Church News for Jan. 21

Haiti: An urgent call for help
Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., invites the public to respond to the earthquake victims in Haiti by purchasing and bringing to the church new items from the following list of personal care items: One gallon size resealable plastic bags, hand towels, washcloths, combs (large and sturdy), nail files or fingernail clippers (no emery boards), bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes (single adult-size brushes, individually wrapped), adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages, toothpaste (4.5 oz or larger—expiration date must be at least one year in future). These items will be assembled into kits and distributed in Haiti by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

People wanting to make financial donations can do so directly online at www.umcorhaiti.org for general Haiti relief or to www.intlchildcare.org to support relief efforts through Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Checks can also be made payable to “Sugar Grove UMC,” designating Haiti Relief in the memo and mailed to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554.

The church is located one block west of Route 47 and one block south of Cross Street, across from the Sugar Grove Community House.

For questions, call the church at (630) 466-4501 or visit to www.sgumc.net.

Calvary Episcopal features speaker on Food for the Poor
Batavia—Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia welcomes the Rev. W. Michael Cassell to worship services on Sunday, Jan. 24, speaking on Food for the Poor, a ministry which provides direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Cassell’s presentation is particularly timely in light of the recent earthquake devastation in Haiti, one of the countries served by the agency.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., on the corner of Route 31 and Main Street.  Worship services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m. For further information, call (630) 879-3378.