Church news for June 17

Helping victims of the Joplin, Mo. tornado
St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church of St. Charles invites the community to help collect needed items to support the families of Joplin, Mo., who were devastated by the massive tornado there on May 22. All collected donations will be delivered for direct distribution to those affected through Immanuel Lutheran Church right there in Joplin. This effort is being undertaken as part of the Joplin Renaissance Project started through St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chicago.
On Thursday and Friday, June 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., a collection will take place at Hosanna! of only these requested listed relief supplies (no clothing please):

• Coffee (ground or instant, no whole beans)
• Sugar and/or sweetener
• Batteries
• Empty plastic storage containers
• Safety goggles
• Powdered drinks
• Flashlights
• Heavy plastic sheeting
• Staple guns and staples
• Weather stripping (furring strips)
• Tarps
• Sunscreen
• Pull-ups
• Individually bottled drinks
• Between 8-10 compatible walkie-talkies
with ear pieces and which recharge on a
base station

Two opportunities to assist in packing and loading the donated items are also available on June 18 and 19. To find out how your family, Scout troop, sports team, business, church, neighborhood, or other group can support the Joplin Renaissance Project, contact Frank Christensen through the Hosanna! Lutheran Church office at (630) 585-6434 or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com. Ongoing updates and details will be published through the Hosanna! website—click the “serve” link on the homepage.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

UCC Couples’ Night Out
NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church (UCC) will host a Couples’ Night Out on Saturday, June 18.
This is an open invitation to all couples in the community. Free child care will be provided.
This event is from 5 to 8 p.m. (4:45 p.m. if using child care).
UCC is located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Contact Pastor Matt Gruel at (630) 897-0013 for more details or register at www.unioncong.com.

St. Katharine Drexel
Catholic to break ground
on new church

Sugar Grove—Nearly three years after its founding Mass, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. The groundbreaking will initiate what will be an 18-month build-out for the new facility, to be located on Dugan Road in Sugar Grove. The land was donated to the parish by the Rich Family.
St. Katharine pastor, Rev. Robert Jones, is celebrating the growing parish’s milestone.
Currently, St. Katharine Drexel worships at John Shields Elementary School. The new church, to be located just south of Rich Harvest Farms on Dugan Road, will offer worship space for 350 parishioners and guests and will also feature 11 multipurpose rooms for religious education, parish meetings and funeral luncheons. It is anticipated that the new facility will be ready for services by the fall of 2012.
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church currently has 460 registered parishioners and offers Saturday evening and Sunday services. For more information, visit www.stkatharinedrexel-sugargrove.org.

Vacation bible school
at Faith Baptist Church

GENEVA—Children 3 years old through fifth grade are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Faith Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 19-24.
Faith Baptist Church, 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive, will be transformed into an adventure where kids will learn how their lives can be changed by God’s awesome love for them. This year’s event, Hero Headquarters, will focus on heroes in the Bible.
A free-will offering will be collected each day. The estimated cost per child for the week is $10, or $30 per family. For more information, feel free to contact the church office at (630) 845-2532 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or e-mail secretary@fbcmillcreek.org.