Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. May 3, 2015 - Sat. May 9, 2015
May 2015

Mon. May 4, 2015

Safe Families for Children Volunteer Opportunity (Mon. May 4, 2015 9:00 am)

Safe Families for Children is a movement of families in the local church who provide hope to children and families experiencing crisis, and they are looking for volunteers!

 

Safe Families for Children has 3 primary objectives:

1. Child abuse/neglect prevention

2.  Child welfare prevention

3.  Family support and stabilization

 

Volunteers are solely motivated by compassion and practicing biblical hospitality. Join the movement and become a Host Family, Family Friend or Family Coach!

 

To begin volunteering or to find more information, visit the website above.

Chef Mark Anthony's Cooking Class AND FREE DINNER (Mon. May 4, 2015 6:00 pm)

The Springfield Seventh Day Adventist Christian Church is proud to present Chef Mark Anthony! Chef Anthony is dedicated to teaching others the joy of weight loss, lower cholesterol, and increased energy with HEALTHY, plant based cooking. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and is a regular on 3ABN Worldwide Television.

 

Learn how to improve your health, the health of your family and friends, AND ENJOY A FREE DINNER! Learn more about Mark at the website above. You can also find some of his cooking tips on Youtube.

 

Donations will be accepted to help cover Chef Mark Anthony's cost of this event. 

Kids Klub-SCHEELS Loves Mom! (Mon. May 4, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS in making a ONE OF A KIND craft to give your mom on Mother's Day! This FREE event is for children ages 4-12.

 

Register to win a great prize! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.

Kids Klub - Make Mom Happy! (Mon. May 4, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS in making a one of a kind craft to give to your mom on Mother’s Day.

 

Register to win a great prize! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.

Jesus Is Real Conference (Mon. May 4, 2015 7:00 pm)

The 'Jesus Is Real' Conference is designed to provide hope in a hopeless world and answers to tough questions that we all face.

 

Carroll Roberson will be leading the conference. He has been preaching the gospel for nearly 30 years and will present real answers in Jesus. He will also be singing at each meeting. Carroll has written over 100 songs and recorded 25 albums. He has a weekly television program on cable networks. He and his wife, Donna, frequently lead tours to Israel.

 

The public is invited and encouraged to bring those who need to know the Lord. The gospel will be shared at each meeting. A love offering will be taken.

Tue. May 5, 2015

MOPS/MOMSnext (Tue. May 5, 2015 9:30 am)

We are a dual-chartered group including both MOPS and MOMSnext moms. A typical meeting includes practical teaching through speakers, demonstrations and videos. We also include the occasional craft to spark our creative side. Plus, there's usually food... food you can enjoy and not have to share bites with anyone else! But more important, you'll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood. 

 

Childcare (Moppets) provided in a preschool-style environment. All volunteers are background checked to DCFS standards.

 

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

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. May 5, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Jesus Is Real Conference (Tue. May 5, 2015 7:00 pm)

The 'Jesus Is Real' Conference is designed to provide hope in a hopeless world and answers to tough questions that we all face.

 

Carroll Roberson will be leading the conference. He has been preaching the gospel for nearly 30 years and will present real answers in Jesus. He will also be singing at each meeting. Carroll has written over 100 songs and recorded 25 albums. He has a weekly television program on cable networks. He and his wife, Donna, frequently lead tours to Israel.

 

The public is invited and encouraged to bring those who need to know the Lord. The gospel will be shared at each meeting. A love offering will be taken.

String Quartet (Tue. May 5, 2015 7:00 pm)

This is an hour-long concert series featuring members of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of works of music in the intimate setting of the University Galleries. The Around the Town concert series allows you to become more acquainted with these talented musicians.

 

The evening includes a reception of refreshments provided by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and a time to meet & greet with the musicians.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. May 5, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian Recovery Program that provides a safe environment designed to address such issues as Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Anger, Resentment, Depression, Co-Dependency, Sexual Addiction, Food Addicition, Relationship Addiction, Controlling Behavior, Insecurity Guilt/Shame, and Pornography.

 

These words are about more than just 'issues'. They are about people who are struggling with problems that sermons and Bible studies alone won't solve. There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond thier wounds to experience the healing and liberty of Jesus Christ through Celebrate Recovery!

 

Every Tuesday:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner for $3

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Small Groups

9:00-9:30 p.m. - Free desserts/coffee

Wed. May 6, 2015

String Quartet (Wed. May 6, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra invites you to a FREE hour long concert featuring members of the fabulous Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The Around the Town concert series gives you an opportunity to experience the excellence of these musicians performing a variety of works in an intimate setting.

 

Take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy an hour of beautiful music brought to you by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra!

Thu. May 7, 2015

Tot Time (Thu. May 7, 2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.

 

A different topic and craft will be featured each month. May's topic is dinosaurs. Participants will enjoy light refreshments.  

 

Registration is not required and admission is free.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. May 7, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Unity Christian School Open House (Thu. May 7, 2015 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Unity Christian Schools is hosting our annual open house for kindergarten -12th grade. is located in Fulton, IL, 15 miles west of Sterling. Unity is a non-denominational Christian school that has been around since 1921.

 

Check out the website or call for more information. 

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser (Thu. May 7, 2015 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The youth of Farmer City United Methodist Church will be busing the tables at Pizza Ranch! Pizza Ranch will donate 10% of the night's proceeds plus any tips to the kids' church camp fund.

 

Come out and enjoy a dinner with your family!

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. May 7, 2015 5:45 pm)

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! This club meets every Thursday, starting March 26 and ending on October 5.

 

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Pray for the Cure (Thu. May 7, 2015 6:30 pm)

You are invited to the 12th annual Pray for the Cure. Local breast cancer survivors have experience the power of family and faith in their recovery. They want to give thanks and continue to pray for a cure to breast cancer.

 

The prayer leaders are survivors, family members, medical professionals, and breast cancer awareness advocates. There will be inspirational music from Women of Vision and dance ministry from Youth in Motion.

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. May 7, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

Community National Day of Prayer (Thu. May 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

Join the Le Roy Christian Church congregation and Prayer Team as we honor & recognize the 2015 National Day of Prayer in a community evening service.

 

Anyone in the community and guests are invited & encouraged to attend. Join us in scripture reading and worship as we pray for the present & future of our nation and its leaders. 

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

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. May 8, 2015

Church garage sale (Fri. May 8, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

University United Methodist Church in Peoria is having their annual garage sale. Come and get a bargain and have some fun while doing it!

Traveling Exhibit, 100th Anniversary, Spoon River Anthology (Fri. May 8, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This free-standing exhibit tells the story of the internationally known Spoon River Anthology. No other volume of poetry made such an immediate impact, both positive and negative, and few since have been so influential.

 

The new style of literary expression introduced by former Lewistown resident Edgar Lee Masters had a powerful impact on its readers and is now regarded as one of the classics of American literature. Set in the fictional town of "Spoon River", characters speak from beyond the grave to tell their life stories

 

The exhibit also discusses the uproar created by Spoon River Anthology in Masters's former hometown. Local people immediately recognized that the "fictional" town of "Spoon River" was not so fictional and that many of the Anthology characters were recognizable as their friends, neighbors, relatives, and even themselves.

 

This event will run April 30 to June 5. Come check it out!

Garage Sale for Haiti Medical Mission Team! (Fri. May 8, 2015 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

MAKE US AN OFFER! There will be an EPIC garage sale to provide funds for medicine and medical supplies for Haiti. Our team is sending lots of goods, and we need your help! We have everything you've been looking for!

 

*ALL Purchases are by donation only!* 

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

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. Learn to walk with Jesus and with a church family. Experience Celebrate Recovery where you don’t have to journey alone.

 

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to become free from life’s hurts and habits. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Sat. May 9, 2015

Garage Sale for Haiti Medical Mission Team! (Sat. May 9, 2015 7:00 am - 12:00 pm)

MAKE US AN OFFER! There will be an EPIC garage sale to provide funds for medicine and medical supplies for Haiti. Our team is sending lots of goods, and we need your help! We have everything you've been looking for!

 

*ALL Purchases are by donation only!* 

Church garage sale (Sat. May 9, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

University United Methodist Church in Peoria is having their annual garage sale. Come and get a bargain and have some fun while doing it!

Special Olympics Illinois Western/Area 4 Spring Games (Sat. May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Families, volunteers and spectators will be cheering on men and women, boys and girls – all Special Olympics athletes - as they compete in the largest area event of the year for Special Olympics Illinois Area 4.

 

The public is invited to watch the competition and experience the joy of achievement by Special Olympics athletes. Area 4 is composed of athletes from Fulton, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Rock Island, Warren and McDonough Counties. At the Area 4 Spring Games, approximately 300 athletes are expected to compete in athletics (track & field), the most popular of 19 sports offered by Special Olympics Illinois.

 

The event begins with an Opening Ceremony and the competition immediately follows. Athletes will compete in the 50-, 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-Meter Runs, Standing and Running Long Jumps, Shot Put, Tennis and Softball Throw, 400 &, 800-Meter Walk Races, Wheelchair Competitions and Assisted Races. Athletes compete in divisions by gender and ability levels.

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS (Sat. May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group and Farmers Insurance for the 2015 Safe Family Saturday.

 

FREE bike helmets will be given away to the first 500 kids and FREE lunch to the first 750 attending. Kids activity area with entertainment for the whole family. Meet and Greet with MOWA Sprint Car Drive, Justin Standridge, see his car and get an autograph!! Kids 18 months to 5 years take part in the Strider Adventure Zone, bikes will be available to test ride on a secure course. Lots of games and excitement at this free family event.

 

REGISTER to WIN a $500.00 SCHEELS gift card and one of (2) His/Her Strider Bikes, courtesy of Strider. Sponsors: SCHEELS, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group, Farmers Insurance

Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS (Sat. May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group and Farmers Insurance for the 2015 Safe Family Saturday.

 

FREE bike helmets will be given away to the first 500 kids and FREE lunch to the first 750 people attending.

 

There will be a kids activity area with entertainment for the whole family and a Meet and Greet with MOWA Sprint Car Drive, Justin Standridge- see his car and get an autograph!! Kids 18 months to 5 years can take part in the Strider Adventure Zone. Bikes will be available to test ride on a secure course. There will be lots of games and excitement at this free family event!

 

REGISTER to WIN a $500.00 SCHEELS gift card and one of (2) His/Her Strider Bikes, courtesy of Strider.

 

Sponsors: SCHEELS, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group, Farmers Insurance

Sun. May 10, 2015

Red Roots in Concert (Sun. May 10, 2015 10:00 am)

This Mother's Day, the Dove nominated group Red Roots will be live in concert at Turning Point Citi Church. Admission is free!

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. May 10, 2015 12:00 pm)

Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

 

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.

 

Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.

 

With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.

 

Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.

 

Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701

 

WPEO Peoria:  Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020

 

Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F  217.522.6631

 

Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085

 

Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213

 

KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639

 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sun. May 10, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. May 10, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. May 11, 2015

Safe Families for Children Volunteer Opportunity (Mon. May 11, 2015 9:00 am)

Safe Families for Children is a movement of families in the local church who provide hope to children and families experiencing crisis, and they are looking for volunteers!

 

Safe Families for Children has 3 primary objectives:

1. Child abuse/neglect prevention

2.  Child welfare prevention

3.  Family support and stabilization

 

Volunteers are solely motivated by compassion and practicing biblical hospitality. Join the movement and become a Host Family, Family Friend or Family Coach!

 

To begin volunteering or to find more information, visit the website above.

Tue. May 12, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. May 12, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. May 12, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. May 12, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian Recovery Program that provides a safe environment designed to address such issues as Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Anger, Resentment, Depression, Co-Dependency, Sexual Addiction, Food Addicition, Relationship Addiction, Controlling Behavior, Insecurity Guilt/Shame, and Pornography.

 

These words are about more than just 'issues'. They are about people who are struggling with problems that sermons and Bible studies alone won't solve. There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond thier wounds to experience the healing and liberty of Jesus Christ through Celebrate Recovery!

 

Every Tuesday:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner for $3

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Small Groups

9:00-9:30 p.m. - Free desserts/coffee

Thu. May 14, 2015

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. May 14, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. May 14, 2015 5:45 pm)

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! This club meets every Thursday, starting March 26 and ending on October 5.

 

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. May 14, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

Open Volleyball (Thu. May 14, 2015 7:00 pm)

Open Volleyball in the multi-purpose room at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin the second Thursday of every month (every Thursday if there is the interest). 18 and older.

Fri. May 15, 2015

Traveling Exhibit, 100th Anniversary, Spoon River Anthology (Fri. May 15, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This free-standing exhibit tells the story of the internationally known Spoon River Anthology. No other volume of poetry made such an immediate impact, both positive and negative, and few since have been so influential.

 

The new style of literary expression introduced by former Lewistown resident Edgar Lee Masters had a powerful impact on its readers and is now regarded as one of the classics of American literature. Set in the fictional town of "Spoon River", characters speak from beyond the grave to tell their life stories

 

The exhibit also discusses the uproar created by Spoon River Anthology in Masters's former hometown. Local people immediately recognized that the "fictional" town of "Spoon River" was not so fictional and that many of the Anthology characters were recognizable as their friends, neighbors, relatives, and even themselves.

 

This event will run April 30 to June 5. Come check it out!

Fundraising Family Trivia Night (Fri. May 15, 2015 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

The WHOLE family is invited to a fun filled, family-friendly trivia night! The nursery will be open for children 5 and under and there will be Disney Trivia for children 12 and under as well as Family Trivia (teams of 8)!

 

There will be concessions for sale, a silent auction, bonus balloons, mulligans, and fun games at intermission! Tickets are only $10 per person, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. ALL money raised will benefit our 22 youth headed to Detroit for the National Youth Gathering this summer!

 

To purchase advance tickets, please stop by the church office from 8:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. May 15, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. Learn to walk with Jesus and with a church family. Experience Celebrate Recovery where you don’t have to journey alone.

 

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to become free from life’s hurts and habits. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. May 15, 2015 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.

Sat. May 16, 2015

Garage Sale (Sat. May 16, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting a garage sale!  All proceeds will go to support our upcoming mission to Chicago this summer.

Nature Trek: Mound Survey (Sat. May 16, 2015 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

The most obvious evidence of the prehistoric past of the area is manifest by earthworks built for a variety of purposes. We will visit several earthworks located in the Lewistown-Havana area and discuss what we know about them. Participants will receive a field guide for the trip.

 

Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Participants will provide their own transportation and lunch.

 

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Boys and Their Toys (Sat. May 16, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

The men's ministry of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville will be hosting its 2nd annual Boys and Their Toys event.

 

Men are encouraged to bring "toys" such as cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles or anything of interest to share with other men. Men are also encouraged to share how God may have used the "toy" to minister to others. 

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. May 16, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

SCHEELS Paddle Demo Day at Knight's Action Park (Sat. May 16, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Come "try it before you buy it" with the latest in paddle boards, Hobie's, and kayaks at the demo. SCHEELS experts will be on hand to answer all of you questions! Try out all of these products for FREE!

 

Register to win a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card. There will be a kids activity area with FREE Face painting.

Rhythms for the Heart (Sat. May 16, 2015 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Rhythms for the Heart is an event to raise funds and awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.  The event features a 6 band line up!  The event will also include food, raffles, silent auction, and bake sale to raise funds.

 

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Congenital Heart Center at the Children's Hospital of Illinois.

 

For more information, please visit the website above.

Sun. May 17, 2015

Mother/Daughter Breakfast (Sun. May 17, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am)

St. Mark's School is having a Mother/Daughter Breakfast! The gourmet menu by Chef Greg Foti includes:

Italian Egg Frittata, sprinkled with cheese and minced onion

Quartered New Potatoes, roasted and seasoned with Rosemary

Breakfast Sausage

Blueberry Buckle and Apricot Cranberry Scones

Pancakes for the Little Ones

Juice, Coffee, Tea and Milk

 

Tickets cost $3 for school aged children K-8th grade. All others are $7. Grandmothers attending with grandchildren are FREE!

 

Advanced paid reservations are encouraged. Seating is limited. Please contact Cachet Rodriguez for tickets.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. May 17, 2015 12:00 pm)

Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

 

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.

 

Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.

 

With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.

 

Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.

 

Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701

 

WPEO Peoria:  Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020

 

Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F  217.522.6631

 

Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085

 

Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213

 

KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639

 

"The Small-Town Experience in Spoon River Anthology" (Sun. May 17, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Author and speaker John Hallwas, who produced Spoon River Anthology: An Annotated Edition (1992)-a Choice Best Academic Book, which disclosed the background for Masters' famous poetic monologues and discussed his view of America-will speak on how the poet's experience in Lewistown and Petersburg impacted the writing of his famous book. Indeed, Masters had a complex, troubled relationship to his small-town background. Also his book was written a a time when the American small town was dealing with great challenges, due to cultural change, and people who had built their lives around the rhythms of rural and small-town society often experienced significant stress.

 

By reading and focusing on selected poems, Hallwas will reveal how the Anthology reflects crucial issues about human life - such as identity, belonging, and status - issues that were increasingly problematic in the small-town Midwest. With town dozen books and hundreds of articles in print, Hallwas is a widely published author, who has spoken extensively on small-town life, Midwestern history, and Illinois writers.

 

Light refreshments will be served after the Lecture.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sun. May 17, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. May 17, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Kari Jobe Benefit Concert (Sun. May 17, 2015 7:00 pm)

Kari Jobe will be having a benefit concert at Riverside Community Church. Some of Jobe's most popular songs include "Revelation Song" and "Healer."

 

This is a benefit concert for an adoption from Africa.

 

Tickets can be purchased for $20 through the website above or through Riverside Church.

Mon. May 18, 2015

Safe Families for Children Volunteer Opportunity (Mon. May 18, 2015 9:00 am)

Safe Families for Children is a movement of families in the local church who provide hope to children and families experiencing crisis, and they are looking for volunteers!

 

Safe Families for Children has 3 primary objectives:

1. Child abuse/neglect prevention

2.  Child welfare prevention

3.  Family support and stabilization

 

Volunteers are solely motivated by compassion and practicing biblical hospitality. Join the movement and become a Host Family, Family Friend or Family Coach!

 

To begin volunteering or to find more information, visit the website above.

Kids Klub - Salute the Troops! (Mon. May 18, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS and the American Legion to learn about flag etiquette, why we celebrate Memorial Day, how to march like a soldier, and how to properly salute like a soldier.

 

Please bring your old, worn out American Flags for the American Legion to properly dispose of and the FIRST 20 Kids will receive a BRAND NEW American flag!

Tue. May 19, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. May 19, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

South Side Mission Annual Banquet featuring Dr. Tony Evans (Tue. May 19, 2015 6:00 pm)

South Side Mission is celebrating 90 years of service at its Annual Banquet. The event features noted speaker and radio host Dr. Tony Evans.

 

Dr. Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

 

Tickets are available for $45 per person, or $450 per table of ten. Premium seats are available for $55 per person, or $550 per table of ten. Seating is limited. For more information, visit the website or contact the phone number listed above.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. May 19, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. May 19, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian Recovery Program that provides a safe environment designed to address such issues as Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Anger, Resentment, Depression, Co-Dependency, Sexual Addiction, Food Addicition, Relationship Addiction, Controlling Behavior, Insecurity Guilt/Shame, and Pornography.

 

These words are about more than just 'issues'. They are about people who are struggling with problems that sermons and Bible studies alone won't solve. There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond thier wounds to experience the healing and liberty of Jesus Christ through Celebrate Recovery!

 

Every Tuesday:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner for $3

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Small Groups

9:00-9:30 p.m. - Free desserts/coffee

Wed. May 20, 2015

Springfield Christian Women's Connection Luncheon (Wed. May 20, 2015 11:00 am - 12:45 pm)

Springfield Christian Women's Conference is having a "HOMECOMING" Luncheon.

 

HOME SWEET HOME" Special Feature: A CWLP representative will giveideas on how to keep electric bills lower.

 

"HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS" Speaker: Chris Corzine of Marion, IL, titles her talk "From Meth to Mercy: A Prodigal's Journey Home."

 

The cost is $15. For more information or to register, call Debbie or e-mail Kay using the contact information above.

Thu. May 21, 2015

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. May 21, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. May 21, 2015 5:45 pm)

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! This club meets every Thursday, starting March 26 and ending on October 5.

 

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. May 21, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

Fri. May 22, 2015

Traveling Exhibit, 100th Anniversary, Spoon River Anthology (Fri. May 22, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This free-standing exhibit tells the story of the internationally known Spoon River Anthology. No other volume of poetry made such an immediate impact, both positive and negative, and few since have been so influential.

 

The new style of literary expression introduced by former Lewistown resident Edgar Lee Masters had a powerful impact on its readers and is now regarded as one of the classics of American literature. Set in the fictional town of "Spoon River", characters speak from beyond the grave to tell their life stories

 

The exhibit also discusses the uproar created by Spoon River Anthology in Masters's former hometown. Local people immediately recognized that the "fictional" town of "Spoon River" was not so fictional and that many of the Anthology characters were recognizable as their friends, neighbors, relatives, and even themselves.

 

This event will run April 30 to June 5. Come check it out!

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. May 22, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. Learn to walk with Jesus and with a church family. Experience Celebrate Recovery where you don’t have to journey alone.

 

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to become free from life’s hurts and habits. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Sat. May 23, 2015

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. May 23, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Run for Their Lives 5K (Sat. May 23, 2015 10:00 am)

The inaugural Run for Their Lives 5K fun run is benefiting the Springfield Right to Live organization.  They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and this event will support their Public Outreach and Educational Programs in the community.  


In addition to the 5K fun run, there is also a 1 mile walk for life available and everyone is invited to the fun picnic event after the race! Bring your friends and have a good time for a great cause!

 

Online Registration is open now through May 22nd. Adults 13 and up are $25. Kids up to 12 can run/walk for free. Register by May 9th and receive a race t-shirt.

Senior Jam (Sat. May 23, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

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

Sun. May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Celebration (Sun. May 24, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Come remember our fallen Heros and join Jericho Brass, Rodney Morss and others as we honor our veterans. There will be a flag presented to one of our veterans and a picnic lunch following the service with hamburgers for Alexander's Steak House.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. May 24, 2015 12:00 pm)

Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

 

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.

 

Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.

 

With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.

 

Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.

 

Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701

 

WPEO Peoria:  Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020

 

Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F  217.522.6631

 

Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085

 

Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213

 

KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639

 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sun. May 24, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. May 24, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. May 25, 2015

Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk (Mon. May 25, 2015 7:30 am)

Join us on Memorial Day for the 1st Annual Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk to benefit Veteran home repair projects. The run will begin in lower Glen Oak Park and travel through Springdale Cemetery. Awards will be given out at the Picnic Party after the race.  

 

Fees for 5K run are:  $25.00 before March 31; $30.00 April and May and $35.00 race weekend.   $20.00 for 1 mile walk.  $5.00 discount given to Veterans. 

 

The event is sponsored by Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing; CIAN Inc., Sunrise Roofing, Peoria Rivermen, Fritch Heating & Cooling, Fortner Insurance and Illinois Blue Star Mothers Club.

 

Online registration is available or you can call the phone number above for a registration form. 

Safe Families for Children Volunteer Opportunity (Mon. May 25, 2015 9:00 am)

Safe Families for Children is a movement of families in the local church who provide hope to children and families experiencing crisis, and they are looking for volunteers!

 

Safe Families for Children has 3 primary objectives:

1. Child abuse/neglect prevention

2.  Child welfare prevention

3.  Family support and stabilization

 

Volunteers are solely motivated by compassion and practicing biblical hospitality. Join the movement and become a Host Family, Family Friend or Family Coach!

 

To begin volunteering or to find more information, visit the website above.

Fire Museum Family Fun Day (Mon. May 25, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

A fun firefighting themed day for families at Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum. There will be fire truck rides, firefighting activities for kids, museum tours, and free lunch! Displayed in the Fire Museum are several antique local fire trucks, firefighting tools, and other historic memorabilia.

 

Admission is free.

Tue. May 26, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. May 26, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. May 26, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. May 26, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christian Recovery Program that provides a safe environment designed to address such issues as Alcoholism, Drug addiction, Anger, Resentment, Depression, Co-Dependency, Sexual Addiction, Food Addicition, Relationship Addiction, Controlling Behavior, Insecurity Guilt/Shame, and Pornography.

 

These words are about more than just 'issues'. They are about people who are struggling with problems that sermons and Bible studies alone won't solve. There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond thier wounds to experience the healing and liberty of Jesus Christ through Celebrate Recovery!

 

Every Tuesday:

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Dinner for $3

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Large Group

8:00-9:00 p.m. - Small Groups

9:00-9:30 p.m. - Free desserts/coffee

Thu. May 28, 2015

Northminster Presbyterian Church Annual Rummage Sale (Thu. May 28, 2015 8:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Northminster Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual rummage sale! There will also be a silent auction from 8:00-6:00 p.m.

 

All proceeds will go to church missions.

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Thu. May 28, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. May 28, 2015 5:45 pm)

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! This club meets every Thursday, starting March 26 and ending on October 5.

 

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. May 28, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

Concert with Sons of Korah (Thu. May 28, 2015 7:00 pm)

Come hear Sons of Korah in concert!

 

This popular singing group from Australia specializes in setting Psalms to music.

 

Find out more about them and sample their music at www.sonsofkorah.com.

Fri. May 29, 2015

Northminster Presbyterian Church Annual Rummage Sale (Fri. May 29, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Northminster Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual rummage sale!

 

All proceeds will go to church missions.

Traveling Exhibit, 100th Anniversary, Spoon River Anthology (Fri. May 29, 2015 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

This free-standing exhibit tells the story of the internationally known Spoon River Anthology. No other volume of poetry made such an immediate impact, both positive and negative, and few since have been so influential.

 

The new style of literary expression introduced by former Lewistown resident Edgar Lee Masters had a powerful impact on its readers and is now regarded as one of the classics of American literature. Set in the fictional town of "Spoon River", characters speak from beyond the grave to tell their life stories

 

The exhibit also discusses the uproar created by Spoon River Anthology in Masters's former hometown. Local people immediately recognized that the "fictional" town of "Spoon River" was not so fictional and that many of the Anthology characters were recognizable as their friends, neighbors, relatives, and even themselves.

 

This event will run April 30 to June 5. Come check it out!

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. May 29, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

The road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. Learn to walk with Jesus and with a church family. Experience Celebrate Recovery where you don’t have to journey alone.

 

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to become free from life’s hurts and habits. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Sat. May 30, 2015

Northminster Presbyterian Church Annual Rummage Sale (Sat. May 30, 2015 8:00 am - 11:00 am)

Northminster Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual rummage sale!

 

All proceeds will go to church missions.

1st Annual MSBL Free Basketball Camp (Sat. May 30, 2015 9:00 am)

The MSBL (Men's Sunday Basketball League) will be hosting its 1st Annual MSBL Basketball Camp on May 30th & May 31st.

 

This free basketball camp will be offered to males and females 10-18 years of age. The campers will be taught valuable basketball skills, as well as life skills, and each camper will receive a free t-shirt.

 

For more information, please contact Mr. Williams at the e-mail address above.

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. May 30, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Karee Exclusive's Beauty & Talent Competition (Sat. May 30, 2015 11:00 am)

You are invited to Karee' Exclusive's Beauty and Talent Competition for high school teenage girls for the state of Illinois.

 

The mission of Karee' Exclusive's Beauty & Talent Competitions is to help provide scholarships to teenage girls and young women who aspire to go to college, build teenage girls & young women's confidence & self-esteem, try to help prevent teenage pregnancy and other teenage peer pressure issues by giving teenage girls & young women something positive, inspiring, and motivational to do, look forward to, and be a part of.

 

There is a $10 admission to attend the competition.

Chicks N Chocolate 2015 (Sat. May 30, 2015 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Chicks N Chocolate is an annual fundraiser for our not-for-profit organization, The Elizabeth Ann Seton Program. We are a faith based organization that works with pregnant and parenting women.

 

This event consists of women, lots of chocolate, live entertainment, an all-women's sand volleyball tournament, 35 vendors and much more!

 

The event starts at 4:00 p.m. and vendors will be available from 4:00-7:00 p.m. There will be live music by Side Effect until 10:00 p.m.

 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The fee to get in includes all the chocolates one cares to eat, one of thirty five raffle items, and live entertainment.

 

Visit their Facebook page at the link above for more information!

Sun. May 31, 2015

1st Annual MSBL Free Basketball Camp (Sun. May 31, 2015 9:00 am)

The MSBL (Men's Sunday Basketball League) will be hosting its 1st Annual MSBL Basketball Camp on May 30th & May 31st.

 

This free basketball camp will be offered to males and females 10-18 years of age. The campers will be taught valuable basketball skills, as well as life skills, and each camper will receive a free t-shirt.

 

For more information, please contact Mr. Williams at the e-mail address above.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. May 31, 2015 12:00 pm)

Love Packages is a ministry that receives donated Christian materials to send to nations throughout the world that cannot afford them or cannot obtain them. In Butler, IL 20 foot ocean-going containers are fully packed and sent by truck and then barge to such places as India, South Africa, Liberia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

 

Bibles, Sunday School materials, Bible Reference books, Christian books, Christian magazines and Tracts, Christian CD's and DVD's are all packed by catagory and sent to 3rd world countries. Bibles in any condition, Protestant or Catholic are the most requested resource. For this reason we are especially asking for donations of Bibles.

 

Containers are sent out weekly and the cost to send these containers is $3,500 to $6,000 per load. Donations toward this cost is appreciated.

 

With only 3 employees, this ministry depends heavily on volunteers. You may bring a group of any age, for any length of time, to help sort and repackage materials. Two dorms and a kitchen are available at no charge.

 

Below are listed the many places that have provided space to collect donated materials. Please participate as you can.

 

Love Packages: 220 Union, Butler, IL 62015- Open 9-4 M-F, Sat. by appt.- 217.532.6701

 

WPEO Peoria:  Accepts in Aug. and Sept.- 800.728.1020

 

Eastview Baptist Church: 2277 E Black(at Wolfe), Springfield- 8:30-12:30 M-F  217.522.6631

 

Family Christian Bookstore: 3435 Freedom Dr, Springfield- During business hours- 217.793.2085

 

Springfield Chiropractic Clinic: 1045 S 2nd (at Allen)- During business hours- 217.544.5213

 

KMDY: in Carthage at 52 Main St.- During business hours- 888.357.5639

 

Smoke on the Mountain Gospel Musical at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre (Sun. May 31, 2015 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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