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CHURCH BULLETINS: Showing of ‘Passion’ movie set for tonight

First Baptist Church of Morris will be showing “The Passion of the Christ” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22.

There will be a nursery for young children and a children’s movie available for the older children. The public is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church is located at 1650 West U.S. 6 in Morris. You may contact the church at (815) 942-0812.

Recycling events planned at Channahon UMC this Saturday

Channahon United Methodist Church will be the site of both household hazardous waste and electronics collection events from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

Open to Will County residents only, the events will provide an opportunity for the disposal of household chemicals like paints, paint thinners, cleaners, outdated medication and pool chemicals, as well as unwanted electronic devices like computers, printers and microwaves.

Both events are being sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department, Resource Recovery and Energy Division.

The church is at 24751 W. Eames St., Channahon. For additional information about the collection events — including whether specific items can be accepted — contact the county office at (815) 727-8834.

Living Water opens egg hunt to community

Living Water Church of the Nazarene will hold its annual Easter Surprise Party, featuring a free Easter egg hunt, on March 23.

All you need to do is bring a basket to put your eggs in. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. It is open for infants through sixth graders to come out and join the fun, rain or shine.

The church is at 508 Illinois St. in Morris. Any questions, please email  or you can find the church s on Facebook at Living Water Church of the Nazarene. You can also call (815) 942-2000.

Men’s Club serving up Palm Sunday breakfast

Immaculate Conception Parish Men’s Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24.

The all-you-can-eat meal includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and fruit toppings for the pancakes.

There is no set cost, but donation at requested at the door.

The breakfast will be served in the Dr. Connor Gym at Immaculate Conception School, 505 E. North St., Morris.

Seneca church offers breakfast Palm Sunday

SENECA — Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church, 300 E. Union St., Seneca, is hosting a Palm Sunday Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

The menu includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee.
Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for those 12 and under, and free for children under 3.

Proceeds will benefit Lutherdale Bible Campers. Thrivent Financial will make a monetary donation.

Everything to cost a dime during sales

CHANNAHON — Channahon United Methodist Church Thrift Shop will have a 10-cent sale Sunday, March 24.

Hours are 6 to 8 p.m.

Peace Lutheran marks Holy Week next week

“All are Welcome” to join in the celebration of Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday), March 24. Worship begins at 9 a.m. with the Procession of the Palms. Holy Communion will be shared with all attending.

Maundy Thursday worship is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. It is a somber service, which includes symbolic washing of the feet, stripping of the altar, and quiet reflection, along with Holy Communion.
Good Friday worship is at 7 p.m.; candles will be lit at the foot of the cross.

A joyous Easter Sunday worship begins at 9 a.m. — join in the celebration of the Risen Lord. Peace Lutheran Church offers open communion to all.

Peace Lutheran is at the corner of Lisbon Road and Candlelight Lane in Morris. For information, call (815) 942-1010 or visit the website at

Stavanger Lutheran Holy Week worship

Stavanger Lutheran Church, 2904 N. 32nd Road, five miles north of Seneca, invites the community to join them for special Holy Week services.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 24, Palm Sunday, congregants will celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. There will be an Easter egg hunt for the younger youth after the service.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m., we will remember Jesus’ gathering with his disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Last Supper.

On Good Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., we will remember Jesus’ sufferings and death on the cross.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, at 7 and 10:30 a.m., Stavanger Lutheran will remember his glorious resurrection. After the early worship, there will be an Easter breakfast.

All are welcome to remember these special events in Jesus’ life. For further information, call (815) 357-6514.

Coal City UMC marks Holy Week milestones

Holy Week Events are planned at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City.
Activities will begin on Palm Sunday, March 24, with worship services and palm processionals at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages will be at 9 a.m.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, the church will take part at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Maundy Thursday Communion Ser-vice at Coal City United Methodist Church.

At 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29, a Community Good Friday Service will take place at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 80 N. Garfield St., Coal City.

Several services are planned Easter Sunday, March 31. They include a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.,  as well as worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

From 7:15 to 10:15 a.m., Easter Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall. The cost is a freewill donation.

Sunday School for all ages is at 9 a.m.

For additional information, call Coal City UMC at (815) 634-8670 or log onto

Churches join together for Maundy Thursday

New Hope Presbyterian Church, Coal City United Methodist Church & First Baptist Church of Coal City invite the community to join them for a combined Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
The service will be held at Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City. Holy Com-munion will be served.
Rev. Nate Manzo, of New Hope Presbyterian Church, will deliver the message. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Good Friday service set at First Presbyterian

On Friday, March 29, there will be a Good Friday Service of Meditation at First Presbyterian Church of Morris.

This will be a time from 6 to 7 p.m. in which all folks are welcome to come into the Sanctuary for silent prayer, reflection and meditation.

This will be followed by a time of Worship of Guided Meditation, which will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

During the Worship service, the Seven Last Words will be read and reflected upon. A few hymns will also be included in the service.

The Rev. Dr. Roy Backus is the pastor of First Pres-byterian Church. Everyone is invited to attend these Good Friday services.

‘The Risen Christ’ will be performed March 29

On Good Friday evening, at 7 p.m. March 29, the Fox River Lutheran Choir will present “The Risen Christ,”  featuring  the songs of Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend.

This is a multimedia presentation that includes many familiar Getty songs, including “The Risen Christ,”  “The Power of the Cross,”  “Speak, O Lord,”  and “O Church, Arise with In Christ Alone.”  The presentation also incorporates 23 minutes of movie footage from the film, MATTHEW, starring Bruce Marchiano.

The story of Christ’s life, crucifixion and resurrection is also told through the characters of John the disciple, Peter, and Mary Magdalene, using narrations that are literally adapted from Scripture.  Set in the format of a reader’s theater, these three characters retell their encounters with Christ, whose words are delivered by a fourth actor, as if you were sitting in their living room.

The congregation will relive their days together visually through the MATTHEW film footage that runs through portions of the presentation. The music is scored to complement the movie footage.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge for the performance.

Fox River Lutheran Church is located ¼ mile east of the intersection of Illinois 71 and U.S. 52.

Please feel free to invite others and we hope that you will plan to join us to celebrate and worship together the Risen Christ. Communion will also be celebrated as part of the Good Friday Service.

Peace Chapel offers family fun March 30

Family Fun Day will take place at Peace Chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday March 30.

Inflatables, food and games will be offered, as will a raffle for grills, bikes, game cards and Easter baskets.

Bring your family and friends to this free event that everyone will enjoy.

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