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September 2014


September 1st - 6th

"Parenting Together" is a class that provides parents with an open and safe place to gather and discuss issues that plague parents and their children. The group discussions will be based off Biblical principles; examples will be used to provide solutions to help families succeed in life. Jessica Nesby, a licensed social worker, will be facilitating the forum. The class will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm at The Hub, located at 502 S Morris in Bloomington. For more information on joining this class, please call 309-242-0310.

The Christian Center is collecting prom dresses for this years Father Daughter Purity ball. Please drop off current in- style clean dresses to the Christian Center Monday through Friday. Your donation helps ladies to come in their very best to this enchanting exciting event. Questions? Call 309-685-4218.

Firehouse Ministries would like to invite you to an open house at the Fire Museum on Labor Day! The open house will be held from 10am-2pm and will include fire truck rides, free lunch (barbeque chicken sandwiches, corn, beans, chips, and drink), fire safety/firefighting fun for kids with the smoke house, museum tours, and inflatables. There will befun for young and old at Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum! The event admission is free! The Fire Museum is located at 403 W 2nd St. in Rock Falls. Visit or call 815-622-9490 for more information.

September 7th - 18th

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet from 6-8pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church, located at 434 W Moffit St in Chillicothe. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting. Have questions? Contact Chris at 309-274-6449.

One of the premier events at the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade! This year’s parade will be held on September 13th at 10:30am. The parade boasts over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, Disney characters, and antique vehicles. The parade begins at the corner of Nebraska and Jefferson and travels west toward the Morton Post Office on Jefferson Street. Don’t forget to bring a bag to collect candy and toys distributed by the various parade entries. All festival goers are encouraged to wear orange during the parade to show their pumpkin spirit! An official “Orange Out” t-shirt will be available at the Chamber’s Pumpkin Store. To learn more, call 309-263-2491.

The 4th Annual Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure is closer than you think! Join them this Saturday morning, September 13th at the State Farm Corporate South Campus in Bloomington to help save lives and end breast cancer forever. Activities begin at 8 followed by the 5K run/walk at 9. Register now at

The Illinois Valley Midday Connection is a non-denominational Christian Women’s Group that cordially invites all women from the Illinois Valley area to come to its monthly luncheon and program on September 16 at 11:30am at Deer Park Country Club, 100 Deer Park Lane, in Oglesby. There are no membership fees or special requirements to attend. The cost for the lunch and program is $15.00 inclusive, paid at the door. The theme for the September luncheon is “Be Thankful No Matter What!”. The speaker will be Darlene Dixon of Lodi, Wisconsin. Darlene rides motorcycles and enjoys trivia. To reserve your spot or to learn more, just call Vickie at 815-223-4687.

September 19th- 30th

Bethany Community Church is announcing an extension to volunteer services to tornado affected homeowners, farmers, and businesses. As volunteers make themselves available, they hope to send teams on September 20. Bethany Community Church would also like to announce Dumpster Day. On August 2, affected residents of Washington, Roanoke, East Peoria, and Pekin are invited to bring e-waste (computers, televisions, DVD players, etc.), tires, general waste, and vegetative waste to fill 7 different dumpsters on Bethany’s property at 27265 Dutch Lane. Dumpster Day will be from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. No reservation required. Please bring proof of address. For more information, please call 309-573-2670.





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