Family Calendar & Concerts

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Sun. Feb 1, 2015 - Sat. Feb 7, 2015
February 2015

Sun. Feb 1, 2015

Wish Bone Canine Rescue Adoption Event (Sun. Feb 1, 2015 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Wish Bone Canine Rescue will be having an adoption event.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (Sun. Feb 1, 2015 6:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield will be conducting a nine-week class utilizing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.

 

This class begins Sunday, January 18, 2015 and meets weekly.

 

Topics to be covered include managing your money, getting out of debt, and saving for college and/or retirement.

 

Register online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home; the fee is $93 + shipping for the complete Financial Peace University kit that includes Dave Ramsey's book "The Complete Guide to Money," a nine-CD set that reinforces each weekly lesson, a progress chart, and a workbook.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Feb 1, 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. 

Dave Ramsey Legacy Journey Class (Sun. Feb 1, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Eastview Christian Church will again host the Legacy Journey class with Dave Ramsey, January 18th through March 1st.  The class is on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  We will be discussing topics like how much is enough, what the Bible says about wealth, and is wealth really evil?

 

There is a kit required for the class available at DaveRamsey.com or Harvest Bookstore at Eastview Church.

 

 

Mon. Feb 2, 2015

Driven Cafe "Hot Meal Ministry" (Mon. Feb 2, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Driven Church serves hot meals Monday through Friday at their cafe from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All meals our free to the public.

GriefShare (Mon. Feb 2, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A 13-week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The DVDs feature clips from pastors, counselors, and others who give practical suggestions and reassurance.

Driven Recovery "THE DRIVEN CHURCH" (Mon. Feb 2, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Driven Recovery is a Christian recovery program for men and women in addictions of all kinds. We meet every Monday night at the fusion building. We have a live praise and worship band and awesome speakers to help teach us to lean upon our God for his guidance through are troubles. We go straight to the Bible for His Word. We start out in a large group and then break in to smaller groups. During the summer months, we take our meeting outside around the pool. Our pastor loves to baptize new men and women for Christ.

Tue. Feb 3, 2015

MOPS/MOMSnext (Tue. Feb 3, 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.

 

Free ACA Help at Peoria Library (Tue. Feb 3, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Everyone deserves to be taken care of when they're sick. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions get health insurance at a rate they can afford.

 

A household of one can earn between $0-$46,680 a year and qualify for financial assistance.

 

If you have questions or would like to enroll, join us at the Peoria Public Libraries now thru February 15th and meet with a trained, certified Navigator.

 

1st and 3rd Tuesday at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 20th
  • Tues., February 3rd

 

2nd and 4th Tuesday at LINCOLN BRANCH LIBRARY 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 13th
  • Tues., January 27th
  • Tues., February 10th

 

Select Saturdays at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Sat., February 7th
  • Sat., February 14th

 

For additional details or questions, please contact Brittney.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Feb 3, 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.

Does What You Wear Matter? (Tue. Feb 3, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Free Follow-up Bible Study to the Purity Ball

 

Rachel Lee Carter has written a book/bible study for girls called "Fashioned by Faith." An International Model uncovers the truth about modesty and style. Rachel Lee Carter shares her story of being modest in an often immodest industry. She uncovers what guys really think when girls follow those revealing trends. More importantly she examines what God thinks.

 

Her book will be available for purchase the night of the Purity Ball for $14.00.

 

Age requirement: All Girls 12 and Up

 

Download registration form online.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Feb 3, 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.

GriefShare Grief Recovery Program (Tue. Feb 3, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

 

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

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Feb 3, 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. Feb 4, 2015

Financial Peace University (Wed. Feb 4, 2015 6:00 pm)

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Masters Club (Kids Club) (Wed. Feb 4, 2015 7:00 pm)

Our Master Clubs ministry meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. For Children ages 5-12 and the Teens meet every Sunday at 10 a.m.

This program teaches our children God’s Word with fun activities and games and outings to allow our children to sharpen their skills as they prepare to serve the Lord.


The Purpose of Master Clubs is: To evangelize children, discipling them toward spiritual growth, teaching and training them to serve Jesus Christ, and providing multiple opportunities to do so through the local church.

Masters Club (Kids Club) (Wed. Feb 4, 2015 7:00 pm)

 

Our Master Clubs ministry meets every Wednesday. For Children ages 5-12 and the Teens meet every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

 

This program teaches our children God’s Word with fun activities and games and outings to allow our children to sharpen their skills as they prepare to serve the Lord.

 

The Purpose of Master Clubs is: To evangelize children, discipling them toward spiritual growth, teaching and training them to serve Jesus Christ, and providing multiple opportunities to do so through the local church.

 

Masters Club (Kids Club) (Wed. Feb 4, 2015 7:00 pm)

Our Master Clubs ministry meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. For Children ages 5-12 and the Teens meet every Sunday at 10 a.m.

This program teaches our children God’s Word with fun activities and games and outings to allow our children to sharpen their skills as they prepare to serve the Lord.


The Purpose of Master Clubs is: To evangelize children, discipling them toward spiritual growth, teaching and training them to serve Jesus Christ, and providing multiple opportunities to do so through the local church.

Thu. Feb 5, 2015

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Feb 5, 2015 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".

DivorceCare and DC4Kids at Grace in Morton (Thu. Feb 5, 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!

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Feb 5, 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. Feb 5, 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. Feb 6, 2015

Building Better Moms (Fri. Feb 6, 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)

IF: Central Illinois (Women's Simulcast Event) (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 1:30 pm - Sat. Feb 7, 2015 5:00 pm)

IF: Central Illinois is a a fresh, deep, honest space for a new generation of women to wrestle with the essential question: IF God is real… THEN what? This 2-day gathering brings women together and wrestles out how to live out the calling God has placed on our lives.

IF:Pontiac Women's Retreat (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 4:00 pm - Sun. Feb 8, 2015 3:00 pm)

IF:Pontiac is a 2-day women's retreat built around a live simulcast of the IF:Gathering in Austin, TX.  All women are invited to come answer the question, "IF God is real, then what?"  IF: believes that we are a generation of women taking God at His Word and wanting to live like it. The event features several speakers and musicians including Shelley Giglio, Christine Caine, Ann Voskamp, Jen Hatmaker, Christy Nockels and many more.

 

Registration is requested via the IF:Pontiac Facebook event page listed above.  A $25 donation is requested, and meals are provided on Saturday.

If:Gathering / If:North Mac (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

First Baptist Church of Virden will again be hosting a live stream of the If:Gathering in Pitman Hall. This is a special kind of women's gathering and conference unlike any other. Come relaxed, bring some food to munch on, and share on faith - what it looks like and how we live it out!

 

Friday, Feb. 6th, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Meals are not provided. There will be a lunchtime where you can go and get lunch at one of the surrounding fast food restaurants, or you may bring your own sack lunch.

 

We’d appreciate if you registered so that we know approximately how many women to expect.

The Art of Marriage (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 6:00 pm - Sat. Feb 7, 2015 4:00 pm)

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 35 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The Art of Marriage video event weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

 

In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide the expert teaching while couples who have struggled with real-life issues openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness and grace.

"A Matter of Faith" Christian Movie (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 6:00 pm)

Movie CONFIRMED - it will play starting the weekend of February 6th-8th.

Movie addresses issue of evolution vs. creationism in education, as well as having one of my favorite presentations of the Gospel in any film.

View trailer at
www.amatteroffaithmovie.com

With a strong run, it sticks around another week, and another.

Matinee and Evening shows (unsure of Twilight schedule) but SAVE on advanced evening tickets through Men of AIM.

Normal adult $8.75 tickets in advance $7.50 - details at www.menofaim.org/movies/faith

$1 / advanced evening ticket donated to cause of your choice - missions trip, youth group, ???

SPECIFIC TIMES to be posted at:
www.willowknolls14.com

Addictions Program (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 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. Feb 7, 2015

IF: Central Illinois (Women's Simulcast Event) (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 1:30 pm - Sat. Feb 7, 2015 5:00 pm)

IF: Central Illinois is a a fresh, deep, honest space for a new generation of women to wrestle with the essential question: IF God is real… THEN what? This 2-day gathering brings women together and wrestles out how to live out the calling God has placed on our lives.

IF:Pontiac Women's Retreat (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 4:00 pm - Sun. Feb 8, 2015 3:00 pm)

IF:Pontiac is a 2-day women's retreat built around a live simulcast of the IF:Gathering in Austin, TX.  All women are invited to come answer the question, "IF God is real, then what?"  IF: believes that we are a generation of women taking God at His Word and wanting to live like it. The event features several speakers and musicians including Shelley Giglio, Christine Caine, Ann Voskamp, Jen Hatmaker, Christy Nockels and many more.

 

Registration is requested via the IF:Pontiac Facebook event page listed above.  A $25 donation is requested, and meals are provided on Saturday.

The Art of Marriage (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 6:00 pm - Sat. Feb 7, 2015 4:00 pm)

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 35 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The Art of Marriage video event weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

 

In The Art of Marriage, over 40 ministry leaders provide the expert teaching while couples who have struggled with real-life issues openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness and grace.

No Regrets Conference: Live Free (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:00 pm)

All men are invited to join us for a No Regrets Conference. Get ready to live free!

 

Bethany Baptist Church is a host site; the conference will be live streamed from Elmbrook Church.

 

The day includes live praise and worship, six main sessions, and breakout sessions.

 

Main sessions feature Pete Briscoe, Bryan Loritis (Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis), Afshin Ziafat, Oscar Muriu (Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya), Steve Sonderman (Assoc. Pastor at Elmbrook Church), and Steve Farrar (Founder and Chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries).

 

Tickets are $15 each and are available in the church office or online at the above Web site.

Elmer Towns and Enriching my Conversation with God (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 8:45 am - 11:45 am)

Dr. Elmer Towns, Liberty University co-founder and coauthor of ‘The Prayer Bible’, will be presenting about prayer and fasting.

The schedule will be:

8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Fasting with the Lord's Prayer

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Developing a Mature Prayer Life

 

Please call the number above to register.

If:Gathering / If:North Mac (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

First Baptist Church of Virden will again be hosting a live stream of the If:Gathering in Pitman Hall. This is a special kind of women's gathering and conference unlike any other. Come relaxed, bring some food to munch on, and share on faith - what it looks like and how we live it out!

 

Friday, Feb. 6th, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Meals are not provided. There will be a lunchtime where you can go and get lunch at one of the surrounding fast food restaurants, or you may bring your own sack lunch.

 

We’d appreciate if you registered so that we know approximately how many women to expect.

Free ACA Help at Peoria Library (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Everyone deserves to be taken care of when they're sick. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions get health insurance at a rate they can afford.

 

A household of one can earn between $0-$46,680 a year and qualify for financial assistance.

 

If you have questions or would like to enroll, join us at the Peoria Public Libraries now thru February 15th and meet with a trained, certified Navigator.

 

1st and 3rd Tuesday at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 20th
  • Tues., February 3rd

 

2nd and 4th Tuesday at LINCOLN BRANCH LIBRARY 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 13th
  • Tues., January 27th
  • Tues., February 10th

 

Select Saturdays at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Sat., February 7th
  • Sat., February 14th

 

For additional details or questions, please contact Brittney.

"A Matter of Faith" Christian Movie (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 6:00 pm)

Movie CONFIRMED - it will play starting the weekend of February 6th-8th.

Movie addresses issue of evolution vs. creationism in education, as well as having one of my favorite presentations of the Gospel in any film.

View trailer at
www.amatteroffaithmovie.com

With a strong run, it sticks around another week, and another.

Matinee and Evening shows (unsure of Twilight schedule) but SAVE on advanced evening tickets through Men of AIM.

Normal adult $8.75 tickets in advance $7.50 - details at www.menofaim.org/movies/faith

$1 / advanced evening ticket donated to cause of your choice - missions trip, youth group, ???

SPECIFIC TIMES to be posted at:
www.willowknolls14.com

Rend Collective in Concert (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

Live in concert: Rend Collective

Come experience the band behind the songs, "My Lighthouse" and "Build Your Kingdom Here" at Lincoln Christian University!

 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

Tickets available online (click the link above) or by calling First Christian Church.

Tickets cost $10-$25.

 

Presented by Fan the Flame Christian Concerts.

Welcomed by WCIC!

Larry Olson of Dakota Road Concert (Sat. Feb 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

Salem Lutheran Church presents a music concert by Larry Olson of Dakota Road. Larry is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has recorded numerous CDs and written and published hundreds of songs that speak to his rural roots, ponderings of parenthood, stirrings from our global family, and journeys of faith

 

Admission: Bring a non-perishable food item.

 

Sun. Feb 8, 2015

IF:Pontiac Women's Retreat (Fri. Feb 6, 2015 4:00 pm - Sun. Feb 8, 2015 3:00 pm)

IF:Pontiac is a 2-day women's retreat built around a live simulcast of the IF:Gathering in Austin, TX.  All women are invited to come answer the question, "IF God is real, then what?"  IF: believes that we are a generation of women taking God at His Word and wanting to live like it. The event features several speakers and musicians including Shelley Giglio, Christine Caine, Ann Voskamp, Jen Hatmaker, Christy Nockels and many more.

 

Registration is requested via the IF:Pontiac Facebook event page listed above.  A $25 donation is requested, and meals are provided on Saturday.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (Sun. Feb 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield will be conducting a nine-week class utilizing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.

 

This class begins Sunday, January 18, 2015 and meets weekly.

 

Topics to be covered include managing your money, getting out of debt, and saving for college and/or retirement.

 

Register online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home; the fee is $93 + shipping for the complete Financial Peace University kit that includes Dave Ramsey's book "The Complete Guide to Money," a nine-CD set that reinforces each weekly lesson, a progress chart, and a workbook.

Gospel Strings in Concert (Sun. Feb 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Gospel Strings from Cuba, IL will be performing. For more information, please call Pastor Daniel Yielding at the phone number listed above.

"A Matter of Faith" Christian Movie (Sun. Feb 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Movie CONFIRMED - it will play starting the weekend of February 6th-8th.

Movie addresses issue of evolution vs. creationism in education, as well as having one of my favorite presentations of the Gospel in any film.

View trailer at
www.amatteroffaithmovie.com

With a strong run, it sticks around another week, and another.

Matinee and Evening shows (unsure of Twilight schedule) but SAVE on advanced evening tickets through Men of AIM.

Normal adult $8.75 tickets in advance $7.50 - details at www.menofaim.org/movies/faith

$1 / advanced evening ticket donated to cause of your choice - missions trip, youth group, ???

SPECIFIC TIMES to be posted at:
www.willowknolls14.com

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Feb 8, 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. 

Dave Ramsey Legacy Journey Class (Sun. Feb 8, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Eastview Christian Church will again host the Legacy Journey class with Dave Ramsey, January 18th through March 1st.  The class is on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  We will be discussing topics like how much is enough, what the Bible says about wealth, and is wealth really evil?

 

There is a kit required for the class available at DaveRamsey.com or Harvest Bookstore at Eastview Church.

 

 

Masters Club (Kids Club) (Sun. Feb 8, 2015 7:00 pm)

Our Master Clubs ministry meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. For Children ages 5-12 and the Teens meet every Sunday at 10 a.m.

This program teaches our children God’s Word with fun activities and games and outings to allow our children to sharpen their skills as they prepare to serve the Lord.


The Purpose of Master Clubs is: To evangelize children, discipling them toward spiritual growth, teaching and training them to serve Jesus Christ, and providing multiple opportunities to do so through the local church.

Mon. Feb 9, 2015

Driven Cafe "Hot Meal Ministry" (Mon. Feb 9, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Driven Church serves hot meals Monday through Friday at their cafe from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All meals our free to the public.

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Feb 9, 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.

GriefShare (Mon. Feb 9, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A 13-week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The DVDs feature clips from pastors, counselors, and others who give practical suggestions and reassurance.

Driven Recovery "THE DRIVEN CHURCH" (Mon. Feb 9, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Driven Recovery is a Christian recovery program for men and women in addictions of all kinds. We meet every Monday night at the fusion building. We have a live praise and worship band and awesome speakers to help teach us to lean upon our God for his guidance through are troubles. We go straight to the Bible for His Word. We start out in a large group and then break in to smaller groups. During the summer months, we take our meeting outside around the pool. Our pastor loves to baptize new men and women for Christ.

Tue. Feb 10, 2015

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Feb 10, 2015 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.

Free ACA Help at Peoria Library (Tue. Feb 10, 2015 11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Everyone deserves to be taken care of when they're sick. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions get health insurance at a rate they can afford.

 

A household of one can earn between $0-$46,680 a year and qualify for financial assistance.

 

If you have questions or would like to enroll, join us at the Peoria Public Libraries now thru February 15th and meet with a trained, certified Navigator.

 

1st and 3rd Tuesday at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 20th
  • Tues., February 3rd

 

2nd and 4th Tuesday at LINCOLN BRANCH LIBRARY 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 13th
  • Tues., January 27th
  • Tues., February 10th

 

Select Saturdays at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Sat., February 7th
  • Sat., February 14th

 

For additional details or questions, please contact Brittney.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Feb 10, 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. Feb 10, 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.

GriefShare Grief Recovery Program (Tue. Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

 

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

Kindergarten Preview Night (Tue. Feb 10, 2015 6:30 pm)

Springfield Christian School (SCS) is hosting a Kindergarten Preview for the 2015-2016 school year. A tour of the school and visit to the classrooms will follow the 30-minute presentation. Parents and in-coming kindergarteners interested in the school are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Call the school office or visit the website

 

Springfield Christian School, an award-winning K-8 educational system located in Springfield, Illinois, offers low class sizes, instruction tailored to individual needs, and the latest educational technology to facilitate student engagement and excellence. SCS’s experienced and professional staff utilizes a rigorous Christ-centered curriculum and differentiated instruction methods to encourage students to reach their full potential. SCS challenges students to aspire to lives of character, service and leadership. SCS is fully recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.

 

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Feb 10, 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. Feb 11, 2015

Collecting soda tabs for SCS 8th grade (Wed. Feb 11, 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.

Financial Peace University (Wed. Feb 11, 2015 6:00 pm)

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Masters Club (Kids Club) (Wed. Feb 11, 2015 7:00 pm)

 

Our Master Clubs ministry meets every Wednesday. For Children ages 5-12 and the Teens meet every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

 

This program teaches our children God’s Word with fun activities and games and outings to allow our children to sharpen their skills as they prepare to serve the Lord.

 

The Purpose of Master Clubs is: To evangelize children, discipling them toward spiritual growth, teaching and training them to serve Jesus Christ, and providing multiple opportunities to do so through the local church.

 

Thu. Feb 12, 2015

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Feb 12, 2015 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".

DivorceCare and DC4Kids at Grace in Morton (Thu. Feb 12, 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!

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Feb 12, 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. Feb 12, 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. Feb 12, 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.

Unspoken in concert (Thu. Feb 12, 2015 7:00 pm)

An affordable evening for the family, presented by WCIC!

 

Unspoken is known for the hit songs, "Start a Fire," "Lift My Life Up," and "Who You Are."

 

Tickets are available at wcicfm.org. Just click on the link above!

 

Seating is general admission.

 

Tickets in advance:

$10 individual ($12 day-of)

$8 per person for groups of six or more ($10 per person day-of)

Fri. Feb 13, 2015

Singing Valentines by Sound of Illinois (Fri. Feb 13, 2015 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Send a special message to someone you love. The local Sound of Illinois chorus will be providing Singing Valentines on February 13th and 14th.

Feb. 13 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Feb. 14 from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

Four tuxedo-clad men will come and sing two songs and give a rose/gift and a card to anyone in the Bloomington/Normal or surrounding communities. You give us the time, and we'll be there.

 

Please order by February 12th.

Cost is $60.

Contact Martha Gummerman, or order online.

2015 XO Marriage Simulcast Event (Fri. Feb 13, 2015 6:00 pm - Sat. Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am)

Introducing XO, the all new Marriage Conference from MarriageToday and Gateway Church. Join marriage expert Jimmy Evans this Valentines Day Weekend for a special time of marriage building and romance featuring: brand new sessions from Jimmy Evans, Steven Curtis Chapman, and celebrity Q&A panel.

 

Join us for catered meals & discover God’s plan for your marriage! Childcare is available.

 

Please register at the website above.

Addictions Program (Fri. Feb 13, 2015 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.

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL (Fri. Feb 13, 2015 7:00 pm)

Valentines Weekend Rock N Roll Celebration with Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. One of the best live bands performing all their hits including; "We Built This City", "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now", "Sara", "Jane", "Find Your Way Back", "Miracles", "Fooled Around And Fell In Love", "Somebody To Love", "White Rabbit", "Count On Me", "No Way Out", "With Your Love", "Runaway", "Set The Night To Music" and "It's Not Over". Get ready for the great classic rock n roll music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Today! This is an amazing band! Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. No seat is further than 40 feet from the stage. Located 92 miles (2 hours) south of Chicago. Doors Open 5:30pm for Valentines Dinner and Full Bar. Showtime is 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre

Sat. Feb 14, 2015

2015 XO Marriage Simulcast Event (Fri. Feb 13, 2015 6:00 pm - Sat. Feb 14, 2015 11:00 am)

Introducing XO, the all new Marriage Conference from MarriageToday and Gateway Church. Join marriage expert Jimmy Evans this Valentines Day Weekend for a special time of marriage building and romance featuring: brand new sessions from Jimmy Evans, Steven Curtis Chapman, and celebrity Q&A panel.

 

Join us for catered meals & discover God’s plan for your marriage! Childcare is available.

 

Please register at the website above.

Singing Valentines by Sound of Illinois (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am - 8:00 pm)

Send a special message to someone you love. The local Sound of Illinois chorus will be providing Singing Valentines on February 13th and 14th.

Feb. 13 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Feb. 14 from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

Four tuxedo-clad men will come and sing two songs and give a rose/gift and a card to anyone in the Bloomington/Normal or surrounding communities. You give us the time, and we'll be there.

 

Please order by February 12th.

Cost is $60.

Contact Martha Gummerman, or order online.

The Marriage You've Always Wanted DVD Event (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Please join us for a one day event experience hosted on DVD by #1 New York Times best selling author, Gary Chapman. It is "The Marriage You've Always Wanted", a conference dedicated to laughter, love, and to help you build the love relationship of your dreams. Topics will include: Communication 101, Understanding and expressing love, Initiating positive change, Making sex a mutual joy, and How to share the things that bug you.

 

The cost is $35.00 per couple or $20.00 per individual. Includes conference books and lunch catered by Chick-fil-A. (Gluten free option may be requested if registered by Feb.11th) Please plan ahead for your own babysitters as there will be NO CHILDCARE AVAILABLE. Registration deadline is Sunday, February 8th. Register online at the website above.

Free ACA Help at Peoria Library (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Everyone deserves to be taken care of when they're sick. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions get health insurance at a rate they can afford.

 

A household of one can earn between $0-$46,680 a year and qualify for financial assistance.

 

If you have questions or would like to enroll, join us at the Peoria Public Libraries now thru February 15th and meet with a trained, certified Navigator.

 

1st and 3rd Tuesday at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 20th
  • Tues., February 3rd

 

2nd and 4th Tuesday at LINCOLN BRANCH LIBRARY 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Tues., January 13th
  • Tues., January 27th
  • Tues., February 10th

 

Select Saturdays at MAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Sat., February 7th
  • Sat., February 14th

 

For additional details or questions, please contact Brittney.

Valentine's Dinner (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

A catered dinner will be provided!

 

Tickets are $12.50 per person and are available for purchase at the church office.

Valentine Spaghetti Dinner (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 6:00 pm)

This is an annual Valentine spaghetti dinner put on by the international mission team at Victory Christian Center in Bloomington, IL.  This event helps to support team members hoping to travel abroad to reach the nations as well as the mission organizations we support ("Aroma" in Taipei, Taiwan; Southeast Asia Bible Institute in India; and Global Ventures/John Smithwick Ministries).

 

For tickets or more information, please contact Jessica Nesby at the e-mail address listed above.

 

 

Men's Accountability Group & Chess Competition Fellowship (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

Marty Stuart @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 7:00 pm)

Valentine's Day Country Music Celebration With MARTY STUART AND THE FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES. Five time Grammy Award Winner Marty Stuart returns to the Watseka Theatre with his fantastic band, great catalogue of hits as well as a wonderful new album, Saturday Night Sunday Morning. Million selling songs include; "Hillbilly Rock", "Tempted", "Luther's Boogie", "This One's Gonna Hurt You", "Little Things", "Now That's Country", "The Whisky Aint Workin", "I Cant Even Walk", & "Country Boy Rock N Roll" . For 43 years, Marty Stuart has been one of country music's most dedicated archeologists. Beyond his role as singer, songwriter and mandolin picker, the Mississippi native and longtime Grand Ole Opry star has been collecting and exploring nearly every aspect of the genre and its many subgenres. He has also taken on the active role of educating the public on country's history, documenting through his archival efforts — as well as through his own extraordinary photography — the musicians, their instruments, stage costumes, songs and stories that would perhaps otherwise be lost to a whole new generation were it not for his passion. Sharing the stage with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt before he had even reached his teens, Stuart would also experience his musical (and indeed his life) education at the feet of other musical masters. Stuart and his musical cohorts, three of Nashville's most valuable players — drummer Harry Stinson, bass player Paul Martin and guitarist Kenny Vaughan. Stuart, like his old boss (and former father-in-law), Johnny Cash, also hosts a music-driven TV series, The Marty Stuart Show. A throwback to the country-music variety series of the Fifties and Sixties, the show airs on RFD-TV and wrapped up its sixth season earlier this year. Tix on sale now.

Woven Together Charity Ball (Sat. Feb 14, 2015 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

An elegant evening of decadent dessert and dancing to your favorite music from every era. Raffles throughout the evening with lots of chances to win!

 

Tickets are $13 ea. through Feb 6th or $15 ea. at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln. Email events@woventogetherlogancounty.org for e-ticket information.

 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Ballroom dance instruction from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Dance from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

 

Proceeds to benefit Woven Together orphan care ministry. Supporting local children in foster care, offering grants to adoptive families in Logan County, and partnering with international ministries to care for orphans and at-risk families around the world.

Sun. Feb 15, 2015

Biggest Loser finalist to speak at Calvary Temple Christian Center (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 9:30 am)

Calvary Temple Christian Center will be hosting our Biggest Loser, Sonya Jones, in two of our morning services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sonya is a contestant and finalist on NBC's The Biggest Loser this season. She has also been a member of Calvary for many years and we are excited to have her speak about her journey with The Biggest Loser.

Biggest Loser finalist to speak at Calvary Temple Christian Center (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 11:00 am)

Calvary Temple Christian Center will be hosting our Biggest Loser, Sonya Jones, in two of our morning services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sonya is a contestant and finalist on NBC's The Biggest Loser this season. She has also been a member of Calvary for many years and we are excited to have her speak about her journey with The Biggest Loser.

Adopt-a-Senior Valentine Party (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. This Valentine’s Day, Neighbor Love wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors. Adopt-a-Senior Valentine 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 Valentine’s party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms, totaling 75 seniors. The gift bags will include: skin lotion or shaving cream, socks, a carnation, a piece of fruit, a Valentine’s Card and a stuffed animal or game. (exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

We could use your help in the following ways:

1) Pray for God’s favor on this service project.

2) Sponsoring an Adopt-a-Senior Valentine is just $20 per gift bag. You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A tax deductible donation of ANY amount is appreciated. Sponsorship of gift bags would be appreciated but in no way a requirement to participate in the event.

3) Help with assembling the gift bags at 1:00 p.m.

4) Delivering the gift bags, spreading the love of God, to the residents from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

5) Donate store bought desserts, snacks, and punch. PLEASE spread the word about this to ALL of your friends and family.

 

If you want to bring friends with you, it is important that you forward this to them and ask them to RSVP separately. Thanks for your time, support, care and concern for a valuable group of seniors!

 

Please visit the website listed above to donate, volunteer, or see photo albums from our past events. The DEADLINE to Adopt-a-Senior Valentine: Saturday, February 14th.

33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band Concert (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 3:00 pm)

The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band will present a free concert in the sanctuary of St. John's Lutheran Church, followed by a reception to meet the band members.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 6:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield will be conducting a nine-week class utilizing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.

 

This class begins Sunday, January 18, 2015 and meets weekly.

 

Topics to be covered include managing your money, getting out of debt, and saving for college and/or retirement.

 

Register online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home; the fee is $93 + shipping for the complete Financial Peace University kit that includes Dave Ramsey's book "The Complete Guide to Money," a nine-CD set that reinforces each weekly lesson, a progress chart, and a workbook.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Feb 15, 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. 

Dave Ramsey Legacy Journey Class (Sun. Feb 15, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Eastview Christian Church will again host the Legacy Journey class with Dave Ramsey, January 18th through March 1st.  The class is on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  We will be discussing topics like how much is enough, what the Bible says about wealth, and is wealth really evil?

 

There is a kit required for the class available at DaveRamsey.com or Harvest Bookstore at Eastview Church.

 

 

Mon. Feb 16, 2015

MOPS/MOMSnext (Mon. Feb 16, 2015 3:30 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.

 

MOPS/MOMSnext (Mon. Feb 16, 2015 3:30 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.

 

Driven Cafe "Hot Meal Ministry" (Mon. Feb 16, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Driven Church serves hot meals Monday through Friday at their cafe from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All meals our free to the public.

GriefShare (Mon. Feb 16, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A 13-week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The DVDs feature clips from pastors, counselors, and others who give practical suggestions and reassurance.

Driven Recovery "THE DRIVEN CHURCH" (Mon. Feb 16, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Driven Recovery is a Christian recovery program for men and women in addictions of all kinds. We meet every Monday night at the fusion building. We have a live praise and worship band and awesome speakers to help teach us to lean upon our God for his guidance through are troubles. We go straight to the Bible for His Word. We start out in a large group and then break in to smaller groups. During the summer months, we take our meeting outside around the pool. Our pastor loves to baptize new men and women for Christ.

Tue. Feb 17, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Feb 17, 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.

Our Savior's Preschool and Kindergarten Open House (Tue. Feb 17, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Come see us and see what Our Savior's has to offer your child. You may contact us at the phone number above. To learn more about our school, you may also view our website through the above link.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Feb 17, 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.

GriefShare Grief Recovery Program (Tue. Feb 17, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

 

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

Goodbye to Alleluia Hymn Sing (Tue. Feb 17, 2015 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Join the young adults of Trinity Lutheran Church as they host a "Goodbye to Alleluia Hymn Sing." This is the last chance to sing any song with the word "Alleluia" in it in preparation for the Lenten season.  Brief devotionals and light refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Feb 17, 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. Feb 18, 2015

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

Christian Center baseball & softball programs 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 14 and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Discounted fee if registered 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.

Financial Peace University (Wed. Feb 18, 2015 6:00 pm)

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Thu. Feb 19, 2015

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Feb 19, 2015 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".

DivorceCare and DC4Kids at Grace in Morton (Thu. Feb 19, 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!

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Feb 19, 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. Feb 19, 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. Feb 20, 2015

Building Better Moms (Fri. Feb 20, 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)

St. Mary's School Lenten Fish Fry (Fri. Feb 20, 2015 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

All you can eat fish potatoes, green beans.  Both serviced with drinks and dessert.  Come out and enjoy some great food and fellowship!  All proceeds go to support St Mary's School!

 

Advanced Adult Tickets are $7.00 (ages over 13), Children ages 6 to 13 are $5.00, ages 5 and younger are free.  Prices at the door are $8.00 for adults, children prices remain the same. Contact the phone number or e-mail address above for advanced tickets.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Feb 20, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

 

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

Sat. Feb 21, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Sat. Feb 21, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs 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 14 and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Discounted fee if registered 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.

Free Medical Clinic (Sat. Feb 21, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Northwest Methodist Church in Peoria will be hosting a free medical clinic from 9am - noon.

 

Dr. Wu will be on hand to give eye exams, and Dr. Ted will be there for physical exams.

 

This is FREE and open to the public.

 

Indoor Farmers' Market (Sat. Feb 21, 2015 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!

Sun. Feb 22, 2015

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (Sun. Feb 22, 2015 6:00 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield will be conducting a nine-week class utilizing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course.

 

This class begins Sunday, January 18, 2015 and meets weekly.

 

Topics to be covered include managing your money, getting out of debt, and saving for college and/or retirement.

 

Register online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home; the fee is $93 + shipping for the complete Financial Peace University kit that includes Dave Ramsey's book "The Complete Guide to Money," a nine-CD set that reinforces each weekly lesson, a progress chart, and a workbook.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Feb 22, 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. 

Dave Ramsey Legacy Journey Class (Sun. Feb 22, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Eastview Christian Church will again host the Legacy Journey class with Dave Ramsey, January 18th through March 1st.  The class is on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  We will be discussing topics like how much is enough, what the Bible says about wealth, and is wealth really evil?

 

There is a kit required for the class available at DaveRamsey.com or Harvest Bookstore at Eastview Church.

 

 

Mon. Feb 23, 2015

Driven Cafe "Hot Meal Ministry" (Mon. Feb 23, 2015 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

The Driven Church serves hot meals Monday through Friday at their cafe from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. All meals our free to the public.

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Feb 23, 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.

Women's Pregnancy Center Volunteer Training (Mon. Feb 23, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Volunteer training for the Women's Pregnancy Center. For more information, call the phone number above.

GriefShare (Mon. Feb 23, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

A 13-week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. The DVDs feature clips from pastors, counselors, and others who give practical suggestions and reassurance.

Driven Recovery "THE DRIVEN CHURCH" (Mon. Feb 23, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Driven Recovery is a Christian recovery program for men and women in addictions of all kinds. We meet every Monday night at the fusion building. We have a live praise and worship band and awesome speakers to help teach us to lean upon our God for his guidance through are troubles. We go straight to the Bible for His Word. We start out in a large group and then break in to smaller groups. During the summer months, we take our meeting outside around the pool. Our pastor loves to baptize new men and women for Christ.

Tue. Feb 24, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Feb 24, 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.

Women's Pregnancy Center Volunteer Training (Tue. Feb 24, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Volunteer training for the Women's Pregnancy Center. For more information, call the phone number above.

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Feb 24, 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.

GriefShare Grief Recovery Program (Tue. Feb 24, 2015 6:30 pm)

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

 

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

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Feb 24, 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. Feb 25, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Wed. Feb 25, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs 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 14 and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Discounted fee if registered 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.

Financial Peace University (Wed. Feb 25, 2015 6:00 pm)

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Women's Pregnancy Center Volunteer Training (Wed. Feb 25, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Volunteer training for the Women's Pregnancy Center. For more information, call the phone number above.

Sidewalk Prophets: Great Big Family Room Tour (Wed. Feb 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

WCIC is excited to present Sidewalk Prophets in concert! The band is bringing its Great Big Family Room Tour to First Christian Church in Jacksonville. A unique concert experience, the band wants to meet every single person that comes through the doors.

 

During the concert, you'll hear songs you're familiar with, like "The Words I Would Say" and "Keep Making Me," plus get a first listen of new songs from Sidewalk Prophets' upcoming album! The band will also share stories from the road and from their lives.

 

TICKET PRICING:

 

General admission - $10

 

VIP Pizza Party - $50
Eat dinner while getting autographs and selfies; then enjoy a 25-minute Q&A session with the band. You’ll also get early entrance so you can grab the best seats in the house!

 

Great Big Serenade - $200
Hang out with the band before the show, and then they’ll sing a song of your choosing. Lead singer Dave will also write out the lyrics of the song you request, and the entire band will autograph the lyric sheet for you. Plus, you’ll get prime seating for the show and access to the VIP Pizza Party.

 

The concert will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Thanks to First Christian Church, in partnership with Jacksonville Assembly of God, for helping make this evening possible!

Thu. Feb 26, 2015

Women's Pregnancy Center Volunteer Training (Thu. Feb 26, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Volunteer training for the Women's Pregnancy Center. For more information, call the phone number above.

CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Feb 26, 2015 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".

DivorceCare and DC4Kids at Grace in Morton (Thu. Feb 26, 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!

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Feb 26, 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. Feb 26, 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 

Mitch McVicker in concert (Thu. Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm)

Dove Award winning artist Mitch McVicker will be in concert. Mitch was a longtime friend and touring companion of the late Rich Mullins. Join us for a night of outstanding music and stories as Mitch brings us into his world.

 

This is a free event for the whole family.

An Evening with Casting Crowns (Thu. Feb 26, 2015 7:00 pm)

It’s hard NOT to feel peace wash over you as you sing those words from the title track of Casting Crowns’ new album Thrive, said the band’s front-man Mark Hall. “Life can be so challenging and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. What a gift to be reminded we were made to thrive!”

 

This award-winning group is coming to U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Thursday, February 26 for An Evening with Casting Crowns. Tickets go on sale December 19th. Prices start at $21* for groups of 10 or more, and groups receive 1 FREE ticket. Advance tickets are only $27*, plus fees. For all the details, go to www.premierproductions.com.

*Prices do not include a $3 facility fee and additional fees may apply.

 

“The idea of ‘Thrive’ came out of our student ministry,” Hall said. “I’ve been a youth pastor for almost 22 years and it’s still what I want to be when I grow up. The songs always really start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing them what a believer looks like.”

 

The passage says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.”

 

Casting Crowns’ has consistently delivered songs that spur listeners to evaluate their relationship with God and with each other. “The basic idea is let God define himself through you and if you’ll do that, you’re going to thrive,” Hall said.

 

Working again with producer Mark Miller, who signed the band to his label more than a decade ago, Casting Crowns has crafted another collection of songs that are entertaining and innovative, yet lyrically substantive. Thrive is a rich aural feast that leaves everyone with plenty of food for thought. In writing songs for Thrive, Hall enlisted some of his favorite collaborators, among them Matthew West, Matt Maher and Bernie Herms.

 

It’s been more than 10 years since the members of Casting Crowns heard their first single on the radio in July 2003, the same day Hall and his wife Melanie welcomed their daughter Zoe. Since then so much has happened in the lives of each member and along the way God has taught them so much. “He’s opened our eyes to our suspicion that He was way bigger than we thought He was,” Hall says with a smile. “He didn’t need Casting Crowns to come along to help His word get out. God is winning. He’s changing the world. It may look at times like things are getting darker and darker, but they are not. Everywhere you go you can see light and light wins.”

Fri. Feb 27, 2015

Women's Pregnancy Center Volunteer Training (Fri. Feb 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Volunteer training for the Women's Pregnancy Center. For more information, call the phone number above.

Sat. Feb 28, 2015

Baseball/Softball signups at The Christian Center (Sat. Feb 28, 2015 8:00 am)

Christian Center baseball & softball programs 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 14 and continues until leagues fill up. Register at The Christian Center. Discounted fee if registered 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.

Bowling For Orphans at Landmark Lanes (Sat. Feb 28, 2015 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Bring your family and join us for bowling and fun at Landmark Lanes and support a great cause. All proceeds go to fund the Servant's Heart Fellowship Haiti Mission team to bring the gospel to an orphanage in Haiti. Tickets are $20 per person and include 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, and lunch. Silent auction and bake sale available as well.

 

Beat the winter blues and come have some fun bowling with your kids and support orphaned kids in the process!

Barbershop Harmony Show (Sat. Feb 28, 2015 2:00 pm)

73rd Annual show presented by 'Sound of Illinois' barbershop chorus at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. This years show will be 'Who Wants To Be a Millionare'. The chorus as well as several quartets will be featured including the current Illinois District Champion "Drive Time".

 

Two shows will be on Sat., Feb.28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ticket are $25, $22, $19, $16, and free for Veterans and are available for purchase at the Box Office window, by phoning the Box Office at the number above, or online at the website above.

Senior Jam (Sat. Feb 28, 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.

Barbershop Harmony Show (Sat. Feb 28, 2015 7:00 pm)

73rd Annual show presented by 'Sound of Illinois' barbershop chorus at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. This years show will be 'Who Wants To Be a Millionare'. The chorus as well as several quartets will be featured including the current Illinois District Champion "Drive Time".

 

Two shows will be on Sat., Feb.28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ticket are $25, $22, $19, $16, and free for Veterans and are available for purchase at the Box Office window, by phoning the Box Office at the number above, or online at the website above.