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Free Community Breakfast scheduled at New Beginnings

EFFINGHAM -- New Beginnings Church in Effingham will be hosting a free Community Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. New Beginnings Church is located at 1007 S. Willow at the corner of S. Willow and Wabash, just south of Homewood Grill. There will be free drawings for free boxes of food during the breakfast. You must be present to win.

Visit, call 217-342-3305 or email for more information.

Movie Matinee to be held at New Life Church

SULLIVAN -- Join the New Life Church in Sullivan for their next Movie Day, a screening of "Holy Ghost" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. "Holy Ghost" is a 2014 American Christian documentary film written and directed by Darren Wilson, to take the viewer to locations around the world to see if the Holy Spirit can really lead a film.

New Life Church is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Rd., Sullivan.

Call 217-728-4200 or email for more information.

Effingham Bible Church to hold picnic and movie

EFFINGHAM - Effingham Bible Church will hold a picnic at 5 p.m. at Hendelmeyer Park, 1906 S. Fourth Street, with food and games. At 7 p.m. attendees will head back to the church to cool off with a movie and popcorn.

For more information, call 217-342-9671.

Third Annual Gospel Fest to be held in Decatur

DECATUR -- Crestview Worship Center, 4415 N. Water St. in Decatur, will host the Third Annual Gospel Fest on Saturday from 11 a.m.-dusk. This is a free event and various groups will be performing. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Food will be available for purchase. For more details please call or go online.

For more information visit, or contact 217-412-9476 or

Sullivan Church of God Ladies to hold Coffee Talk

SULLIVAN -- Sullivan Church of God's Women’s Ministry will be meeting for breakfast and coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Red Apple Family Restaurant, 1402 S. Hamilton St., Sullivan. This is a time to have fun, drink coffee, and enjoy fellowship together. All women are invited, young or old. If you are new this is a great time to get acquainted with the group.

For more information, visit or contact 217-728-7855 or

Back To School Messy Bash 2.0 to be held in Sullivan

SULLIVAN -- Ignite Student Ministries would like to announce their Back to School Messy Bash 2.0 from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the Sullivan Church of God, 321 N. West St., Sullivan. Come out for some guaranteed fun as they say goodbye to summer and welcome in the new school year. If you are entering in 6-12 grade, you are invited to come. They are asking every student to bring $5 to cover drinks and snacks. 

For more information, visit or contact 217-728-7855 or

Big Tent Revival to be held in Decatur

DECATUR -- Lampstand Church, 655 S. Airport Rd. in Decatur, will host an Outdoor Revival beginning at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Adult teaching, worship and a picnic will all be under the big tent. For more details please call or go online at, 217-428-8839 or

Fellowship cookout to be held at First Christian in Tuscola

TUSCOLA -- Join the First Christian Church, 100 E. Church St., Tuscola,  for an all church fellowship cookout after church, from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish and out door games to share.

For more information contact 217-253-2394 or

Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast to be held at St. Mary's

MATTOON -- Join the St. Mary's Parent-Teacher Guild, 2000 Richmond Ave., Mattoon, for their famous Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday. They are adding a special treat this year; their very own J.D. Copsy will be making homemade biscuits and gravy. Get all-you-can-eat-pancakes and meet some of the students, faculty, and staff of St. Mary School.

Visit them at For more information, contact them at 217-235-0431. 

26th Annual Powerlight Music Festival to be held in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- Tenth Avenue North, Hawk Nelson, Tori Harper and more will be in concert at the 26th Annual Powerlight Music Festival on Sunday, August 20 from noon-10 p.m. at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Lincoln Stage, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield. The concerts are free with admission to the final day of the State Fair. 

For more information, visit or contact 217-553-5271 or

School of Kingdom Ministry Interest Meeting to be held at Vineyard Church

SULLIVAN -- Are you interested in the School of Kingdom Ministry, but unsure of what this class entails? Join The Vineyard Church, 1805 S. Hamilton, Sullivan, for a short interest meeting happening between services at 10 a.m. Sunday in C2 (the upstairs classroom) to see if this class is a good fit for you.

For more information, visit or contact 217-728-4574 or

Chuck Crain to perform at Oak Grove Baptist

OAKLAND -- Chuck Crain, from the Presleys Country Jubilee in Branson, Mo., will present a gospel music program at 10 a.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Separate Baptist Church, located approximately three miles southwest of Oakland. All are welcome to attend this performance.

Chuck Crain in Concert at Allenville Christian

ALLENVILLE -- The Allenville Christian Church will host Chuck Crain at 5 p.m. Sunday for an evening of gospel music.

Crain is from Branson, Mo., where he sings with "The Presleys" each Sunday evening on RFD-TV at 6:30 p.m. His wife Sharon travels with him during the off-season and sings with him on a few songs.

A free will offering will be taken. Cookies and drinks will be served following the program.

The public is invited. The church is located one block west of Route 121 on Allen Street, Allenville, and is wheelchair accessible.

Block Party to be held at Marshall First Christian

MARSHALL -- Marshall First Christian Church, 902 N. Sixth St. in Marshall, will host a Block Party from 3-6 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and family friendly with many events. There will also be a 5K Color Run beginning at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Proceeds will benefit the new Marshall Community Pool. Registration forms are available online. For more details or registration please go online at

For more information, contact 217-826-2306 or

Wednesday Morning Bible Study to be held at LifeSpan Center

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

For more information, visit or contact 217-639-5150.

Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Club to hold luncheon

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Club will hold a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston; $9.

The theme for this event is "Strike Up the Band," featuring guest speaker Ruth Catlett from Springfield whose topic will be "There's Trouble in River City" featuring special music presented by the guest speaker.

Reservations Essential -- Cancellations Necessary no later than Monday, August 21. Contact Rita 217-234-8604 or Sue 217-345-4176 to make your reservation!

For more information, visit LifeSpan Center at or contact Brenda Walters, Stonecroft Bible Study Coordinator, at  217-549-8773.

Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life scheduled

SHUMWAY -- The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life will be held at St. Mary's Church, Fourth St., Shumway, on Monday. Praying the scriptural rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Fr. Ron Lorilla will be the celebrant and homilist for the 6:30 p.m. mass. Everyone is invited to join us in prayer for respect of all life, born and unborn.

The 7:30 p.m. business meeting will follow in the lower level of the church. Refreshments will be served while current pro-family legislation and information on local pro-life events are discussed. Pro-life literature, books, letter/bumper stickers, jewelry and book marks will be available.

For more information, contact Judy Repking at 217-690-7285.


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