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An Easter egg roundup is scheduled for multiple times April 19 The Children's Farm The Center 12700 Southwest Highway Palos

An Easter egg roundup is scheduled for multiple times on April 19 at The Children's Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Advance tickets are required. Tickets are $22 and include egg decorating, horseback riding, meeting the Easter bunny, a magic forest and more. There is no charge for adults. For more information, visit thecenterpalos.org. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 5, 2014 8:41AM



Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. Click Lifestyles at SouthtownStar.com for more Religion Briefs. Religion news and photos may be submitted to religion@southtownstar.com.

Preschool Open House: Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, will hold its spring open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 4. The state-licensed preschool is for 3- and 4-year-olds. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to set up an appointment to view the school, contact director Cathy Cepican at (708) 422-0193.

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.

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.

Blood Drive: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood will be the host for a Homewood community blood drive from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 5 at the Marie Irwin Community Center, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood.

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.

Community Choir Concert: The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir, composed of singers from 25 area churches, will offer its annual concert at 4 p.m. April 6 at St. Cajetan Church, 2445 W. 112th St., Chicago. This year’s theme is “I Can Only Imagine.” Ballet 5:8, a professional dance company, will make a special appearance. The concert is free and the public is invited. A free-will offering will be taken at intermission. For more information, visit www.bmpcc.org or contact Eleanor Hollander at (773) 779-7387.

Lecture Series: At 1:30 p.m. April 6, Rabbi Victor A. Mirelman will present “Birth and Growth of Early Sephardic Communities in the New World” at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. This is the third in a four-part lecture series sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The presentations are free, and neighbors and friends are invited. For more information, contact Ellen Kahn at (708) 206-1628, David Epstein at (708) 747-1885 or Ernie Ratowitz at (708) 798-6733.

Breakfast With Easter Bunny: Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, will host a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 6. Breakfast will include pancakes and bacon, and beverages will be served. Tickets are available in advance by calling (708) 422-0193 or emailing office@trinityol.com. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Those 3 and under are free. Special activities will also be available for children along with a Spring Fling craft area.

Comfort Dog Visit: Darlin, a comfort dog from Lutheran Church Charities, and handler Elliott Fasel will lead the children’s message in the 9:30 a.m. service April 6 at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park. They also will visit Sunday school classes. A love-door offering will be taken during the weekend for the comfort dog program of Lutheran Church Charities.

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.

Naloxone Training Program: Serenity Family Outreach will host a Naloxone training program at 6 p.m. April 7 at Jacob’s Well Church, 3450 W. Maple Ave., Evergreen Park. Serenity is an educational support group for families affected by addiction. Participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, an opiate overdose antidote that restores an overdose victim’s breathing. A 7 p.m. video presentation on the brain areas involved in addiction will follow. The support group will meet at 8 p.m.

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.

Book Study: The Calvary Assembly of God women’s group will hold a book study from 7 to 8:15 p.m. April 7 at the temple, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Women 18 and older are invited to this study every other Monday. Information including book ordering: (708) 957-0986.

Lenten Gatherings: The Christian partners of the South Suburban Ministerial Association will host Tuesday Lenten Gatherings at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 1945 Pine. Worship begins at 12:10 p.m., followed by a light lunch at 12:35 p.m. in Westminster Hall. There will be an evening Prayer and Share gathering at 7 p.m. outside the church.

Reflection Group: A Scripture reflection group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at The Family Hearth, 32 W. Nebraska, Frankfort. All denominations and faiths are welcome at the free sessions. Bring a Bible. For more information and to register, email familyhearthfrankfort@gmail.com, visit www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com or call (708) 334-1988.

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.

Family Night: Wednesday nights are Family Night beginning at 7 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. It offers a Bible study, an Mpact program for girls from kindergarten to 12th grade, and Royal Rangers for boys in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, call (708) 957-0986.

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 joan.quinn24@yahoo.com.

Taize-Style Lenten Services: Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 4955 W. 158th St., Oak Forest, will host a Lenten service at 7 p.m. April 9. In Taize-style services, silence, prayer and repetitive singing creates a mood allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity, according to the church. Information: (708) 687-2432.

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. 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.

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.

Easter Eggstravaganza: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will host an Easter Eggstravaganza at 10:30 a.m. April 12. It will feature a story teller, an egg hunt and refreshments. Some activities will be outdoors.

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.

Holy Week Services: Palm Sunday worship at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will begin with a children’s palm processional at 9:30 a.m. April 13. Children should be present by 9:15 a.m. There will be a Seder supper at 6:30 p.m. April 17, a Community Good Friday service at noon April 18, and Easter worship at 9:30 a.m. April 20, followed by an Easter breakfast open to all.

Holy Week Services: Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 4955 W. 158th St., Oak Forest, will host its Palm Sunday service, with a re-enactment of the Passion, at 9:30 a.m. April 13. The Meal in the Upper Room, a depiction of the Last Supper, will be at 7 p.m. April 17. There is no cost, but reservations are needed. At 7 p.m. April 18, the Good Friday Tennebrae service of Light & Darkness will take place. The Easter Sunday Resurrection celebration will be at 9:30 a.m. April 20. For more information, call (708) 687-2432.

New Pastor Installation: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, will hold an installation service for new Pastor Bryan A. Reeves at 2 p.m. April 13. A light reception will follow the service.

Lecture Series: At 1:30 p.m. April 13, Rachel Havrelock will present “Kings, Queens, Prophets, and Priests: Politics in Ancient Judah and Israel” at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. This is the last in a four-part lecture series sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The presentations are free, and neighbors and friends are invited. For more information, contact Ellen Kahn at (708) 206-1628, David Epstein at (708) 747-1885 or Ernie Ratowitz at (708) 798-6733.

Easter Program: “Two Crowns” will be presented at a service at 6 p.m. April 13 by the Cantata Choir and the Grace Notes Chimes Choir of Grace Fellowship Church, 15150 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest. Admission is free. For more information, call (708) 535-1200.

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.

Appetizer Cook-Off: The St. Elizabeth Seton Women’s Club will hold an appetizer cookoff for all women April 16 at the Parish Life Center, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. Make and bring your special appetizer, hot or cold, to enter into a contest. For more information, call (708) 364-0016.

Rummage 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. April 25 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26. There will be clothing, jewelry, appliances, toys, tools, household items, books and much more. For more information, call (708) 349-0431.

High Tea: The Knights of Columbus Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual High Tea at 3 p.m. April 27 at St. Mary Church’s Ryan Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. Contact Renee at (708) 755-2441 or Linda at (708) 747-0105 for reservations.

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.”

Hunger Walk: The 2014 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk is slated for May 4, and will begin and end at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Ave., Park Forest. Registration begins at 1 p.m., opening ceremonies at 1:35 p.m., and the walk at 2 p.m. Similar fundraisers nationwide make it possible for Church World Service to respond quickly to disasters around the world. Funds also are used to fight hunger locally through seven Southland agencies: Respond Now and Jones Community Center of Chicago Heights, South Suburban PADS, Rich Township Food Pantry, Lansing Food Pantry, Hazel Crest Community UMC Food Pantry, and First-Wesley Academy Hot Meals Program. For more information, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/homewoodil. The Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million between all organizations accepting the challenge to raise funds during March and April to fight hunger. The amount received from the foundation is based on the amount raised before April 30. Monies turned in the day of the walk won’t count for the Feinstein Challenge, so participants are encouraged to register early. To participate as a congregation or as an individual, contact Lucy Kokal at (708) 799-7953.

Ministry Conference: Women of all ages are invited to Peace Community Church Women’s Ministry conference, “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. The cost is $10. Register by visiting www.peaceinfrankfort.org/events or call (815) 469-2868 for more information.

Preschool Registration: Kids & Co. Preschool, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., is accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year. The classes are for 3- to 5-year-olds. For more information or to visit, call (815) 485-9504.



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