Church news for March 9

Immanuel Lutheran Church Concert series
BATAVIA—The final program in the 2011-12 concert series at Immanuel Lutheran Church will feature stringed instruments and children’s voices. It will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia.

Presenting the program will be the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus, the string orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and Quartet West, a professional string quartet from the western suburbs.

The program is free and open to the public. An offering will be received. For details, call the church office, (630) 879-7163.

St. Charles Episcopal
Church offers
Taize Worship

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information on other Sunday worship services, Lenten services, the outdoor labyrinth, and outreach opportunities is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

Holy Cross hosts
Fundraising event

BATAVIA—Building a new community education center and the first Catholic school in the Rockford Diocese are just some of the many accomplishments for Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. On Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross will host “A Knight at the Pub,” a fundraising gala to support continuing community, parish based projects.

The event, sponsored by Moss Family Funeral Homes, is being held at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora, and will feature an array of culinary delights including hors d’oeuvres, a buffet meal and desserts.

Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Sox tickets, plus silent auction and basket raffles will be featured. The highlight of the evening will spotlight a $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prize raffle ticket drawing.

Auction items include: a one-week Florida vacation, hot air balloon ride, flat-screen TV, and many more items auctioned live by official Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Daniel Deutsch.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person, or $85 for two or more tickets, and can be purchased at the Holy Cross parish office, 2300 Main St. in Batavia, or online through the Holy Cross website, www.holycross-batavia.org.

Spring Flute Recital
presented March 10

ST. CHARLES—Lynne Green’s School of Flute announces its 28th annual Spring Flute Recitals to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Congregational United Church of Christ of St. Charles (40W451 Fox Mill Blvd.).

Two sessions will be held, each featuring middle school and high school performers. Amber and Rachel Urich of Elburn will perform during the 2 p.m. session.

The recitals are free and open to the public. More information is offered at (630) 584-8117.

Children’s choir offers
Swedish meatball dinner

BATAVIA—”If you liked our pancakes, you’ll love our meatballs” is the theme of the second annual Swedish Meatball Dinner presented by the Swedish American Children’s Choir on Saturday, March 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and dessert.

Also featured will be Swedish gift items for purchase, Swedish and American baked goods for sale and live Swedish music, including a brief performance by the Swedish American Children’s Choir. All proceeds from the event benefit the choir tour fund for a performance tour this summer.

The choir is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and comprised of children 4-16 years of age from the Fox Valley and surrounding suburbs. They present performances of Swedish songs and Scandinavian dances throughout the area.

Dinner tickets are by reservation only and carry-out orders are available. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 3-10 years old, and free for children under the age of 3.

For reservations, call the choir office at (630) 414-9700.

Hosanna! to host
‘questions’ simulcast

ST.CHARLES—Today more than ever, people raise questions an objections related to faith, God and the Bible. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles will host the nationally simulcast event “Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask” on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Featuring best-selling authors and speakers Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, this free event (includes lunch) is applicable to everyone, ages adult down to youth in middle school. Equip yourself, your youth group, church leadership, small group, family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to be ready to answer when asked about your faith.

For more information, visit www.HosannaChurch.com, contact the Hosanna! office at (630) 584.6434 or via e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Rd.) in St. Charles.