Religion briefs for April 11, 2014
Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship.
Fish Dinner: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday (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 Sale: Grace United Methodist, 12739 Maple Ave., Blue Island, will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 11 and 12). There will be jewelry, books, trains, a Hammond organ, a leaded glass cabinet, a huge Mickey Mouse and more.
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: Palos Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12424 S. 71st Court, Palos Heights, will hold Palm Sunday services at 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 13; a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17; a Good Friday Tenenbrae service at 7 p.m. April 18; and Easter services at 7 and 10 a.m. April 20, with a free breakfast for service attendees from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Holy Week: The First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., offers the following Holy Week schedule: Palm Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. and a soup supper, 6:15 p.m. April 17; Good Friday interfaith community service at noon April 18 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Homewood; Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at St. Paul Community Church of Homewood; Easter breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 20; Easter service, 10:30 a.m. April 20. For more information, visit fpchw.org.
Holy Week Services: Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S Halsted St., Glenwood, will host its Palm Sunday services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 13; its Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17; and its Easter Sunday services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. April 20. For more information, call (708) 709-0100 or visit email@example.com.
Holy Week Services: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will hold Palm Sunday services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 13; a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17; Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 18, and Easter services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 20.
Passion Play: Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, will present “The Seven Last Words of Christ,” by the Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theatre Troupe, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (April 13). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. For more information or to buy tickets, call (815) 462-3809 or visit www.sevenlastwordsofchrist.com.
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.
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.
Holy Week Services: Olympia Fields United Methodist Church, 20301 Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will hold its Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. April 17; its annual Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. April 19; and its Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. April 20. Information: (708) 481-5928 or www.ofumc.com.
Holy Week: Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17, Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 18, and Easter services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. April 20, with an Easter egg hunt at 10:15 a.m. and Easter breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (708) 799-1160.
Free Easter Egg Hunt: The Calvary Assembly of God, 18620 Governors Highway, Flossmoor, will hold its free annual Easter egg hunt for kids up to age 10 at 10 a.m. April 19. There will be candy, prizes, drawings for bicycles and baskets, and concessions. To register, call (708) 957-0986.
Easter events: Burbank Manor Presbyterian Church, 7950 S. Central Ave., Burbank, will host an Easter breakfast from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. April 20, followed by worship at 10 a.m.
“Two by Two”: Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn offers a time for 2-year-olds along with a special adult (Mom, Dad, Grandma, caregiver, etc.) to have fun with storytime, crafts, music, movement and more from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for four weeks beginning April 23. The cost is $40 for the four-week session. There is a limit of 10 children per session, and the deadline is April 20 or when the class fills up. To register or for more information, contact Cathy Cepican at (708) 422-0193.
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.
Beef Dinner and Auction: St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 4231 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will hold a Spring Beef Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. April 26 in the school gym. The menu will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, all-you-can-eat salad bar, desserts and beverages. Reservations are required and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and younger and can be purchased by calling the church office at (708) 798-4131. Advertising is available in the dinner/auction booklet and also can be purchased by calling the church office.
Celebration: A holy hour observing Divine Mercy Sunday and a reception to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. April 27 at St. George Church, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park. For more information, call (708) 532-2243.
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.”
April Events: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, Tinley Park, hosts the following events in April: a Lenten-themed Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; “Financial Peace University” at 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Disciple I Bible study at 6 p.m. Thursdays: a Holy Thursday Seder Meal and Worship at 6 p.m.; and a Good Friday Cross Walk Service at 7 p.m. For more information, call (708) 532-2960 or visit www.TinleyMethodist.org.
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.
Mandarin Classes: The South Suburban Chinese Church will host Mandarin Chinese classes from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Sundays at Zion Lutheran Church, 17100 S. 69th Ave., Tinley Park. Registration for fall classes is underway. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.