Holiday rummage and bake sale/dinner to be held

SULLIVAN -- Shop for Christmas gifts or for yourself at the First United Methodist Church Bake sale and ham and bean dinner. All items are gently used, and they are marked as donation only -- unless specified otherwise.

Holiday Rummage & Bake Sale Hours:

  • Today from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday from  9-10:30 a.m.

Ham and bean with cornbread dinner -- donations only, from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Desserts will be available.

All proceeds go to support the church's mission efforts in LaCeibita, Honduras. First United Methodist Church is located at 216 W. Jefferson St. For more information, visit or call 217-728-4436.

Singles to hold game night

MATTOON -- Singles at First is hosting a game night from 6-8 p.m. today at First Christian Church located at 1600 Wabash. They will be playing dominoes.

Please bring a snack and drink to share. Singles at First is a Coles County Christian singles group which exists for friends, fellowship, and fun. The group is a community group sponsored by First Christian and is open to all single men and women from all churches.

For more information or to have your name added to the calling list, call First Christian at 217-234-2928.

Fish and chicken fry planned tonight

SHELBYVILLE -- A fish and chicken fry will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The menu includes fried fish and chicken strips, baked potato or french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, dessert, and drink. Cost for adults is $9 and kids 5-12 are $4.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is located at 1431 IL-128. For more information, call 217-774-3434.

Women's Monthly Fellowship to be held

SULLIVAN -- Every month the Sullivan Church of God has a fellowship event, hosted by one of the ladies in the group. Today, from 6-9 p.m., they will have a potluck style dinner, play games, and chit-chat.

This month’s event will take place at the church at 321 N. West St. For more information, contact the church office or message them on Facebook; 217-728-7855; or at

Spirit of the Holidays Bazaar to be held

ARTHUR -- Shop unique crafts and enjoy a spaghetti supper fundraiser served by and in support of the AUMC Youth from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday at Arthur United Methodist Church.

Shop and eat a lunch of either ham loaf or escalloped chicken with a vegetable, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Featured will be holiday crafts, a cookie walk, baked goodies, candy, and pecans; baked goods and candies in the Country Store; homemade cookies on the Cookie Walk; and collectibles in Granny's Cupboard.

The church is located at  128 E. Illinois St. Visit, call 217-543-3159 or email

Church bake sale planned

PARIS -- Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 1103 N. Main St., will host a bake sale on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rural King in Paris. All proceeds go to the "Raise the Roof" campaign to repair the roof on the building.

For more details, call or email at 217-466-3255 or

Wisecrackers Bible Study set Saturday

MATTOON -- Grace Fellowship Church members are excited to continue this study group started for their "Wise Adult" age group from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Join the Adults of Grace Fellowship for a time of fun, fellowship, and study of God's word. Please bring a side dish or desert and a friend. Drinks will be provided. Soup and sandwiches provided.

Grace Fellowship Church is located at 2220 Western Ave. Call 217-234-6064 or email

Family spaghetti dinner scheduled

EFFINGHAM -- Come out and enjoy a spaghetti dinner with your family from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Effingham Bible Church, 710 W. Jefferson Ave.

Each plate is going to be $8. You will get a salad, spaghetti with garlic bread and brownie a la mode, with choice of tea, water, or lemonade. Proceeds help the teens go to Winter Jam East 2018.

Visit or call 217-342-9671.

Annual Santa Brigade Breakfast and market to be held

STRASBURG -- The Strasburg Community Action Network (SCAN) will hold its annual Santa Brigade and Breakfast on Saturday.

This year the all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Social Hall. Breakfast will be served from 6-11 a.m. The church is right on Illinois Route 32 on the south side of town. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is free will donation and will consist of smoked sausage, pancakes, applesauce and drinks.

The Holiday Market opens at 7 a.m. and has over 30 vendors signed up and ready for you to begin your Christmas shopping with them. The market will be in the St. Paul’s gym. SCAN will be once again selling its Black Forest Wooden Santas.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, is located at 511 S. Walnut. Visit or call 217-644-3007.

Family Game Night to be held at church

MARTINSVILLE -- Community Family Game Night will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Martinsville First Baptist Church, 5 Trotter Lane. A meal is provided. Veterans will be recognized. Everyone is invited.

Visit or call 217-382-5202.

St. Mary's to hold Green Creek Fall Brunch

EFFINGHAM -- St. Mary's Help of Christians Catholic Church in Effingham will hold a fall brunch, serving sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, homemade sweet rolls, and bread from 7 a.m.-noon Sunday.

There will be a bake sale, basket raffles, quilt raffle, 50/50 drawing (Lic. Number 2017-65). St. Mary's is located at 20057 N. 1525th St. The parish hall is handicap accessible.

Visit or call 217-844-2062.

St. John's Men's Club supper set

MATTOON -- The 64th annual St. John's Lutheran Men's Club Pancake and Sausage Supper will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, in the Fellowship Hall, at the church in Mattoon.

The Men's Club is sponsoring the event. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children between the ages of 5-12. Children under 5 years of age eat free. The proceeds will go toward the church youth and the youth scholarship fund. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide funds.

St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 200 Charleston Ave. Visit or call 217-234-4923.

Baptism Sunday to be held

SULLIVAN -- 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. 

If you would like to be baptized Sunday, there will be teams available to assist at the back of the sanctuary at the end of service. New Life Church is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Rd.

Call 217-728-4200 or email

Next Step Class to be held at New Life

SULLIVAN -- Curious as to what your Next Step at New Life is? Come to the Next Step class at 11:30 a.m. Sunday to learn about our vision, values, classes we offer, and how you can get more involved with your church family.

Meet with Pastor Dave in the Blue Room after service for 30-minute class and a free drink from the cafe. New Life Church is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Rd. Call 217-728-4200 or email

Becky Lercher to perform at First Baptist

CHARLESTON -- The desire to present quality southern gospel music and to encourage Christians is Becky Lercher's prayer as she shares each song to audiences of all ages.

This is a free concert to be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Charleston. A love offering will be collected for Lercher's expenses. All are welcome.

First Baptist Church is located at 2800 University Ave. Visit or call 217-345-5081.

Whisnants to perform at North Side Baptist

CHARLESTON -- The Whisnants are coming to the NSB Church from 10:45 a.m.-noon Sunday during the morning worship service. Their performance is presented by Gospel Sing Time.

North Side Baptist Church is located at 414 N. Fifth St. For more information, call 217-345-2687.

Gospel choir concert planned

TOLEDO -- On Sunday evening at 6 p.m., Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the Toledo Christian Church.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of musical worship and praise featuring southern Illinois's 80-voice Homecoming Gospel Choir under the direction of John and Judy Roberts singing your favorite southern gospel songs and hymns in the Gaither style.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this memorable evening of southern gospel music. Plenty of good seating and convenient parking will be available for those attending the concert. Admission to the concert is free, and a free will offering will be received.

The Toledo Christian Church is located at 501 S. Maryland. For additional information, call the church office at 217-849-3187. 

Benefit for Les Todd to be held

MATTOON -- A benefit for Les Todd will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Mattoon.

There will be a Quarter Auction at 2 p.m., a soup and sandwich meal, with dessert and drink after the auction; Chinese Raffle; 50/50 raffle; entertainment and more until 7 p.m.

Todd was diagnosed with colon cancer and was in remission until June of this year, when he and his family found out the cancer was back. He had major surgery in July. He is going through six months of chemotherapy to hopefully clear the rest of the cancer in his lymph nodes. The family also has a special needs adult in the household to take care of.

First Baptist Church is located at 1804 S. Ninth St. Call 217-234-2815 or email

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox dedication set

SULLIVAN -- Join the Sullivan Church of God in celebrating the gift of giving to those in need around the world. They will be dedicating the Operation Shoeboxes during the morning worship service from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

Sullivan Church of God is located at 321 N. West St. Call 217-728-7855 or visit

Hope in the Mourning event planned

SULLIVAN -- A community worship service for those walking through a season of grief will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Vineyard Church in Sullivan. Childcare is provided by pre-registration only.

The Vineyard Church is lcoated at 1805 S. Hamilton. Visit or call 217-728-4574.

Water Baptism Class to be held 

SULLIVAN -- The Vineyard Church will offer water baptisms on 8:45 a.m. Sunday. If you, or your child, feels ready to take this next step, please plan to attend a class. Parents, please attend the class with your child. 

The Vineyard Church is located at 1805 S. Hamilton. Visit or call 217-728-4574.

Communion Service set at Solid Rock Chapel

SULLIVAN -- Join the Solid Rock Chapel in Sullivan for a special Communion Event at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Solid Rock Chapel is loated at 1213 E. Jackson St. Call 217-962-0525 or email

Walnut Grove Christian Church to hold Moms Group

ARCOLA -- Walnut Grove Christian Church, 12930 E CR 1700 N, will host a Moms Group each Monday at 9 a.m.

Child care is provided for this scripture-based book and video study. For more details, call or go online at, 217-856-2155 or email

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.

Thanksgiving Dinner to be held at First Christian

CHARLESTON -- Celebrate Thanksgiving with your church family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Bring two covered dishes to share and table service. Turkey, dressing, rolls, and drinks will be provided.

First Christian Church is located at 411 Jackson Ave. Visit, call 217-345-2823 or email

Powerful Interactions Workshop to be held

CHARLESTON -- A "Powerful Interactions" workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church at 2206 4th St.

This workshop is available for child care providers and families on using the power of our presence to connect, extend learning, and prevent behavior problems. Sponsored by the Spirit of Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children, the cost for members is $5, for non-members, $10.

For more information, call Linda Lacy at 217-923-3113, Barbara Warmoth 217-345-3111 or Melissa Coleman 217-581-6991.


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