Festival: Celebration of a Century Festival will begin with a craft and vendor festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 500 E. Depot St. The event marks the beginning of the church’s yearlong celebration of 100 years of being a religious leader in the community. Grab-a-Slab Dinner from 4 to 8 a.m. Aug. 23. Also, participate in the 5K race, benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project, at 8 a.m. Aug. 24. Cost of the race is $30. For more information, call (847) 395-0652 or visit www.ignatiusantioch.com.
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Mass and picnic: St. Patrick Parish in Wadsworth will hold its annual outdoor Mass at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 followed by a potluck picnic lunch in the picnic grove of Tempel Farms, 17000 W. Wadsworth Road. This will be the only Mass on Sunday for the church. There will also be a Mass at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the main church building. The theme for this year’s event is “Gathering as One Family Celebrating Our Faith in Christ.” Families are asked to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert. Roast pork, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob and drinks will be provided. Games for all ages, including the annual egg toss, will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the fields of Tempel Farms. Registration is requested. Details, (847) 244-4161 or visit stpatspicnic2014.eventbrite.com.
Workshop: The Children and Youth Ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church, 800 S. Genesee St., will host a back to school workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23. Children and youth from third through 12th grade are invited. Workshop topics include bullying, healthy relationships/teen dating, banking basics/smart money management, and pros and cons of social media. For each subject there is also a workshop for parents. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Details, (847) 662-6383.
New pastor: St. John’s United Church of Christ in Waukegan announced that it has selected the Rev. Dr. James J. Olson as its new pastor. A native of the Boston area, Olson is a graduate of UMass Amherst, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and Boston University School of Theology, and has done post-doctoral research at Oxford University. St. John’s United Church of Christ is one of the oldest congregations in Waukegan, founded in 1863 in the German Reformed tradition. As a result of denominational mergers in the 1930s and again in 1957, St. John’s became a United Church of Christ congregation. Originally located on West Street, the congregation moved to its present site on McAree Road in 1967. Today, St. John’s is a small, diverse congregation with traditional worship, progressive theology, a heart for service and a mind for inquiry, all are invited and welcome. A Service of Installation will be held for Rev. Olson at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and the public is invited to attend. More information may be found at www.stjohnsuccwaukegan.org.