Church news for Dec. 3

St. Mary’s of Maple Park hosts annual Christmas cookie sale
Maple Park—The St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park. Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound.

Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information or advance orders, call (815) 827-3302.

Calvary Episcopal offers wreath, roping sale, bazaar and vendor show
Batavia—Following a more than 10-year tradition, Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia offers affordable, high-quality, locally grown Christmas wreaths and roping for sale this holiday season.

The sale takes place Friday through Sunday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach ministries. Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378.

Immanuel Lutheran Church presents St. Nicholas Day program
BATAVIA—Christmas music, a puppet show and skit will be presented at a St. Nicholas Day program from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. It will be at the Peg Bond Center on Batavia’s Riverwalk. The program will be presented by members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Dec. 6 is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day in many parts of the world. St. Nicholas, a bishop in the 4th century, ministered to people in Myra, which is now in modern-day Turkey. He was known for his generosity and outreach to the poor and children, especially during difficult times. Today in the United States, people know him as Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas was known for putting gifts in the shoes of poor people. Those attending the program are asked to bring used, but still usable, shoes that will be donated to various agencies, and non-perishable food for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Music will be by the church’s Third Voice contemporary choir, the traditional Christus Choir, and Immanuel Lutheran School students. Instrumental music will include dulcimer music by Mary Cook. There will be a puppet show by Immanuel’s Hands Alive Children’s Puppet Ministry, and a skit presented by adults to tell the story of St. Nicholas. The program will end with community singing.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

For information, call (630) 879-7163.

St. Paul’s offers annual cookie walk, bake sale
Hinckley—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Hinckley, will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.

Call (815) 286-3391 for information.

St. Charles Episcopal begins Advent season with lessons, carols
St. Charles—St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St.Charles, invites the community to the traditional Lessons and Carols Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

This solemn service of Scripture readings, prayers, choir anthems and congregational singing is a perfect way to begin the Advent season of waiting and reflection before the miracle of Christ’s birth on Dec. 25.

More information is available at (630) 584-2596 or www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.