Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. Dec 14, 2014 - Sat. Dec 20, 2014
December 2014

Sat. Dec 20, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 3:00 am)

Woodside United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a keyboard player, a drummer and a choir director.  If interested please email us at woodsideumc@comcast.net

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 8:00 am)

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton.

Monday - Saturdays Nov. 17th - Dec.24th

Please call to schedule your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs.

Indoor Farmers' Market (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 10:00 am)

The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items!

Free Medical Clinic (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 10:00 am)

Dr. Ted will be there from 10am until the last patient is seen.

Come Meet LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 11:00 am)

Meet Santa and his LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS. See them before they are called back to the North Pole! There will be opportunities to purchase photos (1-8X10 or 2-5X7 for $20). Bring the whole family, you don't want to miss this popular event at SCHEELS.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Christmas at the Camp (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

A free family friendly event hosted by Lake Springfield Christian Assembly and Refuge Ranch! Come celebrate Christmas with your family at LSCA's Lakeview Lodge. Event is open house style and includes: (Outdoor) Nativity, opportunity for family worship, bon fire, hay rides, family photo opps and more. (Inside) Christmas craft, refreshments, cookie decorating, etc. Please join us  Friday!

Christmas Musical - "One Bethlehem Night" (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 7:00 pm)

The Hillsboro Free Methodist Church will be presenting "One Bethlethem Night" on Friday and Saturday. It is a broadway-style musical Theater experience. There will be a dessert reception following each nights performance.

Live Nativity-"Jesus Christ the Word of Life" (Sat. Dec 20, 2014 7:00 pm)

This dramatic portrayal views the life of Christ from birth to resurrection. Come join us as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with live animals and an array of characters from the life of Christ. Join us under the stars as Bethlehem comes alive. View the baby in the manger, the popular teacher, the condemned man, the crucified Savior, the risen LORD.

Two performances 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Sun. Dec 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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. Dec 22, 2014

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Mon. Dec 22, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

Tue. Dec 23, 2014

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

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) is in your area! Come join us the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Hope Church. Moppets are available for your kiddos, so they will be learning too! For more information about MOPS here in Springfield or nationally, visit the website above.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Tue. Dec 23, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Dec 23, 2014 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.

Wed. Dec 24, 2014

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 8:00 am)

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton.

Monday - Saturdays Nov. 17th - Dec.24th

Please call to schedule your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

Christmas Eve at the Cathedral (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 4:00 pm)

Christmas Eve events at St. Mary's Cathedral include:

 

  •  Family Mass at 4:00 p.m.
  •  Spanish Mass at 6:00 p.m.
  •  Christmas Concert at 8:00 p.m.
  •  Solemn Mass at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Come the celebrate the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord.

Christmas Eve Services (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 7:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24th.

 

The 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature a special children's choir consisting of Trinity School students in the 3rd-8th Grades performing during the service.

 

The 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will feature the Trinity Adult Choir performing special Christmas music during the service.

Christmas Eve Services (Wed. Dec 24, 2014 11:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold two Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24th.

 

The 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service will feature a special children's choir consisting of Trinity School students in the 3rd-8th Grades performing during the service.

 

The 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will feature the Trinity Adult Choir performing special Christmas music during the service.

Thu. Dec 25, 2014

Christmas Day Service (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 10:00 am)

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Day service at 10:00 a.m.  Andy Wiesenhofer will perform special Christmas music during the service.

26th Annual Community Christmas Dinner (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Free to anyone who would like a delicious meal and fellowship.

 

Noone should be alone on Christmas

 

We will deliver a meal to your home or provide a ride if you live in Sterling or Rock Falls, just call.

 

Also looking for a way to give back to the community? Call Tom to volunteer/ and or make a donation.

 

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Come for praise and worship with opportunities for soaking time with the Lord, joining with others in corporate intercession for the city, and receive confidential prayer.

 

Come and go as needed between 6:00p to 8:30p every Thursday evening, unless it is a holiday.

 

For more information, see Facebook: search "cpr:communityprayerrooms".

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Dec 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. Dec 26, 2014

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Fri. Dec 26, 2014 2:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

Addictions Program (Fri. Dec 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

Is it possible to kick the stubborn habit and change your life? Is it really possible to ditch the drugs, pornography and alcohol?  The answer is: YES.  It can be done. There is real, genuine freedom to be found from your addictions. You can live a life apart from your addictions.

 

At the Reformer's Unanimous Addictions Program, we're not interested in helping you manage the symptoms of your addiction. Our desire is to deal with the root cause of the issue and give you complete and total freedom from the dependency and cravings of your problem.

 

This is not a Twelve-Step Program. This is a faith-based, Christ-centered Addictions Program.We use time-tested Biblical principles to guide you to freedom and give you a new life apart from your addicions.If you've tried everything else; if you've failed to quit dozens of times in the past, we can help you. 

 

Our local chapter meets Friday evenings at the Bloomington Baptist Church. There will be testimonies of victory, small-group counseling and explanations from God's Word about how to kick our stubborn habits.

 

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

Sat. Dec 27, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 3:00 am)

Woodside United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a keyboard player, a drummer and a choir director.  If interested please email us at woodsideumc@comcast.net

Tenth Avenue North (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Coming to Northwoods Community Church for a free concert!

Tenth Avenue North (Sat. Dec 27, 2014 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Coming to Northwoods Community Church for a free concert!

Sun. Dec 28, 2014

Tenth Avenue North (Sun. Dec 28, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Coming to Northwoods Community Church for a free concert!

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Dec 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Mon. Dec 29, 2014

Youth Encounter (Mon. Dec 29, 2014 1:00 pm - Tue. Dec 30, 2014 3:00 pm)

For 6th-12th graders to hear the gospel in an atmosphere geared toward youth.

 

This year's event features music by Flame, V-Rose, and NeverClaim, comedy by Team Wordplay, illusionist Bryan Drake, and evangelist Rick Gage.

 

We will also have breakout sessions on several different subjects for youth and youth workers such as GO Mission Trips, Sharing Christ, Human Trafficking, Technology in Ministry, Apologetics, and several others.

Tue. Dec 30, 2014

Youth Encounter (Mon. Dec 29, 2014 1:00 pm - Tue. Dec 30, 2014 3:00 pm)

For 6th-12th graders to hear the gospel in an atmosphere geared toward youth.

 

This year's event features music by Flame, V-Rose, and NeverClaim, comedy by Team Wordplay, illusionist Bryan Drake, and evangelist Rick Gage.

 

We will also have breakout sessions on several different subjects for youth and youth workers such as GO Mission Trips, Sharing Christ, Human Trafficking, Technology in Ministry, Apologetics, and several others.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Dec 30, 2014 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.

Wed. Dec 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Service (Wed. Dec 31, 2014 6:30 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a New Year's Eve service at 6:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.