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CHURCH BULLETINS: IC’s Christmas Giving Tree a success

The Christmas Giving Tree at Immaculate Conception Parish was a tremendous success again this year.

The 20 adopted families were extremely grateful for the Aldi food certificates to help with their holiday meals and the abundance of gift wrap that was donated. Fifty-five children received toys, clothing, school supplies, books, and gift cards from the generous church family.

Immaculate Conception parishioners were also able to brighten the Christmas season of 33 nursing home residents.

Jewish Congregation lists activities

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 www.jolietjewish

Children’s Religious/Hebrew School classes meet every Sunday at the synagogue at 10 a.m. Please call the office for details on joining a class.

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 .

The congregation’s Hadassah book club meets monthly at a congregant’s home to discuss Jewish works and authors.

Please call the office for details and to RSVP.

Joliet Jewish Congregation’s monthly potlucks will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Feb. 15, with services following at 7 p.m. Please call the office with your RSVP and what dish you plan to bring.

On the evening of Feb. 16, the congregation will host a game night for adults. More details will follow as the date nears, so call the office of additional details or check the website.

Thrift shop reopens, offers specials

CHANNAHON — The Channahon United Methodist Church Thrift Shop reopened Thursday, Jan. 10, and is able to receive drop-off donations.

The schedule will continue as before, with store hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

In February, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb, 7 and 21, with a half-price sale offered Feb. 21. It will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, with half-price items offered Feb. 25.

The store will be closed March 7 for antique fair set up, but open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, for a 25-cent sale.

Ten-cent sales are planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21, and from 6 to 8 p.m. March 25.

Soup Supper set at Braceville UMC

BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Why not go out for supper on Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Braceville United Methodist Church hosts its seventh annual Soup Supper.

Delicious soups, along with all the trimmings, desserts and beverages will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost for adults is $6; children ages 3 to 12, $3; and children under 3 eat for free.

Carry outs are available and all proceeds go to Vacation Bible School 2013.

Also taking place, starting at 6 p.m., is the church’s talent show.  Let your light shine as you perform your hidden talents before a friendly and welcoming audience. To book your acts, please call the church at (815) 237-8512.

The church is located at 106 W. Gould in Braceville.

Helmar Lutheran will serve Kumla

Helmar Lutheran Church is having an all-you-can-eat Kumla Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

The proceeds are to support the HLC Community Food Pantry, which has grown from serving 10 to 120, twice a month, in its five years of operation.

The dinner includes ham, Kumla (like a dumpling), applesauce, dessert and beverage.  For those who would prefer, a baked potato will be substituted for Kumla.

The church is located at 11935 Lisbon Road, in rural Newark. Carry-outs will be available.

This is a free-will donation dinner with asuggested donation of $10 for adults and $4 for kids.  Please help support this fundraiser andthereby helping your neighbor’s in need. 

Women at our BEST bring ‘Winter Warmth’

OGLESBY — On Monday, Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a local Christian women’s group, Women at our BEST, will be presenting “Winter Warmth.”

This will be the first gathering of the “Serving in All Seasons” series.  The group meets four times per year to offer an inspirational evening out for busy women. The evening will include a special presentation, beautiful vocal and piano selections, featured speaker, a warm drink buffet, and free babysitting.

There is no charge to attend, and all area women are welcome.  You do not need to have attended in the past.

Women at our BEST (building, encouraging, strengthening, and teaching one another) will meet in the multipurpose room of Oglesby Union Church for this event.

Pianist and vocalist, Jill Iwanicki of Depue, will bless the evening with her musical talents.  Originally from Peoria, Jill has lived in the Illinois Valley now for 27 years.

Wife, mother, speaker, and teacher, Lin Stuhr, of Peru, will be the featured speaker for the evening.  Lin will present “For Such a Time as This,” taken from the book of Esther.

Born to a Quaker farming family in Iowa, Lin has now resided in Peru for 44 years with her husband of 59 years Daryl. Lin and Daryl have four children, eight grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren.

To RSVP for the event, women can visit Women at our BEST on Facebook, contact the group at, or call Mary Black at (815) 326-9727.

Please request child care when you RSVP.

Soup, sandwiches on supper menu

COAL CITY — Coal City United Methodist Church invites the community to the “Hallelujah” Soup Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb.  2.

They will be serving delicious homemade Vegetable Beef and Chicken Noodle soups. They will also be serving ham and turkey sandwiches, along with their delicious soups

The cost will be $8 for adults and children ages 13 and older; $4 for children ages 6 to 12; $2 for children ages 3 to 5; and free for children ages 2 and under.

Each meal includes your choice of soup, your choice of ham or turkey sandwiches, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. Carry-outs are available.

All proceeds will go to the church’s building fund. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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