Tag Archives: Peoria IL

Worship // Service (Riverside Worship) iTunes Album

Looking for an energetic, uplifting worship album? Well, look no further than right here:


The album was recorded live at Riverside Community Church in Peoria, IL and the energy in the building that night was incredible. These musicians are blessed with some real talent and their heart for God certainly shows in the way they sing and play the instruments.

Face to Face and Can’t Stop are my favorite songs on here but they’re all really good. I hope you will enjoy the album as much as I do.

Jars of Clay: A Concert with a Cause (Backpack Peoria)

This is going to be awesome.

Jars of Clay will be performing live at Riverside Community Church in Peoria on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Cool stuff…but the reason it’s going to be a truly great event is because every ticket that is purchased will buy one child in our area a backpack filled with supplies or a school uniform gift card.

I repeat, this is going to be awesome.

$15 gets you a ticket to the concert and it also gets a kid either a backpack or a school uniform for ‘back to school’ time this fall.

It’s part of the Backpack Peoria program, run by Dream Center Peoria. The program has been running for nearly a decade and this year, the folks at DCP plan to give out 2,500 backpacks filled with supplies and 1,000 school uniform gift cards.

Those items will come at no cost to the students who receive them. They do cost money to purchase, however and that’s where this concert comes in.

Anyone familiar with Christian music knows that Jars of Clay is a top-notch band with a great sound and wonderful message in their songs. The concert itself is more than worth the 15 bucks. The fact that you’ll be enjoying a great show AND helping kids with their back to school needs, well, you just can’t beat that.

If you can’t attend the show but still want to support the program, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Visit the highlighted Backpack Peoria link above or you can give directly at this site: https://www.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=52-2376242

If you want more information, just call the Dream Center at (309) 676-3000 and the staff will be more than happy to tell you all about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance to those who plan to attend the concert or make a donation. God bless.

You Can’t Beat Fun at the Old Ballpark – Peoria Chiefs Style

Took the kids to our first Peoria Chiefs game of the year the other night. Safe to say it did not disappoint.

As you can see it was a beautiful night outside. That never hurts. 80 degrees with a breeze…not only does that rhyme but it also feels fantastic.

Enough about the weather, though. The game was great. It was a back-and-forth affair with several lead changes. Ultimately the Chiefs pulled it out and they scored nine runs in the process. That makes for a lot of cheering and clapping at O’Brien Field, not to mention a lot of appearances by the ear of corn dancers (who come onto the field, cued by the ‘Vengabus‘ tune every time the Chiefs score.)

You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark. It’s cliché but it’s so true. After a couple of innings the kids made their way to the playground located behind the center field wall, as they do every time we go to a game there. Offer a playground for kids and kids will be happy to be at your establishment. It’s just that simple.

As we were heading out following the 8th inning (I normally stay but it was a weekday and past their bedtime already anyway, so it was time) my oldest son found his way to the wall near the dugout and managed to snag one of the t-shirts that they shoot out into the crowd. To say he was elated would be quite an understatement 🙂

Little brother’s (mild and very brief) disappointment at not catching one of the shirts didn’t last more than two minutes, as he and his older brother were treated to an even better surprise just a few moments later.

Not bad for a Monday evening.

All of this is just part of what makes minor league baseball great. It’s an atmosphere that may lack some of the aura and the memorable names that come along with the big league teams and stadiums, but what it lacks there it more than makes up for with personality, charm, and a sense of authenticity.

Whatever it is, I enjoy it. My kids enjoy it. I know countless others out there enjoy it as well. So go check out the Chiefs, or whatever minor league baseball team is near you. I’ll bet you’ll have a good time while you’re there.

Metro Kidz Peoria

I had the opportunity to check out this program in person the other day. What a blessing to the Peoria area this is!

Metro Kidz is an outreach program run by the folks over at Dream Center Peoria. From the program’s website:

‘High energy event team brings a mobile stage into Taft Homes and offers games, music, live entertainment, prizes, candy and the Gospel message.’

It is indeed a high energy atmosphere and it is an atmosphere that is very positive as well.

I was amazed at how ‘into it’ the kids were and it was great to see the enthusiasm shown by the volunteers as well. You could tell that everyone who was there truly wanted to be there. That’s where good things can really happen, and they do happen at Metro Kidz.

I watched little ones jumping and dancing to songs like, ‘One Way Jesus‘ and in the process saw the love of God and the hope He provides just fill that entire room. It was awesome.

More people need to know about this program. Metro Kidz provides a safe, enjoyable environment for some wonderful children. More importantly, it is changing lives and bringing Jesus into the hearts of the little ones who are there. I can’t think of anything more important and meaningful than that.

Please consider supporting this program. Again, from the website:

‘We would like to welcome you to partner with DCP, promote the event and volunteerism to your friends, family, co-workers and church. Invite them to get involved. You can contribute by donating to Metro Kidz and/or sponsor a child. Your donation for Metro Kidz would assist in providing for or reducing the costs of resources for skits, prizes and candy.’

Thanks everyone.


Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals in Peoria

Here’s a story that aired on WEEK-TV last night:


Take a look. It should help explain the flashing yellow arrow signals being installed by the  Illinois Department of Transportation at more than 100 intersections in Peoria and surrounding communities. These signals are being added to improve safety at intersections.

You can also check out the video below, produced by IDOT, which further explains the signals. Safe travels everyone!