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The Rev. Jack Jurteaches religiclass for St. Michael Parish students OrlPark. | Supplied photo

The Rev. Jack Jura teaches a religion class for St. Michael Parish students in Orland Park. | Supplied photo

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Updated: December 24, 2012 6:59AM



St. Michael’s Welcomes Priest: St. Michael Parish, 14327 S. Highland Ave., Orland Park recently welcomed the Rev. Jack Jura who will be active in youth ministry. He teaches children in kindergarten through fifth grades. Currently, he also is studying psychology at Loyola and Roosevelt universities. When he first became a priest, he worked in Poland with youth ministry and taught religion. Once he moved to the U.S., he continued his work with children in the schools of the parishes to which he was assigned. Information: (708) 349-0903.

New Senior Minister: First Christian Church in Chicago Heights, 1045 Dixie Highway, will install the Rev. Denise Whiteside as its senior minister during the 10 a.m. worship service Nov. 25. Whiteside received her master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and was ordained in 2010. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service. Information: (708) 754-3792

New Lift: Oak Lawn Bible Church, 9435 S. 54th Ave., Oak Lawn, recently completed the installation of a wheelchair lift. A $27,000 Accessible Faith Grant from The Retirement Research Foundation enabled the church to replace its 25-year-old lift with one that is equipped with an automatic light, power door openers, handrails, a non-slip floor and a built-in emergency phone.

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, 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, (708) 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. Information: (815) 727-9378.

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, is hosting a series of speakers live from New York City via satellite. The next program features Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Ira Flatow discussing “Science, Religion and Search for Meaning” at 7 p.m. Nov. 29. 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 rcouwenhoven@peaceinfrankfort.org.

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 judysparkles@comcast.net.

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.

Fair Trade Fair: St. Mary’s ninth annual Fair Trade Fair will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 in the lower level of the church, 19515 115th Ave., Mokena. Fair Trade eliminates intermediaries who exploit low-income producers and artisans, according to organizers. The fair will feature handcrafts, coffee, tea and chocolate. Information: (708) 479-3383.

Messiah: The Chancel Choir of Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Place, Chicago, will give its 12th annual “Messiah” presentation at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $20. Information:(773) 779-3355.

Madrigals: United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Road, will host two Madrigal services. The Lincoln-Way Central High School Madrigals will perform at the 9 a.m. service Dec. 2 and the Lincoln-Way West High School Madrigals will perform at the 10:45 a.m. service. Information: (815) 485-8271.

Healing Service: Infant Jesus of Prague in Flossmoor will offer a Mass and Healing Service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the wheelchair accessible church at the corner of Flossmoor Road and Leavitt Avenue. Information: (708) 799-5400.

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 to Dec. 9. Information: (708) 748-6010.

Santa Jamboree: From 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8, Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, is hosting a Santa Jamboree. The event is free for children from birth to 12. Events include Christmas crafts, games and puppet show. Children will receive a gift from Santa and will have their pictures taken with Santa. A pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon. Price for breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children and $15 for families. Registration for the children’s program is at (708) 444-8560.

Paperback Books: Paperback books are being collected for inmates of the Cook County Jail. Popular requests include mysteries and inspirational readings. Books may be dropped off 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at the Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place. Information: (708) 532-2960.

Coffee And Comfort: A support group for grieving mothers who have lost a child meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. Information: (708) 560-3801.

Recovery Support Group: Trinity Church, 26900 Will-Center Road, Monee, has started a Celebrate Recovery Support Group for people who are struggling with alcohol abuse. They meet 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays under the leadership of Amanda Wilson. Information: (708) 534-9084.

Young Adult: From noon to 2 p.m. Sundays Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, hosts a young adult study group. Young adults, ages 20 to 40 gather for lunch, fellowship and study. Child care is available. Information: (708) 444-8560 or email pastormelissa@faithumcop.org.

Faith Family Night: Wednesday evenings at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, is family night. Dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by workshops 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. God Squad is available for children pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Child care for infants is available. Information: (708) 444-8560.

Job Club: The Beverly Hills Job Club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St. Barnabas Church Convent at 101st and Longwood Drive, Chicago. The club was established to help people in search of employment. Information: email Joan Quinn at joan.quinn24@yahoo.com.

Healing: The United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Road, offers a healing and anointing service at 10 a.m. the second Sunday of every month. Information: (815) 485-8271.

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