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20 | November 9, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger FAITH Faith Briefs St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100 Second St., Mokena) Christmas Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The Christmas Craft Fair will feature local vendors and crafters, free activities for the kids, and a raffle. All proceeds to benefit St. John’s Christian Preschool. Traditional Service 8 a.m. traditional mass, 9:45 a.m. contemporary & traditional music in a service of praise and reverence. Supervised childcare available. For more information, call (708) 479-5123. Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St., Mokena) Church Service 10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is provided Sunday School 9-10 a.m. Men’s Group 6 p.m. Sunday nights in the church basement. All men are welcome. Mokena United Methodist Church (10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena) Service and Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church service and children’s Sunday School will be held. For more information, call (708) 479-1110. Bible Study 7 p.m. Mondays. Call (708) 479-1110 for more info. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena) Fall Festival and Beef Dinner 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. 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The all-day bazaar will be held in Heritage Hall and will include needlecrafts, gift items, baked goods and holiday decorations. There will also be a Pet Corner and a selection of gift baskets, stocking stuffers and unique teacher-hostessfriend-child-boss-coworker gifts. Strollers are welcome and admission to the craft show is free. A light luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a roast beef dinner, with all the Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 trimmings, will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12. The is no cost for children 5 and younger. Carry-outs are available. Dinner tickets will be sold at the door and the public is invited. The event is a fund-raiser for the church’s Ruth Society, which provides altar service, volunteer help and financial support to Immanuel. For more information, call (708) 479-5600. Contemporary Worship 5 p.m. Saturday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday God’s Kids Club 10:15 a.m. Sundays. This club is open to those between the ages of 4-17. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Sunday Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th St., Mokena) Sunday Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena Baptist offers Sunday School classes for all ages. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave., Mokena) Church Service 5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6: p.m. Sundays In Memoriam Gary Lee Aldridge Gary Lee Aldridge, 73, of Mokena, died Oct. 25. Aldridge is survived by his wife Sherry (Marbeth) Aldridge; daughter Samantha (Carl); sons Jason (Michelle), Derrick (Brandee), Cole and Jesse; and Adoration Wednesdays following 8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel until 6:45 p.m. Holy Rosary 7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road, Mokena) Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be sure to arrive early for our Sunday Worship Service to enjoy a hot, complimentary cup of coffee every week at the church. After 10:15 a.m., all beverages can be found just outside the sanctuary. Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte Road, Mokena) Narcotics Anonymous 7-9 p.m. Mondays. All those struggling or who have struggled with a narcotics addiction are welcome. All meetings are confidential. For more information, call (708) 479-0300. Spanish Church 12:30 p.m. every Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m. every Sunday. All are welcome. Women’s Bible Study 8:45-9:45 a.m. every Sunday and 2-3 p.m. every Tuesday Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Amanda Stoll at or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 34. Deadline is noon Thursday one week prior to publication. nine grandchildren. Do you have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@mokenamessen with information about a loved one who was a part of the Mokena community. life & arts the Mokena Messenger | November 9, 2017 | 21 Getting wild on stage All About Music set to perform ‘Madagascar’ Thursday, Nov. 16-19 T.J. Kremer III, Editor Things are about to get wild at St. John’s Community Center Nov. 16-19: Mokenabased All About Music and Children’s Theatre is scheduled to launch its production of the Disney hit, “Madagascar.” The 65-person cast, split into two groups so everyone has a chance to participate in the production, will dance, sing, tell a few jokes and entertain audiences in a fur-filled theatrical production of the animated movie. “[The show] is almost all animals,” said All About Music Co-owner and Creative Director Connie Johnson- Beebe. “It’s different types of animals: There’s animals that know what people are, and animals — what they call ‘in the wild’ in the show ‘Madagascar’ — that don’t know what people are, what lions are, because they’ve been on an island their whole lives. Costuming-wise, I think this is the first show where there’s only been five people characters; the rest are all animal characters.” Johnson-Beebe said they chose “Madagascar” for the upbeat and contemporary music, and because the production features lots of parts for all ages and genders for kids. The cast includes children who range from kindergarten to seniors in high school. With all the roles come a lot of costumes, something If you’re going… When: Cast A: Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 11:00 a.m. Cast B: Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19, 1:00 p.m. Where: St. John’s Community Center, 11100 2nd St. in Mokena Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at All About Music & Children’s Theatre, 19108 Wolf Road in Mokena. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and younger and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door will be $14 — cash only. For more information: Call AAMCT, (708) 479-0440 that was a group effort to pull off, Johnson-Beebe said. “We have a lot of really crafty moms and support from all the parents. All the parents volunteer their time to help in whatever capacity they’re capable.” Todd Beebe, co-owner and filling in as lighting and sound technician for this production, said the costumes might make things a little more difficult than usual for the children to get around the stage in, but that hasn’t hampered the energy level of the actors. “It’s been off the chart,” Beebe said. “You can feel that every week you come in the energy is getting bigger and bigger for the anticipation for it. You can definitely tell they’re getting ready for [the production].” Ava Briscoe, 12, of Mokena, is set to play Maurice the lemur. Briscoe has been in 13 performances with All About Music, and said the productions might change, but many (Left to right) Shannon Weiss, of Orland Park, Rosie Wesselhoff, of New Lenox, and Hayden Valecek, of Mokena, rehearse Nov. 5 for All About Music’s production of “Madagascar,” set to run at St. John’s Community Center in Mokena Thursday, Nov. 16-19. Weiss is slated to play Marty the Zebra, Wesselhoff as Mason the Monkey and Valecek as Alex the lion. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media things remain the same show after show. “It’s different because I don’t think we’ve had a show where we’ve had mostly animals before, and it’s pretty funny,” Briscoe said. “But, it’s the same because everyone always does a good job with their part and is supportive.” Annie O’Brien, 15, of Tinley Park, is slated to play Melman the giraffe, and said audience members of all ages can appreciate the show. “There’s humor for all ages,” O’Brien said. “There are little jokes for the younger audience members to get and little references for the adults to get. There’s a nice ‘Silence of the Lambs’ reference in there.” LW Foundation’s Dinner Gala benefits students’ success Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter The Lincoln-Way Education Foundation has raised more than $4.2 million geared towards improving the academic opportunities in Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 since its inception in 1994. The Gala was held Oct. 28 at the new-look Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The Gala typically raises between roughly $30,000 and $50,000. The event featured dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and music provided by band students from the Lincoln-Way East jazz ensemble. The Foundation was created as the fundraising arm for District 210, and exists for the sole purpose of generating funds that go toward helping students achieve academic success, Foundation Executive Director Bob Kennedy explained as guests filed into the renovated banquet hall. The Foundation has provided funds for electronic message boards and WiFi at all three high schools, and software that enables students to compose music on their MacBooks, among numerous other things in its 23 years of existence, Kennedy said. “We’re not buying football uniforms, we’re not buying cheerleading outfits,” he added. “Our moneys are being used to help kids achieve academic success, and bring kids up the highest academic level at all three schools.” The spirit the Gala this year provided a means to showcase the talents of student band members. A jazz ensemble composed of youths from all three schools entertained guests before dinner, and a string ensemble provided the mood music during the meal. “We believe music and academics, the arts, is all tied together,” Kennedy said. “It helps these kids get a real advantage and be well-rounded, and we thought it was really appropriate to have these kids come and entertain and provide some background music. It’s really all about the students.” Foundation External Vice President Jamie Viebach said planning and organizing the Gala is a major undertaking, but one in which the entire Lincoln-Way community comes together to make possible. Nearly 100 businesses contributed prizes for the raffle drawings and auctions. “It’s one of those things that take a village – or five communities, in any case,” Viebach said, referring to Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Manhattan and Tinley Park – which comprise District 210. “We have so many wonderful businesses and individuals in these communities who donate to us and make sure we have incredible silent and live auctions, and people work their tails off to ask businesses for contributions and to collect the items. Frankfort residents Jennifer and Carlos Chillon are the parents of two District 210 (Left to right) Lincoln-Way Education Foundation Executive Director Bob Kennedy, Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Superintendent Scott Tingley and Foundation President Dave Zang pose for a picture in the lobby of Odyssey Country Club, where the Foundation held its annual gala fundraiser on Oct. 28. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media graduates and have another at Lincoln-Way East. “They offer so much,” Jennifer said of the Foundation. “Our kids get so much above and beyond what they would get without the support of the Foundation.”