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Gretchen Behrens other St. Damian School students rehearse for 22nd annual Winter GalFriday February 1 2013 Oak Forest. | Brett

Gretchen Behrens and other St. Damian School students rehearse for the 22nd annual Winter Gala on Friday, February 1, 2013, in Oak Forest. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 10, 2013 6:15AM



Spaghetti Dinner: The Immanuel Lutheran Church youth group will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the church hall, 12 W. 34th Place, Steger. Proceeds will help the youth finance their trip to the Higher Things Convention. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11. Information: (708) 754-2345.

Valentine Breakfast/Bake Sale: In honor of Valentine’s Day, Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild will host a Valentine Breakfast and Bake Sale 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner, Hometown. Breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 10. Breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, ham, sausage, toast and beverage. Information: (708) 334-9724.

Ash Wednesday: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4231 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will have Ash Wednesday services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 13. The Ash Wednesday service and the following Wednesday evening services will focus on “What on earth am I here for?” Information: (708) 799-7491

Ash Wednesday: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood joins with First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights for an Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 p.m. Feb.13 in the sanctuary at 900 Thomas St., Chicago Heights. The service will include communion and the imposition of ashes. The Wednesday evening Lenten series theme of “Behold My Servant” will be introduced. Information: (708) 481-3754.

Ashes To Go: From 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ of Oak Lawn will offer “Ashes to Go” at the Oak Lawn train station during the morning commute. The Rev. Peggy McClanahan will impose ashes on the foreheads of anyone who asks to receive them. She will be assisted by Joe Wachowski and Ron Stancik. Pilgrim Faith also will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. at the church, 9411 S. 51st Ave. The service includes times of reflection, confession and communion around the theme “Relish the Feast.” The service does not include imposition of ashes.

Ash Wednesday: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will have Ash Wednesday services with the imposition of ashes at 6, 6:45 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Information: (708) 349-0431.

Ash Wednesday: Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, will have Ash Wednesday services at 7:30 and 11 a.m. Also, members of the Tinley Park United Methodist Church and Palos Heights United Methodist Church will join members at the Worth United Methodist Church, 7100 W. 112th St. at 7 p.m. for an Ash Wednesday service Feb. 13. Information: (708) 532-2960.

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Benedict Church, 2339 York St., Blue Island, will host its Lenten Fish Fry Feb. 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Carry out is available. Cost is $9 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 and $1 for children younger than 3. The entrance to the church hall is on Gregory Street.

Black History Ball: Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest, is hosting a Black History Ball at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. The event will feature performances and musical tributes for youths and adults to learn more about African-American history. Tickets are $10. Information: (708) 503-6536.

Game Night: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4231 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will host a free game night 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 in the school gymnasium. Participants are asked to bring a salad or a pizza to share and favorite table games. Information: (708) 799-7491.

Free Movie Night: First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington St., will hold a free movie night 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. The movie will be “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” Popcorn will be served. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.

Life Giving Shabbat: Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, will host a “Life Giving Shabbat” featuring Rabbi Chava E. Koster, who serves as rabbi at The Village Temple in New York City, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Information: (708) 748-6010.

Lenten Gatherings: The Christian partners of the South Suburban Ministerial Association will host Tuesday Lenten Gatherings at the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Worship is at 12:10 p.m., followed by a light lunch at 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5, 12 and 19. Local pastors will preach and local church groups will provide the food. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Lenten Series: The Feb. 20 Lenten series program at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will be presented by the Rev. Pamela Coleman from God Can Ministries in Ford Heights. She will report on that church’s work to address the “food desert” in Ford Heights. Coleman will talk about the community garden project and advocacy efforts to bring better grocery options to their community. This is the first of five Wednesday evenings focused on “Food for All God’s Children” which begins with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. A children’s program on “Making the World a Better Place” will be at 7:15 p.m. Information: (708) 422-4200 or www.pilgrimfaith.org.

Lenten Series: A Wednesday evening Lenten series, co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., and First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights, 900 Thomas St., includes worship, study, communion and fellowship starting at 7:30 p.m. The series includes: Feb. 20, “The Undesired Lord” at Chicago Heights; Feb. 27, “The Grieving Lord” at Chicago Heights; March 6, “The Healing Lord” at Homewood; March 13, “The Judged Lord” at Homewood; and March 20, “The Innocent Lord” at Homewood. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Women’s Association: The Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 in the parlor. Dessert will be served. The program is by Rick Steves who will share his travels to Israel. Cost is $2. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Men’s Conference: Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive, is hosting the 2013 Iron Sharpens Iron national men’s equipping conference 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m Feb. 23. There will be a choice of 16 breakout seminars. Cost is $39 for adults, $29 for students, plus $8 for an optional on-site lunch. Information: www.orlandchurch.com or (708) 532-4900.

Choir Festival: At 3 p.m. Feb. 24, the South Suburban Church Choir Festival will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Eight to 10 choirs will participate. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org,

Heart For The Homeless: Crete Reformed Church, 24755 S. Country Lane, is sponsoring a drive, “Heart for the Homeless” to collect items for homeless women served by the church. Items needed are: personal notes of encouragement, $5 gift cards to McDonald’s or Walgreens, travel size hand creams, hand sanitizers, or lip balms, and white tube socks. Donations may be brought to the church 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information: (708) 672-5400.

Phoebe’s Closet: The Theodora Mayo Women’s Missionary Society on behalf of Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church will open Phoebe’s Closet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at the church, 20839 Homeland Road, Matteson. They will provide gently used clothing for men, women and children. Information: (708) 503-1400.

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