iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Leading up to the big Apple event on September 9, rumors and speculations were buzzing across the Internet about what the new iPhone have in store for the new users. Apple was able to settle the rumors and anticipation Tuesday morning at the Flint Performing Arts Center in Cupertino, California.

Apple announced two new iPhones, which will be released on September 19 with preorders accepted starting on September 12. The two iPhones are the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. According to MacRumors, The two phones have a lot in common, but also have very different features.

The iPhone 6:

  • 4.7 inch display screen
  • 1334 X 750 resolution
  • 6.9 mm thick

The iPhone 6 Plus:

  • 5.5 inch display screen
  • 1920 X 1080 resolution
  • 7.1 mm thick
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Long battery life
  • iPad-style landscape mode

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus:

  • Rounded corners
  • Faster processors
  • New Retina HD display
  • Reachability – Users can double tap the Home button to bring items at the top of the screen down to bottom.
  • Camera improvements – Sensor upgrades, improved tone-mapping, better noise reduction, new “Focus Pixel” technology that allows better autofocus

The iPhones will be available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. These new sizes have gotten rid of the 32GB and replaced it with the larger 128GB capacity. The phones come in gold, silver or space gray and start at $199 or $299 respectively.

Volunteering to End Hunger

Marquette Bank in Orland Park, a locally owned neighborhood bank, recently held its seventh annual neighborhood food drive. There were enough food items and monetary donations collected to provide almost 39,000 meals to families in need.

Collection baskets, which were provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, were available at all 22 Marquette Bank locations. Retail branches around the Chicago-land area include locations in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Chicago, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit.

Neighbors, customers, and employees were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to all participating locations. Bank employees and family members who sorted and packed food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank contributed over 100 volunteer hours. Family members and bank employees packed over 14,000 pounds of apples and onions as well as over 16,000 pounds of bread.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank or the Greater Chicago Food Depository visit their websites at www.chicagofoodbank.org and www.northernilfoodbank.org.

Crossroads Christian Church

Crossroads Christian Church of Joliet, 1451 Black Road, offers many services that are beneficial to the church members. For those looking to strengthen their faith Crossroads may be the perfect church to attend.

Crossroads offers services on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and three different services on Sundays, 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Crossroads also offers a service in Spanish for the Hispanic community, Gente Unida. Gente Unida is the Spanish service they offer on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

Aside from the religious services Crossroads offers, they also offer Bible lessons for young children, a service designed towards teens, and they also have community groups.

Crossroadz Kidz offers age appropriate worship services for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Crossroads also offers care for infants and toddlers in their Worship Center. The children are taught Bible lessons and stories with a fun approach. All staff involved in the Crossroadz Kidz program have passed a background check and are properly trained.

The program directed towards teens, typical middle school through high school, is called The Highway. The Highway meets on Sunday nights at 6 p.m., in the student center. Teens there go for fun, games, worship, teaching, and small group exercises.

The community group that is offered through Crossroads Christian Church is based on home Bible study. The group meets once a week in Joliet and the surrounding communities. Together they study the word of God and are challenged to live the Bible not just know the Bible.

Crossroads encourages musicians, artists, and performers to use their talents to honor God through their creative arts ministry.

For more information about Crossroads Christian Church visit their website at www.crossroadsofjoliet.org