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20 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon faith faith briefs St. Bernard Parish (13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen) Blood Drive 3-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, sign-up after Mass or contact Barbara Muszanski at (708) 227-4383. Knowledge and Prayer Series 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Our Lady of the Woods, 10731 W. 131st St., Orland Park. Multi Parish Respect Life Ministries present “Protecting Catholic Health Care: FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. the Challenges We Face.” Cross of Glory Lutheran Church (14719 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen) Blessing Bags 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Assemble Blessing Bags for those spending their time in a homeless shelter. ‘The Shack’ Discussion 6 p.m. March 8-April 5, Wednesdays during Lent. Weekly supper at 6 p.m. followed by discussion on the many themes presented in the movie “The Shack.” ©2006 Copyrighted Material Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen (14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen) Senior Connections 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. Orland Park Campus, 11110 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Second Friday of the month, chili lunch and program. The cost is $10. To RSVP, call (708) 478-7477 ext. 272 or email ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. First United Methodist Church of Lockport (1000 S. Washington St., Lockport) Souper Soup Supper 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. A variety of soups will be offered, along with crackers, rolls, dessert, and beverages. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children (3-12), under age 3 are free. Carry-outs available. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Erin Redmond at e.redmond@ or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 15. Information is due by noon Thursday one week prior to publication. Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 Pastor Column Moving to a deeper understanding of love THE REV. THOMAS LOYA Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church Now that we just got past Valentine’s Day, we can now move (with all due respect) beyond the chocolates and flowers — the symbols of love — and instead get to love itself. The art of real love between husband and wife involves two things: understanding the fundamental and legitimate needs of one another as man and woman, and, secondly, a commitment to trying to meet those needs and avoid striking at each other’s fundamental fears as man and woman. The best way to pick up on each other’s fundamental needs as man and woman is to learn how to decode the language and theology that is stamped in our very bodies as man and woman. Note; the “language of the body” is not to be confused with “body language.” The language of the body not only reveals how we are made in the image and likeness of God but also how we are hardwired as man and woman. The language of the body also reveals the person; it makes visible what is invisible. For example, the basic physiology (hardwiring) of the male has a fundamental external orientation. Males act upon things outside of themselves. Notice how baby boys will throw and bang things. They will test the limits of things. The male gaze by nature is further than that of a woman, and their gaze is very single focused. Males tear down, build up, penetrate, defend and protect. From decoding this language of the male body, women can gather helpful insights into men. Men are simple. They process things more in terms of action than words. It is why men like action movies rather than romance movies. Men respond to a sense of mission. They long to hear the message of adequacy, that they have what it takes, they’re the guy that can get the job done. At his baptism before he went about his mission on Earth, Jesus Christ himself heard the words of His Father in Heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” (Mt. 17:5) So, ladies, all of this should clue you in to the one thing a man wants more than anything from you. It is the way that men process love. That one thing is respect. The Bible itself teaches women this in Ephesians 5:33. Giving a man respect is a way of communicating that message of adequacy that he so badly longs to hear. I guarantee you, ladies, if your man hears this message from you, he will do and be anything for you. The opinions of this column are that of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect those of The Homer Horizon. life & arts the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 21 John Lane Farm fundraiser aims to restore barn Holiday Sweetheart Dance serves as inaugural John Lane Farm fundraiser Amanda Del Buono Freelance Reporter Historical John Lane Farm Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of John Lane Farm in Homer Township, hosted the Holiday Sweetheart Dance, its first fundraiser in support of the restoration of the farm’s barn, Saturday, Feb. 11. The event took place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5788, located at 1026 E. 9th St. in Lockport, and attracted community members from Lockport, Homer Glen and nearby communities. “Our Board of Directors, we kicked ideas around and decided this would be the first event we would try,” said Sylvia Ziekle-Kuffel, president of the Board of Directors for the organization. “ … We’d just like to fill the room and sell every ticket we have, about 200, and that would help us a great deal. It’s not a lot, but it would be a start.” The event featured live music from Classique Rock Band, a Geneva-based band, and food was offered by New Lenox’s Smokin’ Z BBQ. Additionally and a silent auction featuring items donated by a several local merchants. “We’ve been really blessed with a lot of donations,” Ziekle-Kuffel said. “… A lot of wonderful merchants out there were happy to help, and we were very surprised. We certainly want to thank them all.” Along with the fun, the event was a reminder of the area’s history. At its heart was maintaining the history of Historic John Lane Farm, the location where the first steel plow is said to have been invented, according to Ziekle- Kuffel. She has been working with the organization to restore the original barn and create a community center. Although the organization has made advancements in its efforts, there still is much work to be done to the barn before it can become the community center that Ziekle-Kuffel is envisioning. “It’s a huge piece of history we have here, and we don’t want to lose it,” she said. Among those present was Joan Reeves, the great-greatgreat granddaughter of John Lane. Reeves has been supportive of the organization and said that she’s happy to see the farm being restored. “I think it’s awesome they have taken on this project to preserve the history,” she said. “ …I just wish my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were here to see this.” Reeves added that she was enjoying the fundraiser and was happy to see people having fun. Ziekle-Kuffel also saw much support from her friends. Among them were Karen and Tom Hartford, lifelong Lockport residents who were happy to help the cause and support their friend, Karen said. “I just got out of the hospital yesterday, but I wanted to come because I wanted to support Sylvia,” Karen said. While for a good cause, many in attendance were those who simply enjoyed dancing. Joanne Pitulla and Larry Claffy, Lockport residents, dance at the VFW often and were encouraged to come for another opportunity to dance. However, while there, the couple learned about the organization and the history of the farm. “It’s for a good cause,” Claffy said. “We didn’t know about it; it’s very interesting,” Pitulla added. Homer Glen resident Annie Benda (right) shows Sylvia Ziekle-Kuffel how to use a 100-year-old drill that was donated for the Holiday Sweetheart Dance fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 11, held at the Lockport VFW. photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Mike and Sandy Vidmar swing dance at the Holiday Sweetheart Dance. Mike and Sandy Vidmar, Joliet residents, dance at the VFW often, as well, but were happy to support the organization at Saturday’s event. “They’re keeping history alive,” Mike said. “It’s a good thing.” Lockport resident Carrie Rock adds a few more items to the silent auction benefiting John Lane Farm. The organization will host its Historic John Lanes Days event at the farm July 8-9, with rainout days scheduled for July 15-16. The organization is currently looking for volunteers for the festival.