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Sun. Nov 22, 2015 - Sat. Nov 28, 2015
November 2015

Thu. Nov 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Service (Thu. Nov 26, 2015 9:00 am)

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a Thanksgiving Day Service at its downtown campus.


This is a wonderful opportunity for families that may only come together once a year to celebrate Thanksgiving to worship together before the food, football games and shopping begins.

Community Bible Study 2015-2016: Isaiah (Thu. Nov 26, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Community Bible Study, Peoria Evening Class 2015-2016, invites you to study the book of Isaiah!


The mission of Community Bible Study is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all men and women of every denomination and entry level of understanding.


This 30-week bible study will take place at the location listed above. (Thursday evenings, September 10-May 19).


Annual registration fee: $35


Suggested WEEKLY Lesson Donations: $2 ($60 per year) (Tax Deductible)


Scholarships are available.


This study of Isaiah highlights God's power, sovereignty, holiness, trustworthiness, and salvation. It answers questions about life, human nature, and God. A historical account illuminating what was happening in Isaiah's time and speaking to the situations of our day and even beyond. We will study that the judgment of God is best understood in the context of His righteousness and justice. It is truth for the past, today, and tomorrow. Don't miss the blessings of studying God's Word in fellowship with others. ".. He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.." Luke 24:45


Class members will rejoice in the exciting prophecies concerning the Messiah and find comfort in Isaiah's words of encouragement about a glorious future. (Study references the English Standard Version of God's Word.)


7:00-7:10 p.m. Opening & Announcements


7:15-8:00 p.m. Core Group Discussions


8:05-8:30 p.m. Lecture Time


Participants grow in knowledge and their relationship with the Living God through. . .


Individual Study: Answering questions and reading commentary on selected Bible passages


Small Group Discussions: Weekly sharing of answers and insights in small groups led by a trained leader


Effective teaching: On the Bible passage presented by the Teaching Director, a trained lay leader


Fellowship: Scheduled monthly starting at 6:45 p.m.




All leaders in Community Bible Study are volunteers. The small registration fee and weekly free-will offerings cover the cost of producing materials and annual gifts to host churches.


For inquires or more information, please contact Martha Tiemeier at the number or email above.




Other Area Community Bible Study Classes:


Peoria-Day CBS Class


"Christian Leadership, Christian Living and James." For more information, contact Class Coordinator Beth Lowe at 309.243.5025, 309.453.3646, or


Peoria East- Day CBS Class


"Isaiah." For more information, contact Class Coordinator Karen Peterson at 309.750.6540 or

Fri. Nov 27, 2015

Day After Thanksgiving Shopping at SCHEELS (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 6:00 am)

Join SCHEELS to kick off a day full of shopping with hot chocolate, live music, and the FIRST 300 people in line will receive a FREE $10 SCHEELS Gift Card.

Operation Sleighbell (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 9:00 am)

Operation Sleighbell collects donations of new toys, coats, and pajamas to help families in need at Christmas time.


You can drop off donations at the WCIC studios or Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria through December 4th.


Donations to Operation Sleighbell are tax-deductible and will help more than 450 families from Peoria and 12 surrounding counties this Christmas season.

LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 10:00 am)

Join SCHEELS and Morning Star Reindeer Production for a chance to meet one of Santa’s LIVE reindeer at SCHEELS. Come see one of Santa’s reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole! While you are at SCHEELS take advantage of writing a letter to Santa (located by Ginna’s Cafe).


Cost: Photos will be available for purchase! 1-8×10 or 2-5×7’s for $20.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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


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


Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Ashley Cleveland (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 7:00 pm)

Three Time Grammy Award Winner and Dove Ward Winner, Ashley Cleveland and her husband Kenny Greenberg, along with their son Henry Greenberg and the filming crew will be with at Jesus House for the filming of a documentary of Ashley's life and her travels across the country and the world. Concert is FREE! Join us and chances are you'll be filmed for her documentary!!!

Addictions (Fri. Nov 27, 2015 7:00 pm)

Got addictions?

We can help with that.


The Addictions Program at the Bloomington Baptist Church is a faith-based, Christ-centered addictions program utilizing the Reformer's Unanimous Curriculum. Every week we hear stories of victory, receive small-group counseling, and receive instruction and guidance on overcoming the challenges, temptations and addictions that we face.


This addictions program is not AA. We provide help for any addiction, not just alcohol. No one will attempt to guilt you or ask you to introduce yourself as an addict. At Reformer's Unanimous, our desire is to help you find victory and complete freedom from your addiction--to remove the addiction from your life so that it ceases to have a hold on you.


Everyone is welcome.

Sat. Nov 28, 2015

GMS Craft Show- Secret Santa Shop (Sat. Nov 28, 2015 9:00 am)

this is the place for one stop shopping!


Craft & Vendors 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Breakfast with Santa 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Pictures with Santa that morning


Secret Santa Shop where kids can shop for their whole family!!!! All items $5 and under


Raffle Baskets!!!!! This is a GMS band fundraiser

Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair (Sat. Nov 28, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Come start your holiday shopping with us.

Free admission.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.

60 vendors represented.  Lunch items, bake sale, used book/CD sale available.

One-stop shopping for all your Christmas needs.

Find the event on Facebook: "Christmas at Sugar Creek"!

AWANA Club (Sat. Nov 28, 2015 5:50 pm - 7:40 pm)

Join us for AWANA Club. Opened for ages 2 - High School. Adult Bible Studies also available. Wednesday Nights, Aug 19th - April 27, 2016. For more information visit the website above or email Jenny Sellers at the email above.


There will be an early registration on Saturday Aug 15th, 12 p.m. -2 p.m. at the address above.

Senior Jam (Sat. Nov 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.

Christmastime GospelFest (Sat. Nov 28, 2015 7:00 pm)

For the first time, the annual Christmastime GospelFest concert will be free to our audience thanks to the generous support of the many sponsors and donors to GospelFest Ministries. “Christmas in the Country” is the theme for the 11th annual Christmastime GospelFest Concert. This concert of traditional and southern gospel Christmas songs featuring Shawn Degenhart and the GospelFest Singers has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of families throughout central Illinois. 

Sun. Nov 29, 2015

Adopt-a-Senior Volunteer Opportunities (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 8:00 am - 9:00 am)

Adopt-a-Senior, a program of Neighbor Love that organizes holiday parties for nursing home residents in Metro Peoria, is in need of more volunteers.


Many of these residents NEVER have any visitors throughout the year except when our parties happen. We believe we are commanded by the Golden Rule to hold these parties.


We are trying to increase our volunteer base with overall organization volunteers and event leadership volunteers.


Please visit the Web site above to find out all the details about all of the opportunities available. For more information, call the number listed above.

Holiday Book Drive (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

Three retired elementary teachers have taken it upon themselves to continue a book drive for children that began in 2010. Donations of new books and/or financial donations are accepted during the month of November.


The program started as part of the Friend-in-Deed program. When Friend-in-Deed no longer gave out toys/books, the teachers created an independent organization for the book drive. This is its sixth year.


Last year’s drive provided books for 4,154 children through various agencies in Sangamon County. Since its inception, more than 10,000 books have been donated.


Books are for children ages birth – 12 years old.

Each book is new.

Every penny donated goes directly for books – no overhead costs.


Books for the drive can be purchased and donated at Barnes and Noble. Other collection sites in Sangamon County include:

          Chatham Area Public Library

          Chatham Presbyterian Church

          Chatham Bank and Trust

          Rochester High School

          Rochester 2-3 Building

          Rochester Library

          Williamsville Library

          Sherman Elementary

          Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Auburn

          Bridge Club of Springfield


Monetary donations to can be sent to: Holiday Book Drive, Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 228  Chatham, IL 62629

Make checks payable to Holiday Books Drive.


For more information, to have books picked up, or if you want your business, organization, or church to be a drop-off location, contact Jane Byram at the number or email listed above.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 12:00 pm)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Advent Hymn Sing (Sun. Nov 29, 2015 6:30 pm)

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing.


This is an opportunity to begin the Advent season by singing the Advent songs that we all know and love. Songs such as "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist Cries", "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", "Hark the Glad Sound" and "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" will be sung. Attendees will have the chance to request other Advent songs and even a few Christmas carols. The Trinity Church Band will provide accompaniment with the organist and pianist.


The Young Adult Book Club will provide light refreshments after the Hymn Sing.

Mon. Nov 30, 2015

Operation Sleighbell (Mon. Nov 30, 2015 9:00 am)

Operation Sleighbell collects donations of new toys, coats, and pajamas to help families in need at Christmas time.


You can drop off donations at the WCIC studios or Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria through December 4th.


Donations to Operation Sleighbell are tax-deductible and will help more than 450 families from Peoria and 12 surrounding counties this Christmas season.

Biblical Counseling Training Class (Mon. Nov 30, 2015 6:00 pm)

The Gospel Institute is a ministry of the Bethany Fellowship of Churches in Central Illinois, which offers training to help individuals grow in their personal lives and ministry. These classes run on 12-week semesters, and the cost is $60 per semester with scholarship options available.


Biblical Counseling: Soul Care I

Overseer: Kent Kloter

griefshare (Mon. Nov 30, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13-week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. This a support group provides a safe and caring place to meet with others on this journey of grief and who understand the heartaches and questions of loss. The DVDs feature clips of counselors, pastors, and others who offer practical suggestions and reassurance.

Bible Study Fellowship: Revelation (Mon. Nov 30, 2015 6:45 pm)

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is introducing the brand new study of Revelation, every Monday evening from September 2015 to April 2016.


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


This will be a life-changing study to draw you nearer to Christ!