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Local faith events July 19 through July 26

July 19

• Free summer camp for kids – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through July 20, Hope United Methodist Church, 2506 Caton Farm Road, Joliet. Kindergarten through grade six. To register, call 815-436-2209 or contact Pastor Linny at 847-274-0095.

• Pray with the Franciscan Friars – 8 a.m. (morning prayer) and 6:30 p.m. (evening prayer) Monday through Friday, St. John the Baptist friary, Joliet. For information, call Brother Ed at 217-316-4335.

• Lunch and Learn – Noon to 1:30 p.m.; also July 26, Joliet Jewish Congregation, 
250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Torah study. $5. RSVP at 815-741-4600. Visit

• Midweek Connections with Pastor Randy – 1:30 to 2 p.m.; also July 26, Families of Faith, 24466 W. Eames St., Channahon. Good, old-fashioned Bible preaching, music from a hymnal and fellowship and snacks after service. For information, call
815-467-6846 or visit

• C3 Martial Arts Classes – 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Judson Memorial Church campus, 2800 Black Road, Joliet. Christ Centered Combat (C3) is a martial arts, self-defense class for those ages 7 and older. First two classes are free. Call 815-342-3538 or visit

• Wildside – 6 to 7:30 p.m. (seventh and eighth grade) and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (high school). United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Food, fun and fellowship. Grades 3 to 6. For information, call 815-485-8271.

• “The Center – 6:30 to 9 p.m.; also July 26, First Presbyterian Church, 805 Western Ave., Joliet. Free food, games and hang time. On July 19, Jen Coffel will speak on "Finding Freedom." The July 26 topic is "The Culture of Honor." For information, call 815-474-2569, email or visit or

• Thursday Church – 6:30 p.m.; also July 26, The Village Christian Church, 8965 S. Bell Road, Minooka. For information, visit

• Family night – 6:45 to 8 p.m.; also July 26, Crystal Lawns Church of the Nazarene, 2424 Caton Farm Road, Joliet. For information, call 815-436-3380.

July 20

• Women’s Bible Study – 9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. For information, call 815-485-8271.

• Fish fry – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 4400, 1813 Cass St., Joliet. Fish, chicken and shrimp. Carryout. Call 815-723-3827.

• Bingo – Doors open at 4 p.m. Cards begin at 6 p.m., St. Mary Nativity School,
702 N. Broadway St., Joliet.

• Support Military Men and Women – 6 p.m., St. Mary Immaculate Adoration Chapel, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. An hour of silent prayer. For information, contact Maria Prekop at or 312-259-6851.

• Shabbat Under the Stars – Dairy potluck at 6 pm. Worship outside at 7 p.m., Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. RSVP at 815-741-4600. For more information, visit

July 21

•  Community Yard Sale – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Crosswinds Church, 4360 Route 59, Plainfield. Benefits Green Harvest Food Pantry, New Life for Haiti and the Plainfield Ministerial Association’s Crisis Fund. For more information, call 815-230-7624 or visit

• Saturday services – 9 a.m., Joliet Jewish Congregation, 250 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Call 815-741-4600 or visit

• Healing and Miracle Crusade – 1 to 3 p.m., Forest Park Pavilion, 1220 Rosalind Ave., Joliet. Sponsored by House of Glory for all Nations. For more information, call Pastor Esther Holiday at 815-651-8564 or email Free will offering accepted.

• Confession – 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. For information, call 815-727-4746.

July 22

• Community Blood Drive – 8 a.m. to noon, St. Ambrose Church Hall, 1705 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill. Hosted by St. Ambrose and St. Anne churches. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Dan and Jan Staniszewski at 815-741-8058.

Blessing of Musical Instruments – 10 a.m. to noon, First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington, Lockport. Public welcome to bring musical instrument to receive a blessing. Service begins at 10:25 am and concludes by 11:45 am. Those who wish to play in the service with the ensemble, must contact Bonnie Johansen-Werner prior to the event at

• 4th Annual SerbFest – Noon to 9 p.m., St. Joe’s Park, 700 S. Theodore St., Joliet. Barbecued lamb, grilled cevapcici (Serbian sausage), pork shish-kabab, Eastern European pastries. Carryouts available. Raffles, Bingo, children's activities. Music will be provided by Danny Danilovic’s Orkestar Veseljak, then the Veselo Selo Orchestra, followed by the popular Chicago area band, Midnight, performing from 5 to 9 p.m. For information, call 815-741-1023 or visit

• Totus Tuus Summer Camp – Through July 27, St. Mary Nativity 702 N. Broadway St., Joliet. For children entering grade one through 12. To register and for more information, or contact Nanci 815-726-4073 or

July 23

• Chapel Bible study – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church of New Lenox, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. New members encouraged. For topic and information, call 815-485-8271.

July 24

• Bible study – 9:30 a.m., St. Mary Nativity, Nativity Room, 706 N. Broadway St., Joliet. Book of Genesis. For information, call Denise Adelmann at 815-838-0337.

• Evening Prayer Service – 7 p.m., Joliet Franciscan Center, 1433 Essington Road, Joliet. Topic: "Zacchaeus’ encounter (and ours) with Jesus." Free and open to the public. Light refreshments after the prayer. For more information, call 815-725-8735.

July 25

• Confession – 3 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 710 W. Marion St., Joliet. For information, call 815-727-4746.

• AWANA – 6:15 p.m., Parker Road Bible Church, 18512 Parker Road, Mokena. Kids learn Bible verses, sing songs and play games. For information, call 708-463-1125.

• Kidz Club – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Channahon United Methodist Church, 24751 W. Eames, Channahon. Age 3 to grade five. For kids age 3 to fifth grade Christian values through music, art, science, storytelling, drama, games, cooking and videos along with a light snack. For information call 815-467-5275 or visit

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