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Ladies' craft night to be held at Clarksville Baptist

MARSALL -- Bring a clean jar lid and join the Clarksville ladies from 6:30-9:30 p.m. today in making a Christmas ornament. Bring a snack to share and plan to have a great time!

Clarksville Baptist Church is located at 11864 E. Clarksville Rd., Marshall;, 217-889-2161,

Live Nativity to be held at First Southern Baptist

MATTOON -- The First Southern Baptist Church, 3521 DeWitt, will host a Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. near the west parking lot.

There will be free hot beverages, cookies, live music and more. For more information, call 217-234-8314 or email

Live Nativity Christmas in the Park to be held

CASEY -- New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church will present a Live Nativity Christmas from Friday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m., at Fairview Park, 401 E Monroe.

Refreshments will follow each presentation. For more details, call 217-932-5493 or email

Christmas in Juneberry Dinner Theater to be held

CHARLESTON -- Praise Assembly of God, 1300 Osage Rd., will present Christmas in Juneberry today and Saturday.

This is a dinner theater and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved online. For more details, contact 217-345-4673 or

Christmas Cookie & Candy Sale to be held

SULLIVAN -- Join Solid Rock Chapel for their annual Christmas Goodie Sale from 5-7 p.m. today. They will have a variety of cookies, candies, and goodies to sell. All proceeds go toward an Appreciation Dinner for first responders.

Solid Rock Chapel is located at 1213 E. Jackson St. For more information, visit, call 217-962-0525 or email

Lessons and Carols set at Wesley United

CHARLESTON -- A historical rendition of the famous King's College Service of Lessons and Carols, also featuring A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten, featuring Julia Jamieson, harp, will be performed by the EIU Concert Choir and Camerata Singers at 7:30 tonight at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 Fourth St.

Visit, call 217-581-3110 or email

Annual Soup Supper to be held at Marshall Avenue church

MATTOON -- The men of MACC are holding their annual soup supper from 5-6 p.m. Saturday. For a free-will offering, you will have your choice of soup, a sandwich, and dessert. All monies collected will go toward Christmas vouchers for those in need. This event is open to the public.

Marshall Avenue Christian Church is located at 620 S. 26th St.

Visit or call 217-234-2519.

Candlelight advent service to be held at Enon Baptist

ASHMORE -- Join Enon Baptist Church and musical guests in preparing for Christmas with a candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 23262 East County Rd 880N in Ashmore. Refreshments will follow.

Mattoon Methodist to host 'Three C's of Christmas'

MATTOON -- Mattoon Free Methodist Church at 606 S. 17th St. will celebrate the "Three 'C's of Christmas' -- cocoa, cookies, and carols -- at 6 p.m. Saturday, singing their favorite Christmas songs. They will also have hot cocoa and cookies.

For more information, call 217-235-5763 or email

Christmas in Camargo to be held at Victory Church

CAMARGO -- Victory Church, 100 E. Second St., will hold their annual Christmas event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Several local craft vendors, lunch by Methodist Church, crafts for the kids to make, refreshments, door prizes, 50/50, and Santa will be featured. For more information, call 217-832-3000.

Live Nativity set at Olive Branch Baptist

MARTINSVILLE -- Olive Branch Baptist Church, 2892 N. 1000th Rd., will present the first Live Nativity on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

Refreshments will be served in the cabin. For more details, call 217-549-7668 or email

Christmas Musical Comedy to be held at Lake Ridge Church

PARIS -- Lake Ridge Church, 122 East Steidl Rd., will host a Christmas Musical Comedy on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The musical is set on the fictional show called "One True Love." There is no cost to this event. For more details, call 217-465-5614 or email

Mouse house Christmas shopping to be held

TOLEDO -- It's time for the annual mouse house event put on by Toledo Town and Country Women's Club from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Toledo Christian Church, 501 S. Maryland St.

Shop for loved ones for Christmas at inexpensive prices. The kids will have an opportunity to pick the perfect gifts for family and the parents will have an opportunity to shop local vendors and finish up their Christmas shopping.

For more information, visit

Children's Christmas musical to be held at Wesley United Methodist

CHARLESTON -- Join the night owls at Bethlehem’s only 24-hour roadside restaurant, the Falafel House. This year’s children’s musical, "The Night Shift Before Christmas", will take place on Saturday.

They will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with Middle Eastern appetizers and desserts, then move to the sanctuary for the performance at 6:30 p.m. (Doors for the performance will open at 6 p.m.). Tickets for the event will be available in the church office.

Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 2206 Fourth St. For more information, visit or call 217-345-3917.

Christmas Cookie, Candy Swap and Gift Exchange to be held

MARSHALL -- Marshall First Christian Church will hold a Christmas Cookie, Candy Swap and Gift Exchange from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

Bring a wrapped gift ($15 or less) for the gift exchange. They will be drawing names for Secret Sis so they can start in January and continue encouraging each other through April.

Marshall First Christian Church is located at 902 N. Sixth St. The phone number is 217-826-2306; or email for more information.

Praying Through Christmas event to be held

CHARLESTON -- Come celebrate and evening of worship, music and stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 2831 Whitetail Drive as the University Baptist Church Choir in cooperation with Campus Outreach ministries present this theater production. The performance is a celebration of the thoughts and prayers of people associated with the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

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.

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 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. More information is available via, 217-728-4200, or

Carrollton Band to perform at Tuscola First Christian

TUSCOLA -- Contemporary Christian music band Carrollton returns to Tuscola First Christian Church for a free concert from 7-10 p.m. Sunday at  100 E. Church St. For more information, call 217-253-2394 or email

Christmas Cantata to be held

SULLIVAN -- Join First Christian Church, 1357 C.R. 1200 E., at 10 a.m. Sunday for their choir's Christmas Cantata. This year's theme is "Journey," a musical retelling of the journey that took place and takes place in our lives.

For more information about First Christian Church, log on to; call 217-728-7351; or email

Christmas movie night planned

SULLIVAN -- Children of all ages are welcome to wear your pajamas and bring your sleeping bags to Christmas Movie Night from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday at The Vineyard Church, 1805 S. Hamilton.

A responsible adult must stay with each child. For more information, log on to, call 217-728-4574, or email

Annual Christmas Cantata is Sunday

STRASBURG -- A Christmas Cantata will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church. Choirs from Grace Lutheran, St. Paul's Lutheran in Sigel and Strasburg, and Trinity Lutheran will combine to entertain the audience.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at North First And Locust. For more information, log on to or call 217-644-2452.

Christmas Open House set at the Cross

EFFINGHAM -- Join at the Cross at the Crossroads for a Christmas Open House. They’ll have cookies, hot chocolate and musical guests from 1-3:15 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will also be able to see their nativity displays.

The Cross at the Crossroads is located at 1900 Pike Ave. For more information, log on to or call 217-347-2846.

Don Shire in concert Sunday

CHARLESTON -- Internationally known trumpeter, recording artist and missionary Don Shire will perform at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Charleston Bible Church, 2605 University Drive.

Shire offers his unique trumpet stylings in concerts and meetings worldwide. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he was a double major in music and Christian education. He is currently the featured guest in concerts, mission conference and evangelistic outreach throughout the United States and 34 countries.

He is also the co-host of a weekly radio program aired in Wisconsin. His ministry supports eight orphanages and five homes for widows. For more information, call 217-345-4476.

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

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.

Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Club to hold luncheon

CHARLESTON -- The public is invited to a luncheon on Thursday from noon-1:30 p.m., $9 inclusive at your LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. Co. Rd. 800 N., Charleston .

The theme will "Home for Christmas", with speaker JoJean Voelkel of Belleville -- "The Restoration of a Family". Christmas music will be featured.

Reservations are essential. Cancellations necessary no later than Monday. Call Rita at 217-234-8604 or Sue at 217-345-2017 to make your reservation.

For more information, call Brenda Walters, Stonecroft Bible Study coordinator, at 217-549-8773.


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