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Sun. Aug 31, 2014 - Sat. Sep 6, 2014
September 2014

Tue. Sep 2, 2014

Local Flavors Lunch @ New Amsterdam Bar& Restaurant (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 11:00 am)

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2014!  Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Peoria and the surrounding area.

 

Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

 

Peoria’s schedule is as follows:

Lunches

Sept 2: New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant

Oct 7: TBA

 

Dinners

Sept 18:  Edge by Dustin Allen

Oct 16: Rizzi’s on State

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will 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.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

Growing Through Grief (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Growing Through Grief is a support and recovery group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

 

Growing Through Griefs meets Tuesday evenings  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for children ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan .

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 2, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 3, 2014

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 3, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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. Sep 3, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 3, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Thu. Sep 4, 2014

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 4, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Parenting Together (Thu. Sep 4, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

"Parenting Together" provides parents with an open and safe place to gather and discuss issues that plague parents and their children. Our group discussions will be based off Biblical principles; examples will be used to provide solutions to help families succeed in life. Jessica Nesby, a licensed social worker, will be facilitating the forum. Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 4, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered 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.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 4, 2014 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. Sep 4, 2014 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 

Fri. Sep 5, 2014

CGH Health Foundation Fall Vendor/Craft/Bake Sale (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 7:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Start your Christmas shopping early at the CGH Health Foundation Vendor/Craft Show at CGH Medical Center in the Ryberg Auditorium and Classrooms 1 and 2. This is open to the public! This is a new fundraiser for the CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal, and we are excited to provide you a quality vendor show to benefit the CGH Health Foundation. There are 34 vendors who are a mix of both crafters and local consultants, most of whom will have cash and carry items on hand for purchase. You don’t want to miss this beautiful display of crafts, jewelry, food, nail art, scents, and other unique items! Each vendor has donated an item valued at $25 or more that will be raffled off. There is also a gold ticket basket, with a value of over $100, that will be available to win. Running simultaneously to the Craft and Vendor Show is a Bake Sale in the CGH lobby alcove. Many bakers will be sharing their culinary delights. Make plans to arrive early for the best selections.

Building Better Moms (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 9:30 am - 11:15 am)

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. beginning September 5, 2014 and ending in May, 2015. They strive to build a community of moms who learn, grow and serve together. Meetings consist of food and fellowship, speakers, and group discussion.  

 

Program Fee: $40

Childcare Fee: $40 per child ($80 cap per family)

SCHEELS Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 10:00 am)

Don’t miss this AWESOME FAMILY FUN event! Bring your dog for our fun jump to give it a try! A GREAT event for the ENTIRE family! Local Talent Welcome!

 

Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite. Top 3 of each category are invited to the SRS Crown Championship in Huntsville, Alabama November 2014.

FCA Golf Scramble (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 12:00 pm)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes' 2014 Golf Scramble starts at noon with lunch, registration & range. The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. with dinner, program, and awards following play.

 

Format: 4-person scramble

 

Entry Fees: $250 per person

 

Materials provided upon request for those raising pledges. This is a fundraising event for Peoria Area FCA. Donations are tax-deductible.

 

Each golfer will receive: 18 holes of golf w/ cart, Range Balls, Box Lunch & Dinner, and an FCA gift

 

To find out more or to register, visit: http://www.peoriafca.org/2014-golf-scramble

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Encounters with JESUS (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Sat. Sep 6, 2014

War Room men's breakfast (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 7:30 am - 9:00 am)

Each Saturday, the War Room men host a donation driven, buffet style breakfast that is open to all men. An open discussion format deals with issues that men face as we strive to be godly men in this ungodly world.

 

Come check out what God is doing in the men of central Illinois!

Man Up Gods Way men's conference/ women's luncheon (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 7:30 am)

The War Room men's group invite you to be a part of a weekend of growing closer to God.

The weekend starts off on Friday evening with open worship from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Revive Worship will provide at time of praise and worship!



The men's conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a donation driven breakfast followed by the conference with Jody Burkeen, pastor, author, and founder of Man Up Gods Way Ministry. Jody will challenge you to become the man God has intended you to be. The conference cost is $25 per person and includes the book "Man Up! Becoming a Godly Man in an Ungodly World" and lunch.



From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Christ Centered Women will host a luncheon with Nan Burkeen as the guest speaker. The luncheon will cost $20 per person.

Seating will be limited.



For ticket information contact Tim Sorrells by phone or email!

SCHEELS 3D Archery Shoot at the Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

There will be a FREE 10 target 3D Archery shoot, Sponsored by the Panther Creek Bowhunters Club. This event takes place at the SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo.

Ethos Tactical IL CCW Course (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

8-hour class, 12-hour class, 16-hour class available.

All instructors are IL Department of Financial & Professional Regulations. Certified Firearms Instructors. Certified Live Scan Fingerprint Vendor Agency. Fingerprints are offered at EVERY CCW class instructed.

 

For more information please visit www.ethostactical.com or call.

SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 9:00 am)

Bring the family to SCHEELS for all the must see outdoor vendors and new equipment to get you ready for this year’s hunting season! Come try out the Red Ryder Daisy Inflatable BB Gun Range.

The Sangamon County Animal Control Dog Adoptions will be taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday only!

 

Don’t miss the father/daughter duo Mike and Wendy Rhodes with live chainsaw carving demos from Bear Tracks on Saturday and Sunday! Entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Register to win great prizes.Watch the Super Retriever Series Dog Jumping Competition all weekend!

SET THE CAPTIVES FREE CONFERENCE (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 9:00 am)

The public is invited to come to this free conference at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center and listen to several speakers--men and women--share how JESUS CHRIST set them free from the pain of bitterness, anger, addiction, depression and more!

 

Many free workshops available as well as several prayer and counseling rooms.

 

Free will offering opportunity available. 

RISE Youth Conference (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 10:00 am)

RISE Youth Conference is about empowering youth with the tools they need for today's world. RISE is a part of Amped Productions of Rock Falls, IL.

 

RISE will feature the band Willett for music and worship, with Jeremy Willett as the featured speaker. 

 

Youth groups and individuals can register with a $10 advance student registration due by August 15th, or $12 per student after August 15th and at the door.

 

For more details, call Delon or visit our website!

SCHEELS Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 10:00 am)

Don’t miss this AWESOME FAMILY FUN event! Bring your dog for our fun jump to give it a try! A GREAT event for the ENTIRE family! Local Talent Welcome!

 

Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite. Top 3 of each category are invited to the SRS Crown Championship in Huntsville, Alabama November 2014.

Pekin Marigold Festival Parade (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us for the Pekin Marigold Festival Parade!

 

The parade kicks off at 10:00am.

 

The line-up begins on Broadway (between 14th and Parkway) and the route continues onto Court St. and then makes a right onto Capitol.

 

The parade will feature the 2014 Grand Marshal, Celebrity Guest: Mountain Man (Co-star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty), High School & Middle School Bands, Antique & Classic Cars, Trucks & Tractors, Floats created by Local Businesses and Civic Organizations, Government Officials, and Local Radio & TV Personalities.

Peoria Heights Congregational Church Dog Show & Blessing of the Pets (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 10:00 am)

Peoria Heights Congregational Church (across from Tower Park) is hosting our first annual Dog Show! There will be three main rounds of competition - obedience, obstacle course, and costume. Enter your dog for just 10.00 (includes a doggie goodie bag) for a chance to win 1st Place $100.00, 2nd Place $50.00, and 3rd Place $25.00! 

 

Throughout the event, Pastor Karl will be available to bless your beloved pet- what a great way to show you love them!

 

Hotdogs & drinks will be available for purchase.

 

Save A Pet info from several local shelters will be available for those interested in "adopting".

 

Entry forms are available at the church Tues-Thurs 9am-4pm, Fri 8am-12pm, or call Kim for more info.

Taste of Fiesta Community Celebration (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

FIESTA DAYS: Taste of Fiesta and Fiesta Parade, an annual community celebration of Latin culture and heritage, every September in Sterling-Rock Falls, IL

 

Saturday, September 6th

The TASTE OF FIESTA highlights include food, art, music, folkloric dance, lowriders, Kermes Fun Fair: business and resource booths, children's activities/games, bouncy houses, face painting, dunk tank, and more! Food and entertainment goes from 12:00 Noon-8:00 p.m. Kids' activities run from 12:00 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey at the WCIC booth! Come say 'hi'!

 

Saturday, September 13th

The annual FIESTA PARADE features decorated floats and food on route through Sterling and Rock Falls. This year's theme is, "Hispanic Culture is Alive."

 

Everyone is welcome!

Playground FUNdraiser (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Live Music; Food/Beverages; Fabulous Silent Auction Items 

 

The playground is showing significant wear and more importantly, no longer meets playground safety codes and requirements set forth by the Department of Child and Family Services, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Disabilities Act.

 

In addition to complying with these logistical improvements, making it a safer area for our children, it is also our goal to expand the learning opportunities available by providing several age-appropriate spaces and stimulating physical, cognitive, and cultural activities. 

 

This event is intended to continue the fundraising efforts for this expansive project. The first annual Playground FUNdraiser raised more than $30,000, but we have more than $100,000 left to go to meet our goal and to make the full scope of the project a reality. Though this goal is significant, we believe that with help from a variety of sources, including our generous community, we will achieve success and soon take pleasure in the smiles on the faces of our children as they enjoy this new space! 

 

Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+) and Students (13-18); Children 12/under FREE

Tickets available in the church or daycare offices or by calling.

Corn Boil/Picnic (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 4:00 pm)

Come out for our first annual corn boil and cook out!

Open to the public!

We hope to see you there!!!

Yard games for adults and games for the kids too! 

Food provided!

Come as you are!

Bill Wiese speaking in Fulton, IL (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 6:30 pm)

Bill Wiese, author of such books as "23 Minutes In Hell" and "What Happens When I Die," will be speaking at Gateway Faith Fellowship on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7th at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and hear of Bill's life-changing experience. A love offering for his ministry will be received. More information at the website listed above.

Encounters with JESUS (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Sun. Sep 7, 2014

Ethos Tactical IL CCW Course (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

8-hour class, 12-hour class, 16-hour class available.

All instructors are IL Department of Financial & Professional Regulations. Certified Firearms Instructors. Certified Live Scan Fingerprint Vendor Agency. Fingerprints are offered at EVERY CCW class instructed.

 

For more information please visit www.ethostactical.com or call.

Bill Wiese speaking in Fulton, IL (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 9:30 am)

Bill Wiese, author of such books as "23 Minutes In Hell" and "What Happens When I Die," will be speaking at Gateway Faith Fellowship on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7th at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and hear of Bill's life-changing experience. A love offering for his ministry will be received. More information at the website listed above.

SCHEELS Super Retriever Dog Jumping Competition (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 10:00 am)

Don’t miss this AWESOME FAMILY FUN event! Bring your dog for our fun jump to give it a try! A GREAT event for the ENTIRE family! Local Talent Welcome!

 

Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite. Top 3 of each category are invited to the SRS Crown Championship in Huntsville, Alabama November 2014.

Northminster Fall Kick-off & Church Picnic (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 10:00 am)

We are kicking-off our new fall Adult Ed Classes, our new Sunday School Curriculum, and our new Senior Pastor, Dr. Bob Jordan!

 

Join us as we say YES to Jesus: Yearn, Experience, Share.

 

Afterwards, we will have an all-church picnic with food, fellowship, games, and inflatables!

Revival Services (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 10:30 am)

Evangelist and Mrs. Bobby Brown will be holding revival services at Smithville Bible Church, Sunday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 10th.

 

Times of services:

Sunday 10:30 a.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m.

 

Evangelist and Mrs. Brown are gifted musicians and will be presenting special music at each services.

Marrow Donor Registry Drive (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Maureen's Story:

"On July 9, 2012, I received the shocking diagnosis of AML (acute myeloid leukemia), which is a very aggressive blood cancer. I began intensive chemotherapy immediately and knew that my greatest chance of survival was to receive a stem cell transplant. Marrow transplants tend to have greater success when matched with a sibling, but unfortunately, neither my brother nor my sister were matches when they got tested. Like 70% of all patients needing a marrow transplant, I needed to find an unrelated donor. My doctors turned to Be The Match. Out of 19 million people, they found two perfect matches for me who were both willing to become donors for me! I received a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor on November 13, 2012.

I was very lucky. There are thousands waiting for marrow transplants. Many of them are children. Be The Match is not looking for a cure. They have a cure.

In an effort to give back and help Be The Match save more lives, I've been advocating for them and am hosting this marrow donor drive.

Please join the registry by submitting a mouth swab. It's painless and easy. You could save a life!"

 

Are you healthy and between the ages of 18 and 44? Patients need you! For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life. Please join the marrow donor registry by submitting a swab of the inside of your mouth.

 

You could be the match that someone is looking for! You could save a life!

 

For more information on bone marrow or stem cell donation, please go to http://bethematch.org.

Conklin Dinner Theatre, "Is There Life After Fifty?" (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 12:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is happy to announce their production of the regional premiere of the new comedy, "Is There Life After Fifty?"

Opening July 31, it will run for seven weeks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch through September 14.

 

"Is There Life After Fifty?" is a new comedy by Cynthia Hayes DiSavino.  A comic battle of the sexes that flirts with the theme of the aging Baby Boom generation.  Starring Lana Warner, Bob Lane Jr. and Mary Simon.  

 

Show and Dinner pricing:

Thursday evenings - $33.00

Friday evenings and Sunday brunch - $35.00

Saturday evenings - $37.00

 

Evening shows, doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday shows, doors open at noon, show begins at 1:30 p.m.

 

For reservations, contact by phone.

For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.

Christian Music Festival, Food Pantry and Warm Clothing Drive (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

It is 5-1/2 hours of praising God and Jesus in the City Park in Chenoa, IL!

 

Cost: no admission, just bring items for the food pantry and/or winter clothes you wish to donate if you are able

 

Come and listen to some amazing Christian music from area artists from local churches. Some of the area talent includes: New Life Christian Church praise band, Mont and Lorene Vanover, Linda and Richard Hatfield, Nathan Joerndt and Annie Householder, River of Life praise band, Jack Gooding, 1st United Methodist Church of Pontiac praise team signing to music by Madi Zimmerman, Kulture Church, Burton Gestner, Chenoa Baptist Church signing to music by Madi Zimmerman, and other gifted Christian performers.

 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. A concession stand will be available. Come early and stay late!!!

 

Don't miss this opportunity to join in fellowship through great Christian music while helping those in need.

Harambee for COPE (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 5:00 pm)

You are invited to a Harambee (Kenyan fundraiser) to benefit COPE - Children of Pokot Education Fund.  A free pork chop dinner will be provided by McLean Christian Church.  Registration begins at 4:30 and dinner at 5:00.  Jewelry and crafts made by Pokot women and men will be for sale.  Barb O'Donohue, executive director of COPE, has just returned from Pokot, Kenya.  She will share the news of how God is working in Pokot; give updates of famine relief, the Water Missions Project,  Celebration of Christian Womanhood and Manhood; the growth of Tapadany Christian School, etc.  Donations will go to the continued ministry work of COPE in Tapadany, Pokot, Kenya. 

 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the email above or call Josh at the phone number above.

 

For more information about COPE, visit us at the website above, or search for "COPE Ministry" on Facebook.

 

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

Cotton Patch Gospel (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 6:00 pm)

Cotton Patch Gospel is a one man musical presented by Phillip Kaufmann. Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin.

 

$10 suggested admission and freewill offering - 100% of funds raised will go towards hunger programs including Our Table, WHYHunger and Mennonite Central Committee.

 

Tickets available at the door or by calling the above listed numbers.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 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. 

Revival Services (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 7:00 pm)

Evangelist and Mrs. Bobby Brown will be holding revival services at Smithville Bible Church, Sunday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 10th.

 

Times of services:

Sunday 10:30 a.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m.

 

Evangelist and Mrs. Brown are gifted musicians and will be presenting special music at each services.

Encounters with JESUS (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Mon. Sep 8, 2014

Culver's Night for Haiti (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Culver's on University St. in Peoria is donating a portion of all sales between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. to the Servant's Heart Fellowship Haiti Mission team. The team is traveling in March, 2015 to build school desks and host a VBS at an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. 

 

What an easy way to help the children of Haiti: a night out with your family and no cooking or clean up!

 

See you there!

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting.

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Divorce Support Group (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 7:00 pm)

Pastor Kristi Hopp will be offering a weekly divorce support group for any persons who are in the midst of divorce, or who are living life after divorce. This group will help you begin a journey of healing! If you are interested in becoming part of this small group ministry, please contact Pastor Kristi via cell or email (both listed above). The group will meet at Riversedge United Methodist Church, about a ten minute drive from Peoria. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend!

Revival Services (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 7:00 pm)

Evangelist and Mrs. Bobby Brown will be holding revival services at Smithville Bible Church, Sunday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 10th.

 

Times of services:

Sunday 10:30 a.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m.

 

Evangelist and Mrs. Brown are gifted musicians and will be presenting special music at each services.

Encounters with JESUS (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Tue. Sep 9, 2014

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

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.

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will 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.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

Growing Through Grief (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Growing Through Grief is a support and recovery group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

 

Growing Through Griefs meets Tuesday evenings  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for children ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan .

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

Revival Services (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 7:00 pm)

Evangelist and Mrs. Bobby Brown will be holding revival services at Smithville Bible Church, Sunday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 10th.

 

Times of services:

Sunday 10:30 a.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m.

 

Evangelist and Mrs. Brown are gifted musicians and will be presenting special music at each services.

Encounters with JESUS (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Vaccination Decision Webinar (Tue. Sep 9, 2014 8:30 pm)

Join us from the convenience of your own home! Have you been fully informed when it comes to vaccinations? What else the CDC is hiding? Due to recent news developments, it's apparent that we should not blindly trust that these vaccinations aren't affecting the health of our children! Dr. Susan Mitchell, D.C. has been studying vaccinations for over 12 years. You do have a choice, so please join her to learn more and empower your family by making an educated decision.

 

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6890249404694463234

A separate email with instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent after your registration.

Wed. Sep 10, 2014

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 10, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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. Sep 10, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 10, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Revival Services (Wed. Sep 10, 2014 7:00 pm)

Evangelist and Mrs. Bobby Brown will be holding revival services at Smithville Bible Church, Sunday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 10th.

 

Times of services:

Sunday 10:30 a.m. and nightly 7:00 p.m.

 

Evangelist and Mrs. Brown are gifted musicians and will be presenting special music at each services.

Thu. Sep 11, 2014

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered 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.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Pray for the Cure (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 6:30 pm)

The Bloomington-Normal annual Pray for the Cure will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 1617 E Emerson St. in Bloomington.

 

Prayer leaders for the event are breast cancer survivors, medical professionals, and breast cancer awareness advocates.

 

The concert of prayer will be surrounded by inspirational music performed by the Bloomington Area Choir for Homeschoolers, a barbershop quartet, Ronnie Jones, and St. John's Community of Joy music team.

 

Be inspired by viewing the traveling Wall of Hope.

 

Breast Cancer survivors, health care providers, and advocates would like for you to join them for an evening of hope, love, and courage.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 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. Sep 11, 2014 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 

Encounters with JESUS (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Link Union in Concert (Thu. Sep 11, 2014 7:00 pm)

Gospel Concert from Ozark Mountains of Missouri.

Roots of American music with old time musical instruments and stunning vocals!

 

Free admission, love offering taken.

 

Fri. Sep 12, 2014

Father Son Archery Weekend (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 5:00 pm - Sat. Sep 13, 2014 5:00 pm)

Check in: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by Dinner

Wrap up: About 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with Door prizes

 

Cost: $65 per father and $35 per son

(It is the desire of LSCA that every "son" is able to attend whether or not his father is available to bring him. So please bring your grandsons, nephews, sons of friends, etc.)

 

The weekend includes: great food, dorm style accommodations, Pro Staff archery instruction, workshops, DNR representation, Canoeing, Geo-caching, Sling shots, opportunities for building relationships and most importantly, being encouraged in your walk with Christ.... all while honing your archery skills. Please bring your own bows and arrows if you have them. We have a limited supply on hand - primarily for young shooters.

SAVE61 Human Trafficking Awareness Event (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 5:30 pm)

 

Dinner will be served by 6:00pm followed by a showing of the film.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (PG-13), a hard hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery.

 

A presentation will be given by Andy & Tasha Meyer of Liberty Task Force.

An offering will be taken.  Proceeds will go toward Liberty Task Force.

 

Please RSVP by phone or email by September 1.

 

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

CMA- Christian Motorcyclists Association- Illinois State Rally (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 6:30 pm)

The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) of Illinois will be hosting their annual State Rally at the Illinois District Camp in Wapella, Illinois September 12-14, 2014.
 
The weekend is filled with powerful, Spirit-filled messages, Spirit-led Praise and Worship music as well as fun and excitement for the whole family! Adult activities as well as activities for youth and the kids. You need not ride a motorcycle or be a member of CMA to attend the rally. Come learn more about the ministry of CMA in the motorcycling community.
  
This year on Friday night CMA is hosting Real Encounter -(as seen recently on TV's America's Got Talent) - an outreach ministry of professional action sport athletes who take danger to a whole new level. The Real Encounter team is comprised of amazing motorcycle and BMX stunt athletes who love the Lord. This is a perfect event to bring your youth group to. Come see this ministry of men inspire with their high-octane stunts and hear founder Brad Bennett, former professional Motocross racer, share his love for Christ and present the Gospel clearly in an energizing way. 
 
 
This Friday night event is free to the public.
 
Go to our website for more information and details of the rally weekend.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

ASANTE African Choir (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Asante, which means “THANK YOU” in Swahili, is an eleven-year-old Christian organization which currently educates, feeds, and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children- mostly orphans- in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of 23 children from these underprivileged countries.

The choir was formed originally in order to bring Africa to our sponsors to say “Thank you”.  It has grown as a way for the kids to express their deep appreciation of God, God’s love, and the support that so many show to underprivileged children and families around the world.

 

The testimonies of the children inspire audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. Audiences have also been motivated, encouraged and moved to participate in God’s transforming work in communities both locally and internationally. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, dance, and sweet voices demonstrate their incredible joy in the Lord. 

 

All choir performances are FREE!  

A love offering will be taken as well as African crafts available for purchase after the show.

Encounters with JESUS (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Sat. Sep 13, 2014

Father Son Archery Weekend (Fri. Sep 12, 2014 5:00 pm - Sat. Sep 13, 2014 5:00 pm)

Check in: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by Dinner

Wrap up: About 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with Door prizes

 

Cost: $65 per father and $35 per son

(It is the desire of LSCA that every "son" is able to attend whether or not his father is available to bring him. So please bring your grandsons, nephews, sons of friends, etc.)

 

The weekend includes: great food, dorm style accommodations, Pro Staff archery instruction, workshops, DNR representation, Canoeing, Geo-caching, Sling shots, opportunities for building relationships and most importantly, being encouraged in your walk with Christ.... all while honing your archery skills. Please bring your own bows and arrows if you have them. We have a limited supply on hand - primarily for young shooters.

War Room men's breakfast (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 7:30 am - 9:00 am)

Each Saturday, the War Room men host a donation driven, buffet style breakfast that is open to all men. An open discussion format deals with issues that men face as we strive to be godly men in this ungodly world.

 

Come check out what God is doing in the men of central Illinois!

Beth Moore Living Proof Live Simulcast--Springfield, IL (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 8:00 am - 3:30 pm)

If you've ever enjoyed studying the Word through Beth's Bible studies, you'll love experiencing her teaching via simulcast.

 

Beth's mission is to guide women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the Father. Why? Because the Word of God is real, it's alive, and it works every day.

 

To register, go to the above Web site and click on "Buy Now" under the title "Register for the Beth Moore Conference (on September 13th)."

 

Tickets are $10 each and include lunch. You can print a receipt and/or will receive an e-mail confirmation that can be printed and shown at the door as a ticket.

 

Tickets can also be purchased in person at Lakeside Christian Church on Sunday mornings through Sept 7th or until seating capacity is reached.

 

Call the church for more information!

Beth Moore Living Proof Live Simulcast--Chillicothe, IL (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 9:00 am)

Beth Moore's Living Proof Live is coming to Chillicothe Christian Church as a host location!

 

If you've ever enjoyed studying the Word through Beth's Bible studies, you'll love experiencing her teaching via simulcast. Beth's mission is to guide women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the Father. Why? Because the Word of God is real, it's alive, and it works every day.

 

And if you have never heard of Beth Moore, you need to come and see her speak. You will be blessed!

 

Living Proof Ministries with Beth Moore will be sharing their Beth Moore Living Proof Live from Fort Wayne, IN at Chillicothe Christian Church. Explore the Bible and how it relates to our lives, and join us in worship with Travis Cottrell.

 

Doors open at 8:30. The cost is $25 and includes session materials, a box lunch, light snacks, and beverages. Barista-style coffee is available for a nominal charge.

 

The registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 7th. You can register online at the above Web site.

Beth Moore Living Proof Live Simulcast--Minier, IL (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 9:30 am - 4:15 pm)

Beth Moore's Living Proof Live is coming to Minier Christian Church as a host location!

 
If you've ever enjoyed studying the Word through Beth's Bible studies, you'll love experiencing her teaching via simulcast. Beth's mission is to guide women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the Father. Why? Because the Word of God is real, it's alive, and it works every day.
 
Living Proof Ministries with Beth Moore will be sharing their Beth Moore Living Proof Live from Fort Wayne, IN at Minier Christian Church as a host location. Explore the Bible and how it relates to our lives, and join us in worship with Travis Cottrell.
 

Cost is $20 or $35 after August 24th.  This includes a box lunch.  

 

Download a registration form through the website link above, promote within your church, or put together a group of ladies to come!


Contact Sheri Young for promotional materials and any other information.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/336859199813382/

Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 10:30 am)

One of the premier events at the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade!

 

The parade boasts over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, Disney characters, and antique vehicles.  The parade begins at the corner of Nebraska and Jefferson and travels west toward the Morton Post Office on Jefferson Street. 

Children and grandchildren will particularly enjoy this family-oriented event.

Don’t forget to bring a bag to collect candy and toys distributed by the various parade entries.  And please wear orange if you can!

All festival goers are encouraged to wear orange during the parade to show their pumpkin spirit!  An official “Orange Out” t-shirt will be available at the Chamber’s Pumpkin Store.

Hope to see you there!

 

Come see the WCIC station van in the parade! Street Team volunteers will be tossing candy!

Second Annual Conference of Grace (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 10:30 am)

Pastor Mark Robinson of Jewish Awareness Ministries will be speaking at the Second Annual Conference of Grace on September 13th and 14th.

 

On Saturday, September 13th, sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.

On Sunday, September 14th, sessions will be held at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Special music will be provided at all services by soloist Stephanie Scialabba of Dayspring Bible College.

 

The Conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit our website or visit us on Facebook.  

GOD BELONGS IN MY CITY PRAYER WALK 2014 (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 10:30 am - 2:00 pm)

Come and prayer-walk Springfield with us from Comer Cox Park on 18th Street, down Capitol Avenue (2 miles) to the steps of the Illinois State Capitol. A special prayer service led by area ministry leaders and pastors and a multi-church worship band will lead a special prayer service at 11:00 a.m. from those Capitol Steps. Buses will be available to help transport participants back to Comer Cox Park at 2:00 p.m., when the event is scheduled to end. If you are unable to make the walk, you are encouraged to meet at the Capitol building to join the participants in prayer.

 

Speakers at the Prayer Service

Dave Smith- Director, Illinois Family Institute
Roy Newman- Pastor, Fresh Visions Com. Church
Eric Hansen- Pastor, iWorship Center
Roger Ross- Pastor, First United Methodist
Fr House- Catholic Diocese
Billie Landers- New Generations Ministries, Auburn

 

Sponsors of the Prayer Walk include:

  • Isringhausen Imports
  • Staab Funeral Home
  • PJP Autos
  • Crowder Corporation
  • Business Men in Christ

 

God Belongs in My City started in New York City in 2009 when over 1,500 youth walked from North and South of Manhattan, meeting at Times Square and Grand Central Station to make their voices heard. That single event has transformed into an international movement that hosts hundreds of events each year.

 

God Belongs in My City's mission is to help Christians make a declaration of faith. The organization believes as Christ came and changed the world, Christians ought to impact their cities now. The goal is to help Christians fearlessly rise up as one, not collapse under the waves of this world, and help them carry forth the Gospel of Salvation.

 

To find out more about this national event, check out the website: http://www.godbelongsinmycity.com/about/

Neighborhood Appreciation Party (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 11:00 am)

Come to our church for a free event that includes a bouncy house, face painting, unique twist, games, prizes and FOOD! Great for kids and families!

Terry Hein Benefit (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 11:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Food, Drinks, 50/50 Raffles, Silent Auction, Music and Motorcycle Games.

 

Terry Hein, 62 of Camanche, IA, was diagnosed with Liver cancer earlier this year. After one attempt of a Hepatectomy (resection surgery) in which failed, the cancer has returned. Your support will help offset medical expenses, treatment costs and travel expenses to and from Iowa City University Hospital.

 

COME OUT TO SUPPORT A GREAT MAN AND HAVE SOME FUN!

 

Any questions or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Robin Mieners by phone.

Fiesta Parade (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 12:00 pm)

FIESTA DAYS: Taste of Fiesta and Fiesta Parade, an annual community celebration of Latin culture and heritage, every September in Sterling-Rock Falls, IL

 

Saturday, September 6th

The TASTE OF FIESTA highlights include food, art, music, folkloric dance, lowriders, Kermes Fun Fair: business and resource booths, children's activities/games, bouncy houses, face painting, dunk tank, and more! Food and entertainment goes from 12:00 Noon-8:00 p.m. Kids' activities run from 12:00 Noon-4:00 p.m.

Enjoy a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey at the WCIC booth! Come say 'hi'!

 

Saturday, September 13th

The annual FIESTA PARADE features decorated floats and food on route through Sterling and Rock Falls. This year's theme is, "Hispanic Culture is Alive."

 

Everyone is welcome!

An Evening of Jazz (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 12:00 pm)

Miss Bacon and Kegs Pageant, Bacon Eating Contest, 5KEG Run/Walk and much more!

 

Jazz Performances

John Miller and the Romaniacs

Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe

David Hoffman & Friends

Illinois Central Jazz Train

JC & The Redemption

Adam Larson Quartet

 

Tickets

Noon-4:00 p.m.  $7.00/person

After 4:00 p.m.   $10.00/person

Advance tickets available at Emack & Bolio's on the RiverFront for $7.00

Hog Roast (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Rain or shine!

Carry outs available.

Menu: pork, baked beans, potato salad, applesauce, roll, beverage, and pie or cake with ice cream

 

Tickets may be obtained at the Mission or from Board and Staff members or at the door on the day of the event.

Adults: $7.00--donation

Children under 12: $3.00--donation

 

The hog roast is sponsored by the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter. Thrivent for Lutherans will provide additional matching funds. All proceeds will go to benefit the ministry of the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter.

Men's Accountability Group & Chess Competition Fellowship (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 6:30 pm)

Iron sharpening iron through accountability, encouragement, prayer, and fellowship in the love of Christ.

CMA- Christian Motorcyclists Association- Illinois State Rally (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 6:30 pm)

The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) of Illinois will be hosting their annual State Rally at the Illinois District Camp in Wapella, Illinois September 12-14, 2014.
 
The weekend is filled with powerful, Spirit-filled messages, Spirit-led Praise and Worship music as well as fun and excitement for the whole family! Adult activities as well as activities for youth and the kids. You need not ride a motorcycle or be a member of CMA to attend the rally. Come learn more about the ministry of CMA in the motorcycling community.
  
This year on Friday night CMA is hosting Real Encounter -(as seen recently on TV's America's Got Talent) - an outreach ministry of professional action sport athletes who take danger to a whole new level. The Real Encounter team is comprised of amazing motorcycle and BMX stunt athletes who love the Lord. This is a perfect event to bring your youth group to. Come see this ministry of men inspire with their high-octane stunts and hear founder Brad Bennett, former professional Motocross racer, share his love for Christ and present the Gospel clearly in an energizing way. 
 
 
This Friday night event is free to the public.
 
Go to our website for more information and details of the rally weekend.

HARVEST JAM (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 6:30 pm)

Live Christian alternative Rock band Lightswitch will be performing at the Delevan school.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and band starts at 7:30 p.m.  

General Admission fee is $5.00.  

 

Lightswitch has shared the stage with may top names in Christian music ranging from Sanctus Real and Tenth Avenue North to Kutless and NeedToBreathe.

 

Peoria Cursillo 50th Anniversary Celebration (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 6:30 pm)

 Cursillistas and Adult Guests

 

You are cordially invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration Of 50 Years of “Moments Closest to Christ”

Mass with Bishop Daniel Jenky.

Social and Program immediately after Mass At Spalding Pastoral Center And Open House at the updated Cursillo Center.

 

For more information, contact Peoria Cursillo.

Encounters with JESUS (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 7:00 pm)

A Bible based seminar that will strengthen your personal relationship with JESUS.

 

The meetings will start Friday, September 5 and continue until Saturday, September 13, 2014. (There will not be a meeting on Wednesday of that week.)

Sun. Sep 14, 2014

Second Annual Conference of Grace (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 9:00 am)

Pastor Mark Robinson of Jewish Awareness Ministries will be speaking at the Second Annual Conference of Grace on September 13th and 14th.

 

On Sunday, September 14th, sessions will be held at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Special music will be provided at all services by soloist Stephanie Scialabba of Dayspring Bible College.

 

The Conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit our website or visit us on Facebook.  

The Asante Children's Choir Jericho Tour (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 10:00 am)

The Asante Children's Choir will be performing at Days of Grace Fellowship in Morton. There will be a free will offering taken for the Choir.

 

The Asante Children's Choir is made up of children from East Africa. The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform. The children who have been rescued from some of life's most difficult circumstances take pride in expressing gratitude through their music.

Fall Farm Day (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Gail's Pumpkin Patch will be opening for their 9th season on Monday, September 1st. The pumpkin patch will be open Sunday to Friday from 1:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The final day of the season is October 31st.

 

The pumpkin patch has over 60 varieties of pumpkins and gourds, corn, Nate's honey & apple cider donuts, straw, apples, cider, mums, barrel train, toddler maze, antique tractors, baked goods, and lots of crafts. We are loaded with fall decorations and fun for the whole family. New this year is the Barn Slide and Tike Track! Free admission and U-Pick or We-Pick pumpkins available.

 

Fall Farm Day will be Sunday, September 14th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

 

Gail's Pumpkin Patch is family owned. You will be able to find the "perfect pumpkin." For more information, call, visit us on the web, or email us! Come join the fun!

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 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. 

CMA- Christian Motorcyclists Association- Illinois State Rally (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 6:30 pm)

The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) of Illinois will be hosting their annual State Rally at the Illinois District Camp in Wapella, Illinois September 12-14, 2014.
 
The weekend is filled with powerful, Spirit-filled messages, Spirit-led Praise and Worship music as well as fun and excitement for the whole family! Adult activities as well as activities for youth and the kids. You need not ride a motorcycle or be a member of CMA to attend the rally. Come learn more about the ministry of CMA in the motorcycling community.
  
This year on Friday night CMA is hosting Real Encounter -(as seen recently on TV's America's Got Talent) - an outreach ministry of professional action sport athletes who take danger to a whole new level. The Real Encounter team is comprised of amazing motorcycle and BMX stunt athletes who love the Lord. This is a perfect event to bring your youth group to. Come see this ministry of men inspire with their high-octane stunts and hear founder Brad Bennett, former professional Motocross racer, share his love for Christ and present the Gospel clearly in an energizing way. 
 
 
This Friday night event is free to the public.
 
Go to our website for more information and details of the rally weekend.

EVERFOUND-----FREE CONCERT (Sun. Sep 14, 2014 7:00 pm)

"Everfound" (2014 Dove Award Nominee) will be in concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. This is a FREE concert with special guest, "About A Mile". This is an outdoor concert (moved inside if weather doesn't cooperate), so bring lawn chairs. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry if you can (not required). 2 great young Christian bands for FREE...Don't miss it !!

Mon. Sep 15, 2014

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 15, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Divorce Support Group (Mon. Sep 15, 2014 7:00 pm)

Pastor Kristi Hopp will be offering a weekly divorce support group for any persons who are in the midst of divorce, or who are living life after divorce. This group will help you begin a journey of healing! If you are interested in becoming part of this small group ministry, please contact Pastor Kristi via cell or email (both listed above). The group will meet at Riversedge United Methodist Church, about a ten minute drive from Peoria. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend!

Tue. Sep 16, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

CHRISTIAN WOMENS CONNECTION (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 10:00 am - 11:30 am)

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, IL.

 

$14.00 for all

Very filling breakfast, special feature, key speaker, and wonderful fellowship!

 

Please Call:
Need reservations
Cancellations necessary

Midwest Food Bank Golf Outing and Dinner Benefit (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Our 5th Annual Golf and Dinner Benefit is going to held at beautiful Weaver Ridge Country Club. Every year it is a blessing to enjoy the fall weather and friendship and benefit those in need! We are excited to share this event!

 

The day will be filled with fun treats and surprises - one of them Bremer Jewelry partnered with Midwest Food Bank to provide a $3,000 watch (man or woman) prize. Included with your registration will be a lunch provided by Chick-fil-A, a beautiful day of fun and golfing and to finish a delicious dinner will be held at the Weaver Ridge Club house. Some really great prizes will be available to win at a drawing after dinner.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will 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.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

Growing Through Grief (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Growing Through Grief is a support and recovery group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

 

Growing Through Griefs meets Tuesday evenings  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for children ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan .

After Five Christian Women's Club (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm)

Dinner/Presentation

 

Cost:  $15.00

 

Speaker:  Elaine James - "A Day in the Life of Marjorie Overload"

Feature:  Betsy Dollar - Art Association Representative

Music:  Tamar Norville - Singer/Song Writer

 

Reservations by Saturday, September 13

Call Ann. 

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 17, 2014

Kelly Miller Family Circus (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 4:00 pm)

The Kelly Miller Family Circus is coming to town on Wednesday September 17th with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Blackwood Legacy in concert (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm)

Coming to you direct from Nashville, the Blackwood Legacy performs more than 200 concerts annually across the United States. They have an all-star line-up and a heart for sharing the Gospel.  With an unbroken connection to the Blackwood Brothers, both through the singers who helped launch this group and group owner, Rick Price, they have been touring continuously since 2001.  Signed to Mansion Entertainment in 2010, this stellar group links the best of Southern Gospel’s traditional sound with today’s newer country gospel and worship music.

 

Free admission. Love offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome!

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Kelly Miller Family Circus (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 7:00 pm)

The Kelly Miller Family Circus is coming to town on Wednesday September 17th with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Sep 18, 2014

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Local Flavors Dinner @ Edge by Dustin Allen (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 5:00 pm)

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2014!  Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Peoria and the surrounding area.

 

Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

 

Peoria’s schedule is as follows:

Lunches

Oct 7: TBA

 

Dinners

Sept 18:  Edge by Dustin Allen

Oct 16: Rizzi’s on State

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:

AUCTION PREVIEW & ICE CREAM SOCIAL DINNER

Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.

SILENT AUCTION

Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered 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.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 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.

Living Alternatives pregnancy Resource center Bloomington Banquet (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to saving the lives of unborn children by promoting life-affirming options and providing practical assistance.

 

Rick Santorum will be the guest speaker for this event. Rick is a native of Pennsylvania and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for President. He has written and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion as well as several other pieces of legislation.  He believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.  

 

The banquet is free to attend; please call to reserve a seat.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 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 

Fri. Sep 19, 2014

Building Better Moms (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 9:30 am - 11:15 am)

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. beginning September 5, 2014 and ending in May, 2015. They strive to build a community of moms who learn, grow and serve together. Meetings consist of food and fellowship, speakers, and group discussion.  

 

Program Fee: $40

Childcare Fee: $40 per child ($80 cap per family)

Illinois State Barbershop Chorus Competition (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 11:30 am - 9:00 pm)

See the top barbershop choruses in the Land of Lincoln compete for the right to call themselves the best barbershop chorus in the state along with the right to represent the state in the International Barbershop Competition next July!

 

September 19-20th

 

Cost:

$35 through Aug. 29th

$40 Aug. 30th and later

$20 for single events

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:30 pm)

Come out to our Monthly Jam Session on the 3rd Friday of every month.  People come from all around to listen to steel guitar, banjo, saxophone, drums, guitar, piano, trumpet, and a ventriloquist.  All are welcome to attend.  Snacks are provided after the service.

 

A free-will offering will be taken for Missions.  Giving is not required.  The church is set up to walk right in; there are no stairs.  Therefore, we welcome all handicap or elderly people to please attend.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Sat. Sep 20, 2014

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am)

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:

AUCTION PREVIEW & ICE CREAM SOCIAL DINNER

Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.

SILENT AUCTION

Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

War Room men's breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:30 am - 9:00 am)

Each Saturday, the War Room men host a donation driven, buffet style breakfast that is open to all men. An open discussion format deals with issues that men face as we strive to be godly men in this ungodly world.

 

Come check out what God is doing in the men of central Illinois!

Illinois State Barbershop Chorus Competition (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 pm)

See the top barbershop choruses in the Land of Lincoln compete for the right to call themselves the best barbershop chorus in the state along with the right to represent the state in the International Barbershop Competition next July!

 

September 19-20th

 

Cost:

$35 through Aug. 29th

$40 Aug. 30th and later

$20 for single events

Walk for Vision (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

Can you envision a Sauk Valley with zero abortions?

Make this vision a reality at Hope Life Center’s upcoming WALK for VISION. The goal is to raise funds to save lives — the average cost of each life saved is $1,200. This is a family friendly 2 mile ‘walk at your own pace’ event with learning stations along the path. There will be snacks (and coffee).

 

Prizes

  • A WALK for VISION t-shirt for each walker in a 4-person team with a combined total of $1,200 or more. Or for any walker raising $300 or more.
  • A WALK for VISION sweatshirt for each walker raising $1,200 or more.
  • Special prizes for the most people recruited and the most funds raised.

 


Register by August 20th to be entered in the early registration prize drawing.

 

Head to the website to find out more information, register, create your personal webpage, and start getting sponsors!

Race with Your Heart (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am)

The 18th annual Heartline/Heart House Eureka Race with Your Heart is a 10K and 4-mile run AND 2-mile walk at Eureka Lake.

 

Come enjoy free massages, home-baked cookies, door-prize drawings, and a family-friendly post-race party!

 

Registration runs from 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Race start time is 8:30 a.m.

 

A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the male and female overall winners, and medallions will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers in every age group.

 

You can register online at www.heartlineandhearthouse.org. Registration costs $25 and includes one custom T-shirt, family fun, and free continental breakfast.

All proceeds go to Heart House, a homeless shelter and safe haven for victims of domestic abuse.

Food 4 All - Community Food Drive (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am)

This community-wide food drive will benefit all local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank.

 

We’re partnering with Kroger and will have EVERY Kroger location in the Peoria area participating!  That’s 11 locations collecting food for those in need all on the same day!

 

How can you help?  We’re glad you asked!

1. PROMOTE the food drive to your circle of influence

2. SUPPORT the food drive with resources – we need banners, radio spots, print advertising

3. VOLUNTEER at the event with your family & friends.  You can sign-up to help out at a collection site by going online to SignUpGenius

4. PARTICIPATE however you can!

 

Fighting hunger and feeding families is what we’re all about – but we can’t do it without YOU and our community coming together as one to help those in need.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at the email address above.

 

And, if you’re ready to sign up to serve, go to Sign Up Genius (Web link above) and get registered!   It will be a day to remember!  

 

See you at the food drive! 

 

Christ Lutheran church (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 11:00 am)

Church service at 11:00 a.m. followed by picnic and games until 3:00 p.m.

 

Grilled ribs, pork chops and hot dogs.

Music provided by church praise band.

Harvest Fest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Join us for the Sand Ridge Community Church's Third Annual Harvest Fest!!! There will be games, prizes, and pumpkins!!!
 
Come out and enjoy the musical talents of:
S.R.C.C. Worship Team
Erica Hall-Hackman...
Audience of One
Red Letter Road
and Sand Ridge Church's very own:
********** Tami Spraggs ***********
 
There will also be a children's Bible school for kids 6-12 years of age from 12:00-5:00 p.m. with a hot dog roast and bonfire following the Bible school.
 
Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sand Ridge Church Food Pantry.

Food donated by:
Cranwill's Root Beer Stand
 
Dove release sponsored by:
Artistic Flowers

Saint Joseph's Home Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

A celebration of fall on the lawn of the nursing home. 

 

The event will feature petting zoos, sales tents from local businesses, bounce houses, live musicians, food vendors, face painting, a pumpkin patch and more.

 

Admission is free! Welcome in fall with the residents of St. Joseph's Home and enjoy a day of fun on our lawn. 

JesusFest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Free concert! Bring your lawn chairs and all your friends!

 

  •  Mighty Crush3 Power Team
  • Taylorville Christian Church Praise Band
  • Christian Rapper--The MB
  • Tamar Norville
  • Chosen Generation
  • Broken Chains Drama Team

 

Sponsored by Business Men in Christ Springfield

Asante African Children's Choir (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm)

Asante, which means “THANK YOU” in Swahili, is an eleven-year-old Christian organization which currently educates, feeds, and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children- mostly orphans- in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of 23 children from these underprivileged countries.

The choir was formed originally in order to bring Africa to our sponsors to say “Thank you”.  It has grown as a way for the kids to express their deep appreciation of God, God’s love, and the support that so many show to underprivileged children and families around the world.

 

The testimonies of the children inspire audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. Audiences have also been motivated, encouraged and moved to participate in God’s transforming work in communities both locally and internationally. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, dance, and sweet voices demonstrate their incredible joy in the Lord. 

 

All choir performances are FREE!  

A love offering will be taken as well as African crafts available for purchase after the show.

NEWSONG with About A MILE @ canton friendship festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

This concert featuring two bands, Newsong and About A Mile, is free for everyone to enjoy! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

 

Brought to you by local business owners, friends, Canton Community Unity, and Canton Friendship Festival.

 

For more information, visit the Facebook page above or the Canton Illinois website: http://www.cantonillinois.org/index.asp?Type=B_EV&SEC=%7B8C9F2681-49EE-48ED-A842-D6686FFD8592%7D&DE=%7B887AE3BE-94C9-4D2C-AE1E-835224EF027F%7D

Creation Seminar (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:00 pm - Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

Free to the public!

 

CREATION SEMINAR

 

Featuring Tom DeRosa from the Creation Studies Institute of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Where Are All The Fossils?

Sunday:   11:00 a.m. Building A Genesis Foundation

                  6:00 p.m. The Greater Design

Sun. Sep 21, 2014

Creation Seminar (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:00 pm - Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

Free to the public!

 

CREATION SEMINAR

 

Featuring Tom DeRosa from the Creation Studies Institute of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Where Are All The Fossils?

Sunday:   11:00 a.m. Building A Genesis Foundation

                  6:00 p.m. The Greater Design

ASANTE African Children's Choir (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am)

Please join us for a morning worship service filled with joyful music and dance from the ASANTE Children's Choir. A time of fellowship and lunch to follow. For more information or if you are interested in attending, please contact Kirsten Ryan via text message or phone call.

17TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK-AND-ROLL-A-THON (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Sponsored by the Central Illinois group of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association, the annual Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is held to benefit those with spina bifida and to raise awareness about spina bifida.  

 

In addition, the Central Illinois event is designated the Memorial Walk, to honor Kaylin Rood, Shannon Kolodzieski, Emma Kenny, and Sarah Whitted of the local area who have died, as well as to celebrate and support the roughly 166,000 Americans who are living with spina bifida.

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon event will help the organization continue to serve, strengthen, and enrich the lives of those in Central Illinois - and those who love them - through prevention, education, and advocacy.

 

 

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon will feature a 5K (3 mile walk), followed by a picnic lunch at the Tipton Park North Shelter. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to participate, but there is no minimum. 

 

Go online or call to register or become an event sponsor!

Central Illinois Jazz Society with Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

The Central Illinois Jazz Society, serving Central Illinois since 1978, presents CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m. and Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra at 7:15 p.m.

 

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band features outstatnding jazz musicians from the area. They will entertain you with a mixture of jazz styles. For more information, please call or visit the website listed above. For more information about our location, visit www.landmarkrec.com. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.

 

Admission:

$5.00 Members

$7.00 Non-Members

Students are free

 

Parking is available in Landmark lot across Dries Lane.

 

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. Please consider joining the Central Illinois Jazz Society and supporting live jazz.

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 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. Sep 22, 2014

SCHEELS Archery Safety & Camo Party (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 6:00 pm)

All participating kids will be eligible for to win a $100.00 Bell Ranger Giveaway.

All kids get to shoot a bow in the SCHEELS Archery Range with a SCHEELS Expert. Learn important safety tips and basic archery skills.

 

All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting.

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Divorce Support Group (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 7:00 pm)

Pastor Kristi Hopp will be offering a weekly divorce support group for any persons who are in the midst of divorce, or who are living life after divorce. This group will help you begin a journey of healing! If you are interested in becoming part of this small group ministry, please contact Pastor Kristi via cell or email (both listed above). The group will meet at Riversedge United Methodist Church, about a ten minute drive from Peoria. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend!

Tue. Sep 23, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

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.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will 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.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

Growing Through Grief (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Growing Through Grief is a support and recovery group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

 

Growing Through Griefs meets Tuesday evenings  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for children ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan .

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 24, 2014

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Royal Tailor in Concert (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Royal Tailor in Concert!
A See You at the Pole Youth Event
 
Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:00
Free concert, no tickets needed
 
Show put on for local grade school and high school students, but all public is welcome!

Thu. Sep 25, 2014

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

The 15th annual Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet is being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Featured Speaker is Global Teen Challenge President Dr. Jerry Nance. Special Music Guests are the Peoria Pops Orchestra along with Soloist Jonna Harkness from Harvest Bible Chapel. Proceeds from the event go to further the work and ministry of Teen Challenge Peoria. For ticket information/pricing, please call the above number.

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered 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.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 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. Sep 25, 2014 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 

Fri. Sep 26, 2014

A Rally for the Release of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 12:00 pm)

Worldwide Vigils Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment

 

 

More than 700 days ago, American Pastor Saeed Abedini boarded a flight to Iran and never came back. Christmas has come and gone twice, and he's missed his children's birthdays and other family celebrations. After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iran government on charges related to his Christian faith. Now, two years to the day of Abedini's incarceration, concerned citizens will gather in East Peoria and at similar vigils around the world to pray for his safe release and call upon their governments to act on his behalf. The U.S. citizen and Boise, Idaho, minister is serving out a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his Christian faith, Pastor Saeed has faced repeated beatings, malnourishment, lack of proper medical treatment, and death threats from other prisoners and Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

 

 

Held on the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment, East Peoria's vigil, at the RiverFront Freedom Memorial, (the area around the flags) in Riverfront Park, behind the East Peoria Walmart, is part of a global effort to tell the world: #Its'sTime to #SaveSaeed. Protesters will gather in East Peoria to pray and to bring attention to Saeed Abedini's situation and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

Cookout and Kickball (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 5:30 pm)

The 20 and 30 year old ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton, known as Root 2six7, is hosting an initial start up event in order to share with the community what the ministry is about and what they have to offer to the community.

Root 2six7 will be hosting a cookout and kickball tournament at the north pavilion at Oakwood Park in Morton, IL.

 

This will be a family friendly event specifically targeting 20 and 30 year olds as well as their families. Please join us for a fun filled evening of fellowship and information about further ministry goals.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

MOPS at First Covenant Church (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

MOPS is coming to First Covenant Church in Peoria. We are located on the corner of War Memorial and Knoxville.  MOPS is for any mother of a preschooler 6 or younger.  Babysitting is provided. 

Sat. Sep 27, 2014

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 am)

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind 

 

Named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native who was in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle could support one another. In 2003, Mark founded the Walk for the Mind to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the walk lives on and since then has raised more than $380,000 for brain tumor research. The Walk has grown from 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year.

 

Dr. Patrick Elwood, “the central Illinois father of neurosurgery,” was named to be the honorary chair at the 2014 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.

 

Dr. Elwood, a Peoria native whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was the driving force in the developing and advancing neurological services in the Peoria area, including establishing the neurosurgery residency in Peoria. He’s a prominent neurosurgeon, scholar, mentor, and known by many patients as a lifesaver.

 

“Many will remember Dr. Elwood for having done the surgery on their friend or family member” said the Walk’s organizer, Peggy Flannigan, who noted Dr. Elwood likely has performed the most brain tumor surgeries than any other surgeon historically in the Peoria area. “Having Dr. Elwood as the honorary chair will have a personal meaning to a lot of people.”

 

To register for the Walk or for more information, visit the website!

 

This is the third year all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for brain cancer research. Last year’s Walk generated a record $50,000 for research. 

Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk followed by the Piglet Prance FREE Kids Race! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 8:00 am)

It's a family fun day! Come with your family or by yourself...  our hope is that any and all ages experience a great day!

 

Clinton's Dr. John Warner Hospital has teamed up with the Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation and Dewitt County Museum in addition to several local sponsors and volunteers to bring you the first ever Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk! A "kiddie race" dubbed the "Piglet Prance" will follow the 5K awards ceremony.

 

The "swine and piglet" theme was formed due to the fact that Saturday, September 27th is DAY ONE OF Clinton's TWO day annual event - the 46th ANNUAL APPLE AND PORK FESTIVAL held in Clinton, Illinois on Sept 27th & 28th!

 

Run or walk the trail... enjoy beautiful scenic Weldon Springs. Then make a day of it by checking out the vendors of crafts, foods, and amazing goodies that the festival provides!

Scarecrow Festival (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

The 18th Annual Scarecrow Festival Presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, kid’s games, Doggy Zoo, Sauk Valley Bank Dunk Tank, and much more.

 

The festival entertainment stage will feature a special family-friendly performance by Funky Monkey Wrestling. Watch these WWE-style wresters compete in matches or come by for a photo and autograph. The ring will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave throughout the day.

 

"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."

 

The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

 

The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up again, as families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins. And Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.

 

"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."

 

Also included during the Scarecrow Festival weekend this year will be a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, September 26 at dusk on the Riverfront. The Dixon Family YMCA and Life House Liberty Court are helping to make this fun family event a kick-off to the weekend of activities.

 

Then on Sunday, Sept. 27, come back downtown for the 13th Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year, the show will feature supercharged cars and trucks and remote control speed boat demonstrations. Food vendors will be on hand. There will be a beer garden and television for the Sunday football games.

 

For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.

Gowns for the Purity Ball are available! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Looking for a gown for the Purity Ball?  We want you to look your best without breaking the bank!

Lucky for you there are gowns available from The Christian Center!  Gowns are just $10.00 each.  You can stop by the Christian Center on the following dates.

 

Sat Sept 27th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Tues Oct 7th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 18th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Sat Oct 25th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon

 

Also, if you have any gowns in great shape you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Christian Center during business hours Monday-Friday.

Ballet 5:8 Presents the Story of Job (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 6:30 pm)

Ballet 5:8, a Christian professional ballet company located in Chicago, IL will visit Davenport, IA to present a full evening program.

The performing company will present its full length neoclassical ballet based on the Biblical story of Job, exploring the tension between God's sovereignty and the suffering we experience. Ballet 5:8 will also present an abstract ballet, The Four Seasons of the Soul, which takes audiences on a journey through the life of the Christian believer in vivid color and movement. 

 

Ballet 5:8 is a 501-(c)-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging audiences in discussion of life and faith through performance arts. 

 

Sun. Sep 28, 2014

Scarecrow Festival--Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

The 18th Annual Scarecrow Festival Presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, kid’s games, Doggy Zoo, Sauk Valley Bank Dunk Tank, and much more.

 

The festival entertainment stage will feature a special family-friendly performance by Funky Monkey Wrestling. Watch these WWE-style wresters compete in matches or come by for a photo and autograph. The ring will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave throughout the day.

 

"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."

 

The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

 

The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up again, as families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins. And Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.

 

"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."

 

Also included during the Scarecrow Festival weekend this year will be a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, September 26 at dusk on the Riverfront. The Dixon Family YMCA and Life House Liberty Court are helping to make this fun family event a kick-off to the weekend of activities.

 

Then on Sunday, Sept. 27, come back downtown for the 13th Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year, the show will feature supercharged cars and trucks and remote control speed boat demonstrations. Food vendors will be on hand. There will be a beer garden and television for the Sunday football games.

 

For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.

Morton Methodist Church offers Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class plus Legacy Class (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 10:45 am)

Morton United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class this fall.  We also are offering his Leaving a Legacy class if you have taken FPU prior.

 

Financial Peace University classes will start Sept. 28th at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Legacy Class will start Sept. 7th at 10:45 a.m.

 

Go to the church website for more information or to sign up! Feel free to call the church for any questions also.

Pioneer Days: Heirloom Gardening (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

$2.25/Person, ages 4 & up

 

5/25: Heirloom Gardening

6/29: Animal Husbandry

7/27: Old Fashion Carnival

8/31: Weaving-Wool Dying

9/28: Barn Dance

10/26 Harvest-Butter Churning

 

Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County.

Divorce Care for Adults, Kids, and Teens (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 5:00 pm)

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.

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 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. 

God's Not Dead Movie Event (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

A FREE family movie event at New Life Fellowship Church in Bloomington, IL.  New Life will be presenting the highly anticipated film God's Not Dead with the community.

There is NO charge! Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

 

Infant and Toddler nursery care will be available. 

Mon. Sep 29, 2014

Bringing Our Silver History to Life (Mon. Sep 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Hispanic Business Leaders Committee & Trabajando Juntos invite you to attend, "Bringing Our Silver History to Life," presented by LTC (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbush.

 

This free public presentation is the story of Sterling's Silver City and how it shaped our community. Gain a new sense of hope and energy about your future.

 

In the Spring of 1947, on the West Side of Avenue G in Sterling, Illinois, in a field next to the Rock River, over a hundred discarded WWII boxcars housed a migrant work force, primarily Hispanics and Southerners, who had come to Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for well paying union jobs. This place was locally known as Silver City because the boxcars were painted silver to reflect the sun's heat.

 

LTC (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbush is a renowned charismatic, passionate, and influential speaker all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, she was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values, and faith. Today, Consuelo tells her story doing exactly what she preaches...living a legacy.

 

For more information about this inspiring event, call the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 29, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Divorce Support Group (Mon. Sep 29, 2014 7:00 pm)

Pastor Kristi Hopp will be offering a weekly divorce support group for any persons who are in the midst of divorce, or who are living life after divorce. This group will help you begin a journey of healing! If you are interested in becoming part of this small group ministry, please contact Pastor Kristi via cell or email (both listed above). The group will meet at Riversedge United Methodist Church, about a ten minute drive from Peoria. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend!

Tue. Sep 30, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

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

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will 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.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

Growing Through Grief (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Growing Through Grief is a support and recovery group for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

 

Growing Through Griefs meets Tuesday evenings  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for children ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan .

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.