Category Archives: Faith

Country Covenant Mother’s Day Worship

Country Covenant Church and interim Pastor Paul Bischoff invite the public to a Mother’s Day worship service led by the Lonesome Theologians on Sunday, May 10.

Adult Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring your Bibles and be ready for good study and discussion. Children’s Sunday School is held during the church service.

Wednesday evening study group continues with RockSolid at 7 p.m., a study of church beliefs and doctrines.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fay’s Barbeque dinner fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $13 at the door. The money raised is used to send campers to summer camp.

Country Covenant Church is located at Route 47 and McDonald Road, Campton Hills. Call (847) 464-5381 or check www.countrycov.org.

Calvary Episcopal hosts Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Women are invited to the first annual Mad Hatter Tea Party on Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church.

The day will include refreshments served by the men of the parish, who will also provide entertainment. Prizes for the best hats in a variety of categories will also be part of the fun.

Proceeds from the event will help fund Calvary’s outreach to Mutual Ground, a local shelter for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. A suggested donation of $10 per person for the event is requested, and advance reservations are required. A reservation form may be found at www.calvaryepiscopal.org/events.html.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. Call (630) 879-3378.

Sugar Grove UMC invites public to dedication

The public is invited to the dedication of a new open-air steel pavilion at the future site of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 4S633 Harter Road, on Sunday, May 17, at noon. The site is part of the church’s 40-acre campus, located west of Route 47 and Waubonsee Community College.

The pavilion is to be dedicated in memory of Cathy Brouch Kroe.

Everyone is also invited to a “planting party” on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. The group will plant native flowers and grasses around the pavilion, in memory of Richard and Margaret Raymond, and at the church’s nearby three-acre native prairie.

For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Church offers women’s Bible study

Bible Study Fellowship International for women will study the Book of John next season, September 2009 to May 2010. The class includes personal study, group discussion, lecture and commentary. A children’s program is available for ages 2-5 for registered members. Women are invited to attend an introductory/registration class on Wednesdays, May 6 and 13, 9:10 a.m. at Riverside Community Church, 37W130 Crane Road in St. Charles.

For information about the St. Charles women’s class, contact class administrator Charlene Neidlinger at (630) 365-3488.

Calvary Episcopal hosts barbecue May 2

Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will have Fay’s Barbecue on Saturday, May 2, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will fund both Calvary’s outreach ministries, including many local agencies, as well as the Calvary Youth Group.

Diners can choose from chicken, pork chop or combination dinner for $10. Drive-up orders will be taken, but advance ticket purchase is encouraged. Call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. Both advance and drive-up orders will be filled through a drive-through pick-up in the church’s east parking lot, which can be entered from Main Street.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts annual spaghetti lunch benefit

Sugar Grove United Methodist’s Annual Spaghetti Benefit Lunch will be held Sunday, May 3, at the Sugar Grove Community House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event seeks to generate funds to repair flood damaged houses in Oakville, Iowa. For more information, call (630) 466-4501. All voluntary contributions should be made payable to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designated for Iowa Disaster Relief.

Calvary Episcopal hosts plant, yard sale

Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will host its annual Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to an indoor Spring Showcase Vendor Show. Admission is free and the public is invited to all events.

Following the sale, Calvary will have a barbecue dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Diners can choose from a pork chop, chicken or combination dinner for $10. Although drive-up orders are taken, advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

Proceeds from the day’s sales will fund the church’s outreach ministry, which includes such local agencies as Hesed House and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Kaneville UMC hosts life saving class

Kaneville United Methodist Church will offer a basic life saving class with Steve Neely, Kaneville Firefighter/EMT.

This class teaches everything from CPR to choking relief to the use of an A.E.D. The skills learned can be used on infants to adults and are great for babysitters.

Upon completion of class you will receive a card that certifies you for two years. The cost is $1, for your CPR card. The class is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (630)557-2353 or e-mail kumcoffice@yahoo.com.

Free concert set for St. Gall

Flute and guitar duo Kristin Paxinos and Ben Westfall will perform a free concert at St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn, on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. The repertoire will encompass a wide range of playing styles, including works by Piazolla, Faure, Ravel and Pujol. Call (630) 365-6030. Courtesy Photo

Calvary Episcopal hosts plant, yard sale

Calvary Episcopal Church will host its annual Plant and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time the church will also host an indoor Spring Showcase Vendor Show. Admission is free and the public is invited to all events.

Following the sale, Calvary will have a barbecue dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Diners can choose from a pork chop, chicken or combination dinner for $10. Although drive-up orders are taken, advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

Proceeds from the day’s sales will fund the church’s outreach ministry, which includes such local agencies as Hesed House and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For information, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts annual spaghetti lunch benefit

Sugar Grove United Methodist’s Annual Spaghetti Benefit Lunch will be held Sunday, May 3, at the Sugar Grove Community House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This benefit event seeks to generate funds to repair flood damaged houses in Oakville, Iowa. For more information, call (630) 466-4501. All voluntary contributions should be made payable to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, designated for Iowa Disaster Relief.

Curves donates 4,000 pounds of food

Curves of Geneva and its clients donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to the St. Peter Community Food Pantry.

The need for help from food pantries is greater than ever. Curves’ clients literally doubled the amount of food donated this year over last year.

Steffanie Barringer, owner of Curves of Geneva, said the food drive was a contest between the Curves in Elgin and the Curves in Geneva. The losing manager promised to wear purple hair for a day. Steffanie and Elgin manager Stephanie Ross agreed their members did so well, they each wore purple hair for a day.

“We are just happy to be able to help those in need during this economic slump. We both have great, caring members,” Barringer said.

“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from Curves,” said Joe Cannizzaro, who is one of the pantry leaders. “Since last summer the number of families utilizing the pantry has increased by 30 percent.”

The ministry currently provides food and hygiene items to 275 families twice a month. St. Peter Community Food Pantry has been serving the Fox Valley for more than 20 years and is run by a 100 percent volunteer workforce. The church donates the space and other operating expenses. Monetary and nonperishable food and hygiene items come from church members and food drives organized by local organizations and businesses. Questions about the pantry or inquiries about hosting a food drive can be directed to St. Peter parish center at (630) 232-0124, ext. 444.

Calvary Episcopal sets Holy Week services

Calvary Episcopal Church announces the following schedule of special services through Easter Sunday, April 12. The public is invited to all services and special events.

On Maundy Thursday, April 9, the church will hold a morning prayer and reflection service at 9:30 a.m.; a 6 p.m. Simple Agape Supper; at 7 p.m. a Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, including ceremonial foot washing, procession and watch opportunity until midnight, at which time the church will hold a Night Prayer at the Altar of Repose.

On Good Friday, April 10, the church will hold a 9:30 a.m. morning prayer and reflection; a community ecumenical service at noon; Traditional Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m., and Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, on April 11, will feature a morning prayer, reflection and preparation of the Pascal Candle at 9:30 a.m.; and Great Vigil of Easter, including Salvation History and Renewal of Baptismal Vows at 7:30 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, the church scheduled a sunrise service at Logan Street Baptist Church at 6 a.m.; a Festival Holy Communion Service with Renewal of Baptismal Vows, followed by Festive Coffee Hour after each service at 8 and 10:15 a.m.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. The Rev. Michael Rasicci, rector of Calvary, will officiate and preach at each worship service. For more information, call or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.

Immanuel Lutheran hosts Easter breakfast

A tradition of more than 50 years will be repeated Easter morning when high school students at Immanuel Lutheran Church serve the annual Easter breakfast.

The buffet-style meal is served between 7:45 and 9:15 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall between the first and second Easter services.

The teens are preparing to serve more than 200 people with a full breakfast including fruit, a breakfast casserole of eggs, meat and cheese, pancakes and sausage, coffee cakes, coffee, milk and juice. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in the church office, 950 Hart Road, or by calling the church (630) 879-7163. Proceeds will go toward youth attending the triennial Lutheran Youth Gathering in 2010 in New Orleans.

More than 30 high school students and at least 15 parents set up and decorate tables on Saturday and prepare and serve the Easter morning breakfast. They also arrive about 5 a.m. Sunday to get ready for the meal three hours later.

The breakfast is coordinated by Kari Larsen, Immanuel’s Youth Director.

Rejoice Lutheran announces Holy Week service schedule

Rejoice Lutheran Church welcomes the community to its worship services during Holy Week. Both the Maundy Thursday service on April 9 and the Good Friday service on April 10 will be held at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday services on April 12 will be held at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. The high school youth group will host a breakfast Easter morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee and orange juice. All proceeds from a free will offering will go toward the high school mission trip this summer.

Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva. For more information, call (630) 262-0596 or visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org.

Sugar Grove UMC offers Seder Meal

The Sensory Experience of the Seder Meal will be offered during Holy Week on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

This candlelight Passover observance is shared as a symbolic family meal to give insights to the ways Jesus and his disciples followed this Jewish custom.

This is also known as “The Last Supper.” Following scripture and tradition, the church will will use its ears and taste buds to remember and celebrate God’s acts of salvation for God’s people, including the significance of Jesus Christ in people’s lives.

No reservation is required for this free event.

The church will also host a Good Friday worship for area churches, including Kaneville United Methodist and Grace United Methodist of Maple Park, on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m. The candlelight service, recalling the suffering and crucifixion of Christ, will feature live music—piano, cello, violin, oboe— singing, scripture readings, silent prayer, and projected images for the worshipers.

For more information on either event, call (630) 466-4501.

Kaneville UMC sets Holy Week services

Maundy Thursday Service will be held April 9, 7 p.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church. The traditional worship service will feature a drama message and Holy Communion.

A Good Friday Kaneland Clergy Ecumenical Service is Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 S. Main St.

Easter-Resurrection Sunday Service is April 12, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at Kaneville United Methodist.

For more information, please call (630) 557-2353.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road, Virgil, will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays through April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $9.50 ($11 for shrimp) for adults and $4 ($6 for shrimp) for children ages 5 to 10. There is no cost for children under the age of 5. Carry-out is available.

The menu consists of fried perch, baked cod, french fries, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or milk. Beer and pop are available at an extra charge. Shrimp and macaroni and cheese can be added to the regular buffet for an extra charge.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

Lord of Life Church offers Easter worship services

Lord of Life church announces the following events in celebration of Easter:

Seder Dinner-Lord of Life Church will celebrate a traditional Christian Seder dinner commemorating the Last Supper celebrated by Jesus on Sunday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost of the meal is $8 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the church office at (630) 513-5325. Child care will be available for children under 10 years of age.

Maundy Thursday worship service with communion will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

Good Friday worship service will be held on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

Easter Egg Extravaganza-Children of all ages are invited to a special Easter Egg Hunt at Lord of Life Church Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m.

Easter worship service-Two worship services will be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at 40W605 Route 38 in Elburn. For more information, visit www.lolchurch.net or call (630) 513-5325.

St. Gall announces Holy Week schedule

St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn will observe Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week with the blessing of palms branches at the Saturday, April 4, Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Palms will also be blessed and distributed at the following Sunday Masses on April 5: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. There will also be a solemn procession at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

In addition to the usual schedule, Holy Week services are as follows: Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 1 p.m.; Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m.; Holy Saturday, Blessing of Easter foods, 11 a.m.

The Easter Vigil will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Because of the vigil, the usual 4:30 p.m. Mass has been cancelled.

Masses on Easter Sunday are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

For information, call (630) 365-6030.

Immanuel Lutheran schedules Holy Week

Holy Week services at Immanuel Lutheran Church are scheduled from Saturday, April 4, through Easter Sunday, April 12.

Saturday worship is at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Traditional Palm Sunday worship will be at 8 and 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary; a contemporary worship is at 10:45 a.m. in the Family Life Center.

Holy Week devotions will be at 7:15 a.m. Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, in the chapel.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be at 3:45 and 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Easter Eve worship will be at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Easter worship will include a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m.; traditional worship at 9 a.m. and contemporary worship at 11 a.m. All services will be in the Family Life Center.

For information, call the church office, (630) 879-7163, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Seder, prayer for sick

A Passover Seder experience will be presented by Chosen People Ministries at Evangelical Fellowship Church (EFC) in Elburn on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. The last supper of Jesus and his disciples will be explained, giving prophetic insight to the Jewish Passover tradition.

EFC, in cooperation with Faith Assembly, Community Congregational and Hope Anglican, will follow the presentation with a city-wide interchurch hour of prayer for the sick, unemployed and hurting. Everyone is welcome, especially those who are in trouble.

There will be a free-will offering taken for Chosen People ministries.

Seder, prayer for sick

A Passover Seder experience will be presented by Chosen People Ministries at Evangelical Fellowship Church (EFC) in Elburn on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. The last supper of Jesus and his disciples will be explained, giving prophetic insight to the Jewish Passover tradition.

EFC, in cooperation with Faith Assembly, Community Congregational and Hope Anglican, will follow the presentation with a city-wide interchurch hour of prayer for the sick, unemployed and hurting. Everyone is welcome, especially those who are in trouble.

There will be a free-will offering taken for Chosen People ministries.

Maple Park hosts organ concert

The public is invited to an organ concert St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., following the 4:15 p.m. Mass.

James R. Brown will be the organist and perform on the organ built in 1899 and purchased by St. Mary in 1923.
At the end of the concert there will be a free-will offering to support the church’s conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Maple Park.

Sugar Grove UMC to set controlled burn

The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will organize a controlled burn of its three-acre prairie planted at the Harter Road campus, three quarters of a mile west of Route 47 and Waubonsee Community College.

The burn will take place Saturday, March 21, at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to surround the perimeter of the burn to properly manage it. Controlled burns are a common management technique to control the invasion of non-native plants and stimulate growth of native Illinois prairie grasses and flowers.

The prairie, which acts like a giant kidney to purify ground water before it seeps into nearby Blackberry Creek, has been planted over a six-year period by church members, local Boy and Girl Scouts and students from local schools.

If you are interested in helping, call the church at (630) 466-4501.

Faith Assembly invites bands to enter contest

IMPACT Youth Ministry of Faith Assembly Church in Elburn presents its first annual Battle of the Bands.

The event is open to all local, unsigned bands. The prize for first place will be recording studio time.

Applications for the bands can be requested at IMPACTYM412@yahoo. com or by calling (630) 365-9299. Auditions are by invitation only, and applications are due by Saturday, March 28.

Battle of the Bands will be held on May 16 at Faith Assembly Church, 44W555 Keslinger Road, Elburn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 1, and are $5 in advance, or $7 at the door.

For more information, call (630) 365-9299 or e-mail.

Virgil church offers Lenten fish fries

Saints Peter and Paul Church, 5N939 Meredith Road in Virgil, will host Lenten fish fries on Fridays through April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $9.50 ($11 for shrimp) for adults and $4 ($6 for shrimp) for children ages 5 to 10. There is no cost for children under the age of 5. Carry-out is available.

The menu consists of fried perch, baked cod, french fries, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee or milk. Beer and pop are available at an extra charge. Shrimp and macaroni and cheese can be added to the regular buffet for an extra charge.

For more information or to place a carry-out order, call (630) 365-6618.

St. Gall prepares for annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Sunday, March 15, will mark the 126th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s celebration at St. Gall Parish in Elburn.

The annual tradition, sponsored by the St. Gall Women’s Altar and Rosary Society, begins with lots of planning and more than 500 volunteers. Jobs including servers, bakers, carvers, decorators, potato peelers and the popular clean-up crew bring this parish community together to create quite a feast for their guests.

Last year, St. Gall volunteers served approximately 1,000 guests to either a sit-down family style feast at the church hall or carry-out dinners at the American Legion on Route 47.

The feast, consisting of home-cooked turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, pie, coffee and milk, will be held this year on Sunday, March 15, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sit-down service will be at the church hall at 120 W. Shannon St., and carry-outs will be available at the Elburn American Legion Hall—both located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Cost is $4 for children ages six-12, $7 for seniors and $10 for adults. Carry-outs are $8. For additional information, contact the St. Gall Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Couples’ ministry series

“Love and Respect,” a two-week couples ministry series at Kaneville United Methodist Church, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays, March 15 and 22, at 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Kaneville UMC is partnering with Grace Fellowship Church of Maple Park for this series. There will be a DVD segment, fellowship time, light refreshments and small-group discussion.

For more information, call (630) 557.2353 or visit www.kanevilleumc.org.

Maple Park hosts organ concert

The public is invited to an organ concert held by St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Saturday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., following the 4:15 evening Mass.

James R. Brown will be the organist, and will perform on the organ built in 1899 and purchased by St. Mary in 1923.

At the end of the concert there will be a free-will offering to support the church’s conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Maple Park.