Walk the Holiday Walk – All the Way to Bethlehem!

If you’re looking for a new way to take care of your heart and soul while preparing yourself for the holiday season, why not take part in the Walk to Bethlehem? Decatur First United Methodist Church created this 12-week walking program as a way to increase the physical, spiritual and emotional health of church members and the community. First UMC describes itself as a church on the move.

Marilyn Stevens, the organizer for this enticing event, says although the church may look quiet on the outside, you won’t find anyone sitting still other than on Sunday mornings. “When Pastor Mike Fender joined us a little over a year ago, it was like jumping on a moving train,” she says.

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Stretch Summer with Stargazing and More

Lincoln Homestead end-of-season event engages with live music, classic cookout.

Ah, summer—the warm weather, the freedom, the cookouts…all of those things are distant memories now, right? But wait! You still have one last chance to enjoy the best of summer at the Lincoln Trail Homestead’s End-of-Season Cookout, scheduled for October 7 from 6 to 8 pm.

The Lincoln Trail Homestead is one of Macon County’s hidden gems, just 10 miles west of Decatur by the Sangamon River. Jeff Tish, First Vice President of the Community Environmental Council, oversees this event, as well as the many other events at the Homestead. The Community Environmental Council works in conjunction with the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead, a volunteer group that is working to bring historic preservation of the site to the same standards as other Lincoln sites in Illinois and to raise awareness about its offerings.

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