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From the November 17th edition of the Manito Review:

Manito-Forest City Rotary Club Senior Dinner

The Monthly Manito-Forest City Rotary Club Senior Dinner will be held on Friday, November 20th. The dinner will be held in the back room at Hawk’s Grove at noon. The meal is open to  the public. There is a small fee for the meal. Havana National Bank is the sponsor for the month. A reservation is required to be made by Nov. 16th to Lynn Coers at Rickett Grain. You can call during normal business hours at 309/597-2331 or email to lynn@rickettgrain.com.  Please plan on joining the group.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Bring a friend and help save lives together!

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive in Manito will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Forman Center from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

You can save up to fifteen minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass! it is redcross blood.org/RapidPass for more information.

For an appointment call Rosemary Palmer at 309-545-2423.


Please Support

Midwest Central PTO!

The Midwest Central PTO has partnered with Schwan’s and now has a fundraiser that will run from November 1st  through March 15, 2016.  All proceeds from the fundraiser will directly help fund events for the students, families, staff, and community of the Midwest Central district. 

Some of the events that the PTO provides are: Back to School Kickoff; Classroom Supplies; Tea and Tissues; Muffins with Mom;  Donuts with Dad; Trivia Night; Harvest Party; Staff Appreciation; Movie Night; Santa Secret Shop; and Student Field Trips.

This is just a sample of what the PTO does.  We strive to continuously provide new events and with your support, the PTO will be able to do just that.  Whether you are an existing customer of Schwan’s or want to be a new customer, a portion of every purchase made will be given to the PTO.  Schwan’s has over 350 items to choose from and your order will be delivered to your front door. 

It is easy to help.  Just go to www.schwans-cares.com or www.schwans.com or call 1-855-870-7208.  When you are asked if you would like to contribute to a fundraiser enter the campaign ID of 24459.  Everyone can help, even if they do not live in the district.  So, please be sure to tell your family and friends!

If you have any questions or would like more information on joining the Midwest Central PTO, please contact Jeanine Hart-Hipsher at (309) 642-7494.  Appreciation in advance for your support!


First Baptist Church of Manito Invites Everyone to “Friend Day” Celebration

The First Baptist Church of Manito located at 1105 E. Avenue, Manito, Il. would like to extend an invitation to everyone to join us in a “Friend Day” celebration. The services on Friend Sunday, November 22, 2015, will be at 10:00 AM for morning worship and 6:00 PM for evening Bible Study. In the morning worship service we will have special music, congregational singing,  locally popular ventriloquist “Doc” Lowery, and the morning message provided by Evangelist Dr. Bobby Lounsberry. The First Baptist Church is just that, the 1st fundamental, independent Baptist Church founded in Manito. In 1964 the church was founded by the Rev. Ralph H. Sauter who pastored here until his home going Jan. 22, 2015. The church began its ministry on Park Avenue then relocated in the present building on East Ave. in 1972. His son, Larry Sauter, has worked in the churches ministry aside his Father since its founding. He has taught since 1972 beginning with youth groups, adult Sunday school, served as associate pastor, and is now Pastor. Larry & Vicky Sauter lived in the Manito area many years and raised a daughter, Holly Sauter, who graduated from Midwest Central, Bradley University, and is now a civil engineer in Chicago. Manito has always been at the heart of our ministry and many friends have been made during the past 51 years. We want to extend an invitation to you to come join us on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10:00 AM, and please…bring a friend with you.


Forest City Community Church

Bazaar & Cookie Walk Nov. 21

Baking has begun for all those delicious goodies that will be available at this year’s Forest City Community Church as they plan for their annual Bazaar and 9th Annual Cookie Walk.  The event will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.  “A Family is a Patchwork of Love” is the theme for this year’s event.  Among the delicious goodies available are homemade cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, dinner rolls, breads, cobblers, mini pies, and lots of other baked goods.     

 Trays and trays of cookies will be available at the 9th Annual Cookie Walk.  Just purchase a container and fill it with your favorites.  What a great way to prepare for the upcoming holidays!  There will be pre-packaged cookies available also.

 The men’s fellowship will serve a lunch of homemade chili, vegetable soup, hot dogs, and a drink.  Be sure to pick up a delicious dessert after your meal.

 This past summer the “church ladies” had a booth at the Farmers’ Market in Manito and had some special treats for sale.  We’re planning on having some of these treats available again. There also will be homemade candies and sweets, craft items, pecans, and homemade pickles.   There will be seasonal napkins for sale, and craft booths will again be set up in the front foyer with lots of good things for sale.  We’ll see you November 21st!!

 “Though quilts are like our families, they’re made by human hands. 

Their colors fade, their fabric tears, they lose their great demand. 

But families live forever, throughout time, across sea and land

For they are made by God alone through His eternal perfect plan.”

2000 Marian Spain


Coats for Kids

Winter is coming soon and once again coats, hats, and gloves are needed to warm, our little ones. If you have outgrown, boys or girls, coats, hats, or gloves, size small 7-8, med. 10-12, or large 12-14, or larger, they can be dropped off at 202 E. Glendale in Manito, 309/968-7972, or at the Primary school in Manito. Happy Fall, and thanks to all.


Snow Buddy Deadline Is Dec. 4

The Snow Buddies program is underway in the Midwest Central school district.  We have children and families that need adopting, so today is the day to call 241-1414 or email cupi@midwestcentral.org and pick out an individual child or family to shop for them.  If you don’t have the time to shop, monetary donations are being accepted at the Manito Community Bank and shopping will be done for you!  There is a definite need in our community this year, and this is a way to show your Christmas spirit and help out our kids.  The Snow Buddies program would not happen without the support of everyone!!

 Your Snow Buddy gifts need to be turned in at the grade school by Friday, Dec. 4, so we can make sure every child gets a gift!

 If you have any questions about the Snow Buddy program, would like to pick out a family to shop for, or make a monetary donation, just call 241-1414 or email cupi@midwestcentral.org   Please do it today!!!


Friday Night on Broadway Coming Soon

The Friday Night on Broadway committee, with the help of the local churches will be presenting “It’s A Wondrous Life in Manito” Friday, December 4th from 5-8 pm at Willett’s Winery. The churches will be serving chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, sandwiches and homemade desserts. Forman Junior Women’s Club will also be featuring roasted nuts.

Santa will be visiting and we will be giving away a large variety of gift certificates and prizes, so mark your calendars and join us for the food, fun, and festivities.


Join us for Holiday Open House fun!

Join us for Holiday Open House fun in Green Valley and Manito, the 3rd weekend in November, with 3 great locations! They will be offering everything you need to get ready for Christmas!

The Holiday Barn Show will be held on Friday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21st from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Over 30 artists with handmade, vintage, retro and antique items arranged in an 1800's barn. Nacho Mama Food Truck for lunch. The Holiday Barn Show is located at 225 Cherry St., Green Valley, ph. 309-840-3600.

Past Times Antique’s Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21st from 8:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Step back in time for treasured Christmas memories. Featuring vintage Christmas decorations, primitives big and small, handmade goods and one of a kind items. Wood fired Pizzas for lunch. Past Times Antiques is located at 608 W. Main St., Green Valley, ph. 309-360-1752.

The Rustic Roost’s Holiday Open House will be held Thursday-Saturday, November 19th-21st from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. A balanced blend of original, refinished, and repurposed antiques, primitives, architectural salvage items, Holiday items, and gifts. We also have reclaimed lumber and barn salvage items including barn siding, beams and rusty corrugated tin. The Rustic Roost is located at 101 E. Market St., Manito, ph. 309-840-2984.


Let’s “Sock” It To Cold Feet!

The National Honor Society of Midwest Central High School will be sponsoring the annual “Sock it to Cold Feet” new sock drive to benefit the Snow Buddies program in our community.   MCHS classes will compete from November 23rd to December 3rd to earn the coveted Sock Monkey traveling trophy that will be awarded to the graduating class with the largest number of sock donations. Last year MCHS students donated over 500 pairs of socks for this cause. Please consider purchasing NEW good quality socks in sizes infant through adult for your high school student to donate. Don’t have a high school student? No problem, contact Linda Doty at the high school by e-mail at doty@midwestcentral.org or by phone at 968-6766 to arrange your donation. Help the National Honor Society support the Snow Buddies this holiday season!  As always, thank-you in advance for your continued support!


Manito Residents Give Thanks By Packing Gifts Of Hope For Children Living In Poverty Overseas

Manito families, churches and groups are not waiting until Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude. Instead, they are giving back by lovingly packing gifts of joy for children around the world living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

Nov. 16 – 23, Manito residents will pack shoebox gifts filled with a “Wow” item—like a doll or soccer ball—and other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, will deliver the gifts to children in need overseas. Manito area residents can visit samaritanspurse.org/occ to find sites that will serve as collection points in the area.

“We have so much to be thankful for here in America. Most of us have a roof over our heads, beds with pillows to sleep on, and food on our table. But for many children living overseas, tough living conditions and extreme poverty have left them with little hope,” said Operation Christmas Child Regional Director Joe Christian. “It is amazing to see the joy on children’s faces when they receive these gifts. It can be a tangible reminder that they are loved and not forgotten, despite their difficult circumstances.”

After being dropped off at a local collection site, these boxes will make the long journey overseas, traveling by any means necessary—boat, plane, train and even elephant—until they reach the hands of children in need. In 2015, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach more than 11 million children. Since 1993, the project has delivered shoebox gifts to more than 124 million children in over 150 countries and territories.

It’s not too late to get involved, and anyone can participate in this life-changing project for children around the world. Although next week is National Collection Week, shoebox gifts are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.

•With a computer or mobile device, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift on the Samaritan’s Purse website. These gifts of hope will go to children in some of the hardest-to-reach countries. Go online to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement and “pack” them in a shoebox.

•Participants can follow their box online to discover where in the world their gift is delivered by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 816-622-8316 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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