Retired Mother McAuley instructor Judith Bopper evoked the memory of Sister Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy order in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 12, 1831, during a topping out ceremony for the Mercy Circle Continuing Care Retirement Community, a 110-unit continuing-care retirement center being developed on land owned by the Sisters of Mercy at 10024 S. Central Park Ave., Chicago. Here Bopper, portraying McAuley, signs a stone medallion for the faith-based, not for profit, continuing care retirement community that will replace the existing Mercy Convent. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 19, 2013 3:08PM
Shabbat Service: During Shabbat Service at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, couples celebrating January anniversaries will be blessed. Information: (708) 748-6010.
New Program: Free Lunch and Learn is a new program being offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at United Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 4351 W. 180th St., Country Club Hills. The program is for adults and children. Participants can learn about social media, scrapbooking, parenting tips, health screenings and interview skills and can join a Bible study. Information: (708) 798-0951.
Free Movie Night: First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, will have its next free movie night featuring “Brave” 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
Basics of Student Aid: A free program on the basics of federal student financial aid will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest. Information: (708) 503-6536.
Blood Drive: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, is the site for a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20. Appointments: (708) 444-8560 or www.heartlandbc.org.
Celebrating Dr. King: A free program, “Celebrating Dr. King,” will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest. Information: (708) 503-6536.
Spaghetti Dinner: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be hosted by Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 in the parish hall of Our Lady of Loretto, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. The menu consists of spaghetti, homemade meatballs, tossed salad, rolls and dessert. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 10. Information: (708) 424-7471.
Guardian Angels: Whether guardian angels really exist will be explored at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 after a filmed interview with a woman who claims her life was saved by an angel encounter. The program, sponsored by Lifetree Cafe, is at The Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete. Lifetree Cafe is a group of people who gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting sponsored by the Crete Reformed Church, 27455 S. Country Lane. Information: (708) 672-5400.
Folksinger Ella Jenkins: Folksinger and musician Ella Jenkins returns to the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park area at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 to perform her annual family concert celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at Beth Eden Baptist Church, 11121 S. Loomis Ave., Chicago. Admission is free. Jenkins received a a 2004 Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. The concert is co-sponsored by the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Community of Churches and the Beverly Area Planning Association. Birthday cake will be served. Free parking is available. Learn more about Jenkins at www.ellajenkins.com.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner: The Christian Women’s Fellowship of the Hometown Christian Church, 4340 W. 87th St., will host its annual spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. The meal will be followed by bingo games. Tickets may be purchased at the door and cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6. Information: (773) 582-7744.
Family Fun Night: Celebration Ministries will host a Family Fun Talent Night 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park. Families are being encouraged to plan skits, practice songs or set up dance moves for the show. Volunteers are sought for set-up, kitchen help and clean-up. Information: (708) 748-1995 or www.celebration4.org.
Shabbat Service: At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, the adult choir will sing during the Shabbat Shirah service, Shabbat of Song. The Sea-Shirat HaYam is sometimes called the oldest known song in history, according to a news release. Information: (708) 748-6010.
Lasagna Dinner: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, Tinley Park, will host its annual Lasagna Dinner Jan. 26. Seatings are at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $14 for adults and $7 for children and includes salad, lasagna, garlic bread, desserts and beverages. Take home dinners are $14 and one-half pans for $25. Advance reservations required at (708) 532-2960.
All You Can Eat: Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 26. Cost is $16 per family, $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12 and free for children younger than 5. Information: (708) 444-8560.
Trivia Night: The Alumni Mothers Club of Brother Rice will hold a Trivia Night Jan. 26 in the Brother Rice Cafeteria, 10001 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. A cash bar will be available for beer, wine, soda and water. Bring your own snacks. Tables of up to 10 people will compete against other tables for prizes. Reservations: Peggy Gannon at email@example.com, Jan Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org, Marleen Mrozek at email@example.com or www.brotherrice.org.
Bingo: St. Joseph Parish in Joliet is hosting its next monthly afternoon of bingo 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at St. Joe’s Park, Theodore Street and Raynor Avenue. Information: (815) 727-9378.
125th Anniversary: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2013. The theme for the year will be Celebrate Christ, Celebrate Christ’s Church. The first of four special services will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Jan. 27. The Rev. Dan Gilbert, president of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be the guest preacher. Information: (708) 349-0431.
d’Vine Affair: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual d’Vine Affair, A Tasting of Fine Wines, will take place 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The annual fundraiser supports Catholic Charities’ self-sufficiency programs that help families. The d’Vine Affair guests will have an opportunity to taste and select from among 250 wines offered by more than 90 vintners from around the world. Two wine appreciation seminars are available with advance reservations. Presentations are set for 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. For an additional cost, there will be an exclusive pre-tasting guided tour at 1 p.m. During the pre-tasting, guests can learn more about the vintners and the wines available. Tickets for the wine tasting and seminars are $125 per person; additional cost for the pre-tasting guided tour is $50 per person. Information: Hillary Fash at (312) 948-6797. Reservations: www.catholiccharities.net/registrations/event/dvine.
Schindler Survivor Featured: The story of Oskar Schindler’s youngest Holocaust survivor will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Lifetree Cafe located at The Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete. The program features a film of Leon Leyson, who was 13 when Schindler put him to work in his enamelware factory near Krakow, Poland. After the war, Leyson moved to the United States. He remained quiet about his wartime experience until the release of the Stephen Spielberg film “Schindler’s List.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is a group of people who gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting sponsored by the Crete Reformed Church, 27455 S. Country Lane Information: (708) 672-5400.
The Mormons Next Door: A local leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will offer a sectarian multimedia presentation, “The Mormons Next Door,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road. Scott Clark serves as president of the Joliet Stake for the Mormon Church, equivalent in structure to a Catholic diocese.
Day of Renewal: Living Word Lutheran Church, 16301 Wolf Road, Orland Park, will host a Women’s Day of Renewal 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. The Rev. Karl E. Galik, author of “The Love Paradox,” will share insight and experiences during interactive sessions. Cost is $45 which includes a copy of the book, snacks and lunch. Register by Jan. 27 and receive a $10 discount. Reservations: (708) 403-9673.
Pre-Civil War Quilts: Peace Community Church Women’s Breakfast Connection will host “Pre-Civil War Quilts, Their Hidden Codes to the Freedom of Slaves Through the Underground Railroad” by Clarice Boswell at 9 a.m. Feb. 2 at the church, 21300 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Tickets are $10 and include breakfast Reservations due Jan. 27 at (815) 468-1084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redefining Diversity: B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, 1424 W. 183rd, Homewood, is hosting a community forum and discussion on “Redefining Diversity: Race, Religion and Identity in a Multi-Cultural World” presented by Jeanne McInerney at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The free program will explore new ways to examine identity in a world where the boundaries of race, culture and identity are continually shifting, according to program planners. McInerney, former director of development for Healing Racism Chicago Southland, is an adjunct professor of sociology for Governors State University and is president of Align 20/20. Information: Ellen Kahn, (708) 206-1628.
Seeking Crafters: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, is seeking crafters for its spring craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9. Proceeds will help send high school students on their annual mission trip. Information: Kathy Faulkner at email@example.com.
Faith Family Night: Wednesday evenings at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, is family night. Dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by workshops 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. God Squad is available for children pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Child care for infants is available. Information: (708) 444-8560.
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