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From the July 9th edition of the Manito Review:  

Sunday Evening Worship

The Manito Community United Methodist Church is now hosting a Sunday Evening Worship for those people who have a hard time getting started early on Sunday morning.  Pastor Steve Oaks provides the sermon and music is provided by a newly formed praise band called The Commission+.  The service begins at 5:00 P.M. and lasts approximately an hour.

This service is a little more relaxed and not as structured as the morning service.  Join us and encounter Jesus at each and every service. We embrace a spiritually healthy mixture of the newest modern worship songs, classic hymns, as well as original worship music.


Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet

The Forman Class of 1969 will host the annual Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet on Friday evening, August 30, 2019, during the  annual Popcorn Festival at the Forman Center in Manito.  The Class of 1977 will be added.  If you graduated or attended the Manito-Forman High Schools with the Class of 1932 through 1977, you are invited to attend.  Please SAVE the DATE!!

To add your address and phone information or revised address and phone information, contact Becky Peplow by email at  You may also call/text her at  (309) 202-0701.  Invitations will be mailed in late May. 

Committee Coordinator, Bob Skaggs, welcomes any class member of 1968, 1969 or 1970 to attend the meetings every Tuesday morning at the Forman Center at 8:30 a.m.  The Forman Center is located at 308  S. Harrison St., Manito, IL. 


Blood Drive

July 11 • 1-5:30 p.m.

The Bloodmobile will be held on Thursday, July 11th from 1:00-5:30 p.m., at the Forman Center Main Hall, located at 308 S. Harrison in Manito.

Call Rosemary Palmer at 309/545-2423 to schedule an appointment or for more information.


Manito Historic
Buildings Open

This summer, the Manito Historical Society will be hosting an open house of our historic Old Jail and Old Red Schoolhouse.  The dates these buildings will be open are July 13 and August 10. On these Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, the buildings will be open to tour, view our local artifacts, and ask questions of our historical society members. 

Our MCHS History League students teach local history to Midwest Central 5th graders in these buildings. Fundraising by the Manito Historical Society has gone toward maintaining these buildings.  Please come check this out.  Our original Manito History book will be for sale at these locations. 

This open house is free;  donations are appreciated. 


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, July 13th at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 11:30 a.m. till until everything is gone.

When in line for the giveaway, be sure to have your license (ID card or even bill with your name and address) to confirm your name and address.

Remember no proxies unless approved by President Dave Crigger or Rosemary Palmer. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Rosemary Palmer at (309) 545-2423 for any needed information.


A Night at the Races

The Green Valley Sesquicentennial Committee is planning their first annual “Night at the Races” and they want you to attend.

The mice races will be Saturday, July 20th at Pub 29, 6031 Rt. 29, Green Valley.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the races will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Tables must be reserved in advance.  Individual admission tickets will also be sold in advance, or attendees may pay an increased fee the evening of the event.

Tickets or tables may be reserved by calling:  Pub 29 @ (309)352-3489; Green Valley Village Hall @ (309)352-3590;  Chelsea Terrill @ (309)696-3065; Darlene Curry @ (309)369-4250 or contact the committee on their FaceBook page:   Green Valley Sesquicentennial

Green Valley Sesquicentennial will be held August 26,27,28, 2022.


Charles A. Beebe
Scholarship Committee Meets

The committee for the Charles A. Beebe Scholarship met at Manito Community Bank on June 25, 2019.  Committee members are Jay Blair, Midwest Central High School Principal; Andrew Mihm, representing First Mid Wealth Management, where the trust is located; Nancy Proehl, member at large and Dirk Heinhorst, Manager of Manito Community Bank.  The scholarship trust was established by Mr. Charles A. Beebe who was past President and Director of Peoples State Bank.  The income derived from the scholarship trust is paid out annually to graduates of Forman and Midwest Central High School for the purpose of assisting them in higher education.  Since inception in 1976, and including this year, $1,917,997. has been paid out in scholarship funds.  This year eighty nine recipients will be receiving a total of $84,100.  Letter of instructions will be mailed out to the recipients.


 Forman Valley Community
Foundation Grant

The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant applications for the second half of 2019.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 1, 2019.  The FVCF’s purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development, and community issues.  501(c)(3) organizations within the Midwest Central School District #191 boundaries may apply for a grant.  The grant applications are available at Manito Community Bank.


Gospel Duo Anticipation to
Perform at SJUMC

The featured gospel singing duo “ANTICIPATION” will be performing inspirational music on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm at the San Jose United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 600 S First Street, San Jose, IL 62682. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm with FREE FOOD AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE CHILDREN. The FREE concert will begin at 6:00 pm, EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Please join us for an evening of fellowship and music. ‘ANTICIPATION’ originally began as a Himmel family quartet; featuring father, son and two grandsons. As time has marched on the baton has been passed on to Chris Himmel and his wife, Erica and their son, Graham. The family originated in the Manito area and are very busy singing around the country. They are new to this concert series and gives us an opportunity to experience a young family singing group.

This summer concert series is sponsored by the San Jose Christian Church, San Jose United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, July 28, 2019. This is an indoor, air-conditioned concert.


Open House to Celebrate 90th

The children of Billie Meyer are hosting an Open House Celebration in honor of her 90th birthday to be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Forman Center Cafeteria in Manito.

Family, friends and the community are invited to stop by and share in the festivities.

No gifts please, but bring your favorite memory of Billie to add to her memory book.




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