St. Jude School students from New Lenox celebrate Advent earlier this month with a prayer service and the lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath. The wreath is used during the Advent season as a reminder of the coming of Christ. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:29AM
Singles Dinner: Southwest Archdiocesan Singles will have a New Year’s Eve dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Papa Joe’s Restaurant, 10745 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn. Reservations due Dec. 28. Information: Tom McCarthy (708) 974-9015 or Debbie Henry (773) 779-3230.
New Year’s Day Bingo: Our Lady of Loretto will hold its annual New Year’s Day Bingo on Jan. 1 at the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. Doors open at 1 p.m. and games begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $25 for 15 games, which includes two $500 games. The kitchen will offer hot sandwiches, snacks and baked goods. Information: (708) 424-7471 or www.ourladyloretto.com.
Service Change: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will have worship services at 10 a.m. Dec. 30, 9 a.m. Jan. 1 and back to regular service time at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Jan. 6. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Christ the King School Advisory Board will have a King Eve Celebration at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the gymnasium, 9240 S. Hoyne, Chicago. Cloud of Shame will entertain with hits from the ’50s to the present. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. The cost includes appetizers, beer, wine and soda. Champagne cork pull and specialty drinks will be available for an extra fee. Reservations: www.ckschool.org.
New Pastor: Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 5536 W. 131st St., Crestwood, has announced the appointment of the Rev. John Wright as pastor effective Dec. 31. Wright is working on his master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University. He and his wife, Deborah, have three young boys. An installation service is planned for Jan. 13.
Concert on Epiphany: The Community Renewal Chorus will present an Epiphany concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at St. Alexander Church, 7025 W. 126th St., Palos Heights. The 43-year-old chorus has performed more than 500 concerts across the nation and has gone on seven international tours. Admission is free of charge. Information: (708) 448-4861.
Soup Dinner: Thornton United Methodist Church, 12 Chicago Road, will host its monthly funding ministry dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Minestrone, chicken noodle or cream of potato soup will be served with salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 children ages 3 to 10. Carry-outs are available. Information: (708) 877-5541.
New Program: Free Lunch and Learn is a new program being offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at United Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 4351 W. 180th St., Country Club Hills. The program is for adults and children. Participants can learn about social media, scrapbooking, parenting tips, health screenings, interview skills and Bible study. Information: (708) 798-0951.
Free Movie Night: First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, will have its next free movie night featuring “Brave” 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
Service Change: Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 5536 W. 131st St., Crestwood, now will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Midweek Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 597-6122.
Coat Drive: Love Inc is conducting a coat drive in Tinley Park. Gently used coats can be brought to the Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information: (708) 532-2960.
Prairie Chapel: An original graphite drawing by artist Marikay Peter Witlock titled “Prairie Chapel” is available for a $75 donation to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, a nature center at 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. The Prairie Chapel print is a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered prints. Information: (708) 747-6320 or email@example.com.
A New Beginning: The Christian Science Society of Park Forest now has a new meeting place for services. Services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the 21st Century Preparatory School, 242 S. Orchard, Park Forest. The church was formerly known as First Church of Christ, Scientist, Park Forest.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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