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• To submit your listings, e-mail M.J. Porter at mporter@dailyherald.com or fax items to (630) 955-0895. Mail should be sent to Daily Herald, 4300 W. Commerce Court, Lisle, IL 60532.

• Koinonia House National Ministries welcomed Willie and Millie Martinez as the new Discipleship and Resident Directors to the house in Wheaton. They come from the Chicago Tabernacle and will be part of the major restructuring at Koinonia House for Christian ex-prisoners. The program has helped more than 30 men since its beginning. For details, call (630) 221-9930.

Today

• The Theosophical Society in America will celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, rain or shine, from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. The event is free. For details, visit the Web site at www.theosophical.org or call (630) 668-1571, ext. 300.

• Calvary Methodist Church's youth fellowship will hold a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. today at the church, 136 E. Highland Ave., Villa Park. The event includes a silent auction, music and food. Tickets are $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the students' trip to help low income families in Ohio. For details, call (630) 530-8200.

Sunday

• Benedictine University's Center for Mission and Identity and St. Procopius Abbey will present A Concert for World Peace at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Road, Lisle. Proceeds will benefit Beit Benedickt Peace Academy on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. Suggested donation is $20. For details, call (630) 829-6320.

• St. Andrew United Methodist Church will celebrate Heritage Sunday and honor its Methodist traditions at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 250 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. For details, call (630) 653-7116.

• First Presbyterian Church will present a "Gospel Mass" by Robert Ray at 8:40 a.m. Sunday at the church, 715 N. Carlton Ave., Wheaton. The performance is also planned at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 550 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. For details, call (630) 668-5147.

• Lombard Assembly of God Church will have guest speaker Dan Biegler at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 447 W. North Ave., Lombard. For details, call (630) 629-3388.

• Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors in Geneva will hold a Judaica Boutique and bake sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and May 4 at 121 S. Third St., Geneva. For details contact Barb Novy at barbara_fvjn.yahoo.com.

• Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a baby shower, Helping Moms, to help soon-to-be moms through CareNet of DuPage from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1244 W. Army Trail Road, Carol Stream. For details, call (630) 455-0300 or visit www.pregnanthelp.com.

• First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton will offer two adult classes at 9:55 a.m. Sundays through May 4 at the church, 715 N. Carlton Ave. The choices are Early Memories of Jesus or Older Adults. For details, visit the Web site at www.agreatergift.org or call (630) 448-5147.

• Christian Tabernacle Church will hold services at 8 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 100 S. Park St., Roselle. For details, visit the Web site at www.ctcchurch.org or call (630) 529-1282.

Monday

• The Billy Graham Center Museum will continue its exhibit of "Face to Face: Warner Sallman's Images of Christ" through May 15. The exhibit will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Billy Graham Center, 500 College Ave., Wheaton. Suggested admission is $4, or $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children and $10 for a family pass. For details, visit the Web site at www.billygrahamcenter.org/museum or call (630) 752-5909.

• The Ministry of New Beginnings St. Hubert Church will meet at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Matthews Church, 1001 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Donation is $3. For details, call (847) 891-1220.

Tuesday

• Coffeebreak, a women's interdenominational Bible study, meets at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Evangel Baptist Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Wheaton. This year's study will focus on the book of Isaiah. Child care is provided for ages 6 months to 5 years. For details, call Debby France at (630) 462-7605.

• St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church will sell copies of its 50th anniversary cookbook at the church, 547 N. Main St., Lombard. The cost is $12.50. For details, call the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at (630) 627-2435.

Thursday

• National Day of Prayer will be celebrated from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Danada House, 3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Featured speaker is Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America. For details, call Carolyn at (630) 832-0525.

• Theologian the Rev. Erwin Lutzer will be the guest speaker at the National Day of Prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Krasa Center dining room at Benedictine College, 5700 College Road, Lisle. Lutzer is senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago. Tickets are $25 each, table of eight for $200. For reservations, visit www.ben.edu/ndp or call (630) 829-6195.

• A National Day of Prayer Breakfast will be at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Lombard Log Cabin, Main and 16th streets, Lombard. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Lombard and Villa Park and includes entertainment. Tickets are $9. For reservations, call (630) 709-7354.

• Warrenville Persons in Ministry will hold a Prayer Gathering to celebrate National Day of Prayer at 8 p.m. Thursday at the gazebo in downtown Warrenville, Butterfield and Batavia roads. The candlelight service will be held rain or shine. For details, call (6300 334-1347.

• Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold an interactive National Day of Prayer gathering at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1244 W. Army Trail Road, Carol Stream. For details, call (630) 483-3143, ext. 120.

• River Valley Community Church's Singles FOCUS, Fellowship of Christians United in Spirit, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning with a light meal at 6:30 at River Valley Community Church, 1655 Bowman Drive, Aurora. Upcoming events include the retreat Friday to May 4 in Wisconsin. Reservations are requested by calling (630) 907-2992. Church services are at 10 a.m. Sundays. For details, visit the Web site at www.rivervalleycommunity.org or call (630) 907-2992.

• Grace Lutheran Church will be open as a Praying Place at noon and 7:20 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. For details, call (630) 469-1555.

Friday

• First United Methodist Church will hold its MFD at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, 155 S. Main St., Lombard. The theme is "God's Wisdom Inspires Hospitality." The event includes Fellowship of the Least Coin, a worldwide movement of more than 50 years, in which each participant prays and gives a penny for each prayer. The coins are used globally to help with women's hardships. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased by calling (630) 627-0605.

• Bloomingdale Church will present "Baggage Claim," a modern day parable and dinner theater with dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and May 3 at the church, 260 Glen Ellyn Road, Bloomingdale. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Bloomingdale Church youth missions trip. Reservations are required by calling (630) 894-0090.

• The Tandem Club will meet after a 12:30 lunch Friday at First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Speaker Mike Jackson will talk about The Joys of Stamp Collecting at 1:45 p.m. For lunch reservations, call (630) 469-4075.

• A new Christian social group for single, divorced and widowed members in the Addison area will begin meeting at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at a local restaurant. The group will plan activities. For details, call (630) 202-0333.

May 3

• Ten churches with members numbering about 2,000 will kick off CareFest at 8:15 a.m. May 3 at Wheaton Bible Church, Main at Franklin streets, Wheaton. The volunteers will be donating about 14,000 hours at more than 100 locations in DuPage County. For details, contact the Rev. Chris McElwee at (630) 886-4646.

• Wheaton Franciscan Collaborative Ministries will present "Shining through the Living Light: The Spiritual Journey of Blessed Hildegard of Bingen" from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 at 26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton. The fee is $5. For details, call (630) 462-4936.

• Calvary Episcopal Church will hold Fay's BBQ dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. A choice of three dinners is $10 per dinner. Proceeds benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and the church's summer youth mission trips. The church also will hold its annual Book, Plant and Trunk sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, call (630) 879-3378.

• Parkview Community Church will present a free seminar featuring Paula Silva of Focus Ministries with "Behind Closed Doors: Hope for Women in Difficult Relationships," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at the church, 764 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn. For details or to register, call (630) 469-4306.

• Wheaton Wesleyan Church will offer the Finding God Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at the church, 1300 S. President St., Wheaton. Presenters are from Theocentrix, a Christian nonprofit based in California. The workshop focuses on Bible reading skills for small groups. Lunch is included. Registration is $15 at the door. For details, call (626) 398-2127 or visit www.theocentrix.org.

May 4

• St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold adult forums, "Transhumanism -- Are We Tampering with God's Creation," with Philip Hefner at 9:45 a.m. May 4 and May 11 at the church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. For details, call (630) 668-5953.

• Water's Edge Bible Church will hold a block party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the church, Oakwood and Chicago avenues, West Chicago. The event includes games, refreshments and live music. Parents are asked to accompany children. In case of rain, the event will be indoors. For details, call (630) 231-1210.

• The Agape Ringers will perform a concert at 4 p.m. May 4 at First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Main St., Lombard. The concert is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. For details, call (630) 627-2508.

• The 24th annual Glen Ellyn-Wheaton CROP Hunger walk to raise funds to fight hunger and poverty both locally and globally begins at 1 p.m. with sign-up, 2 p.m. walk May 4 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 802 E. Geneva Road, Wheaton. For details, call (630) 534-4540.

• The Israel Solidarity Walk honoring the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel will be held May 4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event includes a 6K walk and family walk, entertainment, carnival, activities for families and teens. For details or to register, visit the Jewish United Fund Web site at www.juf.org/walk.

• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will feature Lori Wilbert, prison chaplain, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. services and between services May 4 at the church, 4501 Main St., Downers Grove. The church began a Paul-Silas pen-pal ministry with those incarcerated in 2007. For details, call (630) 968-6231.

• First United Methodist Church's chancel choir will present a Spring Cantata at 9:30 and 11 a.m. May 4 at the church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. For details, call (630) 968-7120.

May 5

• Addison Aglow International hold a praise and worship titled "One Hour with Jesus" from 10 to 11 a.m. May 5, the first Monday of the month, at Addison Presbyterian Church, 233 N. Mill Road, Addison. The service is open to women, men and teens. Baby-sitting is not available. For details, visit the Web site at www.aglow.org or call Nancy at (630) 543-3016.

• A Meditation Skills Training Institute will be presented by trainers from Lombard Mennonite Peace Center May 5-9 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22W415 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn. For details or to register, visit www.lmpeacecenter.org/MSTI.html or call (630) 469-1394.

May 10

• Zion Lutheran Church will hold a salad luncheon at noon May 10 at the church, 865 S. church Road, Bensenville. Tickets are $8 per person. For reservations or details, call (630) 766-1039.

• Christ the King Church will feature Tatiana and her performance of "Mary's Story, Let It Be," at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the church, 1501 S. Main St., Lombard. For details, call (6300 629-1717.

• Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a Women's Fellowship Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. May 10 at the church, 1244 W. Army Trail Road, Carol Stream. Speaker Anne Garnett will discuss "Contentment in Every Season of Our Lives." Tickets are $5 and include a continental breakfast. Walk-ins are welcome. For details or to register, call Cher at (630) 668-4356.

Aug. 2

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is seeking crafters for Corn Fest Aug. 2 at the church, 250 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Crafters or artisans may call Vicki Wright at (630) 510-0145.

Ongoing

• St. Irene Council of Catholic Women in Warrenville is seeking information to update its list of Women of the Year for the years of 1969, 1971-72, and 1988 to 1996. The information sought includes names of past presidents, photographs or past minutes to include in this year's celebration. The event will be held at 11 a.m. May 4. For details, call Deb Rossi at (630) 750-4285.

• A Parents Day Out Program will be offered in the fall for children ages 2-4 years at the First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Applications will be taken beginning today. The program is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. A $50 fee is due at enrollment and the charge is $25 a day. Children's activities include a Bible story. For details, call (630) 942-0226.