Church news for July 8

Elburn Hill Church feature
speakers sharing story
of healing, inspiration

Elburn—Mike and Christi Bedell of Elburn suffered through serious disease and years of infertility, and yet through a special healing prayer saw God do the miraculous.

They will share their inspiring story Sunday, July 11, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service titled “What God can do for one, he can do for all.”

Also sharing their story of God’s power in their lives are local residents John and Jenny Kasap. All are invited.

The church is located at 506 N. Main St., Elburn, and can be reached at (630) 365-9064 or at info@elburnhillchurch.org.

SGUMC holds
vacation bible school

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites all children age 3 through fifth grade to “Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God!” vacation Bible school.

Board the starship Galactic Praise to see our awesome universe and our awesome God in a whole new way. The fun begins from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16, at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Each galactic mission includes a Bible story in the Good News Galaxy, along with science activities at the Orbital Observatory, music at Moons & Tunes, art projects at Cosmic Crafts, games at Rocket Rec. and a snack at the Astro Bistro.

To be a part of all the excitement at Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God, call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or visit sgumc.net.

St. Gall Catholic Church
offers rummage sale

Elburn—St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn, located at the corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street, will begin accepting donations on Monday, July 19, for its 26th annual rummage sale.

The church asks that all items be in clean and usable condition. If an item is too heavy for one person to carry, the church cannot accept it. Drop-off hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon.

For information, call (630) 557-2819 or e-mail annerich@sbcglobal.net.

Kaneville UMC offers
vacation Bible school

Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church (KUMC) invites children in preschool through sixth grade to SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School.

KUMC will be transformed into the Amazon rainforest, where kids will learn about God’s love for them from some of Jesus’ parables. They will also take part in music, games, crafts, snacks and storytellers.

The SonQuest Rainforest adventure begins Monday, July 26, and continues through Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The church is located at 46W742 Main Street Road in Kaneville. Registration forms are available at the church, the Kaneville Public Library, Hills Country Store and the Kaneville Community Child Center. For more information or to register, call (630) 557-2245.

St. Peter Catholic Church
begins centennial
celebration

Geneva—St. Peter Church in Geneva will begin celebrating its centennial on Saturday, July 10, with a Eucharistic procession (a form of solemn prayer) from the site of the original church to the current location on Kaneville Road. The procession will be followed by Mass. Festivities will end with an ice cream social after the worship service.

Other celebration activities will take place throughout the year, including an ecumenical concert, a charitable giving program, a centennial 5k walk/run and a church history and family photo book. The celebration will conclude in July 2011, with a special liturgy followed by a Memory Lane brunch.

In July of 1911, a group of 125 Catholics celebrated its first Mass as a new congregation at the Unitarian Church. Later they would rent unused space in a Swedish Methodist Church for a year.

The cornerstone for the first St. Peter Church building was laid on Sept. 2, 1912, at Fifth and James streets. The dedication of the new building took place in 1913. By the late 1950s, membership had grown to 350 families. The parish moved to the present Kaneville Road site in 1959. St. Peter School was founded that same year.

In 1987, the number of parish households was 1,200. In the past 20 years, the church has met the challenge of unprecedented growth and persevered through difficult and sorrowful challenges, founded scores of organizations that minister to church members and the greater community and celebrated many milestones. St. Peter Church in Geneva is now home to more than 2,700 families.

Grace UMC, St. Mary’s
offer vacation Bible school

Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church will present vacation Bible school, with the theme “High Seas Expedition.”

The program will run from July 26-29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

Registration is available online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/graceumc or call (815) 739-4168.