Abraham Bowater in the play "The Road Leading Home: A Christmas Story," which was written and staged by members of Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:23AM
Pray For Our Nation: A non-denominational service, Pray for Our Nation, will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave. Information: (815) 485-8271.
No Drama From Trauma: Calvary Church, 16100 S. 104th Ave., Orland Park, is hosting a free seminar at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 lead by the Rev. Ron Ovitt based on the book, “Trauma Proofing Your Kids” by Peter Levine. Child care will be available. Information: (708) 429-2200. Sermon In Song: During Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, there will be a sermon-song, “Our Festival of Light Chanukah Songs Old and New.” Information: (708) 748-6010.
Puppet Program: The Christmas puppet musical “Christmas Hangups” will be 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the First United Reformed Church of Oak Lawn, 94th Street and 54th Avenue. The story is told by ornaments as they prepare for another season on the Watson’s Christmas tree. Admission is free. Information: (708) 636-0758
Christmas Tree Sale: Beverly Unitarian Church’s Christmas tree sale is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 in the church parking lot, 103rd Street and Longwood Drive. Information: Jean Hardy Robinson, (773) 445-9121.
Christmas Cookie Walk: The Zion Lutheran Church Dorcas Society will host its annual cookie walk 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the parish hall, 540 Oak Park Ave., Beecher. Homemade cookies will be $6 per pound. There will be a silent auction for a handmade quilt. Information: (708) 946-2271.
Christmas Concert: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, will host its annual Christmas concert and social featuring the Chimers for Christ at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Information: (708) 597-5209 or www.HC-LC.net.
Cookie Walk: Immanuel United Church of Christ, Women’s Fellowship, 311 W. Corning Ave., Peotone, will have its annual Cookie Walk 9 a.m. to sell out Dec. 8. Items include an assortment of cookies, gift trays, coffee cakes, homemade bread, fudge and other candies, Chex-Mix and a small craft table. Information: (708) 258-6966.
Cookie Bonanza: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 100th Street and Central Avenue, is hosting a Cookie Bonanza 9 a.m. to sell-out on Dec. 8. Homemade cookies will be sold for $9 a pound. Information: (708) 423-1170.
Saturday Service: At Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8, a Junior Congregation Service will take place. At sundown the first night of Chanukah begins. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Christmas Cantata: The cantata “Silent Night. Holy Night.” will be part of the 10:45 a.m. Dec. 9 service at Calvary Assembly of God, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Information: (708) 957-0986.
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. 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 up to age 12. Events include crafts, games and puppet show. Children will receive a gift from Santa and will have their pictures taken with Santa. A pancake breakfast is 8 a.m. to noon. Price for breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children and $15 for families. Registration: (708) 444-8560.
‘Winterlude’ Concert: The Grande Prairie Singers will perform its “Winterlude Concert” at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest. The concert will feature classical and contemporary holiday music. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with identification. Information: (708) 481-8684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift Drive For Veterans: St. Joseph/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 2453 Oak St., Blue Island, is hosting a holiday potluck party and gift drive for hospitalized and homeless veterans at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. People can bring holiday gifts and survival gear. The gifts will be given to wounded soldiers or homeless veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Hines VA Hospital, and Manteno VA Hospital. Bring the gifts, unwrapped, with a personal card or note. Suggested gifts are blue jeans, sweat suits, coats, gloves, socks, scarves, sweaters, caps, toiletries, toothpaste, shaving kits, books, gift-cards, phone cards, pro sports tickets. Information: Rod Reinhart (708) 528-9862 or (708) 389-0733, email: email@example.com or www.stsjoseph-aidan.org.
Blue Christmas: Two Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park churches have teamed up to offer support sessions and a worship experience for people who are struggling with loss or feelings of sadness during the holiday season. Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will offer two free sessions at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 on grieving and at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 on ways to celebrate Christmas when feeling sad.Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell, Evergreen Park, will host a Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service at 7 p.m. on the first night of winter, Dec. 21. The service will feature music, devotions, prayer and anointing for people who want to feel God’s presence in their loss as well as their joy. Information: (708) 422-4200 or (708) 424-3755.
Chanukah Party: On Dec. 9, the Sunday School will have a Chanukah Party at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. The Sisterhood Chanukah Gift Show will be open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Advent Services: Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, is holding Wednesday Advent services at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 based on the meditative Holden Evening Prayer service. Information: (708)799-1160.
Musical Theater: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, will host a holiday concert featuring baritone Jonathan Beyer at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The first half of the concert will be operatic and musical theater. The second half of the concert will be dedicated to Christmas Holiday music. The concert will include a guest pianist and guest mezzo-soprano soloist, Joanna Wernette. Tickets are available in the church office for $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Information: (708) 448-8142.
Breakfast With Santa: Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, will host a breakfast with Santa 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15. Information: (773) 233-3533.
Hurricane Sandy Relief: The United Methodist Church of Worth, 7100 W. 112th St., will have its annual Christmas Cookie Sale 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 15. Homemade cookies will be sold for $3 a dozen. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy Relief. Information: (708) 448-6682.
Cookies By The Pound: To help relieve the holiday pressure of baking cookies, the First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, is hosting a Cookies by the Pound sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15. The homemade cookies will be sold for $5 per pound. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
Mrs. Scrooge: CBC Productions will perform the play “The Gospel According to Mrs. Scrooge” at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 in the auditorium at Bloom Trail High School, 22331 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago Heights. In the play, Mrs. Scrooge tries in court to prove that Christmas is a sham and that God doesn’t really exist. The cost is $20 for the 1 p.m. show and $25 for the 5 p.m. show. Information: www.thespaa.org or (708) 785-7371.
St. John’s Book Club: “The Christmas List” by Richard Paul Evans will be discussed at the 3 p.m. Dec. 15 book club meeting at St. John Lutheran Church and School, 4247 183rd St., Country Club Hills. Information: (708) 798-4131.
Christmas Concert: At 7 p.m. Dec. 15. the First Baptist Church of University Park, 450 University Parkway, University Park, will host a Christmas concert.
Christmas Market: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, is hosting an Alternative Christmas Market 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 16. Church members will display and sell their crafts and creative work in the social hall with a percentage of the profits going to help church ministries and Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Holidaze Cookie Sale: St. John Lutheran Church and School, 4247 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will host a cookie sale 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16 in the gym. The cookies will be $4 a pound and proceeds will benefit the Rich Township Food Pantry. Information: (708) 798-4131.
Christmas Caroling: Area residents can join caroling from 2:30 p.m. to around 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at St. John Lutheran Church, 4247 183rd St., Country Club Hills. The group will visit some hospitals, assisted care and retirement facilities. Information: Ron Stewart at (708) 960-4844.
Advent Worship Service: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road., will present its annual cantata “Christmas Crossroads: A contemporary cantata” at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. Information: (708) 448-8142 or www.pcorlandpark.org.
Christmas Cantata: United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Road, will host a Christmas Cantata, “Let the Whole World Sing” presented by the chancel choir with a 25-piece orchestra at the 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Dec. 16. Information: (815) 485-8271.
Blue Christmas Service: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, is offering a worship service that acknowledges the “blue” feelings people may have at Christmas at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 16. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
Christmas Concert: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will host a concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 featuring the praise teams and a cantata by the chancel choir. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
Choir: Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive, will host a choir program, “A Song in the Air,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Information: www.orlandchurch.com.
Coat Drive: Love Inc. is conducting a coat drive for the Tinley Park community. Gently used coats can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place. Information: (708) 532-2960. or www.tinleymedthodist.org.