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Pecan halves for sale

MAZON – The Sisters in Action of the Park Street UCC Church of Mazon are selling mammoth pecan halves from a Georgia grove. Cost is $11 for 1-pound bags. Call Barb Kenney at 815-4448-2906, Nancy Johnson at 815-237-8004 or the church office at 815-448-5514 for information.

‘A Night in Bethlehem’ to be held at Morris church

MORRIS – The First Presbyterian Church of Morris, 200 E. Jackson, invites the community to experience “A Night in Bethlehem” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. This family-oriented activity features a living Nativity, craftsmaking, and a tour of the “little town.” Participation is free, but preregistration is suggested. Call 815-942-1871.

65th Scandinavian
Christmas Program set

SENECA – Stavanger Lutheran Church, 2904 N. 32nd Road, is presenting its 65th annual Scandinavian Christmas Program at 7 p.m. Sunday. Singers and musicians from the area will perform. The congregation – dressed in Norwegian attire – also will sing several Christmas carols. The program will end with audience participation in singing carols. Afterward, Norwegian delicacies and cookies will be served. For information, call 815-357-6514.

Trinity Lutheran holding cookie drive Sunday

MARSEILLES – Trinity Lutheran Church once again will be sponsoring a cookie drive. Cookies will be packaged and distributed to patients of local nursing homes, the Veterans Hospital in LaSalle, the Youth Detention Home and P.A.D.S. in Ottawa, the Armory in Streator and the National Guard Unit in Marseilles. About 9,000 to 10,000 cookies are needed. Cookies cannot contain fruit or nuts. Cookies may be delivered to the church at 621 Union St. on Sunday. Cookies will be counted and packed at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Midweek advent worship

MORRIS – Grace Lutheran Church will gather at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In Mark 6:31, Jesus invited his disciples to “come away” during a very hectic time of ministry. Advent worship is a time to do just that – come away for a short time and focus on the reason for the season. Grace Lutheran is right across from Morris Airport, north on Route 47.

Joliet Catholic Academy open house Wednesday

JOLIET – Joliet Catholic Academy invites you to an open house for prospective students from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 1200 N. Larkin Ave., Joliet. For information, visit

Family movie night
at Living Water Church

MORRIS – “Polar Express” will be shown at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on a 32-foot screen at Living Water Church, 118 E. Jefferson St. All are invited to this free event and to come in pajamas. There will be some unexpected surprises by the “train conductors” during the movie. Call 815-252-4744 or email for information.

United Methodist church to hold supper Dec. 7

COAL CITY – Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, invites the community to its December “Hallelujah” soup supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is $8 for those ages 13 and older, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, $2 for children ages 3 to 5; free for children age 2 and younger. Each meal includes soup, a sandwich, crackers, a beverage, ice cream and dessert. Carry outs will be available. Tickets will be sold at the door, and proceeds go to the church’s building fund. Sunshine Circle will be having a Holiday Cookie Sale during supper, with homemade cookies at $6.

Breakfast with St. Nick Dec. 7 at St. Paul in Joliet

JOLIET – St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School is hosting a Breakfast with St. Nicholas from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at 130 N. Woodlawn Ave., Joliet. Terry Lynch, a professional actor from Histories for Kids Presents, will perform “The Legend of St. Nicholas,” a one-man show, at 9 a.m. A photo opportunity with St. Nicholas will follow the presentation. Children ages 5 and younger are free; there is a $5 admission for those ages 6 and older. A full breakfast is included. For information call 815-725-3390.

Yorkville Congregational Church holds cookie drive

YORKVILLE – Yorkville Congregational Church will hold its third annual Cookie Walk from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Items will be sold for $7 a pound. Let us do your Christmas cookie and candy baking for you. Come pick out your favorites. Proceeds will go to a special mission project. The church is at 409 Center Parkway in Yorkville.

First Presbyterian Church musical event Dec. 8

MORRIS – A holiday event featuring local musical talent will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church 200 E. Jackson St. Morris. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and younger. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds fund scholarships for deserving musical students. Contact the Rev. Roy Backus at 815-942-1871 or if you have questions.

Worship choir concert

NEWARK – Helmar Worship Choir will present its annual Christmas cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the church sanctuary. Piano and organ prelude music will be provided by Debbie Andersen and Deb McKinney. There is no admission, but a free offering will be accepted. A cookie reception will follow in the Family Life Center. For information, call Helmar Lutheran Church at 815-695-5489.

United Methodist church to serve beef stew

SHERIDAN – Sheridan United Methodist church, 219 S. Bushnell St., will serve beef stew, bread, fresh fruit assortment, dessert lemonade and coffee from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. All are welcome and donations are appreciated.

United Methodist holding thrift shop events

CHANNAHON – The Channahon United Methodist Church – Thrift Shop, 24751 W. Eames, Channahon, is holding a 10-cent sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16. This will be the last days the thrift shop will be open before the holidays.

United Methodist is
holding a cookie walk

CHANNAHON – United Methodist Women of Channahon United Methodist church is hosting its ninth annual UMW Cookie Walk starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 14. The event will continue until the cookies are gone. Cost is $12.50 a bucket, which holds about two pounds.

Attendees will get 50-cents off if they bring a bucket from last year’s event. Call 815-467-5275 for information.

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