• Anniversary Mass: The Quincy Cursillo Community will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a Catholic Mass and carry-in meal Sunday, Aug. 10, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2600 Maine in Quincy. Activities include music at 1 p.m., and Mass at 2 p.m., concelebrated by the Rev. John Doctor and the Rev. Tom Henseler. The carry-in meal will be at 3 p.m. More information is available at www.quincycursillo.com or by calling Dennis Steinkamp, lay director, at 217-316-0489, or emailing him at email@example.com.
• Mass of Thanksgiving: Benjamin Coggeshall, son of Robin and Claudia Coggeshall of Camp Point, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke on Aug. 5 in St. Francis De Sales Oratory in St. Louis. Coggeshall graduated from Central High School in 2000 and from the University of Illinois at Champaign in 2004 with a degree in architecture. He entered the seminary in 2006 in Florence, Italy. The First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at noon Saturday Aug. 9, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Quincy. He will return to the seminary at the end of August and receive the details concerning his assignment.
• Park celebration: Lutherfest 2014 will be 4-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in Paloma Park. The event will begin with a contemporary worship service followed by a potluck supper. The event will also include a volleyball tournament, face painting and yard games. A presentation by the Puppet Posse will be held for children. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and a dish to share. Lutherfest is sponsored by CROSS, a group of congregations in the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. For more information, call Jennie at 217-653-5287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Communitywide event: From noon until 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Clemens Field in Hannibal, Mo., will be the site of a "Celebration of Grace, God's Promise For You." It will feature inspirational speakers, a Christian band, a Christian comedian and music presented by local churches. Praise teams, praise bands, choirs and handbell groups will perform throughout the day. This family friendly event will have something for all ages, including a children's activity area. It is sponsored by St. John's Lutheran in cooperation with other area churches of all denominations, those in attendance will celebrate the opportunity to revel in God's promise of forgiveness and salvation. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Bob Yonker of East Dundee, who is nationally known for speaking to youth gatherings around the country. The Christian duo Lost and Found will perform its quirky singing and guitar accompaniment. Christian comedian Bob Smiley will perform. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 573-221-0215 or go to www.celebrategracemo.org.
• Annual homecoming: The annual Bethel Homecoming will be Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Bethel Church. A basket dinner will be at 12:30 p.m., followed by a church music program at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by violinist Meredith Spradlin, a Burlend descendant and descendant of Josiah Wade. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, table service and lawn chair.
• Concert: Regionally-based southern Gospel quartet Two By Two will appear in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at First Christian Church, 117 W. Washington in Mount Sterling. This is the third of five monthly concerts in the church's 175th celebration concert series. There will be no admission charge; a love offering will be received. Two By Two began its ministry in 1987. They have performed throughout the Midwest, from church worship services to fairs, festivals and concerts. Jerry Roegge, John Rohn, Ray Anderson and Wes Hendricker make up the group's current lineup. Directions to the church are available by calling 217-773-3247.
• Ice cream social: Centennial Ebenezer United Methodist Church, on Route 61, one mile east of Big Neck, will hold an ice cream social at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. The meal, for a free-will offering, will include chocolate, vanilla, pineapple and banana homemade ice cream; ham salad, chicken salad, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; and cake, toppings and drinks.
• Mission fundraiser: First Christian Church, 1415 Maine St., will hold an ice cream social 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the church's Fellowship Hall. The meal will include church-rite sandwiches, chips, a drink, homemade cake and homemade ice cream. A free-will offering will benefit Armenian mission work.
• Pancake fundraiser: The congregation of Bethel Assembly of God Church is holding a pancake fundraiser at Applebee's, 3827 Broadway in Quincy, to support its college group, Element 26. Cost is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased at the door or from the church office at 217-222-4501.
• Watermelon feast: Living Faith United Methodist Church in Bowen will have its inaugural Watermelon Feast from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. A free-will offering will be accepted for a meal of sloppy joes, chips, desserts, beverages and locally grown watermelon. There will also be games and music. The church is at 106 E. First St.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
• Melrose Chapel: Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church, 3600 Payson Road, Quincy, will host the Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 10-14. Classes will be available for preschoolers (age 4) through sixth-graders, along with an adult class.
• St. Peter Lutheran Church: Vacation Bible school will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 4-6, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Coatsburg. A light meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall with the "Spark Summer: Splash in God's Word" VBS to follow. Each evening will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for preschoolers to 12th-graders.