Faith House opens free mall for needy
Faith United Baptist Church will open a free Holiday Love Mall for the Needy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Dec. 15) at the church, 112 W. Washington St. in O'Fallon.
The Love Mall provides shoes, coats, household items, clothing and food to families in need.
"Normally, we assist up to 150 families, and this year, we'll double or triple that because of our friends at the 635th SCMG at Scott Air Foce Base, who are forwarding their donations to us," said the Rev. Willie Brown, pastor of Faith United, also known as Faith House.
The Love Mall will be available to metro-east families in need through 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Kids perform and collect shoes
The Pentecostals of Troy, 312 S. Main St. in Troy, on Wednesday will present "The Christmas Shoe Tree," a kids Christmas musical with a Soles4Souls challenge. They're asking audience members to bring new or gently used shoes for the less fortunate. Show time is 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.soles4souls.org.
Pentecostals sell Christmas cookies
The Pentecostals of Troy will host its annual Christmas Cookie and Sweet Goods Sale at noon Sunday. People can choose from a wide variety of homemade and specialty items. The cost is $4 per dozen. For information, visit www.pentecostalsoftroy.org or call 618-667-6054.
Choir to sing Christmas concert
The combined Glory Choir and Children's Choir of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville will present "A Blest Messiah Born" by Larry Shackley at 7 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
St. Paran celebrates unsung heroines
St. Paran Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Russell Ave. in East St. Louis, will present "Images of Beauty: Celebrating Unsung Heroines in Our Community" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 618-271-1422 or Erica M. Brooks at 314-243-2805.
Preschool presents Christmas pageant
The Presbyterian Community Preschool will perform a Christmas Pageant at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. It also will hold a pizza fundraiser all day Friday. Call Papa John's at 618-257-1000 and tell them you want your order to benefit the preschool.
Victory Family to hold youth dance
Victory Family Church, 555 S. Belt West in Belleville, will sponsor "Connections Dance Fantastic" from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. It's a night of music, lights, prizes and other fun for youths ages 12 to 18. For more information, call 618-235-6373.
Apostolic kids to stage musical
The Apostolic Church of Belleville's KidzMINISTRIES will present the musical, "The First Leon," at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 10 a.m. Dec. 23. It includes performers from the KidzKHOIR, adult choir and soloists. Admission is free. Everyone welcome. The church is at 1648 LaSalle St., Belleville. 618-234-0680.
Shrine to host dance celebration
Ministries on the Move will present Yuletide Fellowship Banquet and Worship Dance Celebration 2012 on Dec. 30 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. The banquet begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by the drama and worship dance celebration "A Christmas In Hell" at 4 p.m. For ticket information and advanced reservations, call 618-580-2006.
Faith United sponsors giveaway
Faith United Baptist Church, 112 W. Washington in O'Fallon, will give away clothing and housing materials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Dec. 22; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 618-632-7384.