A ham dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s United Church of Christ Christian Community Center, 11100 Second St., Mokena. | File photo
Updated: April 22, 2014 6:18AM
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Jewish Lecture Series: “Revival of Interest in Jewish Culture in Modern Poland” is the subject of these first two programs in a four-part lecture series on “Special Moments in Jewish History” on March 21 and at 1:30 p.m. March 23 at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. Information: (708) 206-1628.
Ham Dinner: This family-style meal is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at St. John’s United Church of Christ Christian Community Center, 11100 Second St., Mokena. Dinner includes ham, raisin sauce, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad and dessert. The evening also will include raffles, silent auction and face painting. Cost is $10 for ages 14 and older, $6 for ages 6 to 13, $3 for ages 3 to 5 and free for ages 2 and younger. Carry-out dinners are available. Information: (708) 479-5123.
Special Music: Internationally renowned gospel recording artist Minister Calvin Bridges will be a special musical guest this weekend at the Lighthouse Church of All Nations, 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip. Services are at 5 p.m. March 22 and 8 and 10 a.m. and noon March 23.
Blood Drive: The Nina Council 3602 Knights of Columbus will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at St. Mary Church, Ryan Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. For an appointment, call (708) 747-0105 or (877) 543-3768 or visit www.lifesource.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Speakers Forum: South West Interfaith Team presents “Women Who Shaped Our Faith” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 23 at the Prayer Center of Orland Park Quran Academy Hall, 16550 S. 104th Ave. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 253-2834.
Book Study: The Calvary Assembly of God women’s group starts a book study from 7 to 8:15 p.m. March 24 at the temple, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. The book is “Redeemed! Embracing a Transformed Life” (Influence Resources). Women ages 18 and older are invited to this study every other Monday. Information including book ordering: (708) 957-0986.
Lenten Missions: St. Joseph Parish, 7240 W. 57th St., Summit, will host Lenten Missions at 7 p.m. March 24 and 25. The theme of this year’s mission is “Walking As A Lamb of the Shepherd.” There will be a hospitality area with refreshments in the church narthex following the mission presentation each night and an opportunity to meet the Rev. Ron Hicks, a well-respected presenter of Catholic missions, workshops, classes and university lectures.
Lenten Gatherings: The Christian partners of the South Suburban Ministerial Association host Lenten gatherings at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays to April 8 at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Information: (708) 798-0490.
Bible Studies: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, will hold Bible studies at 6:30 p.m. March 25 with Grant Steev and at 6 p.m. March 27 with Pastor Na. There will be a “Growing Through Questions” session at 6:30 p.m. March 26 with Lisa Edge. For more information, call (708) 532-2960 or visit www.TinleyMethodist.org.
Wednesday Lenten Meetings: Around the Cross meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent at Grape & Grain Co., 18031 Dixie Highway, Homewood. This new Lenten midweek opportunity offers time for conversation around themes of this holy season. Information: (708) 798-0490.
Job Club: St. Barnabas Church Convent, 101st Street and Longwood Drive, Chicago, hosts the Beverly Hills Job Club meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The club was established to help people in search of employment. Information: Joan Quinn at email@example.com.
March Gladness: First Baptist Church, 450 W. University Parkway, University Park, hosts this Worship on Wednesday Revival at 7:30 p.m. March 26. Information: (708) 534-2242.
Lenten Services: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, hosts Thursday Lenten Communion services meetings at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays to April 10. The liturgies and sermons at these services follow the theme “Restored in Christ.” A luncheon sponsored by the Older Wiser Loving Seniors group will follow each Thursday morning service. Information: (708) 349-0431.
Leadership Summit: The Significant Leadership Summit is to take place March 28 and 29 at Family Harvest Church in Tinley Park. Peter J. Daniels will be a guest speaker. The conference is free and is open to the public. The summit will be divided among five sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 28. There will be an optional lunch March 29 at Crystal Tree Country Club, 10700 W. 153rd St., Orland Park. The fee for lunch is $25 for adults and $10 for a children’s lunch. Preregistration is strongly suggested and is required for the optional lunch. Preregistration is available online at www.signifcant14.org or www.fhclife.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 845-5841.
Spaghetti Dinner: United By Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, hosts this meal and benefit from 4 to 7 p.m. March 29. Donations are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 7 to 12 and free for ages 6 and younger. Maximum family donation is $20. Information: (708) 422-6301.
Lenten Cantata: The chancel choir and the festival choir of Zion Lutheran Church of Tinley Park present a Lenten cantata entitled “In My Place: Remembering Christ’s Sacrifice of Love.” during the 10:30 a.m. worship service March 30 at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Information: (708) 798-0490.
Women’s Lenten Day of Retreat: The Ladies Auxiliary of Nina Council 3602 will hold this event with Vanessa White, of The Catholic Theological Union, as its speaker from 1 to 3 p.m. March 30 at Ryan Hall, St. Mary Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Refreshments will be served. A nonperishable food item to support a local food pantry is requested. A free-will offering is appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kathy Dornhecker at (708) 534-1080.
Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. March 30 in the Parish Hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. The menu consists of all-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, bread and homemade deserts. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 3 to 9. Children under 3 are free.
Seniors Of Seton: This group of more than 200 seniors meets at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish’s Parish Life Center, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills, for fun meetings and activities throughout the year. Dues are $15 per person and membership is open to all ages.
Craft Fair Help: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 15050 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, needs crafters for the spring fair taking place April 5. Applications: (708) 687-2170.
Easter Egg Hunt: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, will hold a free Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. April 5. A free hot dog lunch will be served at the rain-or-shine event.
Rummage Sale: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, will hold a rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5. Admission is free. For sale will be household items, clothing, furniture, toys and games, sports equipment, holiday decorations, books, CDs and DVDs.
Marian Madness Celebration: Marian Catholic High School hosts the 12th annual Marian Madness NCAA Tournament celebration at 4:30 p.m. April 5 in the Sister M. Paul McCaughey, O.P. Leadership Center, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights. The event will feature the men’s NCAA Final Four contests broadcast live on four 60-inch plasma screens and a 12-by-12-foot mega screen. The $30 ticket price includes a buffet catered by Aurelio’s, of Homewood, along with beverages and desserts. This 21-and-older event also will feature a raffle with a $3,000 grand prize, games of chance and several exciting silent auction packages. Tickets: (708) 756-9405.
Spud Luncheon: Christ Memorial United Church of Christ, 2440 York St., Blue Island, will host a spud luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. April 6. The $7 cost includes a baked potato with a large selection of toppings, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets will be sold at the door, and food can be eaten in or carried out. There also will be baked goods.
Mass And Healing Service: Infant Jesus of Prague Parish, 1131 Douglas Ave., Flossmoor, presents this service at 7:30 p.m. every first Monday of the month. Information: (708) 799-1234.
Fish Dinner: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Fridays to April 11 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. The fish dinner includes one refill of fish and costs $8. The shrimp dinner costs $9. Both dinners include baked or french-fried potatoes, coleslaw, roll and dessert. The meatless pasta dinner costs $7 and includes a salad and dessert. Additional menu items are macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, homemade soup, cheese sticks and zucchini sticks. A Loretto’s Luscious Creations bake sale will feature chocolate-covered pretzels, brownies, cookies, mini breads and cupcakes. Information: (708) 334-9724.
Rummage and Bake Sale: Faith Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Melvina Ave., Oak Lawn, will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12. Everything will be $3 per bag after 1 p.m.
Throwback Weekend: The Lighthouse Church of All Nations, 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip, will celebrate Palm Saturday and Sunday “throwback style” on April 12 and 13. Lighthouse members will dress in vintage styles from the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s and there will be throwback gospel music and other special surprises. For more information, call (708) 385-6020 or visit www.thelighthousechurch.org.
Choral Cantata: The combined choirs of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church and Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church present “The Palm Sunday Choral Cantata, The Risen Christ,” a celebration of the Resurrection, at 4 p.m. April 13 at Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. Information: (708) 532-4900.
Youth Symphony Concert: The Suburban Youth Symphony and the Incredible Opportunity Program presents a concert of talented young musicians from Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs at 4 p.m. April 27 at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at suburbanyouthsymphony.org by clicking on “Performances.”