Approximately 750 visitors attended the annual Family Fun Day at Calvary Church in Orland Park. The event included a World of Reptiles show that included this python. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 21, 2013 6:18AM
Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship.
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RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will have a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be clothing, jewelry, appliances, toys, tools, household items, books and more. Information: (708) 349-0431.
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Mothers Of Preschoolers will host an open house from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Lawn Wesleyan Church, 8844 S. Austin Ave., Oak Lawn. There will be games, raffles, crafts, free hot dogs, bratwursts and popcorn for moms and preschool-age children. Information: email@example.com or (708) 599-3660.
FALL FEST: St. Michael Parish, 14327 S. Highland Ave., Orland Park, continues this festival from Friday to Sunday. The fest features carnival rides, games and activities for ages 1 to 100, “Man Cave” broadcasting live sporting events throughout the weekend and a live entertainment tent. Information: stmichaelorlandpark.info.
90TH ANNIVERSARY: In observance of its 90th anniversary, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1259 W. 111th St., Chicago, will present Taste of Calvary and Community Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and a worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Information: (773) 239-4000.
MOVIE NIGHT: First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, will conduct movie night from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Yeoman Hall. The movie will be “Epic.” The evening, which is free and for the entire family, includes candy and popcorn. Information: 1umclockport.org or (815) 838-1017.
INTERFAITH FORUM: The SouthWest Interfaith Team will host its fall forum, “How Interfaith Relations Affect Our Lives and Community,” from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Park. Registration is at 2:30 p.m. for the free program. Attendees are asked to bring new white tube socks that will be given to Public Action to Deliver Shelter to help people who do not have homes. Representing the Jewish faith viewpoint will be Rabbi Frederick Reeves, of Kehilath Anshe Maarav Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park. Offering the Christian viewpoint will be the Rev. Terry Baeder, director of field education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and past chairman of SWIFT. Imam Kareem Irfan, interfaith relations leader and past president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, will present the Muslim viewpoint. The forum is designed to be an informative event that enables discussions not debates, organizers said. Information: (708) 717-3908 or swiftinterfaith.org.
LABYRINTH BLESSING AND DEDICATION: This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Lemonade and cookies will be served. Information: (708) 361-3650.
SCAVENGER HUNT: The Big Race scavenger hunt for high school students will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood. Information: (708) 709-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PADS VOLUNTEERS: An information meeting for people who would like to volunteer for the Public Action to Deliver Shelter program will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at Salem Church, 9717 S. Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn. Information: (708) 259-3566.
END OF LIFE: Bill Beckman, executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee, will discuss Christian preparation for the end of life at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Bernard’s Parish, 13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Topics include extraordinary vs. ordinary care, attempts to justify hastening of death, brain death, when death really occurs, advance directives, medical assessments and hospice considerations. Information: (708) 301-6952.
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.
REVIVAL SERVICES: The Lighthouse Church of All Nations, 4501 W. 127th St. Alsip, will host revival services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in September. Guest speakers include Bishop William Ellis, Bishop William Hudson and Karen Clark Sheard. Information: (708) 385-6020.
JOB CLUB: The Beverly Hills Job Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St. Barnabas Church Convent at 101st Street and Longwood Drive, Chicago. The club was established to help people in search of employment. Information: Joan Quinn at email@example.com.
FINANCIAL LIVING COURSE: Atteedees can learn how to prioritize financial goals, take steps to reduce expenses, learn how to reduce debt and create a personalized spending plan from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday and continuing on Wednesdays to Oct. 30 at Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood. Child care will be provided. Suggested donation is $10 for the course’s workbook. Information: (708) 709-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFE IN THE FORTIES: St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 147th Street and Kildare Avenue, Midlothian, will present Life in the Forties Sept. 27 to 29. The weekend begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 with a 1940s house and museum display followed by dinner with music by the Roosevelt Singers and a performance by Those Were the Days Radio Players. On Sept. 28, dinner with music by the Roosevelt Singers will be followed by “An Evening with FDR.” Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 and noon Sept. 29, there will be 14 daytime activities including museum exhibits and vintage cars on display, costumed docents, a B-17 virtual experience, talks with World War II veterans, automobiles from the 1940s, children’s games, a sing-along, Lollipop the clown and a bake sale including 1940s recipes. General admission is $5. Dinner show and general admission is $20. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made at (708) 388-4283.
FASHION SHOW: The Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will host its annual Fall Fantasy Dinner and Fashion Show at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Westminster Hall at the church. The fashions will be from the Dressbarn, of Homewood. Tickets are $18. Information: (708) 798-0490.
SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION: A free child sexual abuse prevention class will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood. The class will equip parents, child care providers, teachers and anyone who cares about children to better keep them safe from sexual abuse. Attendees will be given realistic information that empowers them to take at least small steps toward protecting children. Due to the subject matter, children are not permitted in the classroom. Information: (708) 709-0100 or email@example.com.
HARVEST FESTIVAL: United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, will host a Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. Featured will be a farmers market, pumpkin patch, butterfly release, labyrinth walk, live entertainment, children’s activities and lunch. Information: (708) 422-6301.
BOOK CLUB: St. John Lutheran Church’s book club will meet at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at 4247 183rd St., Country Club Hills, to discuss Max Lucado’s “Facing Your Giants: The God Who Made a Miracle Out of David Stands Ready to Make One Out of You” (Thomas Nelson). Information: (708) 798-4131.
WOMEN’S RETREAT: Registration is due Sept. 29 for a one-day retreat that includes worship, discussions, personal quiet time, a Panera Bread box lunch and door prizes. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted St., Glenwood. Cost is $35 and $5 extra to make a craft. Information: (708) 709-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Edited 9/24) PRE-CIVIL WAR QUILTS: Reservations are due Sept. 29 at (815) 514-3522 or email@example.com for Clarice C. Boswell’s “Pre-Civil War Quilts, Their Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves Through the Underground Railroad” presentation at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Peace Community Church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. The author of “Lizzie’s Story: A Slave Family’s Journey to Freedom” (AuthorHouse), Boswell is a retired teacher and school administrator. Tickets are $10 and include breakfast.
PALL CLOTH WORKSHOPS: Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary will have pall cloth workshops from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1, 15 and 29 at St. Mary Parish Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Knowledge of sewing is not necessary. Information: Jackie Smith, (708) 481-7949.
SIGHT IMPAIRED: Orland Area Sight Impaired Support for the Visually Impaired meets at 12:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. OASIS provides support and independent living workshops for people who are coping with visual impairment. Information: (708) 460-6573.
BREADS OF THE WORLD: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will observe Breads of the World on Oct. 6. Yeast breads, quick breads and flat breads representing as many as 30 countries will be presented during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. for World Communion Sunday. During the coffee fellowship in Westminster Hall after worship, people can sample the different breads. Information: (708) 798-0490.
A SALUTE TO OUR ARMED FORCES: The St. Damian Women’s Club will present “A Salute to Our Armed Forces” dinner and show, featuring the Legacy Girls, on Oct. 12 at St. Damian Parish’s Grimmel Center, 5250 W. 155th Place, Oak Forest. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased by calling Geri McLawhorn at (708) 429-2965.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities seeks volunteers age 55 and older to provide assistance for local activities. Volunteers can deliver meals to a homebound senior, mentor a child, visit lonely seniors in nursing homes or help coordinate craft projects at a senior center. Catholic Charities will match a volunteer’s interests with available opportunities. Catholic Charities will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.