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40 Days for Life Kick-off (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Mary's Cathedral
607 NE Madison Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
http://40daysforlife.com/mission/

Be inspired at this year's 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally! Hear the story of Connie McEldowney, who has opened her home to countless young mothers, and join others from the community to peacefully pray to end abortion.

 

Expand your heart through mercy, sacrifice, and trust at the 40 Days for Life Kick-off Rally!

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Grace Church, 1325 E Jefferson, Morton, IL
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Krys:309.264.0787 Peggy:309.589.6430
pslavens@gracepres.org
http://www.perspectives.org

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

40 Days for Life: Join in Prayer (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Your Home
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http://40daysforlife.com/mission/

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

 

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.

 

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families, and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus. These specific prayer requests will seek God’s help for:

 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

 

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

 

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

Peoria Mayor's Prayer Luncheon (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
501 Main St
Peoria, IL 61602
309.685.1725
peoriaprayerlunch@yahoo.com
http://peoriamayorprayerlunch.com/

This year’s speaker is Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy Strawberry. Darryl was an eight-time All-Star and 1983 NL Rookie of the Year with the New York Mets, and he won four World Series Championships (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999). He retired with 335 career home runs and 1,000 RBIs. Darryl is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared home run hitters in the game of baseball, Straw's Sweet Swing, Strawberry's Field Forever, and The Legendary Straw Man!

 

In addition to Darryl and Tracy, there will be great music, food, and fellowship. This luncheon will be truly inspirational. Please come and bring friends and co-workers. The cost is $35 a person, tables seat 10, and you may register and pay online through the above website. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket and do not know yet who your guests will be, just repeat putting your name in the Buy Tickets registration form for each ticket purchased. You will receive an email confirmation and table assignment before the event. For more information, you may call or email the committee.

 

Please note that seating to this event is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Saeed postcards (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria and surrounding areas
Everywhere, USA
00000
562.567.2050
freesaeed@trinity3in1.net
http://beheardproject.com/saeed

We, as Christians, will be bombarding the White House with "Free Saeed" postcards to raise awareness and to let President Obama know that we have not forgotten our brother in chains and we don’t want him to either.

 

We want individuals, churches, ministries, youth groups, non-profit organizations, etc. to join with us. Beginning September 22, 2014, the week of the 2-year anniversary of Saeed’s incarceration, we will begin to send postcards en mass to the White House.

 

We have one approved postcard style, approved by Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, that we will be using. The back of the card shows a quotes by President Obama and Naghmeh Abedini and a specific message to President Obama himself. Postcards should be ordered as soon as possible in order to begin sending them on time. But the blitz can and hopefully will go on after the anniversary date.

 

Postcards can be ordered through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by emailing or calling them. Pricing and quantities available are below.


New order requests would need to specify: 
- Quantity
- First and Last Name
- Organization Name
- Address
- City, St and Zip Code
- Shipping Address, if different 

Pricing and Quantities are as follows (does not include taxes and shipping):

100 $25.60
250 $36.00
500 $41.60
1000 $47.20
2500 $92.80
5000 $137.60
7500 $206.40
10000 $238.40
15000 $356.80
20000 $476.00

The mailing address for the postcards is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Postcards currently cost $0.28 to send in the mail.



Let’s see how many churches and ministries across our country will ban together and raise our voices for our brother in chains for his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Find out more on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1508334066050137/

A Rally for the Release of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Riverfront Freedom Memorial, Riverfront Park
1204 Riverside Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611
309.698.9467
teresabotkin@mtco.com

Worldwide Vigils Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment

 

 

More than 700 days ago, American Pastor Saeed Abedini boarded a flight to Iran and never came back. Christmas has come and gone twice, and he's missed his children's birthdays and other family celebrations. After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iran government on charges related to his Christian faith. Now, two years to the day of Abedini's incarceration, concerned citizens will gather in East Peoria and at similar vigils around the world to pray for his safe release and call upon their governments to act on his behalf. The U.S. citizen and Boise, Idaho, minister is serving out a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his Christian faith, Pastor Saeed has faced repeated beatings, malnourishment, lack of proper medical treatment, and death threats from other prisoners and Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

 

 

Held on the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment, East Peoria's vigil, at the RiverFront Freedom Memorial, (the area around the flags) in Riverfront Park, behind the East Peoria Walmart, is part of a global effort to tell the world: #Its'sTime to #SaveSaeed. Protesters will gather in East Peoria to pray and to bring attention to Saeed Abedini's situation and the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

Cookout and Kickball (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Oakwood Park
349 W. Birchwood
Morton, IL 61550
309.263.2417
bethel@mtco.com

The 20 and 30 year old ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church in Morton, known as Root 2six7, is hosting an initial start up event in order to share with the community what the ministry is about and what they have to offer to the community.

Root 2six7 will be hosting a cookout and kickball tournament at the north pavilion at Oakwood Park in Morton, IL.

 

This will be a family friendly event specifically targeting 20 and 30 year olds as well as their families. Please join us for a fun filled evening of fellowship and information about further ministry goals.

MOPS at First Covenant Church (Fri. Sep 26, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Covenant Church
3616 N Bigelow St
Peoria, IL 61604
309.648.0254
office@firstcovenant.net

MOPS is coming to First Covenant Church in Peoria. We are located on the corner of War Memorial and Knoxville.  MOPS is for any mother of a preschooler 6 or younger.  Babysitting is provided. 

Gowns for the Purity Ball are available! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Christian Center
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61614
309.685.4218
Dhellige@sbcglobal.net
http://www.purityball.com

Looking for a gown for the Purity Ball?  We want you to look your best without breaking the bank!

Lucky for you there are gowns available from The Christian Center!  Gowns are just $10.00 each.  You can stop by the Christian Center on the following dates.

 

Sat Sept 27th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Tues Oct 7th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 18th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Sat Oct 25th 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon

 

Also, if you have any gowns in great shape you would like to donate, you can drop them off at The Christian Center during business hours Monday-Friday.

Family Fun Day! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Faith Tabernacle
571 Sandusky St.
Jacksonville, Il. 62650

Everyone is welcome to Family Fun Day at Faith Tabernacle Church in Jacksonville, Il. Please join us September, 27th from 5-9p.m. for free food, games, and an outdoor movie.

40 Days for Life: Join in Prayer (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Your Home
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http://40daysforlife.com/mission/

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During each campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation … and around the world … to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

 

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.

 

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families, and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus. These specific prayer requests will seek God’s help for:

 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

 

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

 

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

God's Not Dead Movie Event (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Life Fellowship Church
9754 East 1400 North Road
Bloomington, IL, 61705
309.829.7777
detra.cotton@newlifefellowship.cc
http://www.newlifefellowship.cc

A FREE family movie event at New Life Fellowship Church in Bloomington, IL.  New Life will be presenting the popular film "God's Not Dead" to the community.

 

There is NO charge! Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

 

Childcare for birth through 5th grade will be available. 

 

New Life is located 3 miles west of Interstate 55 on IL Route 9 - Market Street.

Bob Goff, Author of "Love Does," in Springfield (Sun. Sep 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
2941 S Koke Mill Rd.
Springfield, IL 62711
http://www.springfieldfirst.org/

First United Methodist Church in Springfield welcomes Bob Goff, author of New York Times bestseller "Love Does."

 

 Invite your friends! Free admittance!

 

"Love God, love people, do stuff. It's that simple." -Bob Goff

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Grace Church, 1325 E Jefferson, Morton, IL
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Krys:309.264.0787 Peggy:309.589.6430
pslavens@gracepres.org
http://www.perspectives.org

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Marriage Matters for Blended Families (Thu. Oct 2, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org

All Marriages are challenging, but blended families can be especially difficult. Ron Deal is an author, therapist, and blended family expert and is the President of Successful Step-families. He has been on numerous talk shows and radio broadcasts speaking on this subject. We will be using his DVD series entitled “The Smart Step-family.” In this series he gives couples keys for building a healthy step-family. In it he offers practical solutions for raising step kids and gives ideas for how to keep the marriage strong in a blended family. His personable presentation combines instruction and encouragement that affirms both husbands and wives in their desire to build strong loving families. There will be time to interact around the table with other couples from blended families after each session.

Building Better Moms (Fri. Oct 3, 2014 9:30 am - 11:15 am)

Contact Info:

Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N Main St
Washington, IL 61571
309.444.2381
bbmcrossroads@mtco.com

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. beginning September 5, 2014 and ending in May, 2015. They strive to build a community of moms who learn, grow and serve together. Meetings consist of food and fellowship, speakers, and group discussion.  

 

Program Fee: $40

Childcare Fee: $40 per child ($80 cap per family)

MOPS at First Covenant Church (Fri. Oct 3, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Covenant Church
3616 N Bigelow St
Peoria, IL 61604
309.648.0254
office@firstcovenant.net

MOPS is coming to First Covenant Church in Peoria. We are located on the corner of War Memorial and Knoxville.  MOPS is for any mother of a preschooler 6 or younger.  Babysitting is provided. 

Springfield Prayer Summit (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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1045 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL
Pastor Donald N. Mayes, 217.848.5828
familyisfamily@yahoo.com
http://familyisfamily.org/

The Prayer Summit is for Pastors, Elders, Overseers, Bishops, Priests, Sisters & Ministers to pray for Springfield and the surrounding areas, including our Nation.

 

The prayer Scripture passage is John Chapter 17.

God's Not Dead Movie Event (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Life Fellowship Church
9754 East 1400 North Road
Bloomington, IL, 61705
309.829.7777
detra.cotton@newlifefellowship.cc
http://www.newlifefellowship.cc

A FREE family movie event at New Life Fellowship Church in Bloomington, IL.  New Life will be presenting the popular film "God's Not Dead" to the community.

 

There is NO charge! Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. 

 

Childcare for birth through 5th grade will be available. 

 

New Life is located 3 miles west of Interstate 55 on IL Route 9 - Market Street.

Network Christian Church re-launch (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

Network Christian Church
3703 Ireland Grove Rd.
Bloomington, IL
Mark Terven, 309.831.6487
tervensministry@gmail.com
http://networkchurch.org/

The re-launch is October 5th, and we will be giving away a 7" tablet, a Financial Peace Membership Kit, and a set of his/her workbooks for Marriage 101: Back to the Basics to three people (one prize to each) that are not already members or steady attenders of the church. You must pre-register on the website above and/or show up and fill out a communication card at the church that day to be in the drawing. You must be present at the church on Sunday, October 5th to win.

 

Our new address is 3703 Ireland Grove Rd. in Bloomington.

 

If you have any questions, please call Mark Terven.