The Rev. Peggy McClanahan, from Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ of Oak Lawn, gives ashes to go to commuter Linda Kook, of Oak Lawn, as people board an inbound train to Chicago at the Metra Station in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Wednesday, February 13, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:11PM
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.
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.
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.
Aging Parents: Barbara Rabyne, director of Community Services at CJE SeniorLife in Chicago, will discuss issues that “Boomers” are facing with aging parents at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. 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 Services: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4231 183rd St., Country Club Hills, will have 7 p.m. Wednesday Lenten services focusing on “What On Earth Am I Here For.” Information: (708) 799-7491.
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.
Fajitas: Thornton United Methodist Church, 712 Chicago Road, Thornton, will host its monthly ministry fundraising dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 featuring chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 10 and free for children younger than 3. Information: (708) 877-5541.
Lenten Soup Suppers: Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, begins Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers at 6 p.m. followed by a 30-minute Taize worship service at 7 p.m. starting Feb. 20. Information: (708) 799-1160.
Mid Week Worship: United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W. 98th St., Evergreen Park, will host Mid Week Worship services during Lent Feb. 20, 27, March 13 and 20. Soup suppers begin at 6 p.m. and worship is at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 422-6301.
Bible Study: “Revelations and End Times” will be the focus of Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Living Word Lutheran Church, 16301 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park. Information: (708) 403-9673.
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.
Free Workshop: Apostolic Charities Inc. will host “Attaining and Sustaining Health and Wealth Workshop Series” 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Apostolic Charities, 1311 E. Steger Road, Steger. The free workshops will focus on the medical profession, health and weight loss, financial planning and saving money from a faith-based point of view. Information: Happyman Ogundele, (708) 833-7031.
Souper Soup Dinner: Lockport First United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Washington St., Lockport, will host its annual Souper Soup Dinner 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23. A variety of soups will be available with rolls, crackers and dessert. Cost is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Information: (815) 838-1017 or www.1umclockport.org.
Purim: At 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, the Hebrew School students will be reading the Megillah, the story of Purim, at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields. The annual Purim Carnival will follow in the social hall. Information: (708)-748-6010.
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.
Lenten Mission: St. Joseph Parish will have its Lenten mission observance at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 at St. Joseph Church, 7240 W. 57th St., Summit. The mission speaker, the Rev. James Presta, will focus on “Love – For Christ, His Church and One Another,” “Grow – In Faith and Spirituality” and “Serve – Christ, His Church and One Another.” On Feb. 25, people who are sick as well as nurses and caretakers can receive the Anointing of the Sick and a Caretakers Blessing. Feb. 26 will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Information: (708) 458-0501.
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.
Indoor Basketball: First Church of the Nazarene, 12725 Bell Road, Lemont, will sponsor its 12th annual “Absolutely Free 3 on 3” indoor basketball tournament at 5 p.m. March 1. The double elimination tournament is separated into two grade divisions. In addition to trophies for the winning teams in each division, there will be awards for a low-rim slam dunk contest, a three-point shoot-out and drawings for prizes. Registration: www.nazedge.com. Information: (708) 349-0454.
Spiritual Reflection: The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary will host a Morning of Spiritual Reflection 9 to 11 a.m. March 2 at the Mary Potter Pavilion, lower level meeting room, 2850 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park. The Rev. Tom McCarthy will present “A Call to Holiness.” Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Presentation begins at 9 a.m. Registration: Suzanne Petrouski (708) 229-5095.
St. Patrick’s Day Party: The 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party will be March 2 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 9837 S. Throop St., Chicago. The party will begin following a 4:30 p.m. Mass. Admission is $25 and includes wine, beer, pop, corned beef buffet, music and a raffle. Information: www.stmargaretofscotland.com.
Pack The Pantry: From 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 3, Bel-Aire Enterprises will sponsor a Pack The Pantry Party at the Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge. Polka and other music will be provided by Danny Mateja and the Downtown Sound. The afternoon will include dancing, raffles and other activities to benefit the Catholic Charities Food Pantry at St. Blase Church in Summit. Bring a non-perishable food donation to the dance. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Information: (708) 594-5182.
Band of Sisters: At 3 p.m. on March 3 in the Parish Hall, St. Julie Billiart, 7399 159th St., Tinley Park, a documentary, Band of Sister, will be shown. Mary Fishman, the director of the film will also be at the event. The film focuses on current-day stories of experiences and stories of more than a dozen nuns. The sisters belong to different congregations from across the United States. Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given the problems of today’s world, for women seeking equality in their church. Information: (708) 429-6767.
Crafters/Vendors Wanted: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will be holding a spring Craft/Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9. Besides 25 crafters and vendors, a raffle, lunch and coffee will be available for purchase. The proceeds from this event will help to send high school students on their annual mission trip. Information: Kathy Faulkner at email@example.com.
An Evening of Elegance: St. Paul’s Lutheran School, 330 Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, will present An Evening of Elegance dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m. on March 16, at the University Golf Club, 23520 Crawford Ave., University Park. Tickets are $50. Reservations: (708) 417-6400.
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