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New Life Church to hold
'Following Jesus' class

CHARLESTON -- New Life Church plans to hold its "Following Jesus" class for November at 2 p.m. Saturday in the upstairs meeting area at County Market.

Community members are invited to join the church in discussing the essentials of Christianity, such as prayer, worship, The Bible, The Holy Spirit, and more.

Additional information is available by visiting, calling 217-728-4200 or emailing

Our Women's Ministry
to meet for breakfast

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

Our Women's Ministry reports that 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

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 for more information.

Family Worship Center
celebrating 6 years of ministry

MATTOON -- Community members are invited to join the Mattoon Family Worship Center on Sunday as they celebrate six years of ministry in the community.

Violinist Marty Spriggle from Elkhart, Ind. will join the center's Worship Band, followed by a message from Pastor Brad Brown.

The celebration service starts at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome. The church is located at 5475 Lerna Road. For more information, contact Marsha Figgins at 217-246-4035 or

New Life Church to hold
children's crayon party

SULLIVAN -- The children at New Life Church have been studying about the colorful life of David, and they plan to celebrate what they've learned during an event from 10 to 11:13 a.m. Sunday.

Children from ages preschool to fifth grade can join them for games, songs, snacks, and prizes. New Life is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Road, Sullivan. More information is available via 217-728-4200 or

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, 217-728-4200, or

Water baptism class to be held 

SULLIVAN -- The Vineyard Church will offer water baptisms on 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

Those who are ready to take this next step can attend a class at the Vineyard, located at 1805 S. Hamilton. Visit or call 217-728-4574 for more information.

Arthur United Methodist
to dedicate new building

ARTHUR -- From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the bishop is scheduled to visit the Arthur United Methodist Church.

There will be worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. Following the 10 a.m. service, a dedication dervice will be held for the church's new addition. The church then plans to hold a potluck to welcome the bishop and to present him with check for UMCOR.

Arthur United Methodist is located at 128 E. Illinois St., Arthur. More information is available via, 217-543-3159, or

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

Central Community Church
to hold 'Be Aware' class

MATTOON -- A "Be Aware" class will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Central Community Church.

This is a class by Lt. Lisa White and Melissa M. Harden. Both of these ladies are passionate about sharing what they know from experience and training to keep themselves out of harm's way.

The class' organizers report that on too many times, people are caught off guard because they are distracted. They advised that people must be aware of their surroundings and know how to get to safety before a situation turns bad.

Central Community Church is located at 200 Lafayette Ave. East in Mattoon. More information is available via, 217-235-0535, or

New Life offering
'Soup & Testimonies'

SULLIVAN -- New Life Christian Church reports that one of the most powerful things people can do as followers of Jesus is share stories, such as how has God answered their prayers, healed them, or spoken to them.

New Life plans to hold "Soup & Testimonies," a night full of soup and stories, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. All food is free, and donations are accepted.

Children's church and a teen program will be offered that night. New Life Church is located at 1504 Cooks Mill Road, in Sullivan. More information is available via, 217-728-4200, and

Cumberland County
Thanksgiving dinner set

TOLEDO -- Community members are invited to have Thanksgiving dinner at the Toledo Christian Church, 501 S. Maryland in Toledo, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Thanksgiving day.

This community dinner is sponsored by local churches, businesses, and individuals of Cumberland County. Those who would like to help can send donations to Toledo Christian Church, Box 366, Toledo IL 62468, memo "Thanksgiving meal."

They will be serving a traditional meal with all the trimming. Volunteers are welcome. More information is available via or 217-849-3187.

Community Thanksgiving
dinner set in Charleston

CHARLESTON -- Salisbury Church will partner with the Villas of Holly Brook to provide a free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day.

The menu consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, noodles, corn, and pumpkin pie. Reservations or home deliveries can be arranged by calling 217-208-7340 or 217-512-3082 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Villas of Holly Brook is located at 738 N. 18th St., Charleston.

Christian Science Society
to hold Thanksgiving service

CHARLESTON -- A Thanksgiving Day Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Christian Science Society, 812 Jackson Ave., Charleston. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Mary Thompson at 217-967-5362


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