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St. John United Church of Christ, Holy Family Church, Lincoln College alumni, Lucky Six winners, Montessori Children's House, and Pride and Progress awards make Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[January 30, 2009] The Youth Group of St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln, IL will be joining with thousands of young people across the country in this year's Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, February 1. The young people will be present throughout the church on Sunday with large Soup Kettles to collect money to be sent to the local food pantry as they strive to provide help to our struggling neighbors in Lincoln who are hungry and hurting. Anyone in the community is welcome to participate in this opportunity to step out in faith to provide help to others. Details can be obtained by contacting their youth sponsors: Jonathan and Tamara Pagel 732-4500; Val Coombs 732-2340; or Tonita Reifsteck 732-9796.

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for local hospitals, the Holy Family Church is sponsoring a blood drive at the Lincoln Masonic Center located at 2022 North Kickapoo Street in Lincoln on Monday, February 2, 2009. The hours of the blood drive are 12:00pm - 6:00pm. For your convenience, please call Jessica to sign up (toll free) at 1-866-GIVE-BLD, ext. 6814 or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.

Lincoln College Alumni and Friends will be cruising in 2010. The Lincoln College Alumni Office along with Suzi Davis Travel is hosting a Caribbean cruise preview night on Wednesday, February 4 from 6-7 p.m. in the Alumni Room in the Meyer Evans Student Center on the campus of Lincoln College in Lincoln. The preview will feature a Suzi Davis representative who give details on the upcoming trip as well as show a DVD on the new cruise liner. The cruise, which is open to all alumni, family, friends and the community, is scheduled to sail on January 23-30, 2010. The seven night cruise will visit three ports of call: St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Nassau, Bahamas. Participants will set sail on the Oasis of the Seas, the newest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world, which is scheduled to be launched in December 2009.

The following is a list of the Holy Family Church's Lucky 6 Winners from the 1/23/2009 drawing:

$1000 Wes Woodhall; sold by Holly Woodhall
$500 Mike Higgins; sold by Leslie Singleton
$300 Todd Lewis; sold by Greg Morrow
$100 David Welch; sold by David Welch
$100 Melissa Hardiek; sold by Melissa Hardiek
$100 Kay Rosner; sold by Parish

The next drawing will be held on Friday, February 13, 2009, at the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m.

The Montessori Children's House in Lincoln will be hosting an open house on Thursday, February 5, anytime from 5:00pm 7:00pm. The school is located at 406 Keokuk Street across from Subway. Everyone is invited to stop in for refreshments and live demonstrations from the children. The Montessori Children's House in Lincoln offers a wonderful early childhood education program for preschool and kindergarten age children!

Montessori is a teaching method that channels a child's innate curiosity toward the development of a love of learning. While it is new to Lincoln, the Montessori teaching concepts have inspired this love of learning for millions of children in hundreds of schools around the world for the past 100 years. The Montessori teaching method gives teachers the tools to gain and keep a child's attention so that true learning can be achieved.

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Montessori provides the skills for writing, reading and early mathematical concepts. Children are exposed to the world of music and art, and are provided opportunities for individual creativity. Manners and respect for others are strongly emphasized, so that grace and courtesy become a part of a child's way of life!

Montessori is a wonderful addition to our area's educational options and a unique opportunity for families seeking an excellent preschool and kindergarten experience for their young children. This would be a great opportunity to learn the Montessori methods and the amazing results.

The Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce has released the winners of this year's Pride and Progress awards:

Beautification Award- Lincoln Inn Motel, Paresh Patel

Large Business of the Year Award- Lincoln College, President John Hutchinson

Small Business of the Year Award- Christian Child Care, Coleen Moore

New Business of the Year Award- Hampton Inn, Lynn Paulus

Mike Abbott Volunteers of the Year Award- Marcia Greenslate & Roy Logan from the Lincoln Park District

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, whether we use it or not, will get your name in the "Close Up" grab bag. At the end of the month we will draw a name and someone will get $25.00 just for dropping us an e-mail. If you wish, we will be happy to donate your winnings to the organization of your choice. You can contact Mike at


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