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Food drive collection today

Christ the King Apostolic Church, 6920 Old Collinsville Road, O'Fallon, and Servpro and Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network, are hosting their first Metro-East food drive.

Bags for food donations have been distributed, and will be collected after 8:30 a.m. today. Food will be distributed to food pantries in Belleville, Collinsville, O'Fallon and East St. Louis.

Bishop visits St. George's

St. George's Episcopal Church, 105 E. D St., Belleville, will host Bishop Roger J. White. He will discuss issues facing the church and ways to renew faith through Sunday.

A continental breakfast will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. today. Bishop White's program will follow with a question and answer session. From 6 to 9 p.m., a potluck dinner occur, followed by another session led by Bishop White and a question and answer session.

Bishop White will preach at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services and speak at the adult forum at 9:10 a.m.

Study the Gospel of John

A Bible Study Fellowship has begun the study of the Gospel of John at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon.

An introduction class will be Wednesday. For information, call 632-9456.

Church celebrates anniversary

On Sunday, Winstanley Baptist Church will celebrate its 102nd anniversary with guest speaker, Dr. Jerry Cain, president of Judson University, a Baptist school in Elgin.

Cain is the former vice president of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

He will speak during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and the 10:55 a.m. worship service Sunday.

The church is located at 9471 W. Highway 161, Fairview Heights.

Volunteers needed to pack food

"Feed My Starving Children," a Nicaragua Christian Education Foundation warehouse in Highland, is seeking volunteers to help pack food from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. today.

For information, call Bill Beltz at 288-6078.

Community rally offered

First Baptist Church of Maryville's Student Ministry is hosting a community rally beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Food and games are from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the rally at 6:30 p.m. and Jeffery Dean at 7 p.m. with music by The Great Romance ending the night.

The celebration honors the annual See You at the Pole event, which has the theme, "Engage: Go and Pray ..."

The cost is $3 per person. Satellite locations will be at Heartland Baptist Church in Alton and First Baptist Church Bethalto.

For information, call 667-8221 or visit

Church celebrates Women's Day

The women of Greater New Hope Baptist Church will celebrate Women's Day during the 10:40 a.m. worship service Sunday at the church, 2240 Missouri Ave., East St. Louis.

The theme is "Women, Letting our Light Shine for Christ." The guest speaker will be Deborah Holmes, founder of The Barbara G. Moore Memorial Foundation and station manager for radio station KSTL AM 690.

Church hosts rap artist

Garden Heights Baptist Church will present three concert events with Christian rap artist Point5, at the church, 1897 Mascoutah Ave., Belleville.

The free concerts is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7.

For information, call 234-7525 or e-mail

Author will speak at church

The Pentecostals of Troy, 312 S. Main St., Troy, will host John Arcovio as their guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the church.

Arcovio is an international speaker is the author of six books.

Also, the church is the host site for Angel Food Ministries, a discounted supplemental food program with no income restrictions or guidelines.

For information, visit

Shrine hosts 'conversations'

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will host "Conversations with Two Muslim Women" with Hanar Marzouk and Sousan Darwech, at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Shrine Visitors Center.

Father John Madigan is the moderator.

Hanar Marzouk and Sousan Darwech will answer questions about their faith and share their stories as Muslim women living in the United States.

The cost is $5 and preregistration is required. Call 397-6700, ext. 6281 or visit

New deaf ministry offered

St. Clare of Assisi Parish, O'Fallon, has begun a new ministry to the deaf and hard of hearing.

The church has engaged the services of two certified sign-language interpreters to sign at the parish's 10:30 a.m. Sunday masses. Katy Grider, a St. Clare parishioner, signs the 10:30 a.m. mass the first and third Sundays of the month; Sheri Kraus of Freeburg signs the second Sunday.