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CHURCH: Joliet Jewish Congregation lists schedule of services

JOLIET — Shabbat Services for the Joliet Jewish congregation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings, while Saturday services are at 9 a.m.

The Joliet Jewish Congregation is located at 250 North Midland Ave., Joliet, and can be reached by phone at (815) 741-4600, which is the number to call to RSVP for events.

For more information, visit the website at

In addition to its weekly worship services, the congregation hosts a Lunch and Learn every Thursday, unless otherwise stated.

This wonderful way to study the Hebrew Bible takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per week. and those attending should  RSVP.

A Dairy Potluck and Family Services are also held monthly, usually the third Friday of each month. The potluck, which will be held July 20 this month, is at 6 p.m., followed by family services at 7 p.m. Please call for more information.

Knights of Columbus hosting blood drive in Minooka Aug. 4

MINOOKA — The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Blood Drive from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Minooka Junior High.

Appointment times are available. Call John at (815) 521-1970 to make one or for information. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

Heartland Blood Centers are giving a gift card for Oberweis.

First Presbyterian holding Children’s Carnival Aug. 4

First Presbyterian Church of Morris will hold its sixth annual Children’s Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

Held in the church’s parking lots at the corner of E. North Street and  Division Street (the area will be protected with safety fence put up by the city of Morris) the event is open to children and their parents. It will feature games and activities appropriate for toddlers through fifth-grade students.

There will be a variety of games to play, prizes, inflatables — including a jump house and huge slide, as well as a train ride, face painting, make/take activities and a photo/op station.

Water and juice will be for sale and raffle prizes from Sweet Tooth in Morris will be awarded every half hour. Music will be provided by the church’s own DJ, Jeff.

Tickets will cost 50 cents each, with five tickets priced a $2  and 20 tickets costing $8. Most games and activities require two tickets. Children and adults may ride the train for $3 per person.

Indoor restrooms will be available.

The Outreach/Fellowship Commis-sion of First Presbyterian Church, which is at  200 E. Jackson St., in Morris, is sponsoring the carnival. All monetary proceeds will go directly to the Christian Youth Center in Morris, which serves youth of all denominations.

Living Water Church hosting Back to School Fun Fair Aug. 5

The fifth annual Back To School Fun Fair at Living Water Church has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sunday, Aug. 5. This year’s location will be CanalPort Community Park on West Illinois Avenue.

This free event is designed for youngsters in kindergarten through Grade 5 and will be a fun time of entertainment, games, face painting, and food.

This year’s Fun Fair will provide an atmosphere for all ages and all youth will receive a Back To School bag with supplies.

Living Water’s Praise Team and band will offer live music from today’s Christian artists throughout the event.

“Last year we were nearly overwhelmed by requests for school supplies, yet we were able to distribute basic supplies to about 100 youngsters,” a church press release noted. “This year we hope to equip more K through fifth-grade students with some basics for back to school while supply lasts.”

Living Water Church of the Nazarene will host this community event. Its members would also be pleased to welcom the community to its worship services at 10:45 a.m. at 508 W. Illinois Ave., Morris.
Information about the event and the church can be found on Facebook and at or by contacting Pastor Steve at or by calling  (815) 252-4744.

Healing Service with Anointing of the Sick planned for Aug. 5

PLAINFIELD — At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass, St. Mary Immaculate’s Church will host a Healing Prayer Service. After a short scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

A Healing Service will be held on the first Sunday of every month at 1:30 p.m.

St. Mary Immaculate Parish is at 15629 South Illinois 59, in Plainfield. It is a vibrant, welcoming Catholic community with over 100 ministries serving the Plainfield area. For more information call (815) 436-2651.

Mobile pantry to be at Channahon Baptist church evening of Aug. 16

CHANNAHON — The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry will be held at the First Baptist Church, 25124 S. Fryer St., Channahon on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Sponsored by the Channahon Township Living Manna Food Pantry, there is no charge to recipients.

Carts or wagons are helpful for transporting your food and grocery products through the line and back to your vehicle. Open to low income and needy families, food will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.

Individuals are asked to bring photo identification, voter’s registration card, and bags or boxes for food.

Catholic Charities program needs senior companions for seniors

Catholic Charities Senior Companion Program is looking for people 55 years and older who are interested in visiting with another senior who is homebound.

Volunteers who meet the income guideline will receive a tax-free hourly stipend and a mileage reimbursement for time spent with clients.

If you feel that this is an opportunity that sounds right for you and you live in Grundy or Will county, please call Kristin Ruda at (815) 724-1128 and become a Senior Companion.

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