Rev. Otis Moss III
Updated: January 3, 2012 9:19AM
50th Anniversary: Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St., Chicago, is celebrating its 50th anniversary Sunday. The church at that time named The New Congregation Church was founded on Chicago’s South Side during the Civil Rights Movement and had its first service at Kipling School. Later, services were at John Shedd School, 99th Street and Indiana Avenue. In 1978, the congregation moved to its first edifice at 532 W. 95th Street. Trinity United was one of the first churches to protest Apartheid in South Africa and was one of the first American churches to provide a proactive HIV/AIDS ministry, according to senior pastor the Rev. Otis Moss III. Today, the church is protesting mining that has caused the death of almost six million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past 12 years, according to Moss. “Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. members participate in the Blood Coltan Cell-Out Campaign and do not use their cell phones,” Moss said. The church also has a green ministry that cultivates organic vegetables and sponsors a farmers market and a food ministry that feeds hundreds of people. Services celebrating the anniversary are planned for 7 p.m. Friday with guest preacher the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. of Tinley Park, pastor emeritus; an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Historical Archive at the Trinity Village Center, 1947 W. 95th St; and 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday at the church with guest preacher the Rev. Frank A. Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, Tn., and a 6 p.m. service with guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith Sr. of Covenant United Church of Christ, South Holland. The Sanctuary Reunion Choir Concert will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: (773) 269-1416.
Family Service: Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, has a Shabbat Family Service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Chanukah Gift Show: The Temple Anshe Sholom Sisterhood begins its Chanukah Gift Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the temple, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. New Chanukah merchandise will be on sale. First night of Chanukah is Dec. 20. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Crafter Expo: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, will host its annual Christmas Vendor/Crafter Expo 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: Judy Green, (708) 772-3664.
Women’s Breakfast: Peace Community Church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, will host Women’s Breakfast Connection 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Jack and Kathy Stockman will present “Christmas Traditions.” Child care is available with an advance request. Tickets are $10 each. Information: Jane Podlin at (815) 469-3522 or email@example.com.
Christmastide: Join the Trinity Christian College community to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Christmastide music performance at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights. This year’s theme is “The God Who Gives.” Tickets are $11 for general admission and $6 for students. Information: (708) 597-3000 or www.trnty.edu.
Clothes Give-Away: The Abundant Life Deliverance Church will give away new clothes for women in assorted sizes and for children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Matteson Professional office building, 21470 Main St., Suite 203. Information: (708) 679-0470.
Cookie Bonanza: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 100th Street and Central Avenue, will host a Cookie Bonanza starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Homemade cookies will be sold for $8 a pound. Information: (708) 423-1170.
Holiday Craft Show: Noonan Academy, 19131 Henry Drive, Mokena, will host a holiday craft show, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (708) 479-8988.
Cookie Walk: The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 2640 Park Drive, Flossmoor, will host its 14th annual Holiday Cookie Walk 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Information: (708) 798-4150.
Clubhouse: The Emmaus Community, 925 MacArthur Drive, Chicago Heights, will offer “Big Big Clubhouse,” an event featuring stories and free food at 6 p.m. Saturday. Information: Jennifer Hampton, (708) 481-7025.
Choir Cantata: Olympia Fields United Methodist Church, 20301 Western Ave., will present a choir cantata, “A Great and Mighty Wonder,” at its 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. Information: (708) 481-5928.
German Hymns: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights, will host a German Christmas Hymn Service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: (708) 754-4493.
Christmas Cantata: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will offer a Celtic Christmas Cantata, “Tapestry of Light,” performed by the chancel choir and the Zion Lutheran festival choir of Tinley Park at a 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. The singers will be accompanied by a five-piece Celtic Consort. A bake sale follows the service. Information: (708) 798-0490.
Live Nativity: Celebrations Ministries, 424 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, will present a Live Nativity and Journey to Bethlehem 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday followed by a children’s program with music and drama from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The event includes a variety of shops and food will be available. Cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family, which includes food and crafts. Information: (708) 748-1995.
Advent Festival: The Church of the Holy Family, 102 Marquette St., Park Forest, will hold an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow. Information: (708) 748-1100.
Revelation Seminar: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave., Worth, will have a free seminar Sunday on Revelation hosted by writer David Trexler and based on his book “Has Your Robe Been Washed.” Information: (708) 448-6555 or www.stmarkworth.org.
Christmas Crafts: The annual Christmas Craft Workshop at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn, will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for children with their parents. At 2 p.m. there will be Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Then children can make a variety of crafts, including an edible gingerbread house. A “Christmas Treasure” sale, with gently used items ready for bargain hunters, will be open. Information: (708) 422-4200.
Messiah: The Morgan Park Presbyterian Church Orchestra and Mass Community Choir will present the “Messiah” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2017 W. 110th Place, Chicago. Advance tickets are $15. Tickets at the door are $20. Children age 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Services: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12 W. 34th Place, Steger, will hold evening prayer at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Advent, with the theme “Watchers and Holy Ones.” The services will be Wednesday and Dec. 14 and 21. The church also will have Christmas Eve candlelight service at 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.
Family Nights: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, offers Faith Family Night Wednesdays with dinner at 6 p.m. and workshops at 6:30 p.m. Information: (708) 444-8560 or www.faithumcop.org.
Hour of Grace: St. James Catholic Church, 22244 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village, will have “Hour of Grace honoring Our Lady Rosa Mystica” with Mass at 11 a.m. and Hour of Grace at noon Thursday. Information: (708) 756-5311 or (708) 756-5304.
Rummage Sale: St. Mark United Church of Christ, 312 N. Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, will hold a sale of Christmas items 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Trees, ornaments and decorations will be available. Information: (708) 560-2272.
Bake Sale: Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10731 LaPorte Road, Mokena, will hold a Cookie and Candy Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Fill a small box with cookies for $12 or a large box for $18. Information: (708) 479-5600.
Cookie Walk: Zion Lutheran Church, 3840 W. 216th St., Matteson, will host its fifth annual Cookie Walk 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10. Homemade cookies and candy will be sold by the pound, and cookie jars and other gifts will be available for sale. Information: (708) 747-5838.
Benefit Concert: Savior Divine Lutheran Church, 10040 S. 88th Ave., Palos Hills, will have its third annual benefit concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10. The program features Chicago Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico and others. Tickets are $20. Information: (708) 598-0700 or www.saviordivine.org.
Christmas Drama: Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 16650 S. Crawford Ave., Markham, will present the play “Christmas Eve and the Devil” Dec. 10 with a reception at 5 p.m. and program at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (708) 339-2060.
Christmas Concert: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, will have a free Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 featuring the Chimers for Christ. Information: (708) 597-5209.
Fair Trade Sale: Incarnation Parish, 5757 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, will hold “A Work of Human Hands Fair Trade Sale” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Items produced by artisans and farmers from around the world will be for sale. Information: (708) 597-3180.
Santa’s Jamboree: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will hold Santa’s Jamboree 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10. The event includes a pancake breakfast as well as free Christmas crafts, stories, games and a visit from Santa for children up to age 12. Tickets for the pancake breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for children or $15 for families. Registration: (708) 444-8560.
Christmas Cantata: St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 167th Street and 94th Avenue, Orland Hills, will present a Christmas Cantata, “Once Upon a Night,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 11. The performance features the choirs, orchestra and liturgical dancers. Information: (708) 403-0101.
Handel’s “Messiah:” Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Dec. 11. The evening of Christmas classical music features conductor Stephen Hargreaves and soloists including Jonathan Beyer. Tickets are $20. Information: (708) 349-4729 or www.christlutheranorland.com.
Children’s Performance: Peace Memorial Church of Christ, 10300 W. 131st St., Palos Park, will have its Children’s Christmas Performance followed by caroling and Christmas Party at Peace Village at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11. Information: (708) 448-7833 or www.pmcucc.org.
Genealogy Program: The Illiana Jewish Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Congregation Am Echad, 160 Westwood Drive, Park Forest, for a program, “Remembering the 1960s.” Participants are encouraged to bring photographs and artifacts from that period. The program is free for members, $2 for non-members. Information: ijgs.home.comcast.net.
Book Sale: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, will have a book sale after the 10:30 a.m. service Dec. 11. Used books, DVDs and magazines will be offered. Information: (708) 532-2960.
Christmas Music: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W.173rd Place, will have an evening of music and fellowship sponsored by the Women’s Society at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Information: (708) 532-2960 or www.tinleymethodist.org.
Holiday Concert: The Presbyterian Church, 13401 Wolf Road, Orland Park, will present a Holiday Concert featuring baritone Jonathan Beyer at 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors age 62 and older. Informations: (708) 448-8142.
Preschool: Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, is accepting student applications for the second half of the school year, January to May. Information: Cathy Cepican, (708) 422-0193.
Volunteer Opportunities: Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help with The Giving Tree donation center, 3016 S. State St., Lockport. Volunteers help sort, organize and distribute items and must be available on weekdays. Information: Marianne Holzhauer, (815) 774-4663.