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Church of the Nazarene, blood drive and a full weekend of activities

By Mike Fak

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[September 30, 2008]  Lincoln Church of the Nazarene invites community to join them

Lincoln Church of the Nazarene will join in the centennial celebration of their denomination with a day full of special events on Oct. 5. At 9:45 am there will be a special lesson highlighting the history of world missions in the denomination. During the worship hour at 11 am the church will unite with every Nazarene congregation across all 24 times zones by sharing communion, reading the same scripture and hearing the same message preached. Included in the service will be highlights of denominational history as well as local church history as they will honor several special families whose faithfulness and commitment have made their existence possible today. Following the worship hour will be an old-fashioned potluck dinner. Then, finishing the day's activities on a high note, a concert featuring Barry Wilson from Bourbonnais, Illinois will begin at 2:30 pm. Barry is a Nazarene pastor turned recording artist with a great sound and a great sense of humor. Lincoln Church of the Nazarene would like to invite all their brothers and sisters in Christ to join with them for any or all of the day's festivities. For more information on the centennial celebration of the Church of the Nazarene you can call Pastor Greg Wooten at the church office at 732-8362 or email him at


Local Hospitals Need Help Restocking Blood Supply

Your help is vital to protecting your community's blood supplies for cancer patients, burn victims, accident patients and others facing surgeries. Chances are that you or someone special to you will need a blood transfusion during your lifetime. The blood supply is totally dependent upon volunteers who will take a few minutes to roll up their sleeve and donate blood. It only takes an hour to donate blood, but the benefits last a lifetime for someone.

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for local hospitals, the Lincoln Kiwanis is sponsoring a blood drive at the Lincoln Masonic Center located at 2022 North Kickapoo Street in Lincoln on Monday, October 6, 2008. 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.


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Former Lincoln resident an author

Hollie Groce, who was born and raised in Lincoln Il. will be reading her children's book "Mama Groce's Bedtime Story Book" to the 2nd grade elementary class of Forest Hills in Florence Alabama on Oct 3rd at 1:30pm. Local mounted police heard of this and are planning to bring their horses to the school for the children; how awesome is that? Hollie travels from time to time to elementary schools and not only reads her book but also donates it. She has been to Indiana, Ohio and now Alabama. She may even be heading back to her hometown in the near future. For every book sold a donation goes to a charity until May of 2009 and for every 10 books sold one book will get donated to a school or daycare. Although Hollie deeply misses her friends and family in Lincoln Illinois she enjoys meeting new people and giving to the children.

You can still walk the walk

As fall approaches and days become shorter many of us move our workouts indoors. The Lincoln Park District offers a year round discount to seniors to come out and use their Walking Track. For just $1.00 per visit walk our courts for as long as you want. When we get a further into fall there will be coffee and home baked muffins while you visit. The park will have a nurse available to check your blood pressure.

Good Sam Ministry having Cruise In

Everyone is welcome to come to the Burger King parking lot on Woodlawn on Oct. 4 for a Cruise In and car show to help stock the Holy Family Food Pantry. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for the entry fee. All food collected will be donated to the Holy Family Food Pantry. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 entries. It starts at 5:30 and you can get more information by calling Wayne Cox at 217-651-8087.

Rummage Sale

The LCHS Competitive Cheer Squad is having a rummage sale at Logan Lanes, 1700 5th Street in Lincoln on Saturday Oct. 4. The hours are from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

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.

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