Paris St. Mary’s festival, BBQ cook-off set

PARIS -- St. Mary's Family Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 614 N. Main St.

The event will feature BBQ tasting, dinner, games, live music, bouncy house and obstacle course, live and silent auctions, 50/50 drawing and more.

Tickets are $10 for adults (10 and over), $5 for kids, and those 2 and under are admitted free.

Ticket includes BBQ tasting/voting and dinner: sloppy joe or hotdog, locally grown sweet corn, chips, dessert and drink. Beer and wine will be available.

Live music will feature Coon Holler Kids from 4-5 p.m., TBA from 5-8 p.m., and 71 Band from 9 p.m.-midnight. There is a $5 cover.

For more information contact or 217-466-3355.

4th Annual Race Day scheduled

MATTOON -- Central Community Church will kick off fall student ministries with a Fourth annual Race Day event from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, offering prizes, games and food. Bring your best two Hotwheels and some friends.

Central Community Church is located at 200 Lafayette Ave. E.

For more information contact 217-235-0535 or

Friendship Baptist Church to host guest pastor

CHARLESTON -- Evangelist Virgil Cisney, pastor at Plum Grove Church, will be the guest of Friendship Baptist Church, 18709 Harrison, from Sunday-Tuesday.

Sunday night service will be at 6 p.m., with light refreshments served following the service. Monday and Tuesday services will be held at 7 p.m.

First Christian Church celebrating 150th anniversary

EFFINGHAM -- The First Christian Church in Effingham is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Each week, worship will feature songs corresponding with different periods of their history.

These songs will progress from those songs that were popular in the mid to late 19th century through the 20th century and concluding with those songs that are popular in the first part of the 21st century. Music director Jane Zerkel has selected songs appropriate for each time period. On each of those Sundays, Delaine Donaldson will give a short history of the time period.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, there will be an ice cream social with homemade ice cream prepared by Troy Davis. Carroll Lewis will give a short devotional. "Pee-Wee" Denton will play a singalong of old-fashioned hymns such as "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder", "Bringing in the Sheaves" and more, and the time capsule will be opened.

On Sunday, Donaldson will host the morning worship service beginning at 10:15 a.m.. He will be doing a first-person re-enactment of W.T. Gordon, a leader in establishing several churches throughout Effingham County. Come early for coffee and food beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Former members, people who grew up in the church, and friends are invited to join the congregation for any of these events. For more information, contact 217-342-9504, or email

Eagle's Wings to perform at two locations Sunday

ARCOLA -- Eagle's Wings, a gospel group from the Neoga area, will present programs at two locations this Sunday.

At 1 p.m., the quartet sings at the First Christian Church in Arcola. The church is located at 311 E Main St. This concert will be held in the church parking lot in conjunction with the Arcola Broom Corn Festival.

At 6 p.m., Eagle's Wings will sing at the Winebrenner Church of God in Mattoon, which is located st 300 Illinois Ave. Admission is free at both concerts, and the public is invited to attend.

Moms Group scheduled at Walnut Grove

ARCOLA -- Walnut Grove Christian Church, 12930 E CR 1700 N, will host a Moms Group each Monday at 9 a.m. Childcare is provided for this scripture-based book and video study.

For more details contact 217-856-2155 or

Wednesday Morning Bible Study to be held

CHARLESTON -- Wednesday Morning Bible Study will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 East County Road 800 North, with Dr. Daniel Haifley leading the discussion.

For more information go to or call 217-639-5150.


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