Rachel Jacklin

Rachel Jacklin, KVSO's new concertmaster, is shy at heart, but she says music allows her to connect with people. "I think music is so cool," she said.

Conference

Community Church of Holiness, 481 N. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, will have a prayer and praise conference at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday and 11 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Speakers include Apostle Otha R. Burtis, Evangelist Shirley Smith, the Revs. Margaret and David Crayton and Bishop Lee H. Johnson. For more information, call 815-935-2924.

Movie night

Asbury United Methodist Church, 196 S. Harrison Ave., Kankakee, will show "The Polar Express" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, with pictures with Santa and sugar cookie decorating. The events are free and pajamas are encouraged. Call Amy at 815-933-4408 for more information.

Rummage sale

Sheldon United Church (Fifth and Iroquois Street) will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, with a lunch and bake sale. There will be household and Christmas items, winter coats, gloves and toys. Funds will go to the heating bill for winter.

Concerts

• River Valley Christian Fellowship, 800 N. 2000E Road, Bourbonnais, will produce "Christmas Playlist," a free evening of music, media, drama and dance, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit growdeepreachwide.org.

• College Church of the Nazarene, University Avenue, 200 University Ave., Bourbonnais, will have a free winter concert with violinist Rachel Jacklin and pianist Paul Kenyon at 3 p.m. Sunday. The program will mix holiday favorites with classical masterpieces, including music of Bach, Grieg, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Yon and Ovid Young. For more information, call 815-933-7749.

• Limestone Community Church, 863 N. 5000W Road, Kankakee, will host The Lesters and the Chosen Ones for its Christmas tour at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Lesters are a family group that now is working in their 92nd year of presenting gospel music. The Chosen Ones came together in 1978 and have been presenting their music ever since. A love offering will be taken.

Cookie walk/exchange

• Zion Lutheran Church, 540 Oak Park Ave., Beecher, will have a cookie walk from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall. Call 708-946-2271 for more information.

• Central Christian Church, 310 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, will have the women's group cookie exchange at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Swedish celebration

Donovan Methodist Church, 208 Lyle Ave., Donovan, will celebrate its Swedish heritage at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, recognizing St. Lucia and the Swedish families. Coffee and Swedish food will be served after worship. All are welcome.

Supper

Aroma Park United Methodist Church, 105 N. Division St., Kankakee, will have a supper of chili, chicken and dumplings, hot dogs, grilled cheese, salad and dessert from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Cost is $7 for adults; $3 for ages 6 to 10; and free for children younger than 5. A Dance in the Light performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church.

Banquet

New Jerusalem S.D.A. Church will have the Food, Fun and Fellowship Banquet at 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Quality Inn, 800 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley. There will be door prizes and a scholarship awarded. The event is hosted by Stephon Raickett. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 309-750-0784.

Pastor honored

The Rev. Deborah Bell, M.Mus., M.Div., the pastor of congregational care at GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene, was honored Sunday with the title of Pastor of Care Emeritus for completing 22 years of ministry at College Church and GatheringPoint. A well-known person in Kankakee County, she taught orchestra in the Bourbonnais school districts, played in the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra for 28 years and directed the Kankakee Valley Honors Orchestra.

Food pantries

• Wesley's Table Food Pantry at Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 N. Cleveland St., Bradley, will be open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays for Bradley and Bourbonnais residents. For more information, call the church at 815-933-7932.

• New Vision Missionary Baptist Church, 194 N. Entrance Ave., will have a food pantry, first-come, first-served, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. For more information, call 815-386-4901.

Church briefs run every Thursday in the Life section of the Daily Journal. Listings must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. Any briefs received after that deadline will run the following week if the event still is relevant. Briefs should be emailed to life@daily-journal.com. For information, call Life editor Mary Hall at 815-937-3391, or email life@daily-journal.com.

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