PRINCETON — A time-honored Swedish tradition continues with the annual St. Lucia Festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 24 N. Main St., Princeton. The event is being sponsored by the Women’s Ministry.
PRINCETON — Hampshire Colony Congregational Church welcomed the Rev. Sarah Gladstone as their new pastor on Oct. 1. Gladstone of St. Johns, Mich., is a graduate of Michicgan State University and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Her primary study was theology but she also has a background in social work and the spiritual development of young adults. She previously served at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oneonta Congregational Church in South Pasadena, Calif, and at the First Congregational Church in St. Johns, Mich. Just prior to joing Hampshire, she servedthe Appalachia Service Project as the chaplian.
SPRING VALLEY — The United Church of Christ — Spring Valley will host a community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary at 223 E. Erie St. The Rev. Kay Hardin, interim pastor to the Zion United Church of Christ in Peru, will be the preacher. All are welcome. A collection will be taken for the benefit of the Illinois Valley Food Pantry and the Hall Township Food Pantry. For more information, call 815-663-1951. Zion United Church of Christ, Waltham Presbyterian Church, Trinity United Church of Christ, Spring Valley United Church of Christ, Hollowayville United Church of Christ and First Congregational LaSalle will be participating in the service.
WALNUT — The women of the Walnut United Methodist Church will hold a bake sale from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Citizens First State Bank of Walnut.
PRINCETON — St. Louis Church will hold its cookie walk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 7 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.
DALZELL — The men and women of the St. Thomas More parish are selling tortellini once again. The proceeds will supplement the church's finances past July 2014. The parish will merge with Holy Trinity in Cherry. To order tortellini, call Mary Jean Goodrich at 815-664-4615.
PRINCETON — The annual All-Church Christmas and Candy Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Princeton First United Methodist Church in Cushing Hall. Cookies and candies will be sold by the pound.
SPRING VALLEY — A Christmas cookie walk will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Parish of Nativity of our Lord (old St. Anthony Church), 510 Richard Mautino Drive in Spring Valley. The event will feature a wide variety of cookies, candy and more in a select-your-own style. The cost will be $6 per pound.
PRINCETON — New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 30 N. Sixth St., Princeton, will host a vendor craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23.
CHERRY — Holy Trinity Cherry will help the Hall Township Food Pantry again this year to raise funds for milk at the food pantry. Holy Trinity will hold its kids milk and cookies raffle to raise the money. The church will raffle off a handmade Christmas wall-hanging made by Rose Yoder and her team from Arthur. Tickets for the raffle will be sold from now to Dec. 15 when the winning ticket will be selected after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in Cherry. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. To purchase tickets or to make a donation through the mail, send a check made out to Holy Trinity Chrismas Kids Milk and Cookies at Holy Trinity Cherry, 212 S. Main St., Cherry, IL 61317, the Hall Township Food Pantry, 500 N. Terry St., Spring Valley, IL 61361, or visit www.c
SHEFFIELD — The First United Church of Chirst in Sheffield will host a community Thanksgiving service @ 7 p.m. Nov. 24. Worship participants will include the pastor and members from Sheffield United Methodist Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church and First United Church of Christ. An offering non-perishable food items and money will be taken for the Western Bureau County Food Pantry. The First United Church of Christ is located on the corner of Chestnut and Washington streets, Sheffield.
CHERRY — Holy Trinity Cherry will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser at Rip's in Ladd from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The proceeds will go to the Youth Education Fund. The funds will be used for the youth education program which helps students through confirmation and helps enhance the local spiritual events for teens. For more information, www.CherryHolyTrinity.org.
PRINCETON — St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton, will install Pastor Scott Schmidt at 3 p.m. Nov. 24. A reception will follow. Clergy are invted to vest and be part of the opening processions. The liturgical color of the day is white for Christ the Knig Sunday. St. Matthews is located at 416 E. Dover. Rd.
SHEFFIELD — Sheffield Methodist Church will hold a turkey and ham supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Dinner includes a salad bar, drink and dessert. The cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for children under 3. For carry-out, call 815-454-2539. Delivery is available in Sheffield only.
SHEFFIELD — St. Patrick’s Parish, Sheffield, will join Celebrate Sheffield Saturday with a new-to-you sale of holiday decorative items, bake sale and chances on mystery boxes starting at 9 a.m. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu is barbeque, choice of three homemade soups and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.