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January Events



If you’re currently battling cancer or are a cancer survivor, consider checking out the Armor of God Cancer Support Group at Galena Park Baptist Church. They are a peer-to-peer support group that will learn how to put on the whole armor of God and also learn how to shift out thinking to positives instead of negatives. They meet at the church on Wednesday nights at 6pm. Galena Park Baptist Church is located at 5831 N Galena Rd in Peoria Heights. If you have questions please contact Kim at 309-690-7109.



Join the Peoria Riverman for their Faith & Family Night at 7:15pm on January 26th! You’ll be able to watch the Rivermen take on the Thunderbolts then stay for an exclusive concert by The Afters! Tickets start at just $12! For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-676-1040.



Linn Mennonite Christian School in rural Roanoke is having its annual Soup & Pie Supper on Saturday, January 27th, from 4:30-7:30 P.M. This meal is eat in or carry out. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4-10, and there is no charge for children under 4. For more information call 531-4707.



Come join Business Men in Christ Annual Men's Retreat on January 26th & 27th! This year’s theme is “More Than a Conqueror”. The cost is $25 per person and includes two meals and there are overnight accommodations available. The retreat will be held at the Christian Assembly Camp, 1674 Lick Creek Lane in Chatham. For more information, contact Bernie at 217-414-2435 or visit



FamilyCore is hosting its 19th annual Frosty 5K on January 27th at 8am! In addition to the 5K, they will also have a 1 mile course for walkers and you are welcome to bring your dog. This race is their annual fundraiser for programs that benefit the youth that they serve in foster care and the area schools. The race starts in front of Running Central on Water Street in Peoria and everyone will finish up at the Gateway Building for prizes, awards, food, hot chocolate, water, and other goodies. Everyone registered before January 14th will get a shirt. Entry fee for runners before race day is $30 and jumps to $35 if registering on race day. Entry fee for walkers is $25. To find out more about the race or to get registered, please call 309-676-2400.



It’s time to sign up for “Night in a Car 2018”! Night In A Car is a homeless simulation that shines a spotlight on the hidden aspect of homelessness that many in our community experience—living in their cars. Participants will live out of their cars during the overnight hours. The event will start at 7pm on Friday, February 2nd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington and continue until 7am Saturday morning. Individuals will have opportunities to come inside for hot beverages, snacks, and educational sessions throughout the evening. Home Sweet Home is actively seeking participants to sign up for the challenge to raise $1,000 per car. To learn more or to sign up, visit



No Regrets Men's Ministries exists to empower the local church to develop its men into an army to reach the world for Christ. This is done primarily through an annual catalytic event, the No Regrets Men's Conference and the No Regrets Study Series discipleship materials. Bethany Baptist Church is excited to host this year’s conference simulcast on February 3rd from 8:30am-4pm. Onsite live breakout seminars will be available, as well as live worship. Lunch is also included with the event. Cost is $15/person. Checks may be sent to the church, which is located at 7422 N. Heinz Ln. in Edwards. For more information on the conference, please visit


The Jill Savage event, “No More Perfect Marriages” is coming to Springfield on February 9th & 10th. No More Perfect Marriages is a 24-hour weekend seminar where Mark & Jill Savage will inspire, educate, and encourage couples to partner with Christ to live out positive and vibrant marriages. The event will be held at the Chiara Center, located at 4875 Laverna Rd. in Springfield. The Chiara Center is a Franciscan place of spirituality and retreat on the quiet and beautiful grounds of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse. Overnight rooms are available, while commuters are also welcome. For more information, please visit



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