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About 60 people gathered Calvary Church OrlPark for second annual prayer vigil focusing drug addictisupport.  Attendees included church's pastor

About 60 people gathered at Calvary Church in Orland Park for the second annual prayer vigil focusing on drug addiction support. Attendees included the church's pastor, the Rev. Ron Ovitt, and Don and Janice Coutts. | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 12, 2013 2:36PM



Growing Through Grief: A new group to help people who have experienced loss to grow through their grief begins Jan. 13 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn. The group is for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, a job, a home or a marriage. The support group will meet five Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17 and March 3. The Rev. Yvette Eber of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park will co-lead the group along with the Rev. Peggy McClanahan of Pilgrim Faith. Information: (708) 422-4200 or office@pilgrimfaith.org.

Overcoming Hardship: At 7 p.m. Jan. 13, a free, 60-minute program will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at The Edge Coffee House, 1366 Main St., Crete, titled “Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds.” It features a film of Patrick Henry Hughes and his father. The younger Hughes was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs. Though in a wheelchair, Hughes performed in the University of Louisville marching band, his father pushing his wheelchair through every practice and performance. Information: (708) 672-5400.

Soup Dinner: Thornton United Methodist Church, 12 Chicago Road, will host its monthly funding ministry dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Minestrone, chicken noodle or cream of potato soup will be served with salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 children ages 3 to 10. Carry-outs are available. Information: (708) 877-5541.

Prayer: Celebration Ministries, 424 Indianwood Blvd., Park Forest, will have a time of prayer at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 to focus on the future of its ministries. Information: (708) 748-1995 or www.celebration4.org.

Bread And Soup: The Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., will host a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Cost is $5. Paul and Sylvia Tufts of Flossmoor will present photos of their trip to Mongolia. Information: (708) 798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.

Prayer Breakfast: The Lockport Woman’s Club will hold its annual prayer breakfast at the Homer Congregational Church, 14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen, at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17. The program will be “My Joyful Heart” by Diane Carroll. Information: (815) 280-5499, (815) 722-4003 or (815) 838-9488.

Anniversaries: During Shabbat Services 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, interview skills and 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.

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 during a program 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.

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. on Jan. 25 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4800 Sauk Trail, Richton Park. Families are being encouraged to plan skits, practicing 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Junior Congregation: At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, the fifth grade junior congregation will lead the Shabbat service. Information: (708) 748-6010.

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 kathyf8@yahoo.com.

Service Change: Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 5536 W. 131st St., Crestwood, now will have Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Midweek Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Information: (708) 597-6122.

Young Adult: From noon to 2 p.m. Sundays Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park, hosts a young adult study group. Young adults, ages 20 to 40 gather for lunch, fellowship and study. Child care is available. Information: (708) 444-8560 or email pastormelissa@faithumcop.org.

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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