Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship.

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Volunteers Welcome: Duffel bags to be sent as Christmas gifts to the entire USS Chicago submarine crew now stationed in Guam will be packed by volunteers from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood’s Westminster Hall, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Information: (708) 798-0490.

Christmas Expo: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, hosts its fifth annual Christmas vendor, crafter and home business expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium. Admission is free. Information: judysparkles@comcast.net or (708) 772-3664.

Pet Rescue Food And Supply Drive: St. Patricia Parish, 9050 S. 86th Ave., Hickory Hills, accepts pet food, pet supplies, gift cards to pet supply stores or monetary tax-deductible donations from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The effort will help an animal rescue organization with a goal to free cats and dogs from “high-kill” shelters and place them into loving forever families. Information: petdrive.homestead.com.

Craft Fair: The Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild hosts its annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. Cost is $35 per space for vendors, who can apply at (708) 423-4206.

German Christmas Hymn Service: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 330 W. Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, offers this annual event at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: (708) 754-4493.

Exercise Classes: Free Zumba fitness and boot camp classes run from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays at First Baptist Church, 450 University Parkway, University Park. Participants should bring mats, towels and plenty of water. Donations are welcome. Information: (708) 534-2242.

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.

Gingerbread Houses: RSVPs are due Tuesday for the annual gingerbread house craft night set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at First United Methodist Church’s Yeoman Hall, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport. A $3-per-house donation is asked. Attendees should bring one box of frosted Pop-Tarts for each house one plans to build. RSVPs should include the number of houses one plans to build so there will be enough meringue available. Information: (815) 838-1017 or 1umclockport.org.

Special Advent Thursdays: Weekday Advent Communion services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday and Dec. 12 and 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th St., Orland Park. The Older Wiser Livelier Seniors group will serve a luncheon following each morning service. Information: (708) 349-0431.

Chili Supper: Thornton United Methodist Church, 712 Chicago Road, Thornton, hosts a chili supper with beverage and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 10 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. Information: (708) 877-5541.

Santa’s Breakfast And Jamboree: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, offers visits with Santa, free photos with Santa, crafts, storytelling, puppets and a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Registration for photos: faithumcop.org/Jamboree2.html or (708) 444-8560. Breakfast tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for children and $15 for families up to six people and are available at the door. Information: (708) 444-8560.

Cookie Bonanza: The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church, 10000 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, host this event at 9 a.m. Dec. 7. Homemade cookies for Christmas will be $9 per pound. Information: (708) 423-1170.

Breakfast With Santa: Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, hosts this event, which also includes festive music and crafts, from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7. A donation of $3 or a new, unopened toy for Toys for Tots is requested. Information: (773) 233-3533.

Christmas Party: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, welcomes all families for this children’s event from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Activities include ornament making, crafts, a 30-minute movie and decorating an outdoor Christmas tree. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Information: hc-lc.org or (708) 597-5209.

Cookie And Craft Sale: St. John Lutheran Church and School, 4231 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills, hosts this event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the school gym. A few craft booth spaces still can be reserved. Information: (708) 798-4131.

Music Presentation: The Pilgrim Faith Vocal Ensemble, the Harmony Guys, the Youth Bell Choir and the Women’s Ensemble present a service of Christmas music at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. Information: (708) 422-4200.

Healing Service: 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.

Musical Performance: The Rev. Steve Loy leads the Calvary Assembly Players and the Homewood-Flossmoor High School Orchestra in the nostalgic musical “Christmas At Our House” at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Calvary Assembly of God, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Information: (708) 957-0986.

Women And Islam Presentation: Rukhsana Hasan, director of gender studies at Fatima Jinnah Women University in Pakistan, speaks at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. A question-and-answer session will be included. Information: (708) 799-4110.

Christmas Craft Workshop: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, offers this annual event from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Children can make Christmas crafts including their own edible gingerbread house. Donation per craft ranges from free to $1 each. A Christmas sale with gently used treasures ready for bargain hunters also will be available. Information: (708) 422-4200.

Chorus Performance: This event is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Calvary Baptist Church, 801 E. Glenwood-Dyer Road, Glenwood. Information: (708) 758-2300.

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 Wednesday of each month. The club was established to help people in search of employment. Information: Joan Quinn at joan.quinn24@yahoo.com.

Chicago Bronze: Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn, presents this performance at 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Information: (708) 422-5111, office@trinitycovoaklawn.org or chicagobronze.com.

Holiday Dinner: Entertainment, chicken dinner and dessert will be served Dec. 14 at Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 15 and younger at the church office or after Sunday service. Information: (708) 532-2960 or tinleymethodist.org.

Gamers In Fellowship Together: Ages 12 to adult can participate in a family and friends game night at 1 p.m. every third Sunday of the month at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park. Information: (708) 444-8560 or faithumcop.org.

Quilters Wanted: Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, seeks a few new members to meet with the Trinity Quilters from 9 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of each month. Members make handmade quilts that are sent to Lutheran World Relief each year. Information: (708) 422-0193.

Soup R Salad Dinner: All women are invited by the St. Elizabeth Seton Women’s Club to this popular event at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Parish Life Center, 9300 W. 167th St., Orland Hills. Food will be provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring and share their favorite soup, salad, side dish, appetizer or dessert. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for guests. Attendees should bring a wrapped gift worth $10 each if they wish to participate in the grab bag exchange. Information: (708) 364-0016.