Members of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 14269 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen, recently broke ground for a new worship center. Participating in the service are the Rev. Samuel Dimitriou, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and Chris Avramopoulos. A banquet celebrating the occasion followed at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. | Supplied Photo
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:24AM
Free Thanksgiving Dinner: St. Julie Billiart Roman Catholic Parish, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Reservations are required at (708) 429-6767.
Festival of Psalms: The First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., is hosting a Festival of Psalms Nov. 9 to 11. The festival kicks off with a dinner followed at 7:30 p.m. by a performance of “From the Ridiculous to The Divine” by a Cincinnati theater company. Admission is free but a collection will be taken for the dinner. Workshops with lunch for first-graders to high school students and for adults are offered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Cost is $10 for students and $15 for adults with a $50 cap per family. Adult workshops include “Beyond Bathrobes,” focus on drama and storytelling; “Feasting and Fasting in the Psalms,” history and baking; “Journeying Through the Psalms: Art Making as Spiritual Practice,” prayer and art projects; and “Psalm Writing.” On Nov. 11, the 10:30 a.m. worship service will focus on Psalms and at 4 p.m. there will be a Psalm Hymn Fest with a community choir and a praise band. People can join the choir by arriving at 2:30 p.m. for rehearsal. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.
Men’s Club: A Men’s Club Veterans Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. The Veterans Shabbat Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Mass of Remembrance: St. Joseph’s Church, 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood, will hold a Mass of Remembrance, Hope and Healing for people who have lost a child through miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, abortion, accident or other circumstances at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: (708) 798-0622.
Christkindl Market: Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, will host its second annual Christkindl Market craft fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Featured will be a European bake sale, crafters and vendors with personal decorating items and gifts. Bratwurst, potato pancakes and hot dogs are some of the items on the lunch menu. Information: (708) 422-0193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LutherFest: Sausage, sauerkraut, German potato salad and other items will be served 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10th and Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children. Advanced ticket sales only. Information: (708) 754-4493.
Arts, Craft Festival: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, is hosting an Arts and Crafts Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. There will be more than 50 crafters, a raffle and a bake sale. Information: (708) 448-8142.
Rummage Sale: St. Julie Billiart Roman Catholic Parish, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, will host its annual rummage sale 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for residents of the St. Coletta Group Homes. Information: Ed Pluchar, (708) 429 3781.
Fall Festival: The Ruth Society of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mokena, 10731 W. LaPorte Road, will host its Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The bazaar will include needlecrafts, gift items, doll clothes, holiday decorations, gift baskets and a pet corner. Baked goods, canned items and preserves, will be for sale. A light luncheon will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A roast beef dinner, with all the trimmings, will be served 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $9 for adults, $3.50 for children of elementary school age. Carry-outs are available. Information: (708) 479-5600.
Family Game Day: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St. Alsip, is hosting family game day 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. There will be crafts, games — board and otherwise — and a short movie for children. Information: (708) 597-5209 or wwwHC-LC.org.
Genealogical Society: The Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society will host a multi-media program “More, Much More, Than Fiddlers on the Roof” at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. The program focuses on relationships between Jews and their diverse neighbors from the mid-1500 to the present. Following the presentation, Brian Zakem, the speaker, will be available for family genealogy consultation and related topics regarding Eastern European Jewish history. Information: Ellen Kahn (708) 206-1628.
Florida Fresh Fruit Sale: The United Methodist Church of Worth, 7100 W. 112th St., is taking orders for fresh fruit through Nov. 12. Pickup will be the first weekend in December. Information: (708) 448-6682 or email email@example.com.
Drivers Safety Program: An AARP Drivers Safety Program will take place 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. Information: (708) 334-1520.
Turkey Tetrazzini: Thornton United Methodist Church, 712 Chicago Road, Thornton, will host its monthly funding ministry dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Turkey Tetrazzini with salad, roll, beverage and dessert will be served. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children age 3 and older. Carry-outs available. Information: (708) 877-5541.
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, is hosting a Wine, Cheese and Chocolate reception 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Friday Shabbat Services will take place at 7:30 p.m. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Thanksgiving Dinner: Hazel Crest Assembly Church, 17801 S. Cicero Ave., Country Club Hills, will host a thanksgiving dinner noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 for people who are experiencing difficult times. Information: (708) 647-8287.
Thanksgiving Meal: United Christian Church, Disciples of Christ of Country Club Hills, 4351 180th St., will host its annual thanksgiving meal at noon Nov. 17. Reservations: (708) 798-0951.
Coat Drive: Oak Tree Community Church, 15601 S. Lamon, Oak Forest, is collecting used coats, sweaters and sweatshirts 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 for distribution at Operation Blessing in Crestwood. Information: (708) 687-2230.
Fair Trade Shopping Event: St. Elizabeth Seton Parish will host a fair trade shopping event noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the church hall, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills. Crafted by artisans from developing countries, baskets, ornaments, toys, jewelry, teas, coffees, chocolates, musical instruments and other items will be sold by the Ten Thousand Villages organization. Information: www.tenthousandvillages.com.
Annual Fundraiser: St. John’s Catholic Church, 301 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Glenwood, will have its annual raffle fundraiser now through Nov. 18. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500, third prize is $250, and there are five prizes of $100 each. Information: (708) 758-5098.
Chanukah Gift Show: The Sisterhood of Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will hold its Chanukah Gift Show 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 18 to Dec. 9. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Festive Thanksgiving Worship: Local wind quintet, The Tudor Winds, will perform during the 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19 Thanksgiving Worship service at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, Homewood. A Thanksgiving brunch will follow the service. Information: (708) 798-0700.
Crafters Wanted: The annual Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. There will be pictures with Santa, raffles, homemade candy and a bakery and lunch room. Spaces for crafters are available for $35. Information: Pat Walker, (708) 423-4206.