Only One Service At Harvest Christian Center On Easter Sunday
There will only be a 10:30 a.m. service on April 20 Easter Sunday at Harvest Christian Center, 2199 N. Water St., Decatur. Included in the morning's program will be the celebration of communion, songs from the Children's Church Handbell Choir and a present of praise signing and testimonies of breaking the cycle of addiction from women in the Teen Challenge Audrey's Home for Women. The Teen Challenge adult women's program provides a 15 month residential training environment for women ages 18 and older with life-controlling problems, primarily in the areas of alcohol abuse, eating disorders, drug abuse, depression and sexual abuse. Teen Challenge helps break the cycles of failure, substance abuse and addiction by focusing on coping skills, social and relational skills and work ethics.The public is invited to attend. On April 27 two morning services will resume at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.
Holy Week Worship At Sharon United
Methodist Church Announced
Sharon United Methodist Church, 433 W. Center Street, Decatur, will have the following services during Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Worship, a multi-sensory worship service with Holy Communion, April 17, 7:00 p.m; Good Friday Wor-ship, Tenebrae service, April 18, 7:00 p.m.; Easter Day, April 20 - Sonrise service led by the youth at 7:00 a.m., breakfast at 8:00 a.m., egg hunt for children at 8:45 a.m. and Easter worship with release of butterflies, 9:30 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church To Have Special Services This Weekend
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1960 East Johns Avenue, Decatur, will have special services this weekend. Maundy Thursday Communion service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Melvin Weseloh will preach on the theme: "A Call to Take Eat, Take Drink." The congregation's pastor, John Laux, will be speaker at both the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. The Friday service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday service will be at 9:00 a.m., followed with a light breakfast. The public is invited to attend.
Local Ladies To Attend Convention At St. John's Lutheran Church
Local ladies will attend the 69th annual convention of the Central Illinois District - Lutheran Women's Missionary League on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Effingham. The theme will be, "Soar on Wings Like Eagles", based on Isaiah 40:31. The convention, which was held last year in Decatur, will be hosted by Effingham - Shelby Zone. Hosting societies will be from Dietrich, Effingham, Lawrenceville, Newton, Pana, Robinson, Shumway, Sigel, Stewardson, Strasburg and Wheeler. Pre-convention activities will begin on Friday afternoon. There will be servant events, worship-communion service, and fellowship for those in attendance.The convention day activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. Featured speakers will be Todd and Jan Luedke, veteran teachers of the Lutheran Church for many years in Papua New Guinea and China. The convention will have a "gifts from the heart ingathering". Items received will be given to the Effingham Family Life Center for women who complete their classes at the center. The local ladies attending will be Lois Wenthe, president and other officer of the Decatur Zone and Karen Weseloh, delegate from Trinity Lutheran Church. The public is invited.
Land Of Lincoln Honor Flight Takes To The Air April 29
On Tuesday, April 29th, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) will take to the air again to honor 86 of our senior Veterans, by taking them on a no expense, day long journey to Washington, DC, so they may visit and reflect at their national memorials. Aboard the charter 737 aircraft will be 8 soldiers from World War II, 60 from the Korean War era, and 18 of the Vietnam War era, with the US Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy branches of the military represented. Once in DC, they will be transported for the day on three tour buses (named Red, White and Blue) with the itinerary including the World War II Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, National Air & Space Museum, Marine & Air Force Memorials, Pentagon drive-by and concluding at Arlington National Cemetery, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and Changing of the Guard. On this second LLHF flight of the 2014 flying season, accompanying the Veterans will be 69 guardian escorts and 3 bus captains. Veterans on this flight come from the Illinois cities of Alton, Ashland, Astoria, Auburn, Bloomington, Blue Mound, Brighton, Buffalo, Bushnell, Canton, Carlinville, Chatham, Cornell, Decatur, Elkhart, Forrest, Godfrey, Green Valley, Havana, Heyworth, Hillsboro, Irving, Jacksonville, Kincaid, Lewistown, Lincoln, Litchfield, Mackinaw, Mason City, Morton, Mt. Zion, Murrayville, Normal, Oakford, Paris, Petersburg, Pittsfield, Riverton, Rochester, Rosamond, Springfield, Taylorville, Topeka, Waggoner, White Hall, Williamsville, Woods River and Yates City. The public is invited to show their patriotic spirit by welcoming home the Veterans when they return to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on April 29th, arriving at approximately 9:30 PM. It is suggested to be to the airport by 8:30 and feel free to wear red, white & blue to show your appreciation or bring small American flags, balloons, posters, etc. Veteran applications continue to be accepted for future flights, with priority given in the following order: World War II ~ a soldier enlisted by 12/31/1946 Korean War Era ~ 01/01/1947 to 12/31/1957 Vietnam War Era ~ 01/01/1958 to 05/07/1975 Because every Veteran flies with a guardian escort, a trained volunteer who pays their own way and who ensures the Veteran’s comfort and safety throughout their special day in Washington, DC, applications for future guardians are also currently being accepted. Land of Lincoln Honor Flight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, receiving no federal or state funding. The donations, sponsorships, fund raising and efforts of many individuals and businesses have allowed LLHF to honor this flight of Veterans. For more information on speaking to organizations, how to obtain an application, make a donation or just learn more about the Honor Flight mission, please visit the official web site at LandofLincolnHonorFlight.org or contact John Dust, marketing director, at HonorFlightGuy@aol.com, cell 309-339-0227.
Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
At Macon County Fairgrounds May 3
The 2014 Plant Sale sponsored by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Macon County Fairgrounds, Decatur. Hours for the event will be from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Offerings for the day include: a large selection of annuals, Master Gardener shared perennials, over 150 hosta varieties, vegetable plants, and herbs. Back this year is the Garden Bargain Shed, which offers gardening gloves, stakes, and gently used gardening items. A bake sale and food items will also be available. Don’t miss out on this annual event to support local Master Gardener projects and scholarships. For more information, contact the Macon County Extension Office at 217.877.6042. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office.
Dove's Domestic Violence Education And
Volunteer Training Announced
Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the following days, May 19-22, 27-30 and June2-4 in Decatur at Dove’s 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Center. This training is approved by ICADV (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and facilitated by Dove and other community agencies' staff members. There is a $150 fee for the training and some scholarship are available. To register, contact Barbara Blakey at (217) 428.6616. A pre-registration phone interview needs to take place by noon on Monday, May 12 and there is a choice of attending a registration/orientation meeting on Tuesday, May 13 or Wednesday, May 14 at noon.
Decatur Choral Society To Present OPUS 24
Spring Concert May 13
The Decatur Choral Society presents the OPUS 24 spring concert, “Of Thee I Sing”, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. This concert will celebrate America, featuring music about America, sharing our rich and varied cultures. American composers such as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Stephen Paulus, and Gwyneth Walker will describe their sentiments about America in song through their music. Composers from other countries whose music describes the traditions from the nations that helped to shape this country will be included also. This year is the 200th birthday of our National Anthem; the concert will begin with this piece and will continue to celebrate America through the years. Our fall concert is often seen as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season; this concert will the beginning of summer with all the memories that are associated with it – baseball, apple pie, Fourth of July celebrations, and all things that make the USA and us worthy of celebration. OPUS 24 is a premier community choir who excels in the performance of serious choral music, both secular and sacred. Choir members come from central Illinois and represent a wide variety of experience and occupations, but with the single commitment of achieving excellence in choral music performance. OPUS 24 is under the direction of Milton Scott, a nationally recognized choir director who participates in professional workshops as a presenter and in competitions as a judge. This spring OPUS 24 has been invited to perform at concerts in Danville, IL and Elgin, IL. The Decatur Choral Society is the organization that sustains OPUS 24. Its mission is to provide choral music excellence to Central Illinois and to promote the development of vocal music talent. The DCS provides funding to the Millikin Children’s’ Choir and through an audition process provides a semester of private voice lessons with the Millikin University’s Preparatory Department to the scholarship winners. The fundraising efforts of the DCS help to ensure the future of quality vocal music education and the development of vocal talent. The May 13 OPUS 24 concert will be held at the Central Christian Church at 650 W. William Street, Decatur. Tickets are available at the door, at the Decatur Area Arts Council, from OPUS 24 singers, and from the following churches, all in Decatur: Central Christian Church, First Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, St. James Catholic Church, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for fulltime students. Visit their website, www.decaturopus.com for further concert information, information about the Decatur Choral Society and OPUS 24, and to hear excerpts from previous concerts. The Decatur Choral Society and OPUS 24 are exciting and vital elements of the Central Illinois music scene. The spring concert, “Of Thee I Sing”, will be a true celebration of America, its past, present, and future. For further information and/or for questions, contact Beth Frigy at (217)422-1609, (217)454-1609, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Bellies For Bellies’ Fundraiser At RCC’s Shilling Auditorium
Richland Community College’s H.O.P.E. Club (Helping Out People Everywhere) is sponsoring a “Bellies for Bellies” fundraiser on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Shilling Auditorium, Richland Community College at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 with a Richland I.D. and $8.50 for the public, paid at the door. There will also be a several raffles. Items from Kenya, China, Pakistan and India will be for sale. Belly dancers from all over the Midwest will perform various dances from many countries and cultures. There will be many acts performed with beautiful decorative costumes. Marcus Brown, Vice President of Enrollment Services at Richland Community College, will be the emcee for the event. Funds raised at this event will be used to purchase food for the North East Fund food pantry in Decatur, Illinois, and for the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The African Items that will be sold include jewelry, wooden animals, clothing, batiks, banana skin pictures, and more, made by various tribes in Kenya and the children at By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre. For more information, contact Pixie Fennessey at 875-7211, ext. 409.
A Buzz Worthy Bouquet with Macon County 4-H Workshop April 30
Try your hand at designing a flower arrangement that your entire family will be talking about at the FLOWERS! workshop with Macon County 4-H on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm. From daisies to filler, learn the basics of creating a unique centerpiece. In preparation for Mother’s Day they will also be creating a handmade card to go along with the arrangement. If you are between the ages of 8-18, you can be a part of this workshop being held at University of Illinois Extension, 3351 N. President H. Brown Blvd., Decatur, IL, 62521. The cost is $15.00 for 4-H members and $20.00 for non-members which cover all supplies for the event. You must be registered by April 20, 2014. Seats are limited so register early online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/ or by calling 217.877.6042. For questions or more information you can contact Dena at email@example.com. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact 217.877.6042.
The Salvation Army Announces Several Different Programs
And Worship Services For Easter
The Salvation Army is celebrating Easter by providing holiday food and emphasizing Easter’s meaning and symbolic relevance to Americans’ lives. “Our goal is to raise people’s hope with Easter holiday food, and a message of hope and renewal,” said Captain Wes Dalberg, Corps Officer of the Decatur Salvation Army. A Model Seder and Fellowship Dinner, hosted by the Decatur Corps will be held on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 pm in The Salvation Army’s Community Hall. This meal and program, presented by Jews For Jesus, is designed around a typical Seder meal. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: "You shall tell your child on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'" (Exodus 13:8). If you would like to attend, call Kathy Hogg at The Salvation Army – 428-4672. $3.00 donation is requested. An Area-Wide Good Friday Service, hosted by the Decatur Corps will be held on Friday, April 18 at 6:30 pm at The Salvation Army Community Hall. Special guests Majors Allen & Esther Satterlee, Editor in Chief and National Literary Secretary for The Salvation Army National Office will be the speakers. Their message is titled, “Experience the Stations of the Cross”. The Service will also offer an Area-wide Brass Band, made up of Salvation Army Officers, employees and volunteers from the Central Illinois area. A nursery will be provided. Light refreshments will follow the Service. On Easter Sunday, April 20, The Salvation Army will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A Son-rise Service will be held at The Salvation Army at 7:30 am. A breakfast will be offered at 8:30 am. Sunday School at 9:30 am and an Easter Celebration Service at 10:45 am, Majors Allen & Esther Satterlee will the special guest speakers at all of these Easter Sunday events. All services and programs are open to the public. For more information, call 428-4672 or www.tsadecatur.org or the Facebook page TSA Decatur. Looking to the future, Captain Wes Dalberg reminds the public that renewal and resurrection are part of a natural cycle. “To me that’s the symbolism of Easter. Just as America will always rebound from attacks on its people and institutions, people living through hard times can rise up and get a grip on their lives. They might need a helping hand, but sooner or later their long winter ends. Desperate times carry the seeds of future success, and God will use even our worst pain to create something good.”
Scherer To Host Community Blood Drive April 26
State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging residents to help those in need by joining her and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center for a community blood drive on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library. “There is always a great need for blood donations, and the donation you make could make a huge difference including saving a life,” Scherer said. “Blood banks across the state are working to recover from shortages, which is why I am urging local residents to come and join me and give the gift of life.” The American Red Cross estimates that every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. While the need is so great, studies show that less than 10 percent of those eligible to donate actually do so. “Blood donors help save lives right here in our community,” said Alexis Yadron, donor relations consultant at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center. “Thank you to everyone who has helped patients at our area hospitals by donating blood.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Scherer’s constituent service office at 217-877-9636, or by email at StateRepSue@Gmail.com. Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.
Chris Reyman To Present Piano Recital At
First Congregational Church UCC April 26
Chris Reyman will present a piano recital at 2:00 pm on April 26 in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church at 3465 N. MacArthur Road. Reyman is an improviser, composer and educator currently living in central Illinois. He will present a varied repertoire. There will be a freewill offering/donation container at the doors. This recital is open to the public.
Greek Orthodox Church Hosts 53rd Annual
“Stars Over Athens” Festival May 8
Decatur’s Greek Orthodox Church has announced ticket sales for its 53rd annual Stars Over Athens Festival, to be held all day Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the church, 570 N. Union Street in Decatur. Tickets for the dinner, hosted in two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., are $25 for adults and $15 for children (carry-outs available). Early Bird pricing is available through April 11. For tickets, call 217-428-9030 or 217-685-0094. For more information, visit the church web site at www.annunciationdecatur.org. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a bake sale of homemade Greek and Middle Eastern pastries. An a la carte luncheon is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with gyros, spanakopita, Greek salad and other favorites. At the dinner, guests will enjoy musical entertainment by Gus Kastanis and his Holiday in Greece Band. The music is the accompaniment for dancing by the church’s own Athenian Dancers. Each year, the church’s wonderful cooks showcase their culinary skills, and this year is no exception. Guests will enjoy Beef Kapama (beef chunks braised in tomato sauce), Greek spaghetti (with browned butter and mizithra cheese), spanakopita (spinach pie), a tiropita (cheese triangle), Greek salad, bread, baklava and coffee or tea.
Apollo 13 Astronaut To Present ‘Failure Is Not An Option’
At Millikin's Kirkland Fine Arts Center On April 22
Fred Haise, Apollo 13 astronaut and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will present "Failure is Not an Option" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required. Although best known as a crew member on the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Haise began his 20-year NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot, serving on the backup crew for the Apollo 8, 11 and 16 missions. In 1973, while working as a pilot on the set of the Pearl Harbor movie, "Tora! Tora! Tora!," Haise was severely burned in a plane crash. After 14 months of recovery and rehabilitation, he regained flight status, and in 1977, he served as commander of the space shuttle Enterprise for the approach and landing program at Edwards Air Force Base. Over his 25 years in the service and with NASA, Haise logged 9,100 hours of flying time in more than 80 types of aircraft. Haise left NASA in 1979 to become a test pilot and executive with Grumman Aerospace Corporation. In 1996, he retired as president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services (GTS). Haise was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. His other honors include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Haley Astronautics Award, the General Thomas D. White Space Trophy, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Award, the NASA Special Achievement Award and induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Haise's presentation is the 2014 T.W. Samuels Lecture. The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels' sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr., created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment. For further information, contact Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts To
Headline At Decatur Celebration
Decatur Celebration officials have announced that rock ‘n roll legends, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will headline the Ameren, Bud Light, and Main Place Properties Show Stage on Sunday, August 3, 2014 (time to be announced). Dedicated fans who follow the festival on social media received the announcement as a special St. Patrick’s Day gift, citing the lead singer’s Irish heritage. The entire festival line-up will be announced on May 9, 2014. “Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have always been on my dream list,” states Lori Sturgill, Producer/Director. “Exciting news like this is really hard to keep under wraps, so we are breaking from tradition to make this special early announcement.” Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "Crimson and Clover." She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order. Each August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Central Illinois to experience Decatur Celebration, the Midwest’s most exciting family street festival. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with show stages featuring national and emerging music artists, three blocks of authentic Arts and Crafters, spectacular carnival rides for all ages, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade and over 60 unique food items hand-picked for quality and inspected for safety. At Decatur Celebration, there’s something exciting around every corner.
The African-American Civil War Soldiers Monument in the 300 block N. Water St.
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