Zion Lutheran Craft Faire cochairman Gina Carra welcomes visitors to the recent fundraiser at the Beecher church and school that featured 30 vendors and offered free child photo identification. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 19, 2012 12:43PM
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. Shabbat Services will take place at 7:30 p.m. Information: (708) 748-6010.
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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving Celebration: The eighth annual “Miracle on 127th Street” Thanksgiving celebration will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Moraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. The community worship service is hosted by a group of local churches of various denominations. This is the third year the observance will be at Moraine Valley Church, the only one large enough to accommodate the crowd. The church will open its cafe to show the Bears game and share coffee and sweets. The program will consist of children leading a parade of nations, a mass adult choir and youth choir. Donations will go to Operation Blessing, a food pantry based in Crestwood. Information: (773) 968-5777.
Centennial: The 100th anniversary of Sacred Heart Chapel, Oak Forest Health Center, 15900 S. Cicero Ave., will be celebrated with a 3:20 p.m. Mass followed by dinner Nov. 18. Information: The Rev. Wayne Wurst, (773) 771-1388.
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.
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.
Community Band: Area residents can join the community band that will provide music for the 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Service Nov. 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4247 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills. There will be a practice for the easy music at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and again at 9 a.m. before the service. Information: (708) 798-4131.
Thanksgiving Service: Thanksgiving communion services will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park. Information: (708) 349-0431.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner: Peace Lutheran Church, 1900 E. U.S. 30, New Lenox, is hosting a free Thanksgiving Day dinner for people who are in need or who want to spend the holiday with others at noon Nov. 22. Reservations: (815) 485-5327.
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.
Christmas Contata: A Christmas contata, “Celebration of Carols,” composed by Joseph Martin, will be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at St. Jude Church, 241 W. Second Ave. New Lenox. The contata will include the St. Jude vocal choirs, handbell choir, guest vocal soloists, full orchestra and Lincoln-Way West High School Madrigal Singers. Information: (815) 485-8049.
Christmas Arts and Crafts: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will host its annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. The show will feature handmade crafts, pictures with Santa, raffles, homemade candy, a bakery and a lunchroom. Information: Pat Walker, (7080 423-4206 after 6 p.m.
Bingo: St. Joseph Parish is hosting Bingo 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at St. Joe’s Park, Theodore Street and Raynor Avenue, Joliet. Refreshments will be available. Information: (815) 727-9378.
Sunday School Advent Adventure: At 11 a.m. on Sundays, Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place will show “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.” Information: (708) 532-2960.
Live from New York City: Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will present a series live from New York City via satellite at 7 p.m. Nov. 29. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Ira Flatow will discuss “Science, Religion and Search for Meaning.” Information: (708) 748-6010.
Feast of St. Andrew: The observance of the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle will start with a potluck diner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a communion service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church of Tinley Park, 18001 94th Ave. Information: (708) 614-7404 or www.andrewrec.org.
Christmas Connection: Flourish Women’s Ministry at Peace Community Church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, is having a women’s Christmas Connection at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. A catered dinner will be served by the men of Peace. A chalk artist and inspirational speaker, Sharon Ruane, will present “Unwrapping the Gift of Christ.” Tickets are $20. Reservations due Nov. 25. Information: (815) 468- 1084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Chili Supper: Thornton United Methodist Church, 712 Chicago Road, Thornton, will host a chili supper with beverage and dessert 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 10. Carry-outs are available. Information: (708) 877-5541.
Emmanuel: St. John the Evangelist Parish, 10701 Olcott Ave., St. John, Ind., will present a Laudate Concert Series, featuring Tajci performing “Emmanuel – The Story of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Information: (219) 365-5678 or www.stjohnparish.org/laudate.pjp.
Shop-Til-You-Drop: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, will hold its annual Christmas Expo 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1. The expo will include vendors, crafters and home-based businesses. Admission is free. For table fees contact Judy Green at (708) 772-3664 or email@example.com.
Chili Dinner: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 140 Thelma St., Manhattan, is having an All-You-Can-Eat Chili Dinner 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Santa will be there 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hotdogs also will be available for children. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12 and $3 for children 5 and younger. Carry-outs are available. Information: (815) 478-4900.