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Poinsettias help Infant Jesus Prague students Flossmoor prepare for Christmas. Teachers Stacey SwansCarol Johnspaired second- fourth-grade reading buddies with Tomie

Poinsettias help Infant Jesus of Prague students in Flossmoor prepare for Christmas. Teachers Stacey Swanson and Carol Johnson paired second- and fourth-grade reading buddies with Tomie dePaola’s book “The Legend of the Poinsettia” about the unconditional love of Jesus. After reading the story, students worked as teams and created poinsettias to line the school hallway. | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:25AM



Shabbat Services: During Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, people celebrating January birthdays will be blessed. Information: (708) 748-6010.

Prayer Vigil: Calvary Church, 16100 S. 104th Ave., Orland Park, will host a community prayer vigil against drugs at 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Resources for help with drug addictions will be available. Information: (708) 429-2200.

Secrets Of Body Language: The Lifetree Cafe, located at The Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete, will offer practical insights about the meaning of body language at 7 p.m. Jan. 6, according to program organizers. The free, 60-minute program, titled “Body Language: What You Say Before You Say a Word,” features a filmed interview with Jan Hargrave, author of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” and “Let Me See Your Body Talk.” Lifetree Cafe is an organization of people who gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting sponsored by the Crete Reformed Church, 27455 S. Country Lane. Information: (708) 672-5400.

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.

Growing Through Grief: A new group to help people who have experienced loss to grow through their grief begins Jan. 13 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. The group is for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, a job, a home or a marriage. The support group will meet five Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17 and March 3. The Rev. Yvette Eber of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park will co-lead the group along with the Rev. Peggy McClanahan of Pilgrim Faith. Information: (708) 422-4200 or office@pilgrimfaith.org.

Overcoming Hardship: At 7 p.m. Jan. 13, a free, 60-minute program will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at The Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete. The program, titled “Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds” features a film of Patrick Henry Hughes and his father. The younger Hughes was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs. Though in a wheelchair, Hughes performed in the University of Louisville marching band, his father pushing his wheelchair through every practice and performance. Information: (708) 672-5400.

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.

Bread And Soup: The Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will host a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Westminster Hall. Cost is $5. Paul and Sylvia Tufts of Flossmoor will present photos of their trip to Mongolia. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Anniversaries: During Shabbat Services at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 couples celebrating January anniversaries will be blessed. Information: (708) 748-6010.

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 skill s 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.

Annual Spaghetti Dinner: The Christian Women’s Fellowship of the Hometown Christian Church, 4340 W. 87th St., will host its annual spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The meal will be followed by bingo games. Tickets may be purchased at the door and cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 6. Information: (773) 582-7744.

d’Vine Affair: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual d’Vine Affair, A Tasting of Fine Wines will take place 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The annual fundraiser supports Catholic Charities’ self-sufficiency programs that help families. The d’Vine Affair guests will have an opportunity to taste and select from among 250 wines offered by more than 90 vintners from around the world. Two wine appreciation seminars are available with advance reservations. Presentations are set for 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. For an additional cost, there will be an exclusive pre-tasting guided tour at 1 p.m. During the pre-tasting, guests can learn more about the vintners and the wines available. Tickets for the wine tasting and seminars are $125 per person; additional cost for the pre-tasting guided tour is $50 per person. Information: Hillary Fash at (312) 948-6797. Reservations: www.catholiccharities.net/registrations/event/dvine.

Seeking Crafters: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, is seeking crafters for its Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9. Proceeds will help send high school students on their annual mission trip. Information: Kathy Faulkner at kathyf8@yahoo.com.

Walkers: People can join the free walkers club at John’s Lutheran School’s gym, 4247 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills. The gym is open to people interested in walking at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and noon Sundays. Information: (708) 798-4131.

Prairie Chapel: An original graphite drawing by art ist 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 thorn_creek@att.net.

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.

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.

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 joan.quinn24@yahoo.com.

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