Gospel Sing: Celebrate Christmas, Family Style

CASEY -- The Lesters and The Chosen Ones, two well-known Gospel groups, will once again present the “Celebrate Christmas, Family Style” dinner concert at Richards Farm Restaurant in Casey Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet-style meal and concert. They can be purchased by calling the Casey White Oak Church of God at 217-932-5771.

Richards Farm Restaurant is located at 607 N.E. 13th Street in Casey.

At the Celebrate Christmas concert you will enjoy great food and fellowship and be filled with the spirit of Christmas. Seating is limited.

For more information contact Casey White Oak Church of God at 217-932-5771.

Christmas Family Fun Night at Solid Rock Chapel

SULLIVAN -- You're invited to join Solid Rock Chapel in Sullivan for a fun filled night of laughs, crafts, and games from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. Bring the whole family for a night of free activities.

Solid Rock Chapel is located at 1213 E. Jackson St., Sullivan.

For more information contact www.srchapel.org, call 217-962-0525 or email jessijess23@yahoo.com.

Holiday Fair to be held at Church of the Nazarene

SHELBYVILLE -- A Holiday Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Nazarene Christian Life Center. There will be vendors and a lunch stand.

Over 20 vendors will be featured including Double D's crafts & wreaths, Plunder, Lula Roe, Young Living Essential Oils, Damsel in Defense, Thrive, ALS fundraiser gifts, Everything Snowmen, Tupperware, Pink Zebra, Lipsense, Lewis Sewing, Mary Kay, Lighted Canvas, Usborne Books, Lemon Grass Spa, Christmas garden flags, Agnes & Dora, Monat, Yoder's kitchen baked goods, Fannie Mae, Paparazzi, Wild Tree, Sam Cotner Art, Melaleuca, and We Made the Cut crafts.

Stop by for a "thank you" cup of hot chocolate. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., including hotdogs, BBQ, chips and drink.

Church of the Nazarene is located at 701 W. N. Third St., Shelbyville.

For more information call 217-774-2825 or email shelbynazweb@gmail.com.

Make and Take and re-gifting exchange to be held at Mattoon Faith Fellowship

MATTOON -- Mattoon Faith Fellowship Church will have a Christmas Make and Take from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Come and make some gifts to give to your friends and family. Materials and instruction provided for at least four different gifts. 

Also Saturday from 2-4 p.m. they will have a re-gifting exchange. Bring in extra new gifts to trade; maybe you bought too many or received something that you don’t want. The gifts must be new and unused. Bring as many as you want and go home with some items you can give to someone on your list.

The church is located at 1205 Moultrie Ave., Mattoon. For more information, contact 217-254-4382.

Annual Cookie Walk and Quilt Exhibit to be held at First Christian

MATTOON -- First Christian Church will be hosting its annual Cookie Walk on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

There will be a large selection of homemade cookies and treats for sale. This year's event will feature a quilt exhibit.

Beautiful homemade quilts will be on display for viewing. First Christian Church is located at 1600 Wabash in Mattoon. For more information call 234-2928 or visit www.mattoonfcc.com.

Annual Christmas Bazaar to be held at Greenup United Methodist

GREENUP -- The Greenup United Methodist Church, located at 201 N. Kentucky St., invites you to attend their Annual Christmas Bazaar. It will be held at the church on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

They will have homemade cookies available by the “baker’s dozen,” craft tables, and tables of baked items. Their lunch menu will be chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, tea, and coffee.

Carry-outs will be available.

For more information contact 217-923-3909.

Christmas Bazaar to be held at Shelby Christian

SHELBYVILLE -- A Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Shelby Christian Church. 30 vendors are scheduled to be there, along with silent auction items. There will be a lunch for sale of sandwiches, chips, granola bars, sodas, specialty coffee and water.

Shelby Christian Church is located at 200 N. Hickory St., Shelbyville.

For more information contact www.shelbycc.org or 217-774-2716.

Student and Soldier Boxes packing to be held in Windsor

WINDSOR -- Windsor Christian Church will be packing boxes to send to students and soldiers at 10 a.m. Sunday at Fellowship Time.

Windsor Christian Church is located at 1100 Broadway Ave., Windsor.

For more information visit www.windsorchristianchurch.org, call 217-459-2834 or email secretary@windsorchristianchurch.org.

Common Bond Quartet Christmas Concert to be held at Charleston Providence

CHARLESTON -- The Common Bond Gospel Quartet from Winchester, Ky. will be celebrating the Christmas Season at Charleston Providence SB Church Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.

A free will offering will be taken to support their music ministry. Refreshments will served following their service. The church is handicap accessible. The refreshment area is not.

The church is located at 20257 East Harrison Street Road, 4 miles east of IL Route 16 (first church after the Embarras River on the corner).

For more information, contact 217-345-5751.

Baptism Sunday to be held

SULLIVAN -- New Life Church plans to offer baptisms at the end of its 10 a.m. Sunday service.

New Life reports that water baptism is not just a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, but it's also a spiritual operation that separates one from their old life. 

For those who would like to be baptized Sunday, there will be teams available to assist at the back of the sanctuary. New Life is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Road. Call 217-728-4200 or email liz@newlifesullivan.org for more information.

Homecoming to be held at Calvary Tabernacle

TOLEDO -- Calvary Tabernacle in Toledo invites everyone who has shared in the rich history and wonderful heritage of their church to come celebrate all that the Lord has done and is going to do in the future. Their celebration will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and will include an afternoon worship service followed by a time of fellowship and dinner.

Calvary Tabernacle is located at 209 W. Washington St., Toledo.

For more information contact www.caltabtoledo.org, call 217-849-2856 or email caltabtoledo@gmail.com.

A Night of Thanksgiving to be held at New Mercy

MATTOON -- Join the family of New Mercy on Sunday at 6 p.m. for this special Thanksgiving celebration featuring Deborah Banks & the Ambassadors. They'll begin with praise & worship, then a social intermission with refreshments. They'll gather again as we launch the Christmas season with traditional Christmas carols and a beautiful candlelight service.

New Mercy Worship Center is located at 1208 Moultrie Ave., Mattoon.

Visit newmercyworshipcenter.org, call 217-235-6550 or email newmercy6@consolidated.net.

Next Step Class to be held

SULLIVAN -- Community members are invited to attend a Next Step class at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at New Life Church in Sullivan to learn about the church's vision, values, and classes.

Participants can meet with Pastor Dave in the Blue Room after the service for the 30-minute class and a free drink from the cafe. New Life Church is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Road in Sullivan. More information is available via www.newlifesullivan.org, 217-728-4200, or liz@newlifesullivan.org.

TAG Holiday Craft & Dessert Night to be held at Christ's Church

EFFINGHAM -- Attention all moms: Are you in need of a break? Maybe a night to yourself to socialize with other adults? Then join the TAG moms for some holiday fun with an evening of crafts, desserts, and some "me" time. This event is free of charge.

The activities start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Christ's Church, 2511 Veteran's Dr., Effingham.

Free childcare is provided for children ages nursery through first grade.

TAG is a moms-mentoring-moms group whose purpose is to befriend, encourage, support and mentor fellow moms. For more information, contact Cindy Warner at 217-663-8620.

Walnut Grove Church to hold Moms Group

ARCOLA -- Walnut Grove Christian Church, 12930 E. County Road 1700N, plans to host a Moms Group at 9 a.m. each Monday.

Child care is provided for this scripture-based book and video study. More details are available at www.walnutgrovecc.org, 217-856-2155, or office@walnutgrovecc.org.

Monat Gratitude Autism Acceptance Christmas Meeting to be held

TOLEDO -- The Toledo Christian Church will hold an autism acceptance Christmas meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday. Their mission is to provide a safe, trusting, supportive environment that facilitates the sharing of information and experiences, to assist in building connections with others, to offer local educational opportunities and to promote community acceptance and support for individuals with different abilities and their families.

All children will enjoy painting puzzle Christmas ornaments to take home and participate in music time with trained instructor, while parents talk and share stories. Come out and enjoy a beautiful evening.

Toledo Christian Church is located at 501 S. Maryland St., Toledo.

For more information visit kathyclaybaugh.mymonat.com, call 217-549-0308 or email kathy.claybaugh@yahoo.com.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study to be held

CHARLESTON -- The LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., hosts its weekly Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Dr. Daniel Haifley from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information, visit www.colescouncilonaging.org or call 217-639-5150.

Christmas Caroling to be held at Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

SULLIVAN -- Christmas Caroling will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sullivan Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, 11 Hawthorne Lane, Sullivan.

Come join The Vineyard Church as they carol traditional Christmas songs at the nursing home. Bring the whole family.

For more information visit www.thevineyardchurch.us, call 217-728-4574 or email doris.schrock@thevineyardchurch.us.

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