Gina Carra and Rhonda Stadt invite people to join in the fall festivities at Zion Lutheran Church and School's fourth annual Fall Craft and Vendor Faire on Oct. 19 in Beecher. Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Christa Adam will be one of more than 30 vendors on hand. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:13AM
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FALL CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIRE: This fourth annual event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church and School, 540 Oak Park Ave., Beecher. Information: (708) 878-1518.
HEBREW BIBLE STUDIES: A free four-part series about the Hebrew Bible continues with a program about the book of Ecclesiastes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Congregation Am Echad, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood. Information: (708) 249-6194.
GAMERS IN FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER: Beginning Sunday, ages 12 to adult can participate in a family and friends game night at 1 p.m. every third Sunday of the month at Faith United Methodist Church, 15101 S. 80th Ave., Orland Park. Information: (708) 444-8560 or faithumcop.org.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Registration is due Monday at (708) 422-0193 for the four-week fall session of the Two by Two preschool program that begins Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Preschool, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn. This will be a time for 2-year-olds along with a special adult like a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver to have fun with story time, crafts, music, movement and more. Cost is $40. Baby-sitting will be available for a fee.
BIBLE STUDIES: Living Word Lutheran Church, 16301 S. Wolf Road, Orland Park, presents evening Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: (708) 403-9673.
POLKA MASS: Tickets are $14 and must be purchased by Wednesday at (708) 755-2398 for a polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at St. Liborius, 71 W. 35th St., Steger. A Polish luncheon will be served in the parish hall following the Mass.
JOB CLUB: St. Barnabas Church Convent, 101st Street and Longwood Drive, Chicago, hosts the Beverly Hills Job Club meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The club was established to help people in search of employment. Information: Joan Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities seeks volunteers age 55 and older to provide assistance for local activities. Volunteers can deliver meals to a homebound senior, mentor a child, visit lonely seniors in nursing homes or help coordinate craft projects at a senior center. Catholic Charities will match a volunteer’s interests with available opportunities. Catholic Charities will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Information: (815) 933-7791, Ext. 125.
WORK DAY: The trustees host their annual all-church work day at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave. Attendees should come dressed for cleaning or gardening. A light lunch will be provided. Information: (708) 798-0490.
HOLIDAY CRAFT & VENDORS FAIR: Salem United Church of Christ, 9717 S. Kostner Ave., Oak Lawn, hosts this free event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. There will be a variety of crafters, vendors, raffles, bakery items, a nearly-new room, books and food. Information: (708) 424-7109.
RUMMAGE SALE: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Narragansett Ave., Burbank, hosts its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Information: (708) 599-4780.
SPAGHETTI DINNER: Angels on Assignment hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and festivities from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Crete Reformed Church, 24755 S. Country Lane. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Advance tickets: (708) 672-1500.
JEWISH PROGRAM: Congregation Am Echad, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood, hosts a free program about Hasidic influence in Judaism from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27. Information: (708) 249-6194.
HARVEST HOOT FALL CELEBRATION: After the service at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at Tinley Park United Methodist Church, 6875 W. 173rd Place, Tinley Park, there will be homemade chili, a potluck and treats for children. Information: (708) 532-2960 or tinleymethodist.org.
TRUNKS OF TREATS: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 330 W. Highland Drive, Chicago Heights, hosts this event from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the parking lot. Information: (708) 754-4493.
FALL FESTIVAL AND TRUNK OR TREAT: Food, fellowship and fun are set for 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Palos Lutheran Church, 12424 S. 71st Court, Palos Heights. This is a safe Christian family alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Events will include congregation members hosting trunk or treating in the church parking lot and a costume parade with prizes and games for the children. Information: (708) 448-2761 or paloslutheran.org.
PALL CLOTH WORKSHOP: Nina Council 3602 Ladies Auxiliary presents a pall cloth workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Mary Parish Hall, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Knowledge of sewing is not necessary. Information: Jackie Smith, (708) 481-7949.
PUMPKIN PATCH: Continuing to Oct. 31, First United Methodist Church, 10000 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, hosts its annual pumpkin patch from noon to dusk Sundays and 10 a.m. to dusk Mondays to Saturdays. Included will be a huge selection of pumpkins, a variety of gourds, Indian corn and strawberry corn, tractor rides for the children and a craft and gift tent. Information: (708) 423-1170.
TURKEY DINNER: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 11100 Second St., Mokena, hosts its annual turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Christian Community Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5 to 11 and $2 for ages 2 to 4. Carry-outs will be available. Information: (708) 479-5123 or stjohnsmokena.org.
JEWISH PROGRAM: Congregation Am Echad, 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood, presents a free program about the values of the Talmud from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Information: (708) 249-6194.
SIGHT IMPAIRED SUPPORT: Orland Area Sight Impaired Support for the Visually Impaired meets at 12:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. OASIS provides support and independent living workshops for people who are coping with visual impairment. Information: (708) 460-6573.
CRAFT FAIR AND CHRIST KINDLE MARKET: Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, hosts this annual event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9. The Christ Kindle Market features professional crafters and vendors, Christmas and fall decor items, candy, nuts, greeting cards and gift wrap, a European bake sale with lots of homemade goodies, raffle prizes and a specialty lunch. Information: (708) 422-0193.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park, 13401 S. Wolf Road, hosts this event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: (708) 448-8142.
(EDITED 10/21) FALL BAZAAR: Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Melvina Ave., Oak Lawn, hosts this annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. There will be crafts, a bake sale, a raffle, Precious Moments items and a white elephant sale. Chili and hot dogs will be sold. Information: (708) 424-1059.
HEALING SERVICE: The United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 New Lenox Road, offers a healing and anointing service at 10 a.m. the second Sunday of every month. Information: (815) 485-8271.
QUILTERS WANTED: The Trinity Quilters from Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, seeks a few new members to meet from 9 a.m. to noon the third Wednesday of each month. Members make handmade quilts that are sent to Lutheran World Relief each year. Information: (708) 422-0193.