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Illinois Bend Community Church celebrated the Fall through Advent with many activities and events. The Church held special music events, hayride, Woman’s Night ,baby showers and adoption fundraiser. The ‘Terrific Tuesday’ , ‘Woman’s Sew & SOS’ and Men’s ‘Builders’ spiritual groups enjoyed Bible study, prayer, missions ,music ,fellowship and food . Every Sunday the worship service included a children’s puppet ministry by Neva and uplifting music by Janis. The church has been so blessed by so many talented and gifted people

The fall season went very fast and quickly entered Advent to Christmas. A Wednesday church decorating party ,supper & music started the season. Family groups volunteered to light the weekly advent candles. The church had its annual Christmas ‘Hat, Mitten & Glove Tree’ and ‘Food at The Altar’. The hats, mittens & gloves went to children at the local school , altar food went out in community family baskets. The church went out to supper in Kirksville and attended the “Living Christmas Tree” event.

The “Sew & SOS” group had a special Christmas party with secret sisters. The ‘Terrific Tuesday’ held a Christmas party with special food and music. The Men’s ‘Builders’ moved meeting times from day to evening to better fit working men’s schedules.

Christmas In-side Caroling was a held with and at East Center Community Church. A special ‘Willow Bend’- community Christmas evening was held with food, fellowship ,Christmas songs and Communion in a ‘home’ setting.
This years Candle Light Christmas Eve service enjoyed a large attendance with Christmas Cookies afterwards.
The new year is off to a fast start with the “Sew & SOS” woman’s group hosting a Potato Bar supper for the Men’s ‘Builders’ group January 3.

Future events include a Blessing of Pet’s Sunday, February Valentine special, Remembrance Sunday , Shrove Tuesday ,Ash Wednesday ,Lenten Activities and Easter sunrise breakfast.

All events and activities are open to all regardless of church membership. Come casual and be prepared to find a warm welcome.

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