Category Archives: Faith

Valleybrook Church moves to former middle school

MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook will introduce its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Easter Sunday, April 20, with coffee and Panera goodies at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. The former middle school is located at 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park.

Valleybrook Community Church first opened its doors in the fall of 2002, meeting on the campus of Broadview Academy. In 2005 Valleybrook moved to Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn.

To learn more about Valleybrook or to listen to past messages, visit www.ValleybrookChurch.com or call (630) 879-7035.

St. Gall announces Palm Sunday Mass schedule

ELBURN—Palm Sunday observes the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and marks the beginning of Holy Week. The church will relive the sequence of events, leading to the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and prepare for the joyful victory of Easter, which this year will be celebrated on April 20. Palm Sunday masses are Saturday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. in downtown Elburn. For more information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

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Virgil church celebrates Lent fish fry milestone

VIRGIL—For over 20 years, St. Peter and Paul Church of Virgil has offered its surrounding community a weekly fish fry during the season of Lent, bringing locals together for a night of quality food with a good atmosphere.

The church’s fish fry was initially started by Donna Ryterske and Sharon Brown, who wanted to establish a fundraiser to support the church’s youth ministry. Now the money raised from the fish fry is allocated to the church’s general fund. And over the years, the attendance of the fish fry has grown significantly.

“I have been running the event for 15 years, and in the last few years, our attendance has jumped dramatically,” said Kathy Volkening, head organizer for the Fish Fry. “People come from all over, and we have between 400 to 500 attendees each Friday.”

On Friday, March 28, the church will welcome the Radio Shopping Show to the fish fry.

Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, with dine-in and carry-out service available at the parish next to the church, 5N939 Meredith Road,Virgil. Baked cod, fried perch and fried shrimp will be available, along with side dishes for a cost of $10 for the basic buffet or $13 for the basic buffet plus shrimp. The cost for kids, ages 5 to 10, to attend is $4 each for the basic buffet or $6.50 for the buffet plus shrimp. Macaroni and cheese will also be available, and kids under the age of 5 eat for free from the regular buffet.

The church will also have a bake sale during the fish fry, offering homemade baked goods such as pies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

“The fish fry helps bring the community together, and it helps us serve people from other parishes,” said Father Perfecto Vasquez. “Through this collaborative event, it makes our church come alive.”

Photo by Lynn Logan

St. Gall announces Lenten Stations of the Cross

ELBURN—In the Catholic faith, Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter. St. Gall Church will offer Stations of the Cross, for prayerful reflection, on Fridays, March 28 through April 11, at 5:30 p.m., and on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

All are invited to attend. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

St. Gall announces Lenten Stations of the Cross

ELBURN—In the Catholic faith, Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter. St. Gall Church will offer Stations of the Cross, for prayerful reflection, on Fridays, March 21 through April 11, at 5:30 p.m., and on Friday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

All are invited to attend. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

Church news for Feb. 28

Mardi Gras party at
Community Congregational

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church of Elburn will hold an all-ages Mardi Gras party on Saturday, March 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
There will be games, crafts and prizes for children and adults. Proceeds from the youth-led event will be used to build disaster relief kits that will be distributed by Church World Service. The suggested admission donation is a kit item or $2.
For more information or a list of the disaster relief kits items, call the church office at (630) 365-6544. Community Congregational Church is located at 100 E. Shannon St., the northeast corner of Shannon Street and Route 47.

Barbecue fundraiser at United Church of Christ
BIG ROCK—English Congregational United Church of Christ in Big Rock will have a barbecue fundraiser on “Fat Tuesday,” March 4, from 4:40 to 7 p.m. You will have the option to dine in or carry out a pulled pork barbecue sandwich, beans, coleslaw and a corn muffin, all prepared by South Moon BBQ of Hinckley. The cost of the meal is a $10 donation. A kids hot dog dinner will also be available for a donation of $2.
United Church of Christ is located on the corner of Third and Rhodes streets in Big Rock, and the meal will be served in the back of the church.
For information or to reserve your tickets, call (630) 556.3986. Tickets will be limited at the door.

St. Gall announces Ash Wednesday schedule
ELBURN—Catholic tradition considers Ash Wednesday as the first day of Lent. Lent is a time for fasting, abstinence from meat and prayer in preparation for Easter. Masses to observe Ash Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, March 5, at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and ashes will be distributed during Mass. A Word Service will be held at 12:10 p.m., including distribution of ashes.
Ashes will also be distributed at 4:30 and 6 p.m. during Religious Education classes.
All are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit www.stgall.com.

Chili Supper at Kaneville United Methodist Church
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church’s Men’s Group will host its 17th annual Chili Supper on Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.
There will be all sorts of chili, from mild to wild. Hot dogs will be available for children in attendance, and live music will be provided by The Good Ol’ Boys.

Day of Recollection at Marmion Academy
AURORA—All are invited for a day of prayer, meditation, and reflection of the teachings of Pope Francis at Marmion’s Day of Recollection on Saturday, March 15, on the Marmion Campus, 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora.
Fr. Marcos Rivas OSB of Marmion Abbey will speak about Pope Francis’ theology and challenges to the Christian world. The goal of this Day of Recollection is to meditate on the Pope’s words and actions in a non-controversial environment.
For more information or to register, visit marmion.org/recollection.

St. Gall’s
St. Patrick’s Day dinner

ELBURN—St. Gall Church’s St. Patrick’s Day Turkey Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn The event will be a sit-down, home-cooked dinner that includes turkey, real mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, cranberry, cole slaw, Irish soda bread and lots of pies to choose from for dessert.
The turkeys are supplied by Ho-Ka (Howard Kauffman) Turkey Farm in Waterman, Ill., and the turkeys are raised free range and minimally processed with nothing added.
The cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Carry outs are available at the American Legion Hall in downtown Elburn for $10. Tickets will be available at the door.
For additional information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel chicken soup lunch sale

AURORA—The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel will host its fourth annual chicken soup lunch sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and/or noodles will be available for $8 per person for dine-in or take-out, and will include soup, salad and dessert.

The synagogue is located at 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. For further information, call (630) 892-2450.

‘Unlock the treasure’ with WOW

WATERMAN, ILL.—Waterman ‘Women of the Word’ (WOW) will begin its second semester on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Waterman Presby-terian Church, 250 North Cedar St., Waterman, Ill., with a new 11-week study, “The Gospel of Mark.”

There is both a morning edition from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and an evening edition from 6:45 to 9 p.m., which include small-group interaction and large-group worship and teaching. There is a children’s preschool program for the morning session only. You will enjoy meeting and discovering your personal keys with women from many area communities and churches. For more information or to register, contact Sue at (815) 264-3979 or jhipple23@gmail.com.

The study fee is $15. Lesson one should be completed before class on Jan. 9. Stipends are available.

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Lord of Life Church welcomes new pastor

Photo: Lord of Life Church pastor Matt Blackford relocated from Fort Collins, Colo., to Elburn last November with his wife, Amy, and their 1-year-old son, Axel. Blackford began preaching at Lord of Life on Nov. 17, and has spent the bulk of his time visiting with members of his congregation and the community. Courtesy Photo

LA FOX—The new senior pastor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church is on a mission: he wants to build a relationship with his flock this year.

Pastor Matt Blackford began preaching at Lord of Life on Nov. 17, and he’s spent much of his time visiting with members of his congregation and the community so far.

“I think it’s really important for me to build relationships and build people’s trust during my first year in the community,” Blackford said. “I’m visiting now with several people in their homes, sitting around the table talking to them, sharing food with them. I’m calling people up and letting them know I am here. I’m here many evenings visiting with the youth, the adults, and the volunteers, so that they see that I care and trust my leadership. The church, in my opinion, rises and falls on leadership, and I take seriously the responsibility of how important it is for the pastor to be a leader.”

Blackford and his wife, Amy, moved to Elburn from Fort Collins, Colo., with their 1-year-old son, Axel, in November. After he was ordained in 2007, Blackford spent six years as an associate pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where he was the director of Multi-Site Ministries and in charge of expanding the church to a second location in Gredley, Colo.

When he accepted the call to Lord of Life, he replaced Pastor Phil Ressler, who had served as the church’s senior pastor for nine years before heading to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, N.J.

Lord of Life contacted Blackford in August to see if he’d be interested in the senior pastor position, and then invited him and a handful of other candidates to visit the church and meet some of the members. By September, the church had unanimously voted to extend a call to Blackford to be their senior pastor—and within weeks, the Blackford family began packing their bags for a move to Illinois.

“I like to say that it’s the good Lord who moved me here,” Blackford said. “I was really excited to lead my own congregation, and I saw that this church has a lot of key parts to do great things for the Lord. They are outreach-focused and very Bible-based.”

The same faith that led Blackford to Elburn led him into the ministry in 2003. Originally a graphic designer and artist based in Denver—Blackford has a bachelor’s in graphic design from Concordia University, Nebraska—he left the field to attend Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.

“I painted murals all over Denver, and I had a successful business, but I missed being around people,” Blackford said. “I was facing walls all day. A close friend from college said, ‘Why don’t you consider using your gift for the Lord?’ I wasn’t married at the time, I had no kids, no debt, and I loved the Lord and the church, so I gave it a shot.”

He met Amy while doing his pastoral internship in Woodbury, Minn., in 2006. Her parents were members of his congregation and invited him to meet their daughter, who was headed to St. Louis University for a master’s in social work. For him, it was love at first sight—though it took her a little longer.

“I walked in the door of their house, and I thought to myself, ‘I want to marry this woman.’ I knew right away,” he said. “I asked her out that night, in front of her parents, and her parents didn’t say anything, so she said, ‘I guess. I don’t have anything else to do.’”

Amy worked as a hospice care social worker in Fort Collins, providing end-of-life care to the dying, until the birth of their son in 2012. The couple is expecting their second child this April, and Amy is involved in Lord of Life’s Mom-to-Mom group, which meets on Wednesday mornings.

Blackford said that she plans to become more involved in the church over time.

“We’re both still figuring out her role,” Blackford said. “We’ve only been here a month, so she’s getting to know the church on her own terms to figure out where she fits best.”

Both of them are excited to be in a church with many young families and vibrant children’s and youth ministries, he said.

Blackford hopes that building a strong relationship with the congregation at Lord of Life will provide the foundation for his ministry, which he describes as twofold: to care for his flock and to go make disciples.

“Caring for God’s people has a direct influence on how people then go out into the world and live their lives, at work and in their family, as parents and as friends,” he said. “By being in God’s word and in fellowship here, we are strengthened and influenced to go out and be the presence of Jesus in the world.”

He wants to lead his congregation to “be Jesus’ hands and feet outside these walls,” he said, so that they serve the poor and share the Gospel with others.

Parishioners may have already noticed more of an artistic bent at Lord of Life as well. Blackford still considers himself an artist and said he enjoys designing materials for the church, from the bulletin to the website.

At Redeemer Lutheran, he even incorporated his art into the sermons themselves, painting and preaching at the same time and encouraging some of the younger members to draw along with him.

“On Good Friday a few years back, I added the blood to Jesus’ wounds on a painting (during the sermon),” Blackford said. “A lot of kids came up to me afterward to show me their drawings of Jesus, and it was very powerful.”

He hasn’t painted during a sermon at Lord of Life yet, but he plans to—he’s interested in using art and technology as tools to help reach people, he said.

“I think it’s important to know what’s on the cutting edge to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. “Just like Martin Luther had the printing press as a tool, today we have the Internet and all kinds of technology that can help us to more effectively connect people with Jesus.”

Blackford said he is eager to get to know more church and community members, and he invites them to come to services and introduce themselves to him or to call him at (630) 513-5325.

Lord of Life is located at 40W605 Route 38 in Elburn and has worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday School is offered during the 10 a.m. service, and nursery care is available during both services. For more information, visit the church’s website at lolchurch.net.

‘Unlock the treasure’ with WOW

WATERMAN, ILL.—Waterman ‘Women of the Word’ (WOW) will begin its second semester on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Waterman Presbyterian Church, 250 North Cedar St., Waterman, Ill., with a new 11-week study, “The Gospel of Mark.”

There is both a morning edition from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and an evening edition from 6:45 to 9 p.m., which include small-group interaction and large-group worship and teaching. There is a children’s preschool program for the morning session only. You will enjoy meeting and discovering your personal keys with women from many area communities and churches. For more information or to register, contact Sue at (815) 264-3979 or sjhipple23@gmail.com.

The study fee is $15. Lesson one should be completed before class on Jan. 9. Stipends are available.

The Longest Night

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host The Longest Night Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The Longest Night Service is a time to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. God’s Word comes to shines light in our darkness.

A light meal will take place before the service at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, call (630) 466-4501 or email sugargroveumc@sbcglobal.net.

Taize service Dec. 12

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Rt. 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer.

Information is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

SGUMC to participate in Holiday in the Grove

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (SGUMC), 176 Main St., will host events during this year’s Holiday in the Grove event, Saturday, Dec. 7, including Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and sleigh rides from 8 a.m. to noon, and a stable display.

Stop by SGUMC for your Christmas cookies, candy and pies. Some of the best bakers in Sugar Grove are baking up a storm in anticipation of this year’s Holiday in the Grove.

SGUMC to participate in Holiday in the Grove

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (SGUMC) will host events during this year’s Holiday in the Grove event, Saturday, Dec. 7, including Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and sleigh rides from 8 a.m. to noon, and a stable display.

Stop by SGUMC for your Christmas cookies, candy and pies. Some of the best bakers in Sugar Grove are baking up a storm in anticipation of this year’s Holiday in the Grove.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the church on Sunday, Nov. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Carry-out is available and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Holiday cooking class at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—Chef Mike Zema, Elgin Community College Culinary Department Professor Emeritus, will host a cooking class on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Get recipes, tips and great samples of featured holiday appetizers such as spinach and artichoke wontons, cranberry baked brie, portobello mushrooms stuffed with Italian chicken sausage and warm tomato, basil and olive bruschetta.

The fee for the class is $30 per person. To reserve your spot, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Elburn’s Community Congregational to hold annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church-UCC of Elburn will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The buffet-style dinner will include turkey with all the trimmings, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, beans, cole slaw, homemade desserts and beverages. Carry-outs are available.

The dinner will also include a craft and White Elephant sale, a raffle and an art show. New this year, the art show will feature framed photographs from a local professional landscape photographer, as well as one-of-a-kind art from church member Jeremy Faivre.

Proceeds from the event will support Community Congregational Church’s local missions, which include the Elburn Food Pantry, Hesed House, Lazarus House, Elderday Center and Mutual Ground.

Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 65 and up and $8 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Children under the age of 5 eat free.

Community Congregational Church is located at 100 E. Shannon St., the northeast corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street. For more information, call the office at (630) 365-6544.

‘Trunk or Treat’ at SGUMC

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s “Trunk or Treat” event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The event will feature candy, costumes, hot dogs, games, crafts, s’mores, decorations, prizes and fun.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone in attendance on Sunday, Oct. 27, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Turkey Supper, Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

Elburn Congregational Church announces Elburn Days 2013 raffle winners

ELBURN—The Elburn Community Congregational Church would like to announce the winners of the 2013 Elburn Days raffle.

The winner of the American Girl Doll, donated by the Norm Berquist family, was Nancy Zak of Elburn. The winner of the remote control car, donated by the Jeff Johnson family, was D. Turner of Broadview, Ill.

The church would like to thank all who participated, and wishes to see them again next year.

Turkey Supper, Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

‘Trunk or Treat’ at SGUMC

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s “Trunk or Treat” event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove.

The event will feature candy, costumes, hot dogs, games, crafts, s’mores, decorations, prizes and fun.

Arts and Crafts Show at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—An Arts and Crafts Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Rte. 25), St. Charles. A wide variety of handmade items and homemade baked goods will be available.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the show. Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

KUMC welcomes new secretary

KANEVILLE—For years, Katee Werrline was a member of Kaneville United Methodist Church in Kaneville, attending services and socializing with parishoners, never knowing that one day, she would be the church secretary.

After her mother received the church’s monthly newsletter, which announced an opening for the secretary position, she forwarded the information over to Katee.

Werrline started supporting staff and church community members on Aug. 20 and has been fervently working with leaders of the church and collaborating with Rev. Avani-Cosset Christian. Also a newcomer to Kaneville United Methodist, Christian and Werrline are an energetic combination to execute new ideas, like an updated and fine-tuned website.

“Working at Kaneville United Methodist Church is a great opportunity for me,” Werrline said. “Not only am I able to see the inner workings of the church and be a support to our community, they have been extremely flexible with my schedule so I can continue my education.”

Werrline this fall will spend time between working at Kaneville United Methodist and attending her second year of classes at Waubonsee Community College. While her physical time at the church has increased, so has the spiritual aspect of her faith walk. Werrline is more excited about her faith in God than ever before as a result of this new position.

“I don’t feel like I am going to work,” she said. “The church is such a different environment, where people are constantly helping others. In fact, I am not only helping the church—they are helping me.”

The presence that Werrline feels mirrors the intent of United Methodist Church founder John Welsey. Today, with 11-million members globally, Werrline joins members at the Kaneville church who believe in an emphasis on Christian living, specifically putting faith and love into action.

Committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, Kaneville United Methodist practices hospitality, sharing, fellowship and serving others. A focus on bringing glory to God by impacting the lives of others and reaching out to the community and the world is the forefront and core beliefs of the church.

For more information about Kaneville United Methodist Church, visit its website at kanevilleumc.org, or call Katee at (630) 557-2353. Sunday school is offered for children at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:30 a.m. church service. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road, between Harter and Dauberman roads, in Kaneville.

Church news for Oct. 11

Taize Worship at
St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Due to construction in the church parking lot, parking is available one building to the south at the Delnor Medical Offices. Information on this and other worship services is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

KUMC Beef Supper
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites the community to its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., featuring over 20 raffle baskets including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Ream’s Bar-B-Q, Family Fun Night, Rainbow Bracelet Loom, Superhero, Pet Care, Tastefully Simple, Al Fresco Dining and many more. Also on sale will be homemade baked goods, crafts, candy, jams and jellies and fall decorations.
Preparation for the supper began in August, when dozens of parishioners came together to husk and freeze the corn that will be served at the dinner. The featured aged roast beef, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, and “famous” homemade coleslaw, cranberry relish and desserts will round out the meal. Carry-outs are available beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children K-6 grade, and $1 for preschoolers. The church is located at 46W764 Main St. in Kaneville and is wheelchair accessible.

Financial Peace University provides hope
to families in Elburn

ELBURN—More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).
The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week, where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
FPU will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn. For more information or to register, contact Joe Salchert at (630) 365-6030.

Missionary Rev. Jeanette Salley to visit Elburn
ELBURN—The Rev. Jeanette Salley, a missionary who recently served in Haiti, will share her experiences with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH) at an informal worship service on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
CONASPEH is part of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Salley was in Haiti when the devastating earthquakes struck in January 2010. Salley is ordained in the United Church of Christ and makes her permanent home in Richmond, Va.
For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

Arts and Crafts Show
at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—An Arts and Crafts Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Rte. 25), St. Charles. A wide variety of handmade items and homemade baked goods will be available.
Admission to this event is free. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-2596.
Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the show. Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Turkey Supper,
Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

Church news for Oct. 3

St. Gall to host
animal blessing

ELBURN—In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, St. Gall Catholic Church will celebrate a Blessing of Animals at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the church parking lot. All are welcome to bring their pets or animals (on leashes or in appropriate cages).
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn. For questions, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030 or visit the parish website at www.stgall.com.

Taize Worship at
St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Due to construction in the church parking lot, parking is available one building to the south at the Delnor Medical Offices. Information on this and other worship services is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Financial Peace University provides hope
to families in Elburn

NASHVILLE—More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).
The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week, where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
FPU will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Saint Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn. For more information or to register, contact Joe Salchert at (630) 365-6030.

Crafters wanted
for arts, crafts show

ST. CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the eighth annual Arts and Craft Show, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles.
Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. The church is handicapped accessible. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Turkey Supper,
Bake, Craft Sale

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and free of charge for children under age 5. Dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.

Crafters wanted for arts, crafts show

ST. CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the eighth annual Arts and Craft Show, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles.

Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys. The church is handicapped accessible. Information for exhibitors is available by emailing canadafay@clear.net, calling (630) 497-8799 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.