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Benefit to be held for Cirre family

MARTINSVILLE -- A benefit luncheon to support Caleb and Caitlin (Kannmacher) Cirre and their infant daughter, Cianna, will be held Sunday at the Martinsville Community Center.

Like all expecting parents, Caleb and Caitlin were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child, Cianna. Caitlin started labor prematurely and was admitted to the hospital, where she stayed for almost a week before Cianna’s birth.

Cianna’s premature birth also resulted in an extended hospital stay for her to ensure her lungs were developed sufficiently and she gained weight. Thankfully, Cianna is home now and growing every day, but her family is facing much higher expenses than expected.

The Willow Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church is organizing this benefit luncheon for the Cirres on Sunday and will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Takeout meals will be available. This will be a free-will donation lunch and will include pork loin, baked potato, green beans, pasta salad, homemade dinner rolls, dessert and drink. All proceeds will be given to Caleb and Caitlin to help with their added expenses resulting from Cianna’s early arrival.

Those who are unable to attend the benefit but you would like to make a donation can send a check to Willow Creek C. P. Church, 6492 E. 400th Road, Martinsville, IL 62442. Please note “Cirre Benefit” on the memo line.

Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life to be held

EFFINGHAM -- The Effingham Deanery Monthly Prayer Vigil for Life will be held at St. Mary Help of Christians in Green Creek on Monday.

Praying the scriptural rosary will begin at 6 p.m., followed by mass at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join them in prayer for respect of all life, born and unborn.

The 7:30 p.m. business meeting will follow in the Parish Hall. Refreshments will be served while legislation and information on local pro-life events will be discussed. The upcoming National Day of Prayer and Protest Against Planned Parenthood on April 28 will be discussed. Pro-life literature, books, bumper stickers, jewelry, bookmarks and much more will be available.

For more information, contact Judy Repking with the Effingham Deanery Bishop's Pro-Life Committee at 217-690-7285.

Singles @ First to hold Domino Game Night

MATTOON -- Singles @ First is inviting all singles from area churches to join them for fun, fellowship, and friends at a Domino Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20.

Participants should bring a drink or snack to share. First Christian Church is located at 16th Street and Wabash Avenue in Mattoon. For more information, call 217-234-2928 or visit

Blended and Blessed family enhancement event to be held at Friendship Baptist

CHARLESTON -- Friendship Baptist Church, 18709 Harrison Street in Charleston, will host an April 21 Blended and Blessed session to enhance family and marriage love, as well as contentment between grandparents. husbands and wives, and parents and children.

Blended and Blessed is a one-day live-stream for step-family couples, single parents, dating couples with children and those who care about blended families. This is a free event which also includes lunch at noon.

Friendship Church reports that Mike and Connie Gewtrtz have used this program in their outreach, and it has had beautiful results in strengthening families. Blended and Blessed is for all families old and young, including grand and great-grandparents.

For additional information, go to BLENDEDANDBLESSED.COM a part of FAMILYLIFE blended.

Respond by email to T, A. (Tom) Skinner using or call him at 217-549-0406 so organizers can prepare enough space and food for the event.

Sonshine and Sunbeam Puppets to hold performance

NEOGA -- The United Presbyterian Church of Neoga invites all to see the The Sonshine and Sunbeam Puppets performance at 4 p.m. April 28 in the church sanctuary, Seventh and Locust.

These larger than life Muppet-type puppets present a lively, entertaining and inspiring musical that is enjoyable for all ages. The puppeteers from the Presbyterian Church in Paris range in age from grade school to senior adults.

While based in Paris, this puppet group has performed for audiences throughout the Midwest. After the performance, audience members may meet the puppets and the puppeteers to see how they work. They also can enjoy cookies and beverage provided by the church. No admission charged. An offering basket will be available to help support the mission of this group.

To submit your items to CHURCH BRIEFS, email or call 217-238-6864.


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