Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. Mar 29, 2015 - Sat. Apr 4, 2015
April 2015

Thu. Apr 2, 2015

Huge Indoor Sale (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Journey church is having a garage sale! All proceeds go to our savings for a roof!

 

Wednesday, April 1st-- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2nd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3rd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4th-- 8:00-noon

Maundy Thursday Drama (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 5:00 pm)

What went through the minds of the disciples at the moment in the upper room when Jesus tells them someone will betray him. In a special Maundy Thursday drama "Am I the One?" 13 men take on the roles of Jesus and the disciples, fully and authentically costumed giving powerful portrayals. You will hear the disciples reveal their inspiring stories and wrangle with who will betray Jesus, asking "Is it I?"

 

The drama will occur at both 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Apr 2, 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.

Resurrection Bible School (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Come learn about the crucifixion, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.

 

For ages 6-18.

 

For more information or to arrange transportation, please call Pastor Frank Noyes at 309-346-7791 or Jamie at 309-241-2113.

Maundy Thursday Service (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 6:30 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will have Maundy Thursday service. Senior Pastor Paul C. Hemenway will deliver the sermon.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated. 

DivorceCare and DC4Kids at Grace in Morton (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

DivorceCare is a 13-week Bible based DVDs and support group series to help heal and give hope from the pain of separation and/or divorce.  Light dinner and snacks offered. Male and female facilitators. A safe place to share. No cost.  Can join at any time.

 

If you have children ages  to 12, we are offering DC4K (Divorce Care for kids). It's a great program to help them heal and understand. As a parent, you will be able to share with them as you learn too. Information is in the parent book to follow what your child is learning.

 

Join us at Grace Church in Morton. Call Linda or Grace Church with questions. If bringing children, please call ahead so we can have the materials ready! Thanks!

Northminster Maundy Thursday Worship (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

No week in the church’s calendar is filled with more power and emotion than Holy Week––the week leading up to the resurrection of Jesus.

 

Come and join us for the Maundy Thursday service where we hope you will have a moving encounter with the cross, the events that led up to it, and the people who were broken by it.

 

This service will include open Communion. We invite you and your whole family to come.

Coleta United Methodist Maundy Thursday Service (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Coleta United Methodist will be having a Maundy Thursday service. All are invited!

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Apr 2, 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 

Maundy Thursday Drama (Thu. Apr 2, 2015 7:00 pm)

What went through the minds of the disciples at the moment in the upper room when Jesus tells them someone will betray him. In a special Maundy Thursday drama "Am I the One?" 13 men take on the roles of Jesus and the disciples, fully and authentically costumed giving powerful portrayals. You will hear the disciples reveal their inspiring stories and wrangle with who will betray Jesus, asking "Is it I?"

 

The drama will occur at both 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center.

Fri. Apr 3, 2015

Huge Indoor Sale (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Journey church is having a garage sale! All proceeds go to our savings for a roof!

 

Wednesday, April 1st-- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2nd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3rd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4th-- 8:00-noon

Building Better Moms (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 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)

Coleta United Methodist Easter Egg Hunt (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Coleta United Methodist will be having an Easter egg hunt on Good Friday.

 

All ages are invited! The event will take place at Coleta Park.

Easter Service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 10:45 am)

Sterling First Church of the Nazarene will celebrate Easter with services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Fellowship time will occur between services.  All are invited to attend!

"What's So Good About Good Friday?" Art Show (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 11:00 am - 7:00 pm)

The sixth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show focuses on area artists’ reflections on Good Friday and their Christian faith. The exhibit coincides with Downtown Bloomington’s First Friday events and the show is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church.

 

The artists will be at a reception with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. The art will be on display through Monday, April 6. Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service at 7:30 p.m. follows the artists’ reception. The compelling Good Friday service features scripture reading with diminishing light, art and music until the sanctuary is dark and quiet.

 

“Artists often create works specifically for this show because it is a special opportunity to express their Christian faith through art,” Angel Ambrose, one of the leaders of Art Circle, said. “People who come to the exhibit find it a spiritually uplifting experience.”

 

The “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” show began six years ago when Downtown Bloomington’s First Friday art activities also coincided with Good Friday. Since then, the Good Friday exhibit at Second Presbyterian has grown with more artists. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the show. The Good Friday exhibit features art by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal members, Second Presbyterian Church members, local artists from many Christian churches, and students from several schools including Calvary Christian Academy in Normal.

Good Friday afternoon service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 1:10 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a Good Friday afternoon service at 1:10 p.m. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Associate Pastor Aaron D. Schnelle will deliver the Good Friday message.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 3, 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.

Resurrection Bible School (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Come learn about the crucifixion, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.

 

For ages 6-18.

 

For more information or to arrange transportation, please call Pastor Frank Noyes at 309-346-7791 or Jamie at 309-241-2113.

Good Friday evening service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 6:30 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will have a Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 6:30 p.m. Associate Pastor Aaron D. Schnelle will deliver the sermon for this service of shadows and darkness.

Good Friday Worship Service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

A time of remembering and focusing on the last words of Jesus on the cross. This service will be led by the youth of Northminster.

Coleta United Methodist Good Friday Service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Coleta United Methodist will be having a Good Friday service. All are invited!

 

Good Friday Service (Fri. Apr 3, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Sterling First Church of the Nazarene will hold their Good Friday service. All are invited to attend.

Sat. Apr 4, 2015

Huge Indoor Sale (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

The Journey church is having a garage sale! All proceeds go to our savings for a roof!

 

Wednesday, April 1st-- 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2nd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3rd-- 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4th-- 8:00-noon

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs are for boys ages 5-18 & girls ages 5-15, with programs ranging from beginner to high school level.

 

The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program not only is taught solid fundamentals but is exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin mid April, with games beginning May 9 and running through mid July.

 

Registration begins February 14th and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Get a discounted fee if you register by March 17. Don't wait to register--space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching?? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community!

 

For more information, call The Christian Center.

14th Annual High School Research Symposium (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Join us for a day that celebrates students' accomplishments in research. For over a decade, Illinois State University has invited Illinois high school students to showcase their research projects at our annual symposium.

 

The event is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

For more information, visit the website above.

Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

New Hope Baptist Church will be having an Easter egg hunt for all children ages 4 to 5th grade. 

 

Please use the contact information above if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Free Clothing Giveaway and Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Spirit and Truth Ministries is having their annual Easter Egg hunt along with a FREE clothing drive. There will be FREE pony rides, a FREE inflatable slide, FREE games and prizes, concessions, and 21 different area vendors selling their items. A fun-filled, family event. 

 

The Easter egg hunt times are:

Ages 1-3 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 4-6  at 10:45 a.m.

Ages 7-12 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Also, please join us for Easter morning service, Sunday, April 5th at 11:30 a.m.!

Community Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 10:30 am)

Please join us for a free community Easter Egg Hunt at Mossville United Methodist Church for 6th graders and under.  There will be prize eggs and light snacks and refreshments afterwards.  Grab your basket and come on out!

Easter Eggstravaganza (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Sterling First Church of the Nazarene invites you to their Easter Eggstravaganza!

 

There will be two showtimes, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. This FREE show will have music, games, and activities. An egg hunt follows each show.

 

Questions? Please visit the website or contact above.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt/Carnival (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Come enjoy an afternoon of FUN, FUN, FUN!!  Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1:00 for ages 1-12 years old.  Then, have some fun in bouncy houses, facepainting, photo booth, games, prizes, popcorn and cookies!

Community Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Children from preschool to 12 years old are invited to take part in an Easter egg hunt, games, and a visit from the Easter bunny at First Baptist Church in Peoria. Cookies and punch will be available.

 

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

Easter Eggstravaganza (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Sterling First Church of the Nazarene invites you to their Easter Eggstravaganza!

 

There will be two showtimes, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. This FREE show will have music, games, and activities. An egg hunt follows each show.

 

Questions? Please visit the website or contact above.

Living Last Supper (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Church of the Lewistown presents a live re-enactment of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper, in which Jesus tells his disciples, “One of you will betray me.” The drama unfolds as each disciple asks, “Is it I?”

 

For more information, please call the phone number above.

Matthew West: The Live Forever Tour (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 7:00 pm)

The Live Forever Tour with Matthew West, including special guests Colton Dixon and Mr. Talkbox, will be at the Decatur Civic Center Arena.

Matthew West's "Live Forever" album features his latest single, "Day One." He is also known for his songs, "Motions," "Forgiveness," "Hello, My Name Is," and "Do Something."

 

Tickets are $40 for Premium Reserved Seating, $22 for Reserved Floor Seating and $17 for General Admission (Bleacher) Seating. Tickets are available through the Civic Center Box Office.

 

Tickets are available through the Decatur Civic Center box office at the phone number or website listed above.

Community Easter Egg Hunt (Sat. Apr 4, 2015 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join Network Christian Church for their annual after dark Easter Egg hunt.  Face painting, popcorn, egg games, short Easter message, egg hunt and prizes.  Don't miss out! 

 

WEATHER PERMITTING, bring your flashlight and bag and come join the fun.

Sun. Apr 5, 2015

TRINITY SUNRISE EASTER SERVICE (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 6:30 am)

Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate this most joyous of Christian days with an Easter Sunrise service. Senior Pastor Paul C. Hemenway will offer the Easter message.

Trinity Youth Hosts Easter Breakfast (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 7:30 am - 10:30 am)

The Trinity High School Youth Group will host its annual Easter Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran School. The menu includes sausage egg casserole, ham egg casserole, cheese egg casserole, sausage, pancakes, fruit, baked goods and drinks (milk, coffee, orange juice, water). A freewill offering will be taken and net proceeds will be used to send the Youth Group to the national Youth Gathering.

Easter Bonanza / Egg Hunt (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 8:00 am)

It’s an Easter Bonanza at the Bloomington Baptist Church! Services will begin Easter Sunday at 8:00 A.M. with a special Easter message. A pitch-in breakfast and “Search the Church” Easter Egg Hunt will follow. This event is free and no registration is required.

 

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

Northminster Easter Sunday Worship (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 8:15 am - 9:15 am)

God has a way of bringing new life to all that He touches - in fact, it’s what He does best. If you could use a new beginning, join us this Easter at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

 

The miraculous story will remind you of how God's touch resurrects our hope, gives us new strength and enables us to see beauty and purpose all around us. Embrace the Easter story, and watch your life come alive in a new way!

 

Blended Service - 8:15 & 9:45 a.m.

Contemporary Service - 11:00 a.m.

New Hope Easter Services (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

New Hope Baptist Church invites you to their Easter services! This service will be followed by breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Come celebrate with us!

 

Please use the contact information above if you have any questions.

Trinity Easter Service (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 9:00 am)

Trinity Lutheran Church will conduct a 9:00 a.m. Easter morning service at its downtown location. Senior Pastor Paul C. Hemenway will deliver the Easter message.

Final Destination, Where Is Yours? (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

When your life on earth is over, will you be at peace or turmoil? It's YOUR decision! Come spend your Sunday with us as we present to you a special Easter dramatization on the later life of Jesus while here on earth.

Northminster Easter Sunday Worship (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 9:45 am - 10:45 am)

God has a way of bringing new life to all that He touches - in fact, it’s what He does best. If you could use a new beginning, join us this Easter at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

 

The miraculous story will remind you of how God's touch resurrects our hope, gives us new strength and enables us to see beauty and purpose all around us. Embrace the Easter story, and watch your life come alive in a new way!

 

Blended Service - 8:15 & 9:45 a.m.

Contemporary Service - 11:00 a.m.

Good Friday & Easter Services (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 10:00 am)

Come Join us at Lincoln Bible ChurchGood Friday Service will be at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday Easter Service with be at 10:00 a.m.

 

Below is the weekly Sunday schedule:

Sunday School: 9:00 AM

Worship: 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM

 

 

For more information, please visit the website or email address above, or contact the church at the phone number above or Pastor Steve Poirot's cell phone at 309.550.4360

Decision For Hope to make it's first Church plant in Canton, IL (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 10:30 am)

We are extremely excited to be announcing the official launch date for New Hope Community Church! What an awesome day to launch a church! We anticipate God doing some awesome things on that day, and every time we meet in the future as well. New Hope Community Church is being planted by Non-Profit group, “Decision For Hope”, a religious organization founded by Pastor Dave Utt.

 

We would LOVE to have you join us for Easter! Join us for a message from Billy Graham called “The Cross." Please call the number above with questions.

New Hope Easter Services (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

New Hope Baptist Church invites you to their Easter services! Come celebrate with us!

 

Please use the contact information above if you have any questions.

Trinity Easter Service (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 10:30 am)

Trinity Lutheran Church will conduct its third Easter morning service beginning at 10:30 a.m. at its downtown location. Senior Pastor Paul C. Hemenway will deliver the Easter message on this most joyous of mornings.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service as well.

Living Last Supper (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 10:40 am - 12:10 pm)

Church of the Lewistown presents a live re-enactment of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper, in which Jesus tells his disciples, “One of you will betray me.” The drama unfolds as each disciple asks, “Is it I?”

 

For more information, please call the phone number above.

Northminster Easter Sunday Worship (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

God has a way of bringing new life to all that He touches - in fact, it’s what He does best. If you could use a new beginning, join us this Easter at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

 

The miraculous story will remind you of how God's touch resurrects our hope, gives us new strength and enables us to see beauty and purpose all around us. Embrace the Easter story, and watch your life come alive in a new way!

 

Blended Service - 8:15 & 9:45 a.m.

Contemporary Service - 11:00 a.m.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 5, 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

 

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Apr 5, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. Apr 6, 2015

Infinite HeArt Studios Art Event (Mon. Apr 6, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am)

Imagine if your child could go to a place and create the art they've always imagined! Infinite HeArt Studios is such a place, a create art studio where beginning and advanced students create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

 

Two sessions will be offered: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Cost is $10/person. This even is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

More information can be found at the website above.

Infinite HeArt Studios Art Event (Mon. Apr 6, 2015 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

Imagine if your child could go to a place and create the art they've always imagined! Infinite HeArt Studios is such a place, a create art studio where beginning and advanced students create one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

 

Two sessions will be offered: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Cost is $10/person. This even is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

More information can be found at the website above.

Kids Klub-Fishing Fun! (Mon. Apr 6, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS and our Fishing Expert and learn all about how to fish and the awesome gear that SCHEELS has to offer. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! The FIRST 25 KIDS will receive a FREE PLANO tackle pack.

Bible Study Fellowship: Revelation Registration Night (Mon. Apr 6, 2015 6:45 pm)

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is introducing the brand new study of Revelation in September 2015.

 

Enrollment starts this April, and spots will fill quickly, so join us any Monday night in April at 6:45 p.m. to register.

 

Women attend at Woodland Baptist Church and men at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Peoria. Both classes have school-aged children's programs.

 

Come and secure your spot for this life-changing study to draw you nearer to Christ.

Tue. Apr 7, 2015

MOPS/MOMSnext (Tue. Apr 7, 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.

 

Brass Quintet (Tue. Apr 7, 2015 2:00 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!

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Apr 7, 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.

Challenger "SparkFest" Singles Mission (Tue. Apr 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Sparks will fly when you attend a Singles-Only mission at the Challenger Learning Center...talk about Warp Speed Dating! Find romance, or just have some fun, while you participate in a simulated space mission with other singles aged 18 and over. Our evening will start with pizza and end with a mission.

 

Cost is $20/person. This event is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

For more information, visit the website above.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Apr 7, 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. Apr 7, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Apr 8, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Wed. Apr 8, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs are for boys ages 5-18 & girls ages 5-15, with programs ranging from beginner to high school level.

 

The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program not only is taught solid fundamentals but is exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin mid April, with games beginning May 9 and running through mid July.

 

Registration begins February 14th and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Get a discounted fee if you register by March 17. Don't wait to register--space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching?? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community!

 

For more information, call The Christian Center.

Brass Quintet (Wed. Apr 8, 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!

Collecting soda tabs for SCS 8th grade (Wed. Apr 8, 2015 12:00 pm)

The 8th grade class at Springfield Christian School is collecting soda tabs as a holocaust project. We want to get a better visual on just a SMALL number of the Jewish lives that were lost. Our class chose a country (Czechoslovakia) which had 277,000 Jewish deaths in it during the times of the Holocaust. So our goal is to collect 277,000 soda/ soup can tabs anytime from now until the end of April. When we are done with these tabs we will donate them to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to live (free of charge) if they have children in the hospital for an extended period of time.

Spark a 4-H Adventure! (Wed. Apr 8, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

What do potatoes, playdoh, and wind mills have in common? You can create electricity with each one! Come find out how to make electricity with items you can find in your house. These activities are appropriate for children ages 6-12.

 

This FREE event is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a weeklong celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

More information can be found at the website above.

Thu. Apr 9, 2015

YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon (Thu. Apr 9, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Join the YWCA of the Sauk Valley for the 33rd annual Women of Achievement Luncheon. Share a table with friends and colleagues, to honor the accomplishments of outstanding area women. In addition to the awards and luncheon, there will be drawings featuring signature gift baskets.

 

The YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon is one of the YWCA's most important fundraisers. The proceeds from this event support the YWCA's programs that help transform the lives of people across the Sauk Valley.

 

Reservations are due no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Space is limited, so please don’t delay. Call the YWCA the phone number above or visit the website for more information.

Benefit for Guatemala Mission Trip at Culvers (Thu. Apr 9, 2015 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Glad Tidings youth group in East Peoria will be having a fundraiser to raise money for to go on a mission trip to Guatemala.

 

The fundraiser will be held at the Culvers in East Peoria. Please stop by to support our efforts and eat some delicious food! 

The Chemistry of Food and Wine (Thu. Apr 9, 2015 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join us for this fun event where we will explore the chemistry behind food and wine pairings. Experience a variety of flavors, learn about the process of making wine at White Oak Vineyards, and enjoy wine and food samples throughout the evening.

 

This event is for 21+ only. Cost is $25/person. Space is limited, and tickets will go fast!

 

This event is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

For more information visit the website above.

Spark Your Curiosity, Ignite Your Imagination (Thu. Apr 9, 2015 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

What amazing ideas can you turn into reality when you put your mind to it? Explore with Little Bits electronics to design cool new gadgets that can make a big impact! Use materials in the Maker Space, share practical and outrageous ideas, and work together to fabricate your concepts.

 

Perfect for upper elementary students. This event is $10/per person. Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

 

This event is part of the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

For more information visit the website above.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Apr 9, 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.

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

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Apr 9, 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 

Open Volleyball (Thu. Apr 9, 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. Apr 10, 2015

APACHE Homeschool Convention (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 8:30 am)

The Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE) is having its 26th Annual APACHE Homeschool Convention.

 

APACHE's mission is to help parents excel in home educating their children with a Christian worldview. The convention is a two-day event and has many speakers, including keynote speaker Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries.

 

You can find more information here: http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/Resources/Documents/2015%20brochure.pdf

 

Please visit the website above to register.

Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast- Eureka Bible Church (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

The Empowered to Connect (ETC) Conference is designed to help adults better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God intended for them to be.

The conference simulcast is geared towards:

*Adoptive parents

*Foster parents

*Potential adoptive/foster parents

*Professionals

*ANYONE who works with children

 

The conference will be simulcast live on April 10-11. Doors open each day at 8:30 a.m.

 

Cost for the event is $5 which covers the necessary training materials. Lunch will be available on site for a donation.

 

Register by contacting the phone number or e-mail address above. Additional information on the conference can be found at the website listed above.

Empowered to Connect Simulcast- Northfield Christian Fellowship (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Come to Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast- "Equipping you to bring hope and healing to adopted and foster children."

 

The cost is $20 per couple. Price includes both Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

 

Contact the church office at the e-mail address above for tickets.

DeeperStill Post-Abortion Retreat (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 2:00 pm - Sun. Apr 12, 2015 12:00 pm)

A confidential healing retreat for women and men who are struggling due to a past abortion decision.  There is no cost to attend.

 

Participants receive support in small groups and one-on-one. Facilitators include former participants and others trained in post-abortion support.  Participants receive support from facilitators of the same gender.

 

Weekend retreat starts the afternoon of April 10 through April 12.  More details and registration packet can be found at the website above.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 10, 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. Apr 11, 2015

DeeperStill Post-Abortion Retreat (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 2:00 pm - Sun. Apr 12, 2015 12:00 pm)

A confidential healing retreat for women and men who are struggling due to a past abortion decision.  There is no cost to attend.

 

Participants receive support in small groups and one-on-one. Facilitators include former participants and others trained in post-abortion support.  Participants receive support from facilitators of the same gender.

 

Weekend retreat starts the afternoon of April 10 through April 12.  More details and registration packet can be found at the website above.

Lawn Mower Clinic (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

The Peoria Lawn Mower Clinic is a community volunteer event where we provide important maintenance for your lawn mower. For a small fee ($35) we clean the deck, sharpen the blade, replace the spark plug and filter and then clean off the mower. Attendees of the project drop off their mowers in the morning and then come back to pick them up in the afternoon.

 

All proceeds will benefit local non-profits such as CDGA and Epic.  For more information & to pre-register, please visit the website above.

Run with Reagan 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 8:00 am)

Want to run with a President? Come on out and run through Eureka College's beautiful historic campus, just 20 minutes away from Peoria. Run in the footsteps of President Ronald Reagan, who graduated from Eureka College in 1932. Enjoy some healthy family fun and support a great cause - The Alzheimer's Association and The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College.

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs are for boys ages 5-18 & girls ages 5-15, with programs ranging from beginner to high school level.

 

The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program not only is taught solid fundamentals but is exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin mid April, with games beginning May 9 and running through mid July.

 

Registration begins February 14th and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Get a discounted fee if you register by March 17. Don't wait to register--space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching?? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community!

 

For more information, call The Christian Center.

APACHE Homeschool Convention (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 8:30 am)

The Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators (APACHE) is having its 26th Annual APACHE Homeschool Convention.

 

APACHE's mission is to help parents excel in home educating their children with a Christian worldview. The convention is a two-day event and has many speakers, including keynote speaker Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries.

 

You can find more information here: http://www.apachecentralillinois.org/Resources/Documents/2015%20brochure.pdf

 

Please visit the website above to register.

Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast- Eureka Bible Church (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

The Empowered to Connect (ETC) Conference is designed to help adults better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God intended for them to be.

The conference simulcast is geared towards:

*Adoptive parents

*Foster parents

*Potential adoptive/foster parents

*Professionals

*ANYONE who works with children

 

The conference will be simulcast live on April 10-11. Doors open each day at 8:30 a.m.

 

Cost for the event is $5 which covers the necessary training materials. Lunch will be available on site for a donation.

 

Register by contacting the phone number or e-mail address above. Additional information on the conference can be found at the website listed above.

Empowered to Connect Simulcast- Northfield Christian Fellowship (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Come to Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast- "Equipping you to bring hope and healing to adopted and foster children."

 

The cost is $20 per couple. Price includes both Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

 

Contact the church office at the e-mail address above for tickets.

Home Staging Workshop (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 10:00 am)

Staged homes sell faster and at a higher price! At this FREE workshop, Tracy Molendi, a staging professional with Simply Organized and Staged, will be sharing tips for getting your home ready for the real estate market. She will help you to understand how potential buyers see your home and give you the know-how to make it more appealing to them.

 

Learn more about Tracy and staging at www.StagingPeoria.com. For more information about the workshop, visit the website above.

Wheelchair Basketball 2015 (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 10:00 am)

You are invited to attend a family-fun wheelchair basketball game, played between the University of Illinois men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams and the Bloomington-Normal Deaf Club representing LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL).

 

In addition to the game, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prize and performances by Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe. We plan to see Corny from Normal CornBelters Baseball and Reggie Redbird too! Come join the fun and bring your family and friends!

 

Admission is $5.00, children 5 and under are free. Tickets are on sale now at LIFE CIL or can be purchased at the door. Doors open and activities begin at 10:00 a.m. The game begins at 11:00 a.m.

 

This event is LIFE CIL’s only annual fund raising event, and proceeds also provide two scholarships for youth with disabilities to attend wheelchair sports camp at the University of Illinois. We are inviting you support this community event that also raises awareness for people with disabilities.

 

LIFE CIL is a not-for-profit organization that serves persons of all ages and all kinds of disabilities in McLean, DeWitt, Ford, and Livingston Counties. We provide services that help about 2,500 persons with disabilities each year to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles in their own homes, and we also advocate for their civil rights. The majority of our Board and staff members are themselves persons with disabilities.

Family Science Day (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Family Science Day is a public outreach event designed to education and inspire K-8 students in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). This family-friendly event hosts the Central Illinois Robotics Club's annual Bot Brawl tournament and encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities, challenges, and demonstrations while providing the opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators.

 

This event is FREE and open to the public. This is the culminating event for the Illinois Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois.

 

Find more information at the website above.

Heart To Heart Support Services, N.F.P. Annual Fundraiser (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

We are hosting a benefit meal, bake sale, and live and silent auction featuring Mr. Dane Bailey, the Singing Auctioneer. All items at this benefit are provided for a donation of the giver's choice.

 

Heart to Heart (H2H) is a not-for-profit counseling ministry that functions TOTALLY on donations.  All proceeds of this event will be used to cover the 2015 operating expenses of the H2H ministry.

Rockin' the House Family Dance Party (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 6:00 pm)

A dance party for the entire family!  Come enjoy an evening of dancing with your friends and dance performances by local dance groups including Peoria Latin Vibe, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, the Peoria Chinese Folk Dance Team, local school flag cadet corp, and more! Free desserts and soft drinks served throughout the night.  Children welcome - this is a family friendly event!

 

New this year, the MAMBO FOR MEALS COMMUNITY LINE DANCE - a flash mob style dance.  Come learn the easy line dance at 6:30 p.m. in a free lesson by Dan Stone from the area's premier line dance venue, Stone Country. Then, stay and join the Mambo for Meals Community Line Dance at 8:00 p.m.

 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 if reserved in advance via the e-mail address above. Visit the website above for more information.

Men's Accountability Group & Chess Competition Fellowship (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Fiery Fiddlin' - Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 7:30 pm)

Feel the fire of sensational fiddler Jeremy Kittel, joined by ISO’s concertmaster Violetta Todorova in Evan Chambers Concerto for Fiddle and Violin and the enchanting orchestral wizardry of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Brahms’ pastoral Third Symphony opens the program directed by the ISO’s Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at the website above.

The God Experience Tour 2015- Comedian Brad Stine (Sat. Apr 11, 2015 8:30 pm)

Walnut Community Bible Church welcomes comedian Brad Stine on his The God Experience Tour 2015!

 

Brad Stine is one of the most popular Christian comics of our times. He has been called “God’s Comic” by the New Yorker magazine and has been compared in style to Robin Williams, Sam Kinison, and George Carlin. However, as a Conservative Christian, Stine finds humor without resorting to sordid or profane topics as is common among modern comedians.

 

There are two shows times: 5:00 p.m. (sold out) & 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Tickets may be purchased via the church website or from the office at the phone number above.

Sun. Apr 12, 2015

DeeperStill Post-Abortion Retreat (Fri. Apr 10, 2015 2:00 pm - Sun. Apr 12, 2015 12:00 pm)

A confidential healing retreat for women and men who are struggling due to a past abortion decision.  There is no cost to attend.

 

Participants receive support in small groups and one-on-one. Facilitators include former participants and others trained in post-abortion support.  Participants receive support from facilitators of the same gender.

 

Weekend retreat starts the afternoon of April 10 through April 12.  More details and registration packet can be found at the website above.

"The Chosen Ones" Concert (Sun. Apr 12, 2015 10:00 am)

Gospel Music family, "The Chosen Ones," will be in concert at First Christian Church. Everyone is also invited to come early for "The Coffee Hour" from 8:45-9:45 a.m. for coffee, tea and something sweet (coffee cakes, rolls etc.).

 

There is no admission fee. A free will offering will be received. For more information, please call the Church at the phone number above.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 12, 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

 

Fiery Fiddlin' (Sun. Apr 12, 2015 2:00 pm)

Feel the fire of sensational fiddler Jeremy Kittel joined by ISO’s concertmaster Violetta Todorova in Evan Chambers Concerto for Fiddle and Violin, and the enchanting orchestral wizardry of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Brahms’ pastoral Third Symphony opens the program directed by the ISO’s Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the website above.

Singing Auctioneer Concert (Sun. Apr 12, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Mr. Dane Bailey, the Singing Auctioneer, will be providing a musical concert to receive a love offering. Mr. Bailey is coming to the Bloomington/Normal area to provide his services to the Heart To Heart Support Services fundraising event.  He does not charge a fee for his services for the benefit event, but simply asks to have opportunity to give a concert for a love offering to cover his travel expenses to the H2H event.

Plumb and JJ Heller in Concert (Sun. Apr 12, 2015 6:00 pm)

You are invited to The Ready Now Tour, featuring Plumb and JJ Heller, plus special guest Everfound! This is Fan the Flame Christian Concert's 7th concert!

 

Plumb is known for the songs "Need You Now" and "Lord, I'm Ready Now," and you might recognized JJ Heller's song "What Love Really Means."

 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:00 p.m.

 

Tickets start at $10 and are available via iTickets. For more information, please call the number above.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Apr 12, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. Apr 13, 2015

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Mon. Apr 13, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

Belize Bound at Monical's (Mon. Apr 13, 2015 6:00 pm)

We are having a Monical's pizza night to support students going on an educational tour. Come join us for some tasty dinner for a great cause!

 

We are also doing a Schwan's fundraiser for the same group of kids. View the website above for more information.

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Apr 13, 2015 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.

Bible Study Fellowship: Revelation Registration Night (Mon. Apr 13, 2015 6:45 pm)

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is introducing the brand new study of Revelation in September 2015.

 

Enrollment starts this April, and spots will fill quickly, so join us any Monday night in April at 6:45 p.m. to register.

 

Women attend at Woodland Baptist Church and men at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Peoria. Both classes have school-aged children's programs.

 

Come and secure your spot for this life-changing study to draw you nearer to Christ.

Tue. Apr 14, 2015

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Tue. Apr 14, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Apr 14, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Apr 14, 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. Apr 14, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Apr 15, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Wed. Apr 15, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs are for boys ages 5-18 & girls ages 5-15, with programs ranging from beginner to high school level.

 

The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program not only is taught solid fundamentals but is exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin mid April, with games beginning May 9 and running through mid July.

 

Registration begins February 14th and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Get a discounted fee if you register by March 17. Don't wait to register--space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching?? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community!

 

For more information, call The Christian Center.

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Wed. Apr 15, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

Thu. Apr 16, 2015

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Thu. Apr 16, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Apr 16, 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.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Apr 16, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Apr 16, 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. Apr 17, 2015

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Fri. Apr 17, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event Reception (Fri. Apr 17, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Apr 17, 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. Apr 17, 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.

Mitch McVicker Concert (Fri. Apr 17, 2015 7:00 pm)

Dove award winning singer and songwriter Mitch McVicker will be in concert.

 

There will be a free will offering. All proceeds after the concert expenses will benefit St. Mary's Poverty Fund. Please be generous.  

 

Stay after the concert for a "meet and greet" with a cookies and lemonade reception in the church hall.

Sat. Apr 18, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs are for boys ages 5-18 & girls ages 5-15, with programs ranging from beginner to high school level.

 

The Christian Center is known for its positive environment and quality baseball and softball programs. Each participant in our program not only is taught solid fundamentals but is exposed regularly to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ!

 

The season consists of 14 games in addition to practices scheduled by the coach. Practices begin mid April, with games beginning May 9 and running through mid July.

 

Registration begins February 14th and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Get a discounted fee if you register by March 17. Don't wait to register--space is limited!

 

Interested in coaching?? Coaches are needed! A great way to have fun and serve the kids of our community!

 

For more information, call The Christian Center.

Saint Mark School Fine Art Event (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

An exhibition of artwork by St. Mark’s School students will be held from April 13th to 18th at the Prairie Center of the Arts.

 

Creative 2D and 3D individual and group projects from students in grades Pre K to 8th grade will be on display in the Peerless Gallery of the Center.

 

The reception on Friday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will also feature flash mob style musical and dramatic performances by the Saint Marks Choir and the cast of the student musical, High School Musical Jr.

 

The gallery hours for the exhibition are 10-3:00 p.m. April 13th-17th and 10:00-noon on April 18th. The reception will be hosted from 6:00-8:00 p.m. pm on Friday, April 17th.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change and Green Baby Fair (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Join us at Oakland Elementary for the Great Cloth Diaper Change and Green Baby Fair as we try to break the record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time! All are welcome!

 

Please visit the website above for more information.

Let's Go Fly a Kite (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Harvest Temple is hosting a FREE kite making and flying event! Come to the soccer fields at Community Park to make and fly your own kite!

 

All kids get a glider, while supplies last. There will be prize drawings for both kids and adults! This event is weather-permitting.

Miss Patty Cake Live Event: Patty Cake Praise! (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Calling kids of all ages! Come join the fun with a FREE Miss Patty Cake concert! She always says “We are going to have …FUN!” With hands to clap, and heart to love, and a voice to SING- Miss Patty Cake uses music to teach biblical truths in an age-appropriate way. 

 

Registration is required at the website listed above. The registration deadline is April 15th, and those who RSVP by then will be entered into a drawing. Those who miss the registration deadline are still welcome to come that day- just sign in at the door!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Living Rock Assembly (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 6:00 pm)

We request the honor of your presence as we gather together to celebrate the Founders of Living Rock Church: Pastor Stan & Dorothy Svetich. Join us for this special ribbon cutting, blessing, & dedication ceremony in the honor of the Svetich's as we rename our Fellowship Hall the Svetich Fellowship Hall.

 

Dinner will be served immediately following; a free-will offering will be taken.

Fire in the Mountains-Richard & Susan Rhodes (Sat. Apr 18, 2015 7:00 pm)

Richard and Susan Rhodes are returning to the Toulon United Methodist Church to teach, empower and equip with awesome praise and worship.

 

They are from the gorgeous mountains of western North Carolina, where Richard was led to start a bold new ministry called Fire in the Mountains, a ministry that sees people saved, healed, delivered and empowered in Jesus’ name. Richard is a member of the Methodist Evangelist Association, and recently rotated off the board of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries after serving his six years there. Richard and Susan come to us after teaching and ministering at the John Wesley Foundation meetings in Peoria early in the week.

 

Tell your friends! Invite your neighbors! Expect to be transformed by the Holy Spirit!

Sun. Apr 19, 2015

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

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

 

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

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 19, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call the number above.

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

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Mon. Apr 20, 2015

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

Join SCHEELS and a local nursery to learn all about plants and why they are important to the Earth. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! Register to win some GREAT PRIZES!!

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Bible Study Fellowship: Revelation Registration Night (Mon. Apr 20, 2015 6:45 pm)

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is introducing the brand new study of Revelation in September 2015.

 

Enrollment starts this April, and spots will fill quickly, so join us any Monday night in April at 6:45 p.m. to register.

 

Women attend at Woodland Baptist Church and men at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Peoria. Both classes have school-aged children's programs.

 

Come and secure your spot for this life-changing study to draw you nearer to Christ.

Tue. Apr 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Apr 22, 2015

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

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

Thu. Apr 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

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

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

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

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Fri. Apr 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please use the contact information above.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Sat. Apr 25, 2015

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

Join Peoria Rescue Ministries for The Walk (for the lives of women and children) and help save a life!  The Walk is a simple two-mile walk. 

 

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

 

There are four locations to choose from:

Peoria: Ester House

Pekin: Mineral Springs Park

Morton: Idlewood Park

Washington: Washington Park- Grange Shelter

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please visit the website above. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Sun. Apr 26, 2015

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Apr 26, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. Apr 27, 2015

Bible Study Fellowship: Revelation Registration Night (Mon. Apr 27, 2015 6:45 pm)

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is introducing the brand new study of Revelation in September 2015.

 

Enrollment starts this April, and spots will fill quickly, so join us any Monday night in April at 6:45 p.m. to register.

 

Women attend at Woodland Baptist Church and men at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Peoria. Both classes have school-aged children's programs.

 

Come and secure your spot for this life-changing study to draw you nearer to Christ.

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

Small Town, Big God

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

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

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

 

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

 

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

and

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

Tue. Apr 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Small Town, Big God

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

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

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

 

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

 

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

and

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

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

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Apr 29, 2015

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call the phone number above.

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

Small Town, Big God

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

Small-Town Pastors' Conference

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

 

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

 

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

and

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

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

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

 

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

Thu. Apr 30, 2015

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

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

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

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

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

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person