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Sun. Sep 14, 2014 - Sat. Sep 20, 2014
September 2014

Mon. Sep 15, 2014

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 15, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Bible Prophecy Class (Mon. Sep 15, 2014 7:00 pm)

Ongoing series of Bible Prophecy classes sponsored by Until He Returns.  Speaker - Pastor J.B. Hixson from Groveland Missionary Church.

Tue. Sep 16, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

CHRISTIAN WOMENS CONNECTION (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 10:00 am - 11:30 am)

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, IL.

 

$14.00 for all

Very filling breakfast, special feature, key speaker, and wonderful fellowship!

 

Please Call:
Need reservations
Cancellations necessary

Midwest Food Bank Golf Outing and Dinner Benefit (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Our 5th Annual Golf and Dinner Benefit is going to held at beautiful Weaver Ridge Country Club. Every year it is a blessing to enjoy the fall weather and friendship and benefit those in need! We are excited to share this event!

 

The day will be filled with fun treats and surprises - one of them Bremer Jewelry partnered with Midwest Food Bank to provide a $3,000 watch (man or woman) prize. Included with your registration will be a lunch provided by Chick-fil-A, a beautiful day of fun and golfing and to finish a delicious dinner will be held at the Weaver Ridge Club house. Some really great prizes will be available to win at a drawing after dinner.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

Healthy Lifestyle Seminar (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:00 pm)

Join Dr. Matthew Link DC to learn the proper way to lose weight, eat healthier, have more energy, and allow your body to heal quicker


"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life as you learn to put your trust in the power of Christ.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

After Five Christian Women's Club (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm)

Dinner/Presentation

 

Cost:  $15.00

 

Speaker:  Elaine James - "A Day in the Life of Marjorie Overload"

Feature:  Betsy Dollar - Art Association Representative

Music:  Tamar Norville - Singer/Song Writer

 

Reservations by Saturday, September 13

Call Ann. 

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is 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 would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 17, 2014

Looking for prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball! (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 12:00 pm)

The Christian Center is collecting prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball.  Please drop off current, in-style, clean dresses to the Christian Center Monday through Friday. Your donation helps ladies to come in their very best to this enchanting, exciting event. Questions? Call or go to our website!

Kelly Miller Family Circus (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 4:00 pm)

The Kelly Miller Family Circus is coming to town on Wednesday September 17th with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Step Study for Men (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Blackwood Legacy in concert (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm)

Coming to you direct from Nashville, the Blackwood Legacy performs more than 200 concerts annually across the United States. They have an all-star line-up and a heart for sharing the Gospel.  With an unbroken connection to the Blackwood Brothers, both through the singers who helped launch this group and group owner, Rick Price, they have been touring continuously since 2001.  Signed to Mansion Entertainment in 2010, this stellar group links the best of Southern Gospel’s traditional sound with today’s newer country gospel and worship music.

 

Free admission. Love offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome!

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Asante Children's Choir (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 6:30 pm)

St. Mark's is thrilled to welcome the Asante Children's Choir. This concert is open to the public and free. We hope you will join us for an evening of African song and dance!

Kelly Miller Family Circus (Wed. Sep 17, 2014 7:00 pm)

The Kelly Miller Family Circus is coming to town on Wednesday September 17th with shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Sep 18, 2014

Missions Garage Sale (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Thursday Sept 18, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday Sept 19, 8am-6:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 20, 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

100% of proceeds to go to our missions projects.

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Local Flavors Dinner @ Edge by Dustin Allen (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 5:00 pm)

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2014!  Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Peoria and the surrounding area.

 

Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

 

Peoria’s schedule is as follows:

Lunches

Oct 7: TBA

 

Dinners

Sept 18:  Edge by Dustin Allen

Oct 16: Rizzi’s on State

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:

AUCTION PREVIEW & ICE CREAM SOCIAL DINNER

Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.

SILENT AUCTION

Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Video lessons combined with group discussions help provide encouragement, hope, support, and healing during one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

Living Alternatives pregnancy Resource center Bloomington Banquet (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center is committed to saving the lives of unborn children by promoting life-affirming options and providing practical assistance.

 

Rick Santorum will be the guest speaker for this event. Rick is a native of Pennsylvania and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for President. He has written and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion as well as several other pieces of legislation.  He believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.  

 

The banquet is free to attend; please call to reserve a seat.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. Sep 19, 2014

Missions Garage Sale (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Thursday Sept 18, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday Sept 19, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 20, 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

100% of proceeds to go to our missions projects.

Building Better Moms (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 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)

Illinois State Barbershop Chorus Competition (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 11:30 am - 9:00 pm)

See the top barbershop choruses in the Land of Lincoln compete for the right to call themselves the best barbershop chorus in the state along with the right to represent the state in the International Barbershop Competition next July!

 

September 19-20th

 

Cost:

$35 through Aug. 29th

$40 Aug. 30th and later

$20 for single events

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to get free from hurts, habits, and unhealthy relationships. 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. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Northwoods Community Church from 6:00-8:30pm.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 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.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Asante Children's Choir from East Africa (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 7:00 pm)

Come enjoy this free, high-energy, inspiring concert from the Asante Children's Choir. 

“Asante” is a Swahili word translated “Thank You” in English. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of children from East Africa, a region recovering from years of civil war and genocide that have claimed millions of lives leaving thousands of children and women as orphans and widows. The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform.

The children who have been rescued from some of life’s most difficult circumstances take pride in expressing gratitude through their music.  Their performances are the true testimonies and  living “Thank-You” notes sung to everyone who has invested in their lives giving them great pride and hope for a brighter future.

Asante Children's Choir (Fri. Sep 19, 2014 7:00 pm)

An evening of children performing African dances and music.

 

Sat. Sep 20, 2014

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am)

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:

AUCTION PREVIEW & ICE CREAM SOCIAL DINNER

Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.

SILENT AUCTION

Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

War Room men's breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:30 am - 9:00 am)

Each Saturday, the War Room men host a donation driven, buffet style breakfast that is open to all men. An open discussion format deals with issues that men face as we strive to be godly men in this ungodly world.

 

Come check out what God is doing in the men of central Illinois!

Illinois State Barbershop Chorus Competition (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 pm)

See the top barbershop choruses in the Land of Lincoln compete for the right to call themselves the best barbershop chorus in the state along with the right to represent the state in the International Barbershop Competition next July!

 

September 19-20th

 

Cost:

$35 through Aug. 29th

$40 Aug. 30th and later

$20 for single events

Missions Garage Sale (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Thursday Sept 18, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday Sept 19, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 20, 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

100% of proceeds to go to our missions projects.

Walk for Vision (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

Can you envision a Sauk Valley with zero abortions?

Make this vision a reality at Hope Life Center’s upcoming WALK for VISION. The goal is to raise funds to save lives — the average cost of each life saved is $1,200. This is a family friendly 2 mile ‘walk at your own pace’ event with learning stations along the path. There will be snacks (and coffee).

 

Prizes

  • A WALK for VISION t-shirt for each walker in a 4-person team with a combined total of $1,200 or more. Or for any walker raising $300 or more.
  • A WALK for VISION sweatshirt for each walker raising $1,200 or more.
  • Special prizes for the most people recruited and the most funds raised.

 


Register by August 20th to be entered in the early registration prize drawing.

 

Head to the website to find out more information, register, create your personal webpage, and start getting sponsors!

Race with Your Heart (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am)

The 18th annual Heartline/Heart House Eureka Race with Your Heart is a 10K and 4-mile run AND 2-mile walk at Eureka Lake.

 

Come enjoy free massages, home-baked cookies, door-prize drawings, and a family-friendly post-race party!

 

Registration runs from 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Race start time is 8:30 a.m.

 

A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the male and female overall winners, and medallions will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers in every age group.

 

You can register online at www.heartlineandhearthouse.org. Registration costs $25 and includes one custom T-shirt, family fun, and free continental breakfast.

All proceeds go to Heart House, a homeless shelter and safe haven for victims of domestic abuse.

Food 4 All - Community Food Drive (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am)

This community-wide food drive will benefit all local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank.

 

We’re partnering with Kroger and will have EVERY Kroger location in the Peoria area participating!  That’s 11 locations collecting food for those in need all on the same day!

 

How can you help?  We’re glad you asked!

1. PROMOTE the food drive to your circle of influence

2. SUPPORT the food drive with resources – we need banners, radio spots, print advertising

3. VOLUNTEER at the event with your family & friends.  You can sign-up to help out at a collection site by going online to SignUpGenius

4. PARTICIPATE however you can!

 

Fighting hunger and feeding families is what we’re all about – but we can’t do it without YOU and our community coming together as one to help those in need.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at the email address above.

 

And, if you’re ready to sign up to serve, go to Sign Up Genius (Web link above) and get registered!   It will be a day to remember!  

 

See you at the food drive! 

 

Tolkien Conference (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Urbana Theological Seminary's third annual Tolkien Conference. Includes speakers from the Tolkien Society, Wheaton College, and Urbana Seminary, as well as a Hobbit Birthday Party. 

The registration fee is $25 and can be done at the above link.

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 10:00 am)

Be a part of the bidding excitement as you help Snyder Village.  Some of the items up for auction include a Caribbean Cruise vacation package; a 1-week stay at Club Sevilla in Kissimmee, Florida; one week at Emerald Dream Vacation Home in Sea Grove, Florida; sailing on Lake Michigan; numerous autographed MLB items; tickets to St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR at Talladega, Rams, U of I, Bradley University basketball and more; $500 gift certificate to Staley Lawn Care & Landscaping; and Ethan Allen bedroom suite; handmade quilts, furniture, antiques and much more!

Auction Preview & Ice Cream Social & Dinner: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6-8:00 pm, open to the public, food available for purchase.  Preview auction items and enjoy Bingo.

Silent Auction:  Silent bidding opens Thursday, Sept. 18th, at the Ice Cream Social and ends Saturday at 10:00 am.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast:  Saturday, Sept. 20th, 6-9:30 am, all-you-can-eat for a freewill donation.

Live Auction:  Saturday, Sept. 20th, "Welcome" at 10:00 am, bidding begins at 10:30 am.

 

 

Christ Lutheran church (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 11:00 am)

Church service at 11:00 a.m. followed by picnic and games until 3:00 p.m.

 

Grilled ribs, pork chops and hot dogs.

Music provided by church praise band.

Harvest Fest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Join us for the Sand Ridge Community Church's Third Annual Harvest Fest!!! There will be games, prizes, and pumpkins!!!
 
Come out and enjoy the musical talents of:
S.R.C.C. Worship Team
Erica Hall-Hackman...
Audience of One
Red Letter Road
and Sand Ridge Church's very own:
********** Tami Spraggs ***********
 
There will also be a children's Bible school for kids 6-12 years of age from 12:00-5:00 p.m. with a hot dog roast and bonfire following the Bible school.
 
Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sand Ridge Church Food Pantry.

Food donated by:
Cranwill's Root Beer Stand
 
Dove release sponsored by:
Artistic Flowers

Bethany Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Everyone is invited to come out to the Bethany Fall Festival! The Fall Festival will include games, inflatables, a classic car cruise-in, hayrack rides, the fire department, Barnyard Discoveries, food, music and more! Everything is FREE and open to the community!

Bethany Baptist Church address is located above, which is just two miles west of The Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Saint Joseph's Home Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

A celebration of fall on the lawn of the nursing home. 

 

The event will feature petting zoos, sales tents from local businesses, bounce houses, live musicians, food vendors, face painting, a pumpkin patch and more.

 

Admission is free! Welcome in fall with the residents of St. Joseph's Home and enjoy a day of fun on our lawn. 

Annual Edelstein Church Jamboree (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

FAMILY FRIENDLY FOR ALL AGES!!!!

Bounce houses, sno-cones, bags tournament, Face Painting, bake sale, games for the kiddos, donation only flea market, street dance, old fashion cake walk, food, food, food and SO MUCH MORE!!!!!

Contact the above phone number for more information or to form a team for the bags tournement.

JesusFest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Free concert! Bring your lawn chairs and all your friends!

 

  •  Mighty Crush3 Power Team
  • Taylorville Christian Church Praise Band
  • Christian Rapper--The MB
  • Tamar Norville
  • Chosen Generation
  • Broken Chains Drama Team

 

Sponsored by Business Men in Christ Springfield

Asante African Children's Choir (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm)

Asante, which means “THANK YOU” in Swahili, is an eleven-year-old Christian organization which currently educates, feeds, and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children- mostly orphans- in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of 23 children from these underprivileged countries.

The choir was formed originally in order to bring Africa to our sponsors to say “Thank you”.  It has grown as a way for the kids to express their deep appreciation of God, God’s love, and the support that so many show to underprivileged children and families around the world.

 

The testimonies of the children inspire audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. Audiences have also been motivated, encouraged and moved to participate in God’s transforming work in communities both locally and internationally. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, dance, and sweet voices demonstrate their incredible joy in the Lord. 

 

All choir performances are FREE!  

A love offering will be taken as well as African crafts available for purchase after the show.

NEWSONG with About A MILE @ canton friendship festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

This concert featuring two bands, Newsong and About A Mile, is free for everyone to enjoy! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

 

Brought to you by local business owners, friends, Canton Community Unity, and Canton Friendship Festival.

 

For more information, visit the Facebook page above or the Canton Illinois website: http://www.cantonillinois.org/index.asp?Type=B_EV&SEC=%7B8C9F2681-49EE-48ED-A842-D6686FFD8592%7D&DE=%7B887AE3BE-94C9-4D2C-AE1E-835224EF027F%7D

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

Creation Seminar (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:00 pm - Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

Free to the public!

 

CREATION SEMINAR

 

Featuring Tom DeRosa from the Creation Studies Institute of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Where Are All The Fossils?

Sunday:   11:00 a.m. Building A Genesis Foundation

                  6:00 p.m. The Greater Design

Sun. Sep 21, 2014

Creation Seminar (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:00 pm - Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

Free to the public!

 

CREATION SEMINAR

 

Featuring Tom DeRosa from the Creation Studies Institute of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Where Are All The Fossils?

Sunday:   11:00 a.m. Building A Genesis Foundation

                  6:00 p.m. The Greater Design

ASANTE African Children's Choir (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 10:00 am)

Please join us for a morning worship service filled with joyful music and dance from the ASANTE Children's Choir. A time of fellowship and lunch to follow. For more information or if you are interested in attending, please contact Kirsten Ryan via text message or phone call.

17TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK-AND-ROLL-A-THON (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Sponsored by the Central Illinois group of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association, the annual Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is held to benefit those with spina bifida and to raise awareness about spina bifida.  

 

In addition, the Central Illinois event is designated the Memorial Walk, to honor Kaylin Rood, Shannon Kolodzieski, Emma Kenny, and Sarah Whitted of the local area who have died, as well as to celebrate and support the roughly 166,000 Americans who are living with spina bifida.

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon event will help the organization continue to serve, strengthen, and enrich the lives of those in Central Illinois - and those who love them - through prevention, education, and advocacy.

 

 

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon will feature a 5K (3 mile walk), followed by a picnic lunch at the Tipton Park North Shelter. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to participate, but there is no minimum. 

 

Go online or call to register or become an event sponsor!

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

40 Days for Life: Join in Prayer (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm)

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

 

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.

 

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus. These specific prayer requests will seek God’s help for:

 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

 

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

 

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Central Illinois Jazz Society with Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

The Central Illinois Jazz Society, serving Central Illinois since 1978, presents CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m. and Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra at 7:15 p.m.

 

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band features outstatnding jazz musicians from the area. They will entertain you with a mixture of jazz styles. For more information, please call or visit the website listed above. For more information about our location, visit www.landmarkrec.com. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.

 

Admission:

$5.00 Members

$7.00 Non-Members

Students are free

 

Parking is available in Landmark lot across Dries Lane.

 

The Central Illinois Jazz Society is a non-profit organization that is open to anyone who enjoys jazz. You do not have to be a musician to be a member or to attend our programs. Please consider joining the Central Illinois Jazz Society and supporting live jazz.

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

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

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

40 Days for Life Kick-off (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:30 pm)

Be inspired at this year's 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally! Hear the story of Connie McEldowney, who has opened her home to countless young mothers, and join others from the community to peacefully pray to end abortion.

 

Expand your heart through mercy, sacrifice, and trust at the 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally!

Mon. Sep 22, 2014

SCHEELS Archery Safety & Camo Party (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 6:00 pm)

All participating kids will be eligible for to win a $100.00 Bell Ranger Giveaway.

All kids get to shoot a bow in the SCHEELS Archery Range with a SCHEELS Expert. Learn important safety tips and basic archery skills.

 

All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).

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

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

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 22, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Tue. Sep 23, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

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

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

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life as you learn to put your trust in the power of Christ.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is 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 would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Sep 24, 2014

Looking for prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball! (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 12:00 pm)

The Christian Center is collecting prom dresses for this year's Father Daughter Purity Ball.  Please drop off current, in-style, clean dresses to the Christian Center Monday through Friday. Your donation helps ladies to come in their very best to this enchanting, exciting event. Questions? Call or go to our website!

Step Study for Women (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Step Study for Men (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Class (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

9 week class starting Sept. 10th at Grace Presbyterian Church

 

This class focuses on handling money God's way such as reducing debt, charitable giving, etc.

 

Childcare is available.

 

Cost is $90.

 

Free preview of the class is on Sept. 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Ear Infection Workshop (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Join Dr. Kasey Riesberg DC to learn about the causes of ear infections and ways to treat them naturally.

 

Royal Tailor in Concert (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Royal Tailor in Concert!
A See You at the Pole Youth Event
 
Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:00
Free concert, no tickets needed
 
Show put on for local grade school and high school students, but all public is welcome!

Thu. Sep 25, 2014

Peoria Mayor's Prayer Luncheon (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 11:30 am)

Welcome to the 40th Annual Mayor’s Leadership Prayer Luncheon.

 

This year’s speaker is Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy Strawberry. Darryl was an Eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the year with the New York Mets and won four World Series Championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999). He retired with 335 career home runs and 1,000 RBI's. Darryl is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball, Straw's Sweet Swing, Strawberry's Field Forever and The Legendary Straw Man!

 

In addition to Darryl and Tracy, there will be great music, food, and fellowship. This luncheon will be truly inspirational. Please come and bring friends and coworkers. The cost is $35 a person, tables seat 10, and you may register and pay online through this website. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket and do not know yet who your guests will be just repeat putting your name in the Buy Tickets registration form for each ticket purchased. You will receive an email confirmation and table assignment before the event. For more information, you may call or email the committee.

 

Please note that seating to this event is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 12:00 pm)

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

The 15th annual Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet is being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Featured Speaker is Global Teen Challenge President Dr. Jerry Nance. Special Music Guests are the Peoria Pops Orchestra along with Soloist Jonna Harkness from Harvest Bible Chapel. Proceeds from the event go to further the work and ministry of Teen Challenge Peoria. For ticket information/pricing, please call the above number.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Video lessons combined with group discussions help provide encouragement, hope, support, and healing during one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

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

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

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

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

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

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

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

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. Sep 26, 2014

A Rally for the Release of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 12:00 pm)

Worldwide Vigils Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment

 

 

More than 700 days ago, American Pastor Saeed Abedini boarded a flight to Iran and never came back. Christmas has come and gone twice, and he's missed his children's birthdays and other family celebrations. After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iran government on charges related to his Christian faith. Now, two years to the day of Abedini's incarceration, concerned citizens will gather in East Peoria and at similar vigils around the world to pray for his safe release and call upon their governments to act on his behalf. The U.S. citizen and Boise, Idaho, minister is serving out a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his Christian faith, Pastor Saeed has faced repeated beatings, malnourishment, lack of proper medical treatment, and death threats from other prisoners and Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

 

 

Held on the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment, East Peoria's vigil, at the RiverFront Freedom Memorial, (the area around the flags) in Riverfront Park, behind the East Peoria Walmart, is part of a global effort to tell the world: #Its'sTime to #SaveSaeed. Protesters will gather in East Peoria to pray and to bring attention to Saeed Abedini's situation and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

Cookout and Kickball (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 5:30 pm)

The 20 and 30 year old ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton, known as Root 2six7, is hosting an initial start up event in order to share with the community what the ministry is about and what they have to offer to the community.

Root 2six7 will be hosting a cookout and kickball tournament at the north pavilion at Oakwood Park in Morton, IL.

 

This will be a family friendly event specifically targeting 20 and 30 year olds as well as their families. Please join us for a fun filled evening of fellowship and information about further ministry goals.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to get free from hurts, habits, and unhealthy relationships. 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. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Northwoods Community Church from 6:00-8:30pm.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

GriefShare (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

MOPS at First Covenant Church (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

MOPS is coming to First Covenant Church in Peoria. We are located on the corner of War Memorial and Knoxville.  MOPS is for any mother of a preschooler 6 or younger.  Babysitting is provided. 

Sat. Sep 27, 2014

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 am)

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind 

 

Named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native who was in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle could support one another. In 2003, Mark founded the Walk for the Mind to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the walk lives on and since then has raised more than $380,000 for brain tumor research. The Walk has grown from 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year.

 

Dr. Patrick Elwood, “the central Illinois father of neurosurgery,” was named to be the honorary chair at the 2014 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.

 

Dr. Elwood, a Peoria native whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was the driving force in the developing and advancing neurological services in the Peoria area, including establishing the neurosurgery residency in Peoria. He’s a prominent neurosurgeon, scholar, mentor, and known by many patients as a lifesaver.

 

“Many will remember Dr. Elwood for having done the surgery on their friend or family member” said the Walk’s organizer, Peggy Flannigan, who noted Dr. Elwood likely has performed the most brain tumor surgeries than any other surgeon historically in the Peoria area. “Having Dr. Elwood as the honorary chair will have a personal meaning to a lot of people.”

 

To register for the Walk or for more information, visit the website!

 

This is the third year all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for brain cancer research. Last year’s Walk generated a record $50,000 for research. 

Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk followed by the Piglet Prance FREE Kids Race! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 8:00 am)

It's a family fun day! Come with your family or by yourself...  our hope is that any and all ages experience a great day!

 

Clinton's Dr. John Warner Hospital has teamed up with the Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation and Dewitt County Museum in addition to several local sponsors and volunteers to bring you the first ever Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk! A "kiddie race" dubbed the "Piglet Prance" will follow the 5K awards ceremony.

 

The "swine and piglet" theme was formed due to the fact that Saturday, September 27th is DAY ONE OF Clinton's TWO day annual event - the 46th ANNUAL APPLE AND PORK FESTIVAL held in Clinton, Illinois on Sept 27th & 28th!

 

Run or walk the trail... enjoy beautiful scenic Weldon Springs. Then make a day of it by checking out the vendors of crafts, foods, and amazing goodies that the festival provides!

Scarecrow Festival (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

The 18th Annual Scarecrow Festival Presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, kid’s games, Doggy Zoo, Sauk Valley Bank Dunk Tank, and much more.

 

The festival entertainment stage will feature a special family-friendly performance by Funky Monkey Wrestling. Watch these WWE-style wresters compete in matches or come by for a photo and autograph. The ring will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave throughout the day.

 

"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."

 

The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

 

The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up again, as families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins. And Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.

 

"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."

 

Also included during the Scarecrow Festival weekend this year will be a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, September 26 at dusk on the Riverfront. The Dixon Family YMCA and Life House Liberty Court are helping to make this fun family event a kick-off to the weekend of activities.

 

Then on Sunday, Sept. 27, come back downtown for the 13th Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year, the show will feature supercharged cars and trucks and remote control speed boat demonstrations. Food vendors will be on hand. There will be a beer garden and television for the Sunday football games.

 

For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.

Gowns for the Purity Ball are available! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Looking for a gown for the Purity Ball?  We want you to look your best without breaking the bank!

Lucky for you there are gowns available from The Christian Center!  Gowns are just $10.00 each.  You can stop by the Christian Center on the following dates.

 

Sat Sept 27th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Tues Oct 7th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 18th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Sat Oct 25th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon

 

Also, if you have any gowns in great shape you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Christian Center during business hours Monday-Friday.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 6:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

Ballet 5:8 Presents the Story of Job (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 6:30 pm)

Ballet 5:8, a Christian professional ballet company located in Chicago, IL will visit Davenport, IA to present a full evening program.

The performing company will present its full length neoclassical ballet based on the Biblical story of Job, exploring the tension between God's sovereignty and the suffering we experience. Ballet 5:8 will also present an abstract ballet, The Four Seasons of the Soul, which takes audiences on a journey through the life of the Christian believer in vivid color and movement. 

 

Ballet 5:8 is a 501-(c)-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging audiences in discussion of life and faith through performance arts. 

 

Sun. Sep 28, 2014

Scarecrow Festival--Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

The 18th Annual Scarecrow Festival Presented by Hicks Insurance will be in downtown Dixon on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the event will feature many of the fan favorites like: Pumpkin Painting, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Craft and Food Vendors, kid’s games, Doggy Zoo, Sauk Valley Bank Dunk Tank, and much more.

 

The festival entertainment stage will feature a special family-friendly performance by Funky Monkey Wrestling. Watch these WWE-style wresters compete in matches or come by for a photo and autograph. The ring will be set up at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave throughout the day.

 

"The Scarecrow Festival is definitely one of the great fall traditions in downtown Dixon," said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. "It is a great day for families to come and explore the downtown."

 

The festival is a favorite for families and kids with a wide selection of activities for children. Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's event.

 

The Doggy Zoo continues to grow in popularity, as well. With more than 80 different dog breeds on display, kids can learn about what makes each dog unique while they talk with the dog's owner. The Doggy Zoo takes place on the Old Lee County Courthouse Lawn from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The Great Pumpkin Patch will be set up again, as families get to hunt for their gourd in a maze of pumpkins. And Habitat for Humanity will host their garage sale fundraiser, and the 4-H clubs will host their annual bake sale.

 

"Every year we continue to grow with new events during the festival," Albrecht said. "And we are excited that the traditional events stay with us year after year."

 

Also included during the Scarecrow Festival weekend this year will be a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on Friday, September 26 at dusk on the Riverfront. The Dixon Family YMCA and Life House Liberty Court are helping to make this fun family event a kick-off to the weekend of activities.

 

Then on Sunday, Sept. 27, come back downtown for the 13th Annual Riverfront Classic Car Show from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year, the show will feature supercharged cars and trucks and remote control speed boat demonstrations. Food vendors will be on hand. There will be a beer garden and television for the Sunday football games.

 

For more information on the Scarecrow Festival, go online to www.dixonmainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/dixonmainstreet.

Morton Methodist Church offers Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class plus Legacy Class (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 10:45 am)

Morton United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class this fall.  We also are offering his Leaving a Legacy class if you have taken FPU prior.

 

Financial Peace University classes will start Sept. 28th at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Legacy Class will start Sept. 7th at 10:45 a.m.

 

Go to the church website for more information or to sign up! Feel free to call the church for any questions also.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 12:00 pm)

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.

 

"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.

 

The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.

 

The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

40 Days for Life: Join in Prayer (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 12:00 pm)

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

 

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.

 

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus. These specific prayer requests will seek God’s help for:

 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

 

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

 

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Pioneer Days: Heirloom Gardening (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

$2.25/Person, ages 4 & up

 

5/25: Heirloom Gardening

6/29: Animal Husbandry

7/27: Old Fashion Carnival

8/31: Weaving-Wool Dying

9/28: Barn Dance

10/26 Harvest-Butter Churning

 

Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County.

Divorce Care for Adults, Kids, and Teens (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 5:00 pm)

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

God's Not Dead Movie Event (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 6:00 pm)

A FREE family movie event at New Life Fellowship Church in Bloomington, IL.  New Life will be presenting the highly anticipated film, "God's Not Dead," with the community.

 

There is NO charge! Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

 

Childcare for birth through 5th grade will be available. 

 

New Life is located 3 miles west of Interstate 55 on IL Route 9 - Market Street.

Financial Peace University (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 6:00 pm)

This nine-week class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and more!

 

Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m.

September 7th - November 2nd

 

Cost: $93

Child Care Provided

Contact us by phone or email for more information.

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

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


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

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


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

Bob Goff, Author of "Love Does," in Springfield (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

First United Methodist Church in Springfield welcomes Bob Goff, author of New York Times bestseller "Love Does."

 

 Invite your friends! Free admittance!

 

"Love God, love people, do stuff. It's that simple." -Bob Goff

Mon. Sep 29, 2014

Bringing Our Silver History to Life (Mon. Sep 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Hispanic Business Leaders Committee & Trabajando Juntos invite you to attend, "Bringing Our Silver History to Life," presented by LTC (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbush.

 

This free public presentation is the story of Sterling's Silver City and how it shaped our community. Gain a new sense of hope and energy about your future.

 

In the Spring of 1947, on the West Side of Avenue G in Sterling, Illinois, in a field next to the Rock River, over a hundred discarded WWII boxcars housed a migrant work force, primarily Hispanics and Southerners, who had come to Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for well paying union jobs. This place was locally known as Silver City because the boxcars were painted silver to reflect the sun's heat.

 

LTC (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbush is a renowned charismatic, passionate, and influential speaker all too familiar with the challenges of poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy. Although she grew up without material wealth, she was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values, and faith. Today, Consuelo tells her story doing exactly what she preaches...living a legacy.

 

For more information about this inspiring event, call the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 29, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

13 week Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

A safe and caring place to meet with others who are on this journey of grief.

The DVD's feature clips from pastors Christian counselors and others who offer practical suggestions, hope and reassurance.

Tue. Sep 30, 2014

Women's Bible Studies (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Join us to grow closer to God!

 

Class choices include "Longing for More of Jesus," "A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are," and "Know your Bible--Love the Word”.

 

Childcare is provided. For more information, call Jeanie.

 

Classes begin September 16th and run through November 18th.

MOPS and MOMSnext at Grace Presbyterian Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

MOPS and MOMSnext is a Christ centered program designed to nurture mothers from infancy through school age. The women are of all ages and backgrounds, but  share the same desire-to be the best mothers they can be.

 

While the moms meet children are cared for in the MOPPETS program where they enjoy crafts, musics, snacks and will learn about the Bible. An art class is available for home school children kindergarten through sixth grade.

 

Register online!

DivorceCare (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

 

DivorceCare is a support group for individuals suffering from the pain of separation or divorce.

 

DivorceCare meets Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.  Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Financial Peace University (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Pekin Grace United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a 9-week class that teaches common sense about money in a supportive environment.

 

Financial Peace University classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Beginning September 2nd and be held weekly for 9 weeks ending October 28th.

To register use the link!

 

For more information contact Sally Morris!

 

Faith in Fertility Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Faith in Fertility is a support and recovery group for couples who are dealing with issues of infertility and/or miscarriage.

Faith in Fertility meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting August 26 for 8 weeks.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-11.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

For more information contact Stephanie Dugan.

 

Teen Divorce Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Middle school and High school teens can find friends to walk with them through the hurt of divorce or separation. Teen DivorceCare Ministry uses games and discussion in a safe environment to help teens find joy and hope built on God’s love.

$15 for first child. $10 for each additional child in family.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.  

DivorceCare at Northwoods Community Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

DivorceCare can help you deal with the painful issues of divorce and separation. You will learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life as you learn to put your trust in the power of Christ.

 

Cost $25 for workbook

Meets Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information contact us by phone!

DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

(Ages 6-12) Children hurting because of divorce or separation can find help and healing through DivorceCare for Kids. At our weekly group, kids make friends with other kids who understand how they feel. DC4K combines games, activities, music and more to help children feel accepted.

$15 per child. $10 per child if two or more.

Tuesdays, August 26 - November 18, 2014

 

For more information, contact us by phone!

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is 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 would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

Broken Promise Ministry (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)

Broken Promise is a support and recovery group for children, kindergarten to 8th grade and their parents as they deal with the effects of divorce.

 

Broken Promise meets Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 p.m. for 13 weeks starting August 26.

Childcare is available upon request for ages 0-4.

Final date to register is Friday, August 15.

 

For more information call Stephanie Dugan.

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.