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CHURCH BULLETINS: Friends in Christ will welcome new pastor

Friends in Christ Luther-an Church is excited to announce that, on April 30, Pastor Mark Willig will become its new pastor.

Also joining the church family will be Pastor Mark’s wife, Paula.

They are moving to Morris mid-April and will be a welcome addition to the  church and  community.

An Installation Service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, with a potluck supper following the service. All are invited.

Ham, turkey, spaghetti on the menu for buffet

MAZON — The Mazon Methodist Church will host  a buffet dinner on Saturday, April 27.  The hours will be 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu will be ham, turkey, spaghetti, potatoes, salad and homemade desserts with iced tea, coffee and lemonade to drink.

Price is $8 per adult, $5 for children 5 to 10 years old, and free children under 5.

Since the MVK Food Pantry had water damage, dry goods will be collected for its benefit. Please bring a can or box of something and help stock the food pantry.

Ladies Night Out is planned for May 2

The SMI Home and School Association will hold its  first Ladies Night Out from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym.

Enjoy an evening filled with wine, cheese and chocolates; crafters/vendors with wonderful items specific to women; and mini workshops/demonstrations on things important to women regarding health, wellness and fitness.

The Association invites crafters and vendors who sell items specific to women and their needs/likes (examples Lia Sophia, Tupperware, Scentsy, etc.) to take part. To sign-up, contact Paula Beattie,; Karen Klump,; or Michele Evans,
St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding Catholic education in both faith and academics for Pre-school students age 3 through the 8th grade.

It is located at 15629 S. Illinois 59 in Plainfield. For more information call (815) 436-3953 or visit

Knights sponsoring blood drive May 4

St. Mary of Minooka’s  Knights of Columbus  are sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on May 4 at Minooka Jr High at the corner of Ridge Road and McEvilly Road.

Donation times are from 7:30 a.m. until noon Appointments are preferred and can be made via phone at (815) 521-1970, email to, or

Walk ins are always welcome.

Consider giving the gift of life to people in need. You never know when you will be that person.

Rock-A-Thon will help fund VBS in Gardner

GARDNER — The Church of Hope in Gardner is having a Rock-A-Thon on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Gazebo in downtown Gardner.

The event will raise funds to pay for the Vacation Bible School scheduled in June for all area children. There is no charge for children attending.

The VBS will be held in the evening with food served to the children.

Anyone interested in rocking or sponsoring a rocker can call the Church of Hope at (815) 237-8312 or (815) 237-2287.

This fun time will be held the weekend of the Rt. 66 Red Corridor, where you can watch the antique vehicles as they travel the “Mother Road.”

Healing Service slated in Plainfield on May 5

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass, a healing prayer service will be held in St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield.

After a short scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

The June healing service will at 1:30 p.m. June 2, on the first Sunday of the month.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish is at 15629 S. Illinois  59, Plainfield.

Church Marthas set luncheon for May 7

COAL CITY - The Marthas from Assumption Catholic Church are hosting their annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Berst Center.

Following the luncheon, Bunco and Euchre will be played with prizes to be awarded.

Luncheon tickets are $8 per person, and $5 for Bunco and Euchre.

Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the luncheon. Carry-outs will be available. Everyone is welcome — ladies and gentlemen.

Mother-Daughter style show, banquet May 11

The Activities Committee at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris invites the community to a Mother-Daughter Banquet and Style Show on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

Join church members to honor your mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter, or special friend.
Treat them to a very nice luncheon and a spectacular style show.

There will be adults and children modeling the lastest spring fashions.

Tickets are on sale through May 3. Adult tickets are $10 each, and children’s tickets are $5 each. Call the church at (815) 942-1145 to purchase tickets.

ICS holds its first-ever St. Joseph Table

Immaculate Conception School students in fifth through eighth grades recently participated in the school’s first-ever St. Joseph Table.  This took place on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.

The St. Joseph Table is popular among Italian Americans, as well as among many other people.  The St. Joseph Table consists of the sharing of a meal in honor of the life and dedication of this great saint. 
I.C.S. families were responsible for furnishing the food for the meal.  Each class was assigned something to bring and share with others.

Father Ed Howe, Immaculate Conception pastor, conducted a prayer and blessing before the meal.

Following the meal, students read stories about the life of St. Joseph and about the tradition of the St. Joseph Table.

Catholic Charities seeks volunteer receptionist

Catholic Charities is seeking volunteer receptionists for their Morris office.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old (or current college student at least 18 years old) with a high school diploma (or GED).

If interested, please contact Stephanie Ambrose at (815) 774-4663, ext. 3138, or


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