Truth and Grace Fellowship to hold Christmas dinner

MATTOON -- The public is invited to join the Truth and Grace Fellowship for food, fellowship, and fun from 6-8 tonight at the Burgess-Osborne Auditorium, 1701 Wabash Ave.

Bring a favorite Christmas dish and a dessert to share. Games will be played afterward.

For more information, visit

Marshall Avenue Christian plans cookie and candy walk

MATTOON -- Come to the Marshall Avenue Christian Church for its annual cookie/candy walk from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday at 620 South 26th St.

Check out the cookies, fudge, and other candies available for $5/pound. Other individually priced items will also be available. Enjoy some complimentary hot chocolate while you shop.

Try your luck at winning a free pound of goodies with the M&M guessing contest. Each entry is only 25 cents or five for $1. The winner will be announced at 11 a.m. during the walk, so come early and get your guesses turned in before the drawing. You must be present to win.

For more information, visit or call 217-234-2519.

Family Worship Center to hold annual Christmas dinner

MATTOON -- Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual FWC Christmas Dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at 5475 Lerna Rd.

Please bring a side dish and dessert to share. Meat prepared by Fitzgerald's BBQ, drinks and tableware will also be provided. 

For more information, visit, call 217-273-7860 or email

Cottonwood Methodist to hold Christmas dinner

TOLEDO -- Cottonwood United Methodist Church will be having their annual Christmas dinner Sunday after the morning service, noon-3 p.m.. Turkey, stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes, and carrots are just a few of the potluck items they'll be having.

Cottonwood United Methodist Church is located at Co. Rd. 1050 N., Toledo. For more information, go to, or at

Passing Zone to perform at Arthur Christian

ARTHUR -- The Passing Zone will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Arthur Christian School, 1637 State Hwy 133.

This is a fundraising event for the school. For more details, call or email:, 217-543-2397 or

Our Women's Ministry to hold Ladies Coffee Talk

SULLIVAN -- Our Women’s Ministry will be meeting for breakfast and coffee at Red Apple Family Restaurant, 1402 S. Hamilton St., from 8:30-9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month.

This is a time to have fun, drink coffee, and enjoy fellowship together. All women are invited, young or old. For more information, call 217-728-7855 or email

Effingham Bible Church to hold Christmas dinner

EFFINGHAM -- This is the perfect time for our church family to come together to fellowship and celebrate the birth of our Savior from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at Effingham Bible Church, 710 W. Jefferson Ave.

Please bring a dish to share; the church will provide the ham. For more information, visit or call 217-342-9671

Wesley United to hold Christmas cantata

CHARLESTON -- Join Wesley United Methodist Church from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Sunday for their Chancel Choir for this year’s Christmas cantata, which combines several popular Christmas carols to create a performance full of Christmas spirit. The choir will also have special accompaniment. 

Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 2206 Fourth St.

For more information, visit or call 217-345-3917.

First United to hold Christmas Choral Service

MATTOON -- Mattoon First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Choral Service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The service starts at 10 a.m. and will feature Christmas anthems by the First United Methodist Church choirs, directed by the Rev. Allen Webner. Included will be instrumentalists Marilyn Fessel on flute and Elaine Fine on viola, along with Melissa Ferguson on piano. There will also be a prelude by the handbell choir, Brass Wave, directed by Phyllis Dickinson.

Sunday’s service will also include Christmas hymns and a sermon by First United Methodist Church pastor, the Rev. Michael Smith. The public is welcome.

First United Methodist Church is located at 16th and Charleston Avenue. More information is available on the church website at or by calling the church office at 217-235-5676.

First Presbyterian to hold Blue Christmas service

MATTOON -- The holidays can be a painful time for many, especially those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, for those who feel alone, and for many others who are suffering. This service, held 7 p.m. Sunday, offers the opportunity for stillness and an acknowledgment of our sorrows.

There are readings, prayers, a few songs, and a time to light candles for those who wish, asking the God of love to guide them.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 10 Charleston Ave. For more information, go to or call 217-234-6722.

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, 217-856-2155, or

Blue Christmas service to be held

EFFINGHAM -- First Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Temple, will host a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

This will be a time of sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, music that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who are struggling and offer hope to those whose spirits are downcast.

For more details, call or go online:, 217-342-6272,

Kids Christmas party to be held at LifePointe

MATTOON -- A Kids Christmas party will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday during the service at the LifePointe Church, 1313 S. Ninth St.

Feel free to wear PJ’s and come ready for a fun night. Visit or call 217-234-4580

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 or call 217-639-5150.

Praise Assembly of God to hold Christmas party

MATTOON -- Bring the whole family out for Praise Assembly of God's annual Christmas party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at  Isaaks Family Fun Center, 1421 Old State Rd.

Admission is free; all they ask is that you bring a dish to share and money for drinks that must be purchased there. Let the kids play in the play zone, take on others at a game of laser tag, play a round of mini golf, and much more. 

For more information, visit, call 217-345-4673 or email

First Presbyterian to hold 'The Longest Night' service

SHELBYVILLE -- This is a service of light and hope on the longest night of the year. Everyone is invited to attend this special worship service from 7-8 p.m Thursday, especially those for whom the holiday season is particularly difficult because of grief, loneliness, and/or the decrease in light.

They will say prayers, sing music, light candles of hope, and hear from Scripture.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 201 N. Chestnut St. For more information, call 217-774-3624.


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