Category Archives: Faith

Going Green for God

LILY LAKE—Going Green for God (all about recycling, reducing and reusing) will take place Monday through Friday, June 17-21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

The cost of the week-long event is $20 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child. This event is for children ages 3 to fifth grade.

SGUMC to host a benefit spaghetti supper

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit spaghetti supper on Saturday, April 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Spaghetti with a homemade spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, lettuce salad, and a variety of desserts and beverages will spotlight this dinner. Free will donations will be used to support the Sugar Grove United Methodist youth ministries.

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

Holocaust commemoration at Temple B’nai Israel

AURORA—Temple B’nai Israel’s annual Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Commemoration will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the temple, 400 N. Edgelawn. The community is invited to remember the more than six million men, women, and children who perished during one of history’s darkest times.

Temple B’nai Israel is located at 400 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora.

For more information, call (630) 892-2450.

Holocaust commemoration at Temple B’nai Israel

AURORA—Temple B’nai Israel’s annual Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Commemoration will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the temple, 400 N. Edgelawn. The community is invited to remember the more than six million men, women, and children who perished during one of history’s darkest times.
Temple B’nai Israel is located at 400 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora.
For more information, call (630) 892-2450.

Holy Week services at ECUCC

ELBURN—Elburn Community United Church of Christ will hold the following services during Holy Week:

• Thursday, March 28 – Maundy Thursday Communion Table at 7 p.m.
• Friday, March 29 – Good Friday Ecumenical Community Service at 7 p.m.
• Sunday, March 31 – Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; there will be no Sunday School
The church is located at 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn. For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

Crafters wanted at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot in the eight annual arts and crafts show to be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles.

Managers of the juried show are seeking exhibitors of handmade items, including jewelry, autumn and Christmas holiday decorations, handmade garden items, fashion items, baby items, children’s clothes and toys.

The church building is handicapped accessible.

St. Gall to host 130th annual St. Patrick’s Day Turkey Dinner

ELBURN—St. Gall announced that its annual St. Patrick’s Day Turkey Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a sit-down, home-cooked dinner that includes turkey, real mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, cranberry, cole slaw and lots of pies to choose from for dessert.

The dinner will be served at the Parish Hall, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge for children ages 5 and under.

Carry-outs are available for $8 at the American Legion Hall in downtown Elburn. For more information, contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, March 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. Information on other worship services, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes, and outreach opportunities, is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

KUMC’s annual Chili Supper

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church Men’s Club’s 16th annual Chili Supper will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Chili, mild to wild, will be served, and a free will offering will also take place. Live country and bluegrass music will be provided by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.

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

ECCUCC to host Lenten Soup Suppers

ELBURN—Elburn Community Congregational United Church of Christ will host Lenten Soup Supper, followed by a short Vespers Service, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 100 E. Shannon St. The supper will take place every Wednesday through March 20.

For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.

Kaneville United Methodist Church’s annual Chili Supper

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church Men’s Club’s 16th annual Chili Supper will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Chili, mild to wild, will be served, and a free will offering will also take place. Live country and bluegrass music will be provided by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.

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

Church News for Feb. 7

Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Taize Worship, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. For information on other Sunday worship services, outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes and outreach opportunities, visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or call (630) 584-2596.

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, Feb. 13, at 7 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m., and ashes will be distributed. Ashes will also be distributed that day 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.

Kaneville United Methodist Church’s
annual Chili Supper

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church Men’s Club’s 16th annual Chili Supper will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.
Chili, mild to wild, will be served, and a free will offering will also take place. Live country and bluegrass music will be provided by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.
For more information, call (630) 557-2353.

Chicken Soup Lunch Sale set for Feb. 3

AURORA—The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel’s third annual Chicken Soup Lunch Sale will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the synagogue, 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. Homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and/or noodles will be served.

The meal is $8 per person and is available for dine-in or take-out. Lunch includes soup, salad and dessert.

For more information, call (630) 892-2450.

Church news for Jan. 10

SGUMC to host Bread, Soup and Salad Luncheon
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit Bread, Soup, and Salad Luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove.
The community is invited to come and share in the food, fun, and fellowship with a meal of homemade soups, salads, breads, desserts and beverages. A free-will offering will be collected to support Hurricane Sandy victims through UMCOR. For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501. Reservations are not required.

Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Jan. 13, 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.
For more information on this and other worship services, the outdoor labyrinth, education classes and outreach opportunities, visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or call (630) 584-2596.

Snowball Dance at S.S. Peter & Paul Church
VIRGIL—S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will host its Snowball Dance (one of Kane County’s oldest dances) on Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. to midnight at the church, 5N939 Meridith Road in Virgil.
Admission to the dance is $10 per person, and is limited to those 21 years of age and older. Music will be provided by Hometown Band, with sandwiches and chips available at approximately 10:30 p.m. Beverages will be available for purchase.

SGUMC to hold blanket drive for Hesed House
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will hold a blanket drive for Hesed House from now until Sunday, Jan. 20, at the church, 176 Main. St., Sugar Grove.
SGUMC will accept any new or gently used non-electric blankets for the people of Hesed House in Aurora. Donors are asked to think in terms of easily-washed materials. For example, large comforters are warm but difficult to wash in regular washers.
For more information, contact Jen Stoll at ajstoll@mchsi.com.

Chicken Soup Lunch Sale
AURORA—The Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Israel’s third annual Chicken Soup Lunch Sale will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the synagogue, 400 N. Edgelawn, Aurora. Homemade chicken soup with matzo balls and/or noodles will be served.
The meal is $8 per person and is available for dine-in or take-out. Lunch includes soup, salad and dessert.
For more information, call (630) 892-2450.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert on Sunday, Dec. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

For the holiday, special musical entertainment will accompany the dinner. Guests come from all over the Mid-Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible.

For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Church news for Dec. 14

St. Mary’s of Maple Park
Christmas Cookie Sale

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center, County Line Road in Maple Park.
New this year are pictures with Santa Claus and refreshments presented by St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus. Choose your own homemade cookies for $6 per pound. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed any time before Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Seniors Bingo
event at St. Gall

ELBURN—St. Gall Church will host a free Bingo afternoon for local seniors on Sunday, Dec. 16, noon to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St in Elburn. For more information, contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Church news for Dec. 6

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Annual cookie walk and
bake sale at St. Paul’s UCC

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of View and McKinley streets.
Homemade cookies and candy will be available for $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including, but not limited to, silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, candles and so much more.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking. For more information, contact Donna at (815) 286-7228, or call St. Paul’s UCC at (815) 286-3391.

St. Mary’s of Maple Park
Christmas Cookie Sale

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center, County Line Road in Maple Park.
New this year are pictures with Santa Claus and refreshments presented by St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus. Choose your own homemade cookies for $6 per pound. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed any time before Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Taize at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Taize worship, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information on other services, the outdoor labyrinth, education classes and outreach opportunities is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Church News for Nov. 29

Advent season
suppers with Luke

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn, would like to invite the public to a light supper, followed by discussion of Luke’s perspective on the birth of Christ. The dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings. The Visitation will be the subject at the dinner on Dec. 2, followed by the Birth of John at the dinner on Dec. 16. The Birth of Jesus will be the discussion the final supper on Dec. 23.
Anyone interested is welcome to come for dinner and fellowship. You need not be a parishioner or Catholic to attend. For more information, call the St. Gall parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Elburn CCC to offer
activity during
Christmas Stroll

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., will offer cookie decorating during the Elburn Christmas Stroll on Friday, Dec. 7.

Annual cookie walk and
bake sale at St. Paul’s UCC

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, located at the corner of View and McKinley streets.
Homemade cookies and candy will be available for $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including, but not limited to, silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, candles and so much more.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking. For more information, contact Donna at (815) 286-7228, or call St. Paul’s UCC at (815) 286-3391.

St. Mary’s of Maple Park
Christmas Cookie Sale

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center, County Line Road in Maple Park.
New this year are pictures with Santa Claus and refreshments presented by St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus. Choose your own homemade cookies for $6 per pound. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed any time before Wednesday, Dec. 12.
For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Grace UMC and St. Mary’s of Maple Park to host Turkey Drop 2012

MAPLE PARK—Turkey Drop 2012 will take place at Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event features donation of turkeys, hams, and canned goods to families in Maple Park and other local charities in the Kaneland community.

Special guest Back Country Roads will perform an acoustic set from noon to 2 p.m. Remember, you must bring a ham and/or turkey to get into the Turkey Drop.

For more information, email kariruh@gmail.com.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

St. Gall announces All Saints Day Mass schedule

ELBURN—In order to accommodate Catholics in fulfilling their holy day obligation, St. Gall Church, Elburn, is offering three Masses to observe All Saints Day on Thursday, Nov. 1. Masses will take place that day at 8:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m.

St. Gall Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in Elburn. For more information, call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Church news for Oct. 25

UCC to hold annual
Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church—UCC of Elburn—will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The dinner will include turkey with “all the trimmings,” homemade desserts and beverages. The event will include crafts, a raffle and a White Elephant sale. Proceeds support area missions including the Elburn Food Pantry, Hessed House, Lazarus House, Lifelink, Elderday Center and Mutual Ground.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and over), $7 for children and $2 for children ages 5 and younger. Takeouts will be available.
UCC is located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

SGUMC to host
chili supper

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit chili supper at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The community is invited to share in the fun, food and fellowship with a meal of hot chili, salad, bread, desserts and beverages. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Mutual Ground Inc., which has been providing a safety net of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the greater Aurora area since 1975.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501. No reservations necessary.

Two Guys and
Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held on Sunday, Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles. Guests come from all over the mid-Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and food.
Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

St. Gall announces All Saints Day Mass schedule
ELBURN—In order to accommodate Catholics in fulfilling their holy day obligation, St. Gall Church, Elburn, is offering three Masses to observe All Saints Day on Thursday, Nov. 1. Masses will take place that day at 8:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m.
St. Gall Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in Elburn. For more information, call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. Visit www.bsfinternational.org for more information.

UCC to hold annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—Community Congregational Church—UCC of Elburn—will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The dinner will include turkey with “all the trimmings,” homemade desserts and beverages. The event will include crafts, a raffle and a White Elephant sale. Proceeds support area missions including the Elburn Food Pantry, Hessed House, Lazarus House, Lifelink, Elderday Center and Mutual Ground.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and over), $7 for children and $2 for children ages 5 and younger. Takeouts will be available.

UCC is located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

Book of Genesis study

ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.

A preschool program is available for members. For information, visit www.bsfinternational.org.

Church news for Oct. 11

KUMC Beef Supper
and Bazaar

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church’s annual Beef Supper and Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The bazaar will begin at 4 p.m., with carry-outs at 4:30 p.m. Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will include roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts.
The cost of the supper is $10 for adults, $5 for children grades K-6, and $1 for preschool-age children.

SGUMC
to hold Children’s
Sabbath service

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (UMC) on Sunday, Oct. 14, will celebrate Children’s Sabbath as part of the Children’s Defense Fund’s annual observance. The multi-faith weekend seeks to inspire congregations and religious organizations to work on behalf of children through prayer, service, and advocacy throughout the year.
The Children’s Sabbath theme this year, “Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence,” urges everyone—young and old—to reach out and speak out to help protect children from budget cuts. When 16.4 million children in America are poor, and children under age 5 are the poorest age group in the country, this country has a crisis.
Both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services will celebrate children and also focus on one urgent problem for the children in the area. For more information about Sugar Grove UMC’s celebration of the Children’s Sabbath, contact Rev. Vickie Hadaway at (630) 466-4501 or sugargroveumc@sbcglobal.net.
UMC is located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. For information, visit www.bsfinternational.org.

St. Gall Church announces new director
of youth ministry

ELBURN—Donna Doherty recently joined the staff of St. Gall as the director of youth ministry. Donna and her husband, Mike, have been married 26 years and have three children ages 14 to 22 years old. Her family is a gift and her primary vocation.
Donna is a youth ministry assistant at St. Patrick Church and conference coordinator at Here I Am Lord National Vocations. She is the current program coordinator for the Embracing Your Family With Jesus (EYFWJ) program. Donna has been a catechist for 13 years, and is currently fourth-grade EYFWJ coordinator for weekly religious education. She also teaches a confirmation grade class.
Donna completed the Ministry Formation program in the Rockford Diocese in 2011. Three years earlier, she received the Bishop O’Neill Award in catechetics for outstanding service to the word of God through religious education programs. Besides being a wife and mother, she is a retreat leader, speaker, cantor, artist, singer, author and musician.
Donna’s dream is to bring the word of God alive and show how it is relevant today. She hopes to create an atmosphere that encourages youngsters to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus. She would like to bring the message of peace and hope found in the love of Christ to everyone she meets.

Church News for Oct. 4

Blessing of the
Animals at St. Gall

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 on Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. 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 www.stgall.com.

KUMC’s Blessing
of the Animals

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will hold a service for the Blessing of Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. Traditionally, held on Oct. 4—the Feast Day for St. Francis of Assisi—the blessing of animals is an opportunity to thank God for those creatures that enrich human lives.
All members of the community, along with all creatures great and small, are invited to this service, which will take place in the outdoor worship area behind the church. There will be space available for animals that arrive in trailers.
For more information, visit the church calendar online at www.kanevilleumc.org.

KUMC Beef Supper
and Bazaar

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church’s annual Beef Supper and Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The bazaar will begin at 4 p.m., with carry-outs at 4:30 p.m. Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will include roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts.
The cost of the supper is $10 for adults, $5 for children grades K-6, and $1 for preschool-age children.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. For information, visit www.bsfinternational.org.

New church pastor
Elburn Community Congregational Church (ECCC) is pleased to welcome its new and permanent pastor, Rev. Bennett McNeal. Attend ECCC worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. to welcome and meet him.
Rev. McNeal and his wife Andrea come to ECCC from Lyons, Ill., where he was pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ for more than 10 years. Pastor McNeal holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He also holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from National Lewis University.
Prior to his ordination, Rev. McNeal worked as a health care administrator at the University of Chicago Medical Center, as well as at Cook
County Hospital.
Ben and Andrea have three adult children and five grandchildren. Avid sports fans, the McNeals also enjoy music and the arts, as well as spending time with their German Shepherd, Macy. They are excited about the mission efforts and youth program at Elburn UCC, and hope to further our evangelism and community outreach activities.
The community is invited to join in welcoming Pastor and Mrs. McNeal. The church is located at the corner of Route 47 and Shannon Street in Elburn. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Children are welcome to attend the 10:30 a.m. church service, which includes a special children’s message.

Church news for Sept. 28

SGUMC youth group to sell potted mums, asters
SUGAR GROVE—The youth group from Sugar Grove United Methodist Church,176 Main St., Sugar Grove, will sell 8-inch potted mums and asters for $8 on Sunday, Sept. 30, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon.
The money raised will go to support their retreat at Dickson Valley Retreat Center in Newark, Ill., in February.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Blessing of the
Animals at St. Gall

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 on Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. 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 www.stgall.com.

KUMC Beef Supper, Bazaar
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church’s annual Beef Supper and Bazaar will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The bazaar will begin at 4 p.m., with carry-outs at 4:30 p.m. Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner will include roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts.
The cost of the supper is $10 for adults, $5 for children grades K-6, and $1 for preschool-age children.

KUMC’s Blessing
of the Animals

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will hold a service for the Blessing of Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. Traditionally, held on Oct. 4—the Feast Day for St. Francis of Assisi—the blessing of animals is an opportunity to thank God for those creatures that enrich human lives.
All members of the community, along with all creatures great and small, are invited to this service, which will take place in the outdoor worship area behind the church. There will be space available for animals that arrive in trailers.
For more information, visit the church calendar online at www.kanevilleumc.org.

Two Guys and
Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the event on Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Route 25) in St. Charles.
Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Book of Genesis study
ST. CHARLES—The study of the Book of Genesis will be given by Bible Study Fellowship International on Wednesday mornings, 9:10 to 11 a.m. from now until May 2013 at Riverside Community Church, St. Charles.
A preschool program is available for members. For information, visit www.bsfinternational.org.