) Mulligans will be sold in sets of 4 for $20 (two may be used per round). Concessions and a 50/50 raffle will also be provided, including gondolas from Avanti's! 

 

To reserve your space, please call Lauren Acton in the Development Office at the phone number above or email your table reservation to our trivia committee at the e-mail address above.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 7:00 pm)

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform at a free concert. No tickets are needed, but seating is limited. The free concert is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Christian Homes, Inc., a chain of senior living communities.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sat. Apr 25, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

Sun. Apr 26, 2015

Creation Emphasis Weekend (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 9:30 am)

Creation Emphasis is going to be an awesome weekend geared for students and families regarding creation and the many questions that we have about it. Society and science continues to stir the waters on our understanding of creation. Author and speaker, Bruce Malone, will be sharing in 5 different sessions throughout the weekend with amazing truths that we need to know about creation. 

 

Saturday Topics:

"Why Creation Matters" 8:30 a.m. (Men)

"Censored Science and the Bible" 6:00 p.m.

 

Sunday Topics:

"Explosive Evidence for Creation" 9:30 a.m.

"Creation and the Great Commission" 10:30 a.m.

"A Matter of Time" 6:00 p.m.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 26, 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

 

Bradley Baseball (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 1:00 pm)

Fans who attend the Bradley Baseball game today against Evansville can receive half price admission by bringing their current church bulletin from this weekend.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

Orpheus Club Spring Concert (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 3:00 pm)

The Orpheus Club of Peoria, under the direction of Aaron Ganschow, invites you to their Spring Concert. This male voice four part harmony will be singing such as, "The Prayer," "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "On a Clear Day," and many more!

 

For 113 years, the men of the Orpheus Club have been entertaining the Peoria area with their special blend of music. It's a great musical program and you won't be disappointed!

 

Admission is $5 at the door. There are no reserved seats. 

Williamson Branch Bluegrass Concert (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 6:00 pm)

Williamson Branch is a family band and, like most families, they are rich in tradition, ripe with potential, and diverse in taste. This family has a love for each other and music. They make each performance special. Williamson Branch plays music that is mostly bluegrass, sometimes country, often times gospel, but always fresh and exciting. 

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. Apr 27, 2015

RHMA Small-Town Pastors' Conference (Mon. Apr 27, 2015 7:00 pm)

Small Town, Big God

RHMA Conference - 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

April 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Public is invited to join us on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights. These sessions are being held in conjunction with RHMA's Small-Town Pastors' Conference at Grace Church.

 

Don Sunukjian (Talbot School of Theology) will be speaking on Monday and Wednesday Evenings

and

Michael Svigel (Dallas Theological Seminary) will be speaking on Tuesday Evening

Tue. Apr 28, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Apr 28, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Apr 28, 2015 6:30 pm)

Do you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up? Celebrate Recovery is a group for those that are searching for freedom from anything that stops you from having the fulfilled life that God has planned for you.

RHMA Small-Town Pastors' Conference (Tue. Apr 28, 2015 7:00 pm)

Small Town, Big God

RHMA Conference - 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

April 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Public is invited to join us on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights. These sessions are being held in conjunction with RHMA's Small-Town Pastors' Conference at Grace Church.

 

Don Sunukjian (Talbot School of Theology) will be speaking on Monday and Wednesday Evenings

and

Michael Svigel (Dallas Theological Seminary) will be speaking on Tuesday Evening

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Apr 28, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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. Apr 29, 2015

Sterling Municipal Band Spring Concert (Wed. Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm)

The Sterling Municipal Band will perform its Annual Spring Concert. Admission is free!

 

Special guest tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan will also perform several selections with the band. Sheridan has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl.

 

Food will be available by Christ Lutheran School in the commons area starting at 6:00 p.m. before the concert and desserts will be offered at intermission.

 

For more information, please call the phone number above.

RHMA Small-Town Pastors' Conference (Wed. Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm)

Small Town, Big God

RHMA Conference - 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

April 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Public is invited to join us on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Nights. These sessions are being held in conjunction with RHMA's Small-Town Pastors' Conference at Grace Church.

 

Don Sunukjian (Talbot School of Theology) will be speaking on Monday and Wednesday Evenings

and

Michael Svigel (Dallas Theological Seminary) will be speaking on Tuesday Evening

Mitch McVicker- Springfield, IL Free Concert (Wed. Apr 29, 2015 7:00 pm)

Mitch McVicker will be in concert at Koke Mill Christian Church. Come hear a fantastic musician, songwriter and Grammy award winning artist for FREE. Mitch spent many years performing with his good friend, the late Rich Mullins.

 

This is a rescheduled concert from back in February, when Mitch had to cancel due to a family illness. (An offering will be collected to help support Mitch in his travels.)

Thu. Apr 30, 2015

Missions Garage Sale (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Rock Creek Bible Church is having a HUGE indoor garage sale! 100% of proceeds will benefit the mission projects. We have treasures for everyone! 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 5:45 pm)

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.

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

NEED PRAYER? Come for music, praise, worship, rest, and an opportunity to receive confidential prayer.

 

The Prayer Rooms are open to the public. Attendees can come and go as needed.  Praise and Worship starts at 6:30 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m. confidential prayer begins on a first come-first served basis.

Watoto Children's Choir Concert (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 7:00 pm)

The Watoto Children's Choir traveling from Africa will present a brand new choir production entitled, "Oh What Love." The children, who were once orphans, share their journeys to redemption and demonstrate that God desires to be a loving father to all mankind.  Ugandan songwriters have crafted songs that share the stories of the orphan child and God's love through worship.

 

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website above.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

Hosted by: Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter Bobbie Jo Barnes

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

*All artists that wish to participate must arrive by 6:30 pm to meet with BJB to sign up for the night.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register before the event, please contact BJB by using the contact information listed above.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, 30 week Bible study for men and women of all ages and all levels of scripture knowledge.  It is composed of individual study at home, small group discussions, effective teaching, and fellowship.

 

This year's study focuses on the gospel of Mark (18 weeks) and Christian Living as discribed in Philemon, Jude and 1st, 2nd & 3rd John.

 

Class meets on Thursday evenings, starting September 4th through May 7, 2015. 

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. Apr 30, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious and warm-hearted gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain." 

 

"Smoke" was conceived by Alan Bailey with a book by Constance Ray and musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. It's Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders family to provide an uplifting evening of "singin' and witnessin'." More than two-dozen gospel songs, and hilarious stories from the Sanders family members provide a richly entertaining evening that is evocative of another era. 

 

"Smoke on the Mountain" will open April 23 and play through June 7 on Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. There is also a buffet option for the evening performances.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or call the phone number above.