Religion Briefs for July 20, 2012
July 19, 2012 3:04PM
Tom Gilbert gets congrats after he ate 53 meatballs to win last year’s annual Bartolini's Meatball Eating contest during the St. Christopher Fiesta at St. Christopher Church in Midlothian. Gilbert will return to defend his title at this year’ contest set
Updated: August 21, 2012 6:30AM
St. Christopher Fiesta: St. Christopher Church’s annual fiesta continues through July 22 at 147th Street and Keeler Avenue, Midlothian. Activities include bands, shows, carnival rides, food vendors, games and raffles. Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. July 20, 1 to 11 p.m. July 21 and 1 to 10 p.m. July 22. Bartolilni’s Meatball Eating Championship is at 2 p.m. and the grand raffle winner drawing for $15,000 is at 9:30 p.m. July 22. Information: www.stchrisfiesta.com.
Classical Shabbat Service: Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, presents a Classical Shabbat at 7 p.m. July 20. The “Ravinia” Summer Shabbat will be an IPO Classical Musical Service featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and the First Movement Piano Weinberg Piano Quintet. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Free Exercise Class: During the summer Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, offers its P90X exercise class at 9:30 am. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The class is free. Bring a towel and bottled water. Information: (708) 532-2960 or www.TinleyMethodist.org.
Walkers: People can join the free walkers club at John’s Lutheran School’s gym, 4247 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills. The gym is open to people interested in walking at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and noon Sundays. Information: (708) 798-4131.
Cold Beer, Hot Topics: Southside Theology on Tap will host a conversation series Sundays on the north lawn of St. Beradette Catholic Academy, 93rd and Francisco, Evergreen Park, for people in their 20s and 30s. The series will include a free dinner, beer and wine; and offer an opportunity to connect with neighbors. Food is served at 6:30 p.m. Speakers and conversation begin at 7:30 p.m. Topics are: July 22, “God’s Invitation and Our Response;” and July 29, “Emotionally Intelligent Relationships.” Information: email southsideTOT@gmail.com.
Organic fixes: The CommUnity Garden at United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, will host a free garden workshop “Maintaining your garden: organic fixes for pests” with Master Gardener, Kate Bradley at 11 a.m. July 22. Information: (708) 422-6301.
VBS: Living Word Lutheran Church, 163rd Street and Wolf Road, Orland Park, offers Vacation Bible School “SKY” July 23 to 27 with a closing service on July 29 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a closing celebration which will include food, games and other activities. There will be a morning session 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session 1 to 4 p.m. Registration is $15 per child, $30 maximum per family. Information: (708) 403-9673.
VBS: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Narragansett, Burbank, offers “Everything is possible with God” Vacation Bible School 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 to 26 for ages 3 through fifth grade. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Registration: (708) 599-4780.
VBS: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn, will have Vacation Bible School, “SonRise National Park,” 9 a.m. to noon July 23 to 27. Registration: (708) 423-1040 or www.stpauloaklawn.org.
VBS: Faith Christian Reformed Church, 8383 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, offers free Vacation Bible School, “Adventures in Promise Land,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 to 27 for children ages 4 through fifth grade. Registration: (708) 532-8300.
VBS: Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, will host Vacation Bible School “Praise” for kindergartners through sixth-graders 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 to 27. Fee is $10 per child, additional siblings are $8 each. Registration: (773) 233-3533.
Gas Cards: New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3620 W. 139th St., Robbins, will give away about 200, $20 gas cards to every driver who visits the Citgo Gas station at 13501 S. Kedzie Ave. starting at 7 p.m. July 25. Information: (708) 597-4373.
Theology On Tap: St. Xavier University will host Theology on Tap, a free discussion series for Catholics in their 20s and 30s, at McDonough Chapel at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Sessions will be at 7:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays. Topics are July 25, “Young Adult Experience: Strategies for the Young Adult Years” with Rachel Caron, pastoral associate, St. Andrew Parish; and Aug. 1, “Jesus: Is He the One or Shall We Look for Another?” with Graziano Marcheschi, executive director for University Ministry, St. Xavier University.
Grief Support: Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive, offers Coffee and Comfort, a support group for grieving mothers who have lost a child, at 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Information: (708) 460-1392.
Pro-Life: Bremen-Orland Families For Life will host a program about pro-life issues at 4 p.m. July 27 at the Grotto of Our Lady of Sorrows, 5900 W. 147th St., Oak Forest. Information: Lana Stack, (708) 429-0760.
Community Care Day: The First Apostolic Church, 22709 State St., Steger, will host its Community Care Day 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 29. Events include 100 bags of school supplies given to the first 100 children to register that day, free garage sale, games, prizes, balloons and food. Information: (708) 758-7536.
Lifetree Cafe: Whether the Bible is real, reliable, and relevant will be discussed at 7 p.m. July 29 at the Lifetree Cafe, located at The Edge Coffee House, Crete Reformed Church, 1366 Main St. The free, 60-minute event features a filmed interview with Eugene Peterson, author of “The Message.” Information: Diedre Bodine (708) 672-5400 or Diedre@cretechurch.com.
Mega pass: Mega passes are available for Our Lady of The Snows Parish Carnival, 4810 S. Leamington Ave., Chicago, Aug. 2 to 5 for $40. This is a $10 savings if purchased before the carnival opens. Mega passes may be purchased at the parish office weekdays 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Information: (773) 767-4532.
Yard Sale: Living Word Lutheran Church, 163rd Street and Wolf Road, Orland Park, will host a community yard sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4. Table space is available to rent. Reservations: (708) 403-9673 .
Free Meals: The First Baptist Church of University Park, 450 University Parkway, is offering free breakfast and lunch for children ages 2 to 18 on weekdays through Aug. 31. Breakfast will be served 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch is noon to 1 p.m. Information: Diane Williams, (708) 748-5491 or (708) 534-2242.
Chip In: The 23rd annual Kennedy Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 13 at Crystal Tree Country Club. The event will benefit the children and adults of St. Coletta’s of Illinois and the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School for Exceptional Children. Information: Barbara Siwinski, (708) 342-5246 or www.stcolettaIL.org.
Run Registration: Online registration is now open for the third annual Running With Faith 10K and 5K that starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 at St. Jude’s Church, 241 W. Second Ave., New Lenox. The event benefits St. Jude School. Registration: www.itsracetime.com. Information: email email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to provide assistance for a variety of local activities. Volunteers can deliver meals to a homebound senior, mentor a child, visit lonely seniors in nursing homes or help coordinate craft projects at a senior center. Catholic Charities will match a volunteer’s interests with available opportunities. Catholic Charities will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: (815) 933-7791 Ext. 125.
Pall Cloth Workshops: The Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary will have pall cloth workshops 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, and 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays also at St. Mary’s. Information: Jackie Smith, (708) 481-7949.