St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 330 W. Highland Dr. — The annual Lutherfest German Dinner will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The menu includes German potato salad, sauerkraut and sausage. The cost is $12 per person. Carry outs are available. For tickets, call 708-754-4493, 755-9363, or 755-2581 or go to the church office. Information: 708-754-4493
Hazel Crest Community United Methodist Church: 17050 S. California — The church will collect items such as used clothing, shoes, toys and games, household items, bed linens and blankets from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13. Tax receipts will be available on site. Information: 708-335-4500. The church food pantry will be closed Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. The pantry will reopen at 10 a.m. Nov. 7.
First Presbyterian Church of Homewood: 17929 Gottschalk Ave. — Free Community Dinners will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday nights. Tuesday Bible Study will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Panera Bread. 18416 Governors Hwy., Homewood. No purchase is necessary. All religions welcome. Information: 708-798-0490 or www.fpchw.org.
Mokena United Methodist Church: 10901 LaPorte Rd. — A 150th anniversary celebration will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 27. To register, leave name, phone number and number of people attending at 708-479-1110.
St. John’s United Church of Christ: 11100 Second St. — The church will sponsor a blood drive with Heartland Blood Centers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Christian Community Center next to the church. Donors will be required to bring photo identification. Schedule an appointment at 708-479-5123 or at www.versiti.org. Donors will receive a free entry voucher to Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Fest valid to Oct. 31.
St. Jude Church: 241 W. Second Ave. — A Harvest Luncheon & Craft Show will be Oct. 25 in the St. Jude Franciscan Hall. The craft show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry-out will be available. Raffles and prizes will be included in the event. Tickets are $10 per person. Children four years old and younger are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the parish office or call 815-485-3511.
Gaelic Park: 6119 W. 147th St. — The first monthly Mass and breakfast of the fall season will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 14. A traditional Irish breakfast will follow Mass. The all-you-can-eat buffet will include Irish sausages, scrambled eggs, black and white pudding, bacon, brown bread, Irish soda bread, coffee, tea and orange juice. The charge for breakfast is $9 for adults and $5 for children. The Mass and breakfast will take place the second Sunday of every month until Mother’s Day. Information: 708-687-9323 orwww.chicagogaelicpark.org.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 9701 Brandt Ave. — The Senior Fellowship Group in Oak Lawn will host a trip to Opera in Focus Oct. 18. A bus will leave from the church parking lot at 10:45 a.m. Entertainment will be scenes from “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Clock Scene” and “The Cathedral Scene” portrayed by rod puppets. The cost for transportation and the performance is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost does not include lunch at Sam’s of Arlington. Senior citizens ages 55 and older should make reservations by Oct. 4 at 708-422-2355.
Christ Lutheran Church: 14700 S. 94th Ave. — A Pumpkin Palooza Picnic will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Games and activities for all the children and their families will include choosing a pumpkin to decorate from the “Pumpkin Patch.” Hot dogs, chili, pulled chicken, macaroni and cheese are among the picnic items. Tickets are $5 per person. Children three years old and younger are free but require a ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call the church office at 708-349-0431.
The workshop “Help! This is not what I expected,” by Stephanie Thompson, will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Thompson will discuss the challenges for a family affected by the mental health issues of a child. The workshop “Grief & Loss Challenges during the Holidays” will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Chaplin Christine Jaksy will speak on how holiday celebrations can be impacted by grief and loss in families with loved ones with mental illness. Information: call 708-349-0431.
Faith United Methodist Church: 15101 S. 80th Ave. — The South West Interfaith Team (SWIFT) will host a “Women in Faith” speakers forum from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Registration will be at 2:30 p.m. Speakers will be Hind Makki of the Muslim faith, Rev. Mary Rawlinson of the Christian faith and Rabbanit Leah Sarna of the Jewish faith. Toiletry items are requested for a donation drive for Respond Now. Information: 708-253-2834.
The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park: 13401 Wolf Rd. — Applications to be a crafter for the 2018 Arts & Crafts Fair Nov. 10 are available at the church office or at www.pcorlandpark.org. The fee per table space with two chairs is $30. Tables are available for $5. Information: 708-448-8142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Michael Parish: 14327 Highland Ave. — The Prayer Shawl Ministry “Hooks and Needles,” will meet from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to knit or crochet prayer shawls, hats and scarves. The items will be donated to hospitals, hospice units, food pantry, cancer units, the American Red Cross and individuals. There are also six evening meetings a year. Information: call Donna at 708-403-2122.
Saint Julie Billiart Catholic Church: 7399 W. 159th St. — The Saint Peregrine Novena to pray for those afflicted with cancer, AIDS and other illnesses will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22. The service will be a Healing Mass with Fr. Chris Krymski from Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica National Shrine as the celebrant. A relic of Saint Peregrine will be part of prayer during Mass. A reception will be held in the Great Room after Mass. Information: call Mike Rubino at 708-429-6767, Ext. 212.
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