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Sun. Aug 2, 2015 - Sat. Aug 8, 2015
August 2015

Wed. Aug 5, 2015

ICC Summer Explorers Camp (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:45 am - 5:00 pm)

Summer Camp for children 6-12 years old (must have finished Kindergarten)  Located on the East Peoria ICC Campus, we engage your child through fun and learning activities, games, creativity, field trips and more!  Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Monday through Friday, 6:45am-5:00pm. For registration information, go to the website listed above.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 4:00 pm)

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

MOVE VBS (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Treasure Hunt Bible School (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Gethsemane Church is hosting:

 

Vacation Bible School

 

Theme: Treasure Hunt

 

When: August 3rd-6th.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Wed. Aug 5, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

Thu. Aug 6, 2015

ICC Summer Explorers Camp (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:45 am - 5:00 pm)

Summer Camp for children 6-12 years old (must have finished Kindergarten)  Located on the East Peoria ICC Campus, we engage your child through fun and learning activities, games, creativity, field trips and more!  Nutritious lunches and snacks are provided. Monday through Friday, 6:45am-5:00pm. For registration information, go to the website listed above.

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Springfield's host location, visit their website:

http://www.springfieldfirst.org/#/home

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Rock Island's (Quad Cities) host location, visit their website:

http://www.heritageqc.com/event/the-global-leadership-summit/all

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Peoria's host location, visit their website:

http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/learn/leadership-development/the-global-leadership-summit-2015/

The Global Leadership Summit (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Normal's host location, visit their website:

http://www.eastviewchurch.net/news-events/summit/

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Tot Time (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 9:30 am - 11:00 am)

Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends.

 

A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Participants will enjoy light refreshments.

 

Registration is not required and admission is free.

Local Flavors 2015 Lunch at Cyd's (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 11:00 am)

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! 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.

National Health Center Week (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 4:00 pm)

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

Try the Greenways: St. Vincent Greenway (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Join Trailnet for a weekly, easy-paced, guided ride on a paved trail in Great Rivers Greenway’s River Ring network. The rides are free and will give both new and experienced bikers the chance to explore a different greenway location in St. Louis City, St. Louis County or St. Charles County each month.

 

During the month of August, attendees can participate in a 7.2-mile round-trip ride along the St. Vincent Greenway from the entrance of St. Vincent County Park on St. Charles Rock Road, along the greenway through the park, across the UMSL campus, to the North Hanley Metrolink Station and back again.

 

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to St. Vincent County Park on St. Charles Rock Road with rides departing at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the number or email above or visit the website above.

MOVE VBS (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Galesburg Christian School Fun Fest Open House (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Tour the campus & meet the teachers!

 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Preschool - 5th grade at 1881 E. Fremont Street.

 

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 6th - 12th grade at 746 Hawkinson Avenue.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Treasure Hunt Bible School (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Gethsemane Church is hosting:

 

Vacation Bible School

 

Theme: Treasure Hunt

 

When: August 3rd-6th.

New 2 Homeschooling Informational Meeting Sponsored by A.P.A.C.H.E. (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm)

Have you made up your mind to homeschool this fall? Are you a basket full of nerves with unanswered questions as to how to start homeschooling? Let us help!

 

Join APACHE member and Veteran Homeschool Mom Hope Ware as she boils down the homeschooling how-to questions into homeschool how-to common sense that will help you get started on the right track!

 

Who Should attend? Anyone who is considering homeschooling this fall or someone has started homeschooling in the last couple of years but still has questions. Non APACHE Members are welcome!

 

Sponsored by the Association of Peoria Area Christian Home Educators Questions? Email Hope Ware hopeware64@gmail.com or Bryan/Elizabeth Pullen at the email above.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

Summer Concert of Gospel Music (Thu. Aug 6, 2015 7:00 pm)

A benefit for and sponsored by The Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter.

 

Featuring: The Heritage Singers from Maranatha Baptist University.

 

FREE ADMISSION!!

Fri. Aug 7, 2015

Christian Center Baseball (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Fall Baseball registration is currently underway. Minor League is ages 9-10 years old. Major League is 11-12 years old. (8 year olds can play if they will be enrolled in the Minor League (9-10 yrs) in the summer of 2016.)

 

The season runs August 29 – October 3 (Saturdays only).

 

The fee for fall Baseball is $45 with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above, (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Christian Center Soccer (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Soccer registration is currently underway for ages 5–18 - coed.

 

The season runs August 24 – October 3. (This league meets 2 times per week - once during the week and once on Saturday.)

 

The fee is $60 per participant, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Normal's host location, visit their website:

http://www.eastviewchurch.net/news-events/summit/

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Springfield's host location, visit their website:

http://www.springfieldfirst.org/#/home

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Rock Island's (Quad Cities) host location, visit their website:

http://www.heritageqc.com/event/the-global-leadership-summit/all

The Global Leadership Summit (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Developing Christian leadership skills is the focus of the Global Leadership Summit to be held August 6th and 7th at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Becoming a better leader is something we all strive for, within the church and in our daily walk. The Global Leadership Summit provides practical tools for leading and is THE most inspirational event you can attend this year.

 

 

Speakers include:

  • Bill Hybels--Founder and Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church
  • Dr. Brene Brown--Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
  • Brian Houston--Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
  • And many more!

 

 

Local host churches for the Summit are:

  • Northwoods Community Church in Peoria
  • Eastview Christian Church in Normal
  • First United Methodist Church in Springfield
  • Heritage Church in Rock Island (Quad Cities)
  • Heartland Community Church in Rockford
  • And many more locations across Illinois! (See the website for a location near you.)

 

 

Super Early-Bird registration for the Global Leadership Summit runs through May 19th. Early Bird Registration runs through June 23rd. Go to the website listed above to register and for more information.

 

 

For information about Peoria's host location, visit their website:

http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/learn/leadership-development/the-global-leadership-summit-2015/

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 4:00 pm)

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

MOVE VBS (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Vacation Bible School

 

Move invites kids K-5th to look at the lives of the people in the Bible who changed direction and moved after encountering Jesus!

 

Register online at the link above.

 

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

VBS 2015 at New Horizons (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Starting August 3rd through the 7th we will be having VBS at New Horizons Baptist Church in Pawnee during the evening hours of 6 - 8:30. Ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend. This year we will set a course to Journey off the Map as we explore what it means to follow the will of God where ever He may take us! 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Cuba Church of the Nazarene VBS (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

We invite you to a fun and exciting Firefighter Vacation Bible School where kids participate in games snacks, crafts projects and more all in a fun firehouse setting with unforgettable Bible teaching, drama and music. Sign up now for Fire Fighters Vacation Bible School.

 

For ages 3-16 on August 3-7.

FREE Seventh Day Slumber Concert (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

His Hands Outreach presents Seventh Day Slumber live in Concert.

 

This is a free event-everyone is welcome!

 

Doors open @ 6:30 p.m.

Save the Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop (Fri. Aug 7, 2015 7:00 pm)

The Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation will be holding a Trivia Bowl night on Friday, August 7th at the Lewistown VFW Post #5001. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., Trivia Bowl will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cost per team is $100 for up to 10 players per team. You may call the number above to reserve a spot for your team or just show up that night. Bring some food, your friends and family, and your random knowledge of all things to help save the Blacksmith Shop!

Sat. Aug 8, 2015

BLESSING DAY (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Blessing Day is like a garage sale but EVERYTHING IS FREE! All sizes clothing, small appliances, home decor, dishes, electronics, books, some school supplies, etc. ALL FREE.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Health fair back to school event (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Living Waters Christian Ministries will be having a Health and wellness fair, all are welcome.

 

There will be- free refreshments, music, games, prizes. Free school supplies (k-8), Wellness Screenings, a raffle for a State Fair Mega Pass. Police Academy Applications for those over 21 and much more. Please come out and enjoy the festivities with us

National Health Center Week (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH MUSIC FESTIVAL (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

You are invited to the First Baptist Summer Music Festival! People of all ages can enjoy food, the outdoors, and a variety of great live music.

 

Performers include Sarah Marie Dillard, the Pulse of Peoria Drumline, Chris Marchand, Higher Ground, and musicians from First Baptist Church, United Presbyterian Church, Zion Baptist Church, and Epiphany Anglican Mission. Bring a chair, and find us on Facebook at the website above for more information.

Open Gospel Sing (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Town and Country Baptist Church will host an Gospel sing, open mic style. If you sing or have a group who sings Gospel music, come and sing. Or if you just love to listen, come and enjoy.

 

Second Saturday of the month through August.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Weekend Family Experience (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 6:00 pm)

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Soul'd Out Gospel Quartet (Sat. Aug 8, 2015 7:00 pm)

Soul'd Out Gospel Quartet Free Concert at the location above.

Sun. Aug 9, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Weekend Family Experience (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 10:00 am)

Weekend Family Experience, Saturday, August 8th at 6 p.m. & Sunday, August 9th at 10 a.m.

Transformation Event: Cardboard World (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

What can you make with a cardboard box? How can you transform the space around you? Create an outdoor play space using "stuff" that others might mistake for trash!

 

We look forward to working with the PlayHouse community to create collaborative, large-scale projects. At Transformation Events, we will invite visitors to drop in and join us in creating. After visiting the PlayHouse and exploring Glen Oak Park, visitors can return to the PlayHouse to see how the project has grown and changed over time!

 

Free with Museum admission.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

National Health Center Week (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

More Than A Concert-An Evening With Michael English and Special Guests The Hoppers (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 5:00 pm)

The Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association Invites you to join us on Sunday for An Evening with Multi Grammy & Dove Award Winning Gospel Singer Michael English & Special Guests, “America’s Favorite Family”, The Hoppers. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.. The Concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.. Tickets are available through the following options:

 

Contact Wende Roberts at the number above for Printed Tickets.

 

Order Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or call their Customer Service Department to order at 1.800.838.3006

 

Tickets prices are: $35.00-Limited Seating Artist Circle

 

$20.00-General Admission

 

This will be a powerful night of praise & testimony you won’t want to miss!!

 

Calling All Singers- A Community Choir is currently being organized. This choir will have the opportunity to sing on Sunday, August 9th at The Warsaw Performing Arts Center at 6:00 p.m. The Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association invites the community to attend, "More Than A Concert"- An Evening with Multiple Grammy and Dove Award Winning Christian Gospel Singer, Michael English.

 

Michael is also well known for being the Former Lead Singer of the Legendary Gaither Vocal Band. Special Guests for the evening will be, "America's Favorite Family", The Hoppers. Tickets are now available. The doors open at 5:00 pm. Please contact Wende Roberts at the email or number above to purchase tickets or for more information.

Free Concert ft. "About a Mile" (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Come and Rock your summer with a free concert featuring About A Mile!

An Evening With Mitch McVicker (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 6:00 pm)

Hey Mitch McVicker fans! Mark your calendar now for a great evening of family fun and spiritual entertainment. Mitch McVicker will be recording his live DVD at the Morton High School Bertha Frank Auditorium located at the address above.

 

Mitch will be featuring some of his new music from his most recent CD "The Grey, when black & white fade" along with favorites from "Underneath" and his other great albums. Order your tickets online from i-Tickets or call toll free at the number and link above. There will be a limited number of seats available so call or order NOW!

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sun. Aug 9, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Mon. Aug 10, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Mon. Aug 10, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Faith Baptist Christian School Registration for 2015-16 is Open! (Mon. Aug 10, 2015 9:00 am)

Faith Baptist Christian School has ministered to the Pekin community and surrounding areas for 39 years. We are a Pre-school (3 year old) through 12th grade school in association with both the Illinois Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools.

 

 

Our mission is to “partner with families in educating students through a Bible-centered curriculum to foster academic excellence and spiritual growth in preparation for ongoing ministry and education.”

 

 

FBCS offers a traditional education using curriculum provided by quality Christian publishers who are not aligned in any way with the Common Core. Our students average over two years above Mean Grade Equivalent according to annual achievement testing.

 

 

We offer a safe environment in small classrooms with experienced teachers. Fine arts are a part of every grade level, and several interscholastic sports are offered for 4th grade on up.

 

 

Applications are now being accepted for all grade levels. Please contact our school office by phone or email to receive an application packet, or arrange a meeting and tour with our administrator. Please no calls on weekends or holidays.

National Health Center Week (Mon. Aug 10, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Mon. Aug 10, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

"Beyond the Farthest Star" Christian Film (Mon. Aug 10, 2015 7:00 pm)

One night screening of "Beyond the Farthest Star" at Town Theatre in Chillicothe.

Tickets $9  ($8 + $1 service fee)
www.gathr.us/screening/12552

 Men of AIM / HOI Christian Movie Central is looking to book MULTIPLE one night screenings at all theaters in the Peoria area for this film - with key themes to relate to men, women, and youth.

ALL Peoria area events for this film willl be communicated at
www.tinyurl.com/btfspia

Movie website
www.beyondthefartheststar.com

Tue. Aug 11, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

"Beyond the Farthest Star" Christian Film (Peoria) (Tue. Aug 11, 2015 7:30 pm)

Peoria Premiere of "Beyond the Farthest Star" Christian film. Men of AIM / HOI Christian Movie Central is hosting 2 nights of the film (8/10 Chilli, 8/11 Peoria)- looking for partners to host additional nights in other cities, or returning to Chilli and Peoria. NO TICKETS AT THEATER. All Online. (Contact Rich if you are not comfortable with online purchases)

 

Buy tickets ($12) at www.gathr.us/screening/12532

 

Contact Rich Gerberding for Questions at the email above.

 

FB page for ALL Peoria area BTFS screenings at www.facebook.com/groups/btfs-peoria

 

Movie Website: www.beyondthefartheststar.com

Wed. Aug 12, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Wed. Aug 12, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

National Health Center Week (Wed. Aug 12, 2015 3:00 pm)

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Wed. Aug 12, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Thu. Aug 13, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Thu. Aug 13, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Aug 13, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Thu. Aug 13, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Fri. Aug 14, 2015

Christian Center Baseball (Fri. Aug 14, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Fall Baseball registration is currently underway. Minor League is ages 9-10 years old. Major League is 11-12 years old. (8 year olds can play if they will be enrolled in the Minor League (9-10 yrs) in the summer of 2016.)

 

The season runs August 29 – October 3 (Saturdays only).

 

The fee for fall Baseball is $45 with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above, (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Christian Center Soccer (Fri. Aug 14, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Soccer registration is currently underway for ages 5–18 - coed.

 

The season runs August 24 – October 3. (This league meets 2 times per week - once during the week and once on Saturday.)

 

The fee is $60 per participant, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Fri. Aug 14, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Aug 14, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Fri. Aug 14, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Sat. Aug 15, 2015

DVI's Hike For Hunger (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 8:30 am - 11:00 am)

Go on a Hike for Hunger and enter to win an iPad Mini!

 

The great folks at David Vaughan Investments are working to end hunger in our community! Bring your family out and join in the fun of hiking at Forest Park Nature Center, playing, and helping the poor!

 

Proceeds benefit South Side Mission.

 

For details and to register online, visit the link above. Or you can register at the Hike the morning of the event.

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Tri4Jesus (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 9:00 am)

Join the FCA Endurance - Greater Peoria Area Huddle and Northwoods Church as we host our first kids Triathlon! Children ages 6-13 are encouraged to take part in a mini Triathlon on the grounds of Northwoods Community Church. Swim 50 yards in the lake, bike 2 miles on the path, and run 1/2 mile around the perimeter of the grounds. Parents are welcome to run with their child on the run course!

 

Register now at http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/?month=2015-08-01&webtag_id=all

 

or sign up to volunteer at http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BA8AF2EAAFA7-tri4jesus

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Baggin' for a Benefit (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 1:00 pm)

Nikki Arends, a resident of Peoria, is leaving for the World Race, an 11 month, 11 country mission trip, in September. She is needing to raise $16,000 and this is her biggest fundraiser/going away benefit.

 

The entire family is welcome to come out and enjoy some food, door prizes, raffles, and all around fun. If participants would like to enter the tournament it is $40 a team which includes registration, a meal for both players and a drink ticket (tea and lemonade are provided). Registration forms can be emailed or picked up at Home Turf Tap and they can pay by cash or PayPal.

 

In in order to receive a registration form please contact the email above.

 

There is an event on Facebook "Baggin' For a Benefit for Nikki Arends World Race"

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Trivia Night-Adoption Fundraiser (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 6:00 pm)

Teams of up to 8 will compete to become the evening's trivia titans!

 

Teams and individuals are welcome. Entry fee for the competition is $10/person.

 

Dinner and silent auction items will also be available for purchase.

 

Contact Rachel for more information, at the email above.

 

All proceeds to benefit Chip & Rachel Turner's Adoption Fund.

Project John 4:23 (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 6:30 pm)

Roanoke Southern Baptist Church is hosting a music worship event inspired by John 4:23 (NASB) "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers." Roanoke Baptist's own worship team will be joined by several local Christian worship groups.

Rhythm in the Rainforest at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Aug 15, 2015 6:30 pm)

Come enjoy our annual "Rhythm in the Rainforest" at Luthy Botanical Garden! Back by popular demand is Preston Jackson & Friends, performing cool jazz while guests enjoy exquisite food in the Rose Garden.

 

Don't miss the unique beauty of our gardens under the glow of torch lights and the summer night sky.

 

This is one of our most popular events, so be sure to get your tickets early!

 

Cost is $25 for Members and $30 for Non-Members. For tickets and information, please call the number above.

Sun. Aug 16, 2015

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sun. Aug 16, 2015 8:30 am)

July 12 - August 16

 

(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.

 

Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.

 

The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Aug 16, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sun. Aug 16, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Mon. Aug 17, 2015

SCHEELS Kids Klub - Archery & Camo Party (Mon. Aug 17, 2015 6:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS to learn all about Archery; the parts of a bow, how to shoot a bow and be decked out in camo to have your picture taken. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win great prizes.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Mon. Aug 17, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Tue. Aug 18, 2015

Help the Homeless Golf Outing (Tue. Aug 18, 2015 11:15 am - 5:00 pm)

Join Peoria Rescue Ministries for a great day of golf! Proceeds from this event will go towards helping those in need in our area. $125 registration fee includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, awards, and giveaways.

 

For questions or to register, call the number above or visit the link above.

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Aug 18, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Tue. Aug 18, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

After Five Christian Women's Club (Tue. Aug 18, 2015 6:30 pm)

Dinner/Presentation.

 

Cost: $15.00.

 

Speaker: Donna Fedor - "Let the Sun Shine".

 

Special Feature: Mark McDonald (TV Celebrity) - "Illinois Stores".

 

Reservations by Saturday, August 15.

 

Call Ann at the number above.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Aug 18, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Aug 19, 2015

Missions at the Airport (Wed. Aug 19, 2015 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

See an exciting demonstration of a short take-off and landing Helio Courier airplane at the Pekin Municipal Airport. See how JAARS provides quality technology and resources to support Wycliffe Bible translators and others in providing Bible translation for all people. Purchase an airplane ride, see computer and media displays, view missionary videos, talk with jungle pilots, and see how you can be involved to make Bible translation possible. A great opportunity to enjoy this fabulous event with the whole family!

 

Plane rides $25

Helicopter rides $30

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Wed. Aug 19, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Thu. Aug 20, 2015

Local Flavors 2015 Lunch at Fresh Table Cafe (Thu. Aug 20, 2015 11:00 am)

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! 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.

 

For more information, visit the link above or contact Molly Gleason at the email or number above.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Aug 20, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Thu. Aug 20, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Fri. Aug 21, 2015

Christian Center Baseball (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Fall Baseball registration is currently underway. Minor League is ages 9-10 years old. Major League is 11-12 years old. (8 year olds can play if they will be enrolled in the Minor League (9-10 yrs) in the summer of 2016.)

 

The season runs August 29 – October 3 (Saturdays only).

 

The fee for fall Baseball is $45 with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above, (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Christian Center Soccer (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Soccer registration is currently underway for ages 5–18 - coed.

 

The season runs August 24 – October 3. (This league meets 2 times per week - once during the week and once on Saturday.)

 

The fee is $60 per participant, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 6:30 pm)

Come out to our Monthly Jam Session on the 3rd Friday of every month. People come from all around to listen to steel guitar, banjo, saxophone, drums, guitar, piano, trumpet and a ventriloquist. All are welcome to attend. Snacks are provided after the service. A free-will offering will be taken for Missions. Giving is not a requirement. The church is set up to walk right in; there are no stairs, so we welcome all handicap or elderly people to please attend.

Jay And The Americans @ Little Italy Fest West Addison IL (Fri. Aug 21, 2015 8:00 pm)

One of the best rock n roll vocal groups of the 1960s & 1970s, Jay And The Americans returns to the Chicago area. Twelve Top Ten Hit songs including "Cara Mia", "This Magic Moment", "Only In America" & "Come A Little Bit Closer".

 

The group features three original members, Sandy Deanne, Marty Sanders, Howie Kane, the magnificent voice of Chicago's own Jay Renecke, and the fabulous USA Band. Get ready to sing along with all the million selling hit songs! Located in Addison's Centennial Park on Lake Street at Route 53 in Addison, this fest brings in approximately 20,000 festival goers each year!

 

Come enjoy beautiful European décor, delicious Italian foods and top-notch entertainment provided by famous Italian American singers and performers from around the nation. Concert at 8 p.m. Bring the whole family. Advance Reserved seats $20. / First 4 rows $25. on sale at the website or number above.

Sat. Aug 22, 2015

Nationwide Protest of Planned Parenthood Facilities (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

A broad coalition of pro-life organizations is calling for a nationwide protest at Planned Parenthood (PP) facilities August 22, 2015. Our goal is to raise awareness of the heartless and even illegal activities of Planned Parenthood by going to where the killing and harvesting of body parts from aborted children takes place. The four main sponsors are: Created Equal, Pro-Life Action League, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. Currently there are over 40 co-sponsors.

 

Creating a presence at neighborhood Planned Parenthood facilities is essential to inform the public about what is going on behind closed doors. Local sidewalk counselors and activists are a key component to shutting down Planned Parenthood in the long term.

 

The National Day of Protest will strengthen local efforts by raising their profile with the local press, the community and other pro-life activists. Together, the protests held on August 22 will put pressure on the media, both local and national, to report the truth about Planned Parenthood, and on government officials to stop funding this discredited organization.

 

Here are the event details:

What: Press conference, prayer, and holding signs calling attention to PP's baby parts trafficking

Where: Planned Parenthood facilities all across America.

When: August 22, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

 

Visit the website listed above for a complete map of all PPs in America.

Visit this website if you want to organize a protest in your city: http://protestpp.com/organize-a-protest-in-your-city/

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Jammin' for Jason (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 11:00 am - Sun. Aug 23, 2015 2:00 am)

Jason Hermacinski, age 35, suffers from ALD which is Adrenoleukodystrophy. He is fighting for his life and needs a stem cell transplant. Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor Jammin’ for Jason at the address above 11 a.m. to closing. There will be lots of fun happening at the event and the highlight will be the band “Billy Croft and the Five Alarm” appearing at 8 p.m. All day there will be a silent auction, t-shirt sale and bake sale and when the band takes a break at 9 p.m. there will be a live auction of several of the best items. Those attending will also have the opportunity to give a free will donation to Jammin’ for Jason at any time.

Senior Jam (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

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

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Sun. Aug 23, 2015

Jammin' for Jason (Sat. Aug 22, 2015 11:00 am - Sun. Aug 23, 2015 2:00 am)

Jason Hermacinski, age 35, suffers from ALD which is Adrenoleukodystrophy. He is fighting for his life and needs a stem cell transplant. Faith Lutheran Church will sponsor Jammin’ for Jason at the address above 11 a.m. to closing. There will be lots of fun happening at the event and the highlight will be the band “Billy Croft and the Five Alarm” appearing at 8 p.m. All day there will be a silent auction, t-shirt sale and bake sale and when the band takes a break at 9 p.m. there will be a live auction of several of the best items. Those attending will also have the opportunity to give a free will donation to Jammin’ for Jason at any time.

Powerlight Fest (Sun. Aug 23, 2015 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

There will be a FREE, all-day Christian music fest on the final day of the Illinois State Fair at the Lincoln stage.

 

Featuring FAMILY FORCE 5, HAWK NELSON, AND RAPTURE RUCKUS.

 

The festival starts off with a Praise and Worship service followed by several local artists prior to the national artists.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Aug 23, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

East Peoria FUMC Community Picnic (Sun. Aug 23, 2015 12:00 pm)

Community Picnic

 

Join us for Food and Games at the East Peoria First United Methodist Church.

Lou Christie @ Little Italy Fest West Addison IL (Sun. Aug 23, 2015 5:00 pm)

One of the best performers from 1960s and 1970s still working today! He looks and sounds better than ever! The hits don't stop! "Lightning Strikes", "I'm Gonna Make You Mine", "Rhapsody In The Rain", "Two Faces Have I" and "The Gypsy Cried". The women love him! Get ready to sing along with all the million selling hit songs!

 

Located in Addisons Centennial Park on Lake Street at Route 53 in Addison, this fest brings in approximately 20,000 festival goers each year! Come enjoy beautiful European décor, delicious Italian foods and top-notch entertainment provided by famous Italian American singers and performers from around the nation. Tickets are on sale now at the link above or number above. Reserved Seats $20./ First 4 rows $25. , Bring the whole family. All day event.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sun. Aug 23, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Mon. Aug 24, 2015

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Mon. Aug 24, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Tue. Aug 25, 2015

Celebrate Recovery, Morton (Tue. Aug 25, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Tue. Aug 25, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly of God in Normal (Tue. Aug 25, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

Every Tuesday:

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

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

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

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

Wed. Aug 26, 2015

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Wed. Aug 26, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Awana Clubs Kick-Off Event (Wed. Aug 26, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Free pizza, sno-cones, inflatables, and lots of fun, plus meet the leaders, and register for Awana Clubs. Age 3 through 6th grade.

 

Awana Clubs to help boys and girls know, love, and serve the Lord through Bible lessons, Scripture memory, and game time. Clubbers each work through a handbook. Achievements are marked by earning badges or pins for their Awana vests/shirts.

 

Cubbies - Preschool (age 3 to 5)

 

Sparks - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

 

Truth & Training - 3rd - 6th Grade

 

Awana Clubs are offered at Tremont Baptist Church on a "whatever-you-can-afford" policy.

Thu. Aug 27, 2015

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club (Thu. Aug 27, 2015 5:45 pm)

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

 

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

 

Visit the website above for more information.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Thu. Aug 27, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Fri. Aug 28, 2015

Christian Center Baseball (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Fall Baseball registration is currently underway. Minor League is ages 9-10 years old. Major League is 11-12 years old. (8 year olds can play if they will be enrolled in the Minor League (9-10 yrs) in the summer of 2016.)

 

The season runs August 29 – October 3 (Saturdays only).

 

The fee for fall Baseball is $45 with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above, (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

Christian Center Soccer (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Soccer registration is currently underway for ages 5–18 - coed.

 

The season runs August 24 – October 3. (This league meets 2 times per week - once during the week and once on Saturday.)

 

The fee is $60 per participant, with discounts for multiple participants from the same family.

 

Forms and league information are available online at the link above (although we do not have online registration at this time). You may also register at The Christian Center offices, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call the number above with any questions.

DockDogs Dog Jumping Competition (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Bring the whole family and your dogs to watch or participate in the DockDogs Dog Jumping competition during the SCHEELS Hunting Expo. The event format will be Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog Rankings. For more information, please visit the website above. To register for the event, contact the email above. Discount for pre-registration.

 

Friday, August 28, 2015 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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

 

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

 

Free dinner and childcare provided. Meetings are every Friday.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Girls Night Out on the Lawn (Fri. Aug 28, 2015 6:30 pm)

The Women's Event Ministry at Bethany Baptist Church would like to invite you and your girlfriends to join us for a evening under the stars with outside games and showing of the movie "Mom's Night Out" at dusk.  Popcorn & Root Beer Floats will be served.  

Sat. Aug 29, 2015

SCHEELS 3D Archery Shoot in conjunction with SCHEELS Hunt Expo (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Join SCHEELS and Panther Creek Bowhunters Club for a ONE day FREE shoot at the SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo. Bring your bow and shoot. No pre-registration required! This is a FIELD POINT ONLY shoot and NO BROADHEADS will be allowed. 3D Shoot with 10 TARGETS. Enter your SCORE CARD for a chance to WIN a $100 SCHEELS GIFT CARD!!! Hit the BONUS TARGET to try and win a $50 SCHEELS GIFT CARD! 1st & 2nd place prizes will be awarded in Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Cub & Traditional Categories.

 

Sponsored by: SCHEELS & Panther Creek Bowhunters Club

Cursillo Day Of Renewal (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

Peoria area Cursillo is sponsoring a Day of Renewal on Saturday, August 29, 2015. This day of reflection will be held at the address above. The cost is $14.00 per person and includes lunch. The day begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m., and will end by 3 p.m. The day is open to anyone who has made a Cursillo in the past. For reservations, call Jackie Skender at the Peoria Cursillo Center office at the number above.

SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunt Expo (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Bring the family to SCHEELS for all the must see outdoor vendors and new equipment to get you ready for this year's hunting season! Kids activities, entertainment, and fun for the WHOLE family to enjoy! Featuring Dock Dogs Dog Jumping, Daisy Inflatable BB Gun Range. Prizes and giveaways!

 

Sponsored by: Scheels, Federal Ammunition, Garmin, Plano, Under Armour, Benelli, Nikon, Mud River, Artic Shield, & Zippo.

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

DockDogs Dog Jumping Competition (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Bring the whole family and your dogs to watch or participate in the DockDogs Dog Jumping competition during the SCHEELS Hunting Expo. The event format will be Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog Rankings. For more information, please visit the website above. To register for the event, contact the email above. Discount for pre-registration.

 

Friday, August 28, 2015 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!

 

Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!

 

Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Bradford Area Gospel Revival (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 10:00 am)

Renew, Revitalize, and Revive with us behind Casey's!

 

 

Revival Events (start at 10:00 a.m.):

- Dynamic Speakers:

  • Pastor Joe Hamilton (Wyoming Baptist)
  • Pastor Pat Koga (Bradford Baptist)
  • Leroy Davis (Word of Faith Christian Center)
  • Pastor Steve Scott (Bradford Baptist)
  • Others to be announced

- Riveting Testimonies!

- Music by:

  • The Hamilton Family Band
  • Word of Faith Choir
  • Bunker Hill Worship Band
  • others

 


Events All Day for the kiddies:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Puppet Show
  • Crafts

 

 

You are invited to join us on Sunday under the tent for Church followed by lunch!

 

 

Note: Food will be served all afternoon at no cost to you.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRAYER WALK (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 10:15 am)

All churches and Christians are invited to attend this free event!

 

The walk will start at 18th St. and Capitol Ave. (at Comer Cox Park).

 

From there, we'll travel to 2nd and Capitol where a worship service will be held on the east steps of the state capitol by the Lincoln statue at 11:15 a.m.

 

Prayers will be led by local pastors and ministry leaders. Music will be provided by a multi-church praise band.

 

For more information, please call the number above.

Josh Wilson Free Outdoor Concert (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 5:00 pm)

Peoria Heights Congregational Church presents "Carry Me" and "Pushing Back the Dark" artist, Josh Wilson.

 

A FREE outdoor concert.

 

It all starts at 5 p.m. with the church praise band, followed by the music of Josh Wilson!

 

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us at Tower Park across from the church.

 

A free-will offering will be collected during the concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase, too!

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Back to School Concert (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Calvary Baptist Ministries presents author and singer Andrew Peterson! Join us for worship with a Saturday night concert (suggested donation of $5) and then again on Sunday for more music and a special Q&A with Andrew as he discusses writing music and authoring books.

Delta Sigma Phi Benefit Concert (Sat. Aug 29, 2015 7:30 pm)

The men of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity will be hosting their annual Benefit Concert. Our concert will display various, talented acts from all across the state of Illinois.

 

The men of Delta Sigma Phi have decided to host such an event to raise funds and awareness for the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross has generously donated time, money, sweat, and blood for many American citizens across the United States. Because of their kindness and generosity, all of our concerts proceeds will be donated towards the American Red Cross.

 

We ask that all members of the community to come, relax, and enjoy the sounds of Illinois' most talented acts.

 

If you cannot make the event, but would still like to donate to the American Red Cross, please contact J.D. Hasler, at the email above for more information!

Sun. Aug 30, 2015

SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunt Expo (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Bring the family to SCHEELS for all the must see outdoor vendors and new equipment to get you ready for this year's hunting season! Kids activities, entertainment, and fun for the WHOLE family to enjoy! Featuring Dock Dogs Dog Jumping, Daisy Inflatable BB Gun Range. Prizes and giveaways!

 

Sponsored by: Scheels, Federal Ammunition, Garmin, Plano, Under Armour, Benelli, Nikon, Mud River, Artic Shield, & Zippo.

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

DockDogs Dog Jumping Competition (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Bring the whole family and your dogs to watch or participate in the DockDogs Dog Jumping competition during the SCHEELS Hunting Expo. The event format will be Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog Rankings. For more information, please visit the website above. To register for the event, contact the email above. Discount for pre-registration.

 

Friday, August 28, 2015 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Saturday, August 29, 2015 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

 

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Bradford Area Gospel Revival (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 10:00 am)

Renew, Revitalize, and Revive with us behind Casey's!

 

 

Revival Events (start at 10:00 a.m.):

- Dynamic Speakers:

  • Pastor Joe Hamilton (Wyoming Baptist)
  • Pastor Pat Koga (Bradford Baptist)
  • Leroy Davis (Word of Faith Christian Center)
  • Pastor Steve Scott (Bradford Baptist)
  • Others to be announced

- Riveting Testimonies!

- Music by:

  • The Hamilton Family Band
  • Word of Faith Choir
  • Bunker Hill Worship Band
  • others

 


Events All Day for the kiddies:

  • Petting Zoo
  • Puppet Show
  • Crafts

 

 

You are invited to join us on Sunday under the tent for Church followed by lunch!

 

 

Note: Food will be served all afternoon at no cost to you.

Bibles for Love Packages (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 12:00 pm)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

Josh Wilson in concert at Sterling High School (Sun. Aug 30, 2015 6:00 pm)

88.7 WCIC presents Josh Wilson in concert at Centennial Auditorium/Sterling High School! An affordable evening wraps up WCIC's "Summer of Hope." Come for this big celebration concert!

 

Tickets $12 (reserved seating)

Tickets are on sale now!

There is a $1.50 per ticket service charge for online orders.

You can buy tickets in person at the box office starting August 17th. The box office is open Mon-Fri, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

 

Josh is known for his amazing guitar skills and the songs, "I Refuse," "Pushing Back the Dark," "Carry Me," "Before the Morning," and "That was Then, This is Now."

Mon. Aug 31, 2015

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Mon. Aug 31, 2015 6:00 pm)

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."

 

That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.

 

All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.

 

The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.

 

Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.

 

This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.

 

For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.

 

For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.