Category Archives: Faith

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 Sundays, Sept. 23 and 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.

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.

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.

SGUMC announces new fall schedule

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church,176 Main St., Sugar Grove, recently announced its new fall schedule beginning Sunday, Sept. 9.

Worship times are 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Christian Education classes (for all ages) at 9:15 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. Stop in and see all the new programs and people.

SGUMC announces new fall schedule

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church,176 Main St., Sugar Grove, recently announced its new fall schedule beginning Sunday, Sept. 9.

Worship times are 8 and 10:30 a.m., with Christian Education classes (for all ages) at 9:15 a.m. Special worship times this Labor Day weekend are at 8 and 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. Stop in and see all the new programs and people.

Two Guys, Free Spaghetti offer meal on Aug. 26

St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner to anyone who attends the monthly event held at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., in St. Charles on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Vacation Bible School at KUMC

KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church invites all children, preschool through 6th grade, to Son Harvest County Fair VBS—an experience of discovery they’ll never forget.

Using Jesus’ life and parables, kids will learn about the fruit of the spirit, and how to grow love, sprout joy, plant peace, produce patience and pick kindness.

They will have an amazing time with the music, games, crafts, snacks, storytellers and over-the-top decorations that make KUMC’s Vacation Bible School so much fun.

SonHarvest County Fair will begin Monday, Aug. 6, and continue through Friday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. A closing program will take place Friday evening at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 46w742 Main Street Road in Kaneville. It’s not too late to register. For more information, call Carol Alfrey at (630) 557-2245.

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, July 29, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th 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.

Sky! Vacation Bible School event

MAPLE PARK—Join Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St. in Maple Park, for this year’s Sky! Vacation Bible School (VBS), where you can “Fly with Jesus.” This year’s VBS will take place Monday through Thursday, July 23-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served. Registration is free, although donations are always appreciated. Registration is limited. You may register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/maplepark.

UMC is also looking for more volunteers. If you are able to help, there is volunteer registration available on the website. If you have any questions, contact Theresa at (815) 739-4168.

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 at on Sunday, July 29, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th 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.

Sky! Vacation Bible School event

MAPLE PARK—Come and join Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St. in Maple Park, for this year’s Sky! Vacation Bible School (VBS), where you can “Fly with Jesus.” This year’s VBS will take place Monday through Thursday, July 23-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served. Registration is free, although donations are always appreciated. Registration is limited. You may register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/maplepark.

UMC is also looking for more volunteers. If you are able to help, there is volunteer registration available on the website. If you have any questions, contact Theresa at (815) 739-4168.

‘Operation Overboard’ at SGUMC

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church invites all children, ages 3 through fifth grade, to get ready to dive into fun at “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God Vacation Bible School.” The fun will take place daily, 6:15 to 8 p.m., from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13, at the church, 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

The adventures include regular Deep Sea Voyages into Bible stories and creative crafts, hands-on mission work, loads of fun outdoor games, water science and terrific music. To be a part of all the excitement at “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep With God,” call the church office at (630) 466-4501 or email sugargroveumc@sbcglobal.net.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti on Sunday, June 24, 5 to 7 p.m., will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with beverage, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held 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 great food.

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

Church news for June 14

Summer Worship
Schedule

ELBURN—Summer worship schedule will be in place for Community Congregational Church (CCC). Adult Bible Study will take place at 8:20 a.m., followed by worship at 9:30 a.m. A time of fellowship will follow at 10:30 a.m. downstairs in Schneider Hall. On July 1 and Aug. 5, worship will take place at ground level in the old nursery on the east end of the building. Since the church has had elevator issues for the past few years, our stairs have provided a barrier to worship for older or handicapped people. CCC hopes to remedy this by having the service in the nursery. On June 10, the church will offer a more contemporary service in the main sanctuary. At that service, the church will honor high school graduates and present the Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship.
For more information about the church, call the office at (630) 365-6544.

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

Elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “Pandamania: Where God is Wild About You.” The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at www.stgall.com. Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

SGUMC summer
worship schedule

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church recently announced its summer worship schedule, effective all Sundays, June through August.
The church will worship outdoors at 8 a.m. on Sundays under an open-air pavilion at UMC’s 40-acre Harter Road campus.
A golf cart is available for those who need assistance from the parking lot to the worship area. There is also indoor worship at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

Church news for June 7

Community
Congregational Church

ELBURN—During worship service on Sunday, June 10, at 9:30 a. m., Judy Leesley will present this year’s Bob Miller Scholarships to Billy Osborne, son of Bill and Tammy Osborne of Kaneville, and Alex Siebert, son of Jenni Siebert of Elburn.

SGUMC summer
worship schedule

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church recently announced its summer worship schedule, effective all Sundays, June through August.
The church will worship outdoors at 8 a.m. on Sundays under an open-air pavilion at UMC’s 40-acre Harter Road campus.
A golf cart is available for those who need assistance from the parking lot to the worship area. There is also indoor worship at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. As always, the public is welcome to attend.
Pastor Steve Good’s last Sunday to preach at UMC will take place June 10 at the 8 a.m. (4S633 Harter Road) and 9:30 a.m. (176 Main St.) worship services.
After 18 years of pastoring at Sugar Grove UMC, the Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference is moving Rev. Good to Channahon United Methodist Church (between Joliet and Morris) to replace a retiring pastor. His wife, ordained deacon Rev. Raney Good, has served the Sugar Grove church in many ways during that time. A farewell picnic for Pastor Steve, Raney, and sons Dylan and Spencer will take place at 3 p.m. at the church’s 40-acre Harter Road campus.
Rev. Vickie Hadaway, currently pastor of Irving Park United Methodist Church in Chicago, will succeed Rev. Good, beginning July 1. Rev. Hadaway and her husband Mark will move to Sugar Grove from their current home in Oak Park, Ill.

Summer Worship
Schedule

ELBURN—Beginning Sunday, June 3, the summer worship schedule will be in place for Community Congregational Church. Adult Bible Study will take place at 8:20 a.m., followed by worship at 9:30 a.m. A time of fellowship will follow at 10:30 a.m. downstairs in Schneider Hall. On June 3, July 1 and August 5, worship will take place at ground level in the old nursery on the east end of the building. Since the church has had elevator issues for the past few years, our stairs have provided a barrier to worship for older or handicapped people. CCC hopes to remedy this by having the service in the nursery. On June 10, the church will offer a more contemporary service in the main sanctuary. At that service, the church will honor high school graduates and present the Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship.
For more information about the church, call the office at (630) 365-6544.

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

Elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “Pandamania: Where God is Wild About You.” The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at www.stgall.com. Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

Church news for May 31

SGUMC summer worship schedule
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church recently announced its summer worship schedule, effective all Sundays, June through August.
The church will worship outdoors at 8 a.m. on Sundays under an open-air pavilion at UMC’s 40 acre Harter Road campus.
A golf cart is available for those who need assistance from the parking lot to the worship area. There is also indoor worship at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. As always, the public is welcome to attend.
Pastor Steve Good’s last Sunday to preach at UMC will take place June 10 at the 8 (4S633 Harter Road) and 9:30 a.m. (176 Main St.) worship services.
After 18 years of pastoring at Sugar Grove UMC, the Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference is moving Rev. Good to Channahon United Methodist Church (between Joliet and Morris) to replace a retiring pastor. His wife, ordained deacon Rev. Raney Good, has served the Sugar Grove church in many ways during that time. A farewell picnic for Pastor Steve, his wife Raney, and sons Dylan and Spencer will take place at 3 p.m. at the church’s 40 acre Harter Road campus.
Rev. Vickie Hadaway, currently pastor of Irving Park United Methodist Church in Chicago, will succeed Rev. Good, beginning July 1. Rev. Hadaway and her husband Mark will move to Sugar Grove from their current home in Oak Park, Ill.

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

Elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “Pandamania: Where God is Wild About You.” The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at www.stgall.com. Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

Crafters wanted
for juried show

ST. CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot at the 7th Annual Arts and Craft show to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 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, fashion and baby items, children’s clothes and toys. Call (630) 497-8799 or email canadafay@clear.net or visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Church news for May 24

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “Pandamania: Where God is Wild About You.” The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at www.stgall.com. Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

Crafters wanted
for juried show

ST CHARLES—Crafters are welcome to apply for a spot at the 7th Annual Arts and Craft show to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 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, fashion and baby items, children’s clothes and toys. For more information call (630) 497-8799 or email canadafay@clear.net or visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org

Two Guys and
Free Spaghetti

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will serve a free dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert on Sunday, May 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles.
On the last Sunday of each month, guests are welcome to enjoy the fellowship and great food. Carry-out is available and the building is handicapped accessible.
For more information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Church news for May 17

Castle Bank donates
riding lawn mower
to Sugar Grove UMC

Sugar Grove—Castle Bank, based in DeKalb, recently made a donation to help support the United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove.
Castle Bank Sugar Grove Branch Manager Lisa Lund, along with Castle Bank Facilities Manager Lee Legner, presented the church with a riding lawn mower.
The United Methodist Church’s lawn mower had recently broken down, and with 17 acres of land to care for, Castle Bank felt their need for its support was critical.
“We are happy to help support our local partners in Sugar Grove,” Lund said. “We strive to give back to the communities we were born and raised in, and we hope this donation will help bring them one step closer to achieving their goals.”
Castle Bank is a division of First National Bank of Omaha and has 14 locations in Northern Illinois.

Churches team up
for event series

Elburn—Hope Anglican Church and Community Congregational Church will join Elburn Hill Church on the first of several events that will inform and inspire you to greater well-being though spiritual connection on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m.
The event, called “Restoring Body-Spirit Wellbeing,” includes shared experiences, music and demonstrations of the power of prayer.
For more information, call (630) 365-9064.

St. Gall invites kids
to attend VBS

Elburn—St. Gall invites children entering kindergarten through fourth grade to “PANDAMANIA: WHERE GOD IS WILD ABOUT YOU!”
The program will run from Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kids explore a bamboo forest filled with crazy pandas as they discover that God loves us. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s wild love, and create Bible Point crafts they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. (at Route 47), Elburn. Registration forms can be obtained either at the church or online at www.stgall.com. Registration fee is $25 per child. Call (630) 365-6030 for additional information.

Annual spring luncheon
GENEVA—Ladies of the Fox Valley area are invited to join the women of Faith Baptist at Mill Creek on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. for a spring program and luncheon, “Bloom and Grow.”
The guest speaker this year will be storyteller/dramatist Gayle Haas, who will portray Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Holocaust survivor who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II.
As “Corrie,” Gayle brings history to life through her gifted presentation of details and information while accurately portraying the emotion and personality of her character.
Following the program, guests will enjoy a noon salad buffet and delicious dessert bar. There will be table favors for the first 50 to register, a drawing for a grand prize, and a special quiz to test your “blooming I.Q.”
For additional information, contact the church office at (630) 845-2532 or secretary@fbcmillcreek.org. Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek is located at 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva.

Church news for May 11

Elburn Hill Church offers
Mother’s Day plant sale

Elburn—Elburn Hill Church will hold its annual Mother’s Day plant sale Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. Various lilies, hostas and many other plants and flowers will be available.

Additionally, the church will host guest speaker Ngarday Bako during the Mother’s Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. Bako is the leader of the Evangelical Church in the African country of Chad. He was the overseer of an orphan school for 400 children built in part with support from the Elburn community.

The church is located at 506 N. Main St., and can be reached at (630) 365-9064 or info@elburnhillchurch.org.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church ‘Bikes for Tikes’
ST. CHARLES—For the third year in a row, Hosanna! Lutheran Church will collect bikes for distribution to children and families in under-resourced neighborhoods.

The “Bikes for Tikes” effort has received, fixed-up and given away more than 130 bicycles and tricycles in the past two years. The program is expanding this year as the church is asking for adult-sized bikes, as well. All bikes will be distributed in Carpentersville, Ill. If you have a bike that is just taking up space in your garage, shed or basement (no matter what condition), drop it off to help someone in need.

The public is invited to bring their bicycle or tricycle donations for “Bikes for Tikes” to Hosanna! for cleanup/repair and distribution from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, or 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 13. Follow signs to drop-off point.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of
Randall Road) in St. Charles. For additional information, contact the church office by telephone at (630) 584-6434, email to Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit our website at www.HosannaChurch.com.

Annual spring luncheon
GENEVA—Ladies of the Fox Valley area are invited to join the women of Faith Baptist at Mill Creek on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. for a spring program and luncheon, “Bloom and Grow.”

The guest speaker this year will be storyteller/dramatist Gayle Haas, who will portray Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Holocaust survivor who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II.

As ‘Corrie,’ Gayle brings history to life through her gifted presentation of details and information while accurately portraying the emotion and personality of her character.

Following the program, guests wil enjoy a noon salad buffet and delicious dessert bar. There will be table favors for the first 50 to register, a drawing for a grand prize, and a special quiz to test your “blooming I.Q.”

For additional information, contact the church office at (630) 845-2532 or secretary@fbcmillcreek.org. Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek is located at 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva.

Church news for May 3

‘Simply Swedish … Simply Good’
BATAVIA—”Simply Swedish … Simply Good” is the theme of the 13th annual benefit Swedish Pancake Breakfast, which will be presented by the Swedish American Children’s Choir on Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. The breakfast will feature Swedish pancakes, sausage, Swedish cardamom coffee cake, lingonberries, juice, milk and coffee.

Also available will be a bake sale, Scandinavian gift items for sale, and a brief performance by the Swedish American Children’s Choir. All proceeds from the event will be used to defray expenses for the choir’s upcoming performance tour.

The not-for-profit choir is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and comprised of children ages 4 to 18 from the Fox Valley and surrounding suburbs. They present performances of Swedish songs and Scandinavian dances throughout the area.

Breakfast tickets are by reservation only, and carry-out orders are available. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4 to 10 years old. There is no charge for children ages 4 and under.

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Kaneville UMC
hosts Mother-Daughter
Banquet May 6

KANEVILLE—All women in the community are invited to KUMC’s annual Mother-Daughter Banquet on Sunday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The program, “Memories,” will feature musing from across several generations of mothers and daughters. Awards, prizes and special music will complete the evening’s program. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

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

Elburn Hill Church offers
Mother’s Day plant sale

Elburn—Elburn Hill Church will hold its annual Mother’s Day plant sale Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. Various lilies, hostas and many other plants and flowers will be available.

Additionally, the church will host guest speaker Ngarday Bako during the Mother’s Day worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. Bako is the leader of the Evangelical Church in the African country of Chad. He was the overseer of an orphan school for 400 children built in part with support from the Elburn community.

The church is located at 506 N. Main St., and can be reached at (630) 365-9064 or info@elburnhillchurch.org.

Annual plant sale,
Fay’s BBQ
at Calvary Episcopal

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will hold two annual fundraisers on Saturday, May 5. Both events will be held rain or shine.

Calvary’s Lay Weeders will host the annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering both perennials and annuals. Proceeds will benefit a variety of programs of the parish.

Later in the day, Fay’s BBQ will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering full chicken, pork chop and combo dinners for $12 a dinner. All proceeds from the barbecue will go to local charities.

Drive-up orders are welcome, but advance ticket purchase is suggested to avoid disappointment, as the event sold out in past years.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., on the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For further information or to get Fay’s tickets, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvaryepiscopalbatavia.com.
Call the choir office (630) 414-9700 for reservations.

Church News for April 27

Grace UMC of Maple Park
presents VBS Kickoff

Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park invites interested families to its VBS Kickoff on Friday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.

At the kickoff event, kids can learn what to expect at this year’s VBS. In addition, they will be able to do some crafts, receive a music CD of this year’s VBS songs, learn one VBS song, and meet some VBS characters, as well as get to enjoy some desserts.

Registration will also open that night for VBS week, which will be held July 23-26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Additionally, the church will launch its annual mission project, Build Up Our Backpacks, in which the church collects school supplies for the Kaneland School District.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts
benefit spring buffet

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a spring buffet on Saturday, April 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St.

A variety of dishes will be prepared and served by congregation members, with free-will donations being used to support mission outreach programs. Everyone is invited to come and join together for food and fellowship. Call (630) 466-4501 with any questions.

Paul Colman
concert at KUMC

KANEVILLE—Paul Colman, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/entertainer, will perform a concert at Kaneville United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.

For more information, call (630) 557-2483.

Two Guys and
Free Spaghetti
celebrates 3 years

St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will celebrate its third anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles.

The free dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert will be accompanied by live music.

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

Annual plant sale,
Fay’s BBQ
at Calvary Episcopal

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia will hold two annual fundraisers on Saturday, May 5. Both events will be held rain or shine.

Calvary’s Lay Weeders will host its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering both perennials and annuals. Proceeds will benefit a variety of programs of the parish.

Later in the day, Fay’s BBQ will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering full chicken, pork chop and combo dinners for just $12 a dinner. All proceeds from the barbecue will go to local charities.

Drive-up orders are welcome, but advance ticket purchase is suggested to avoid disappointment, as the event sold out in past years.

Calvary is located at 222 S. Batavia Ave., on the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. For further information or to get Fay’s tickets, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvaryepiscopalbatavia.com.

Kaneville UMC
hosts Mother-Daughter
Banquet May 6

KANEVILLE—All women of the community are invited to KUMC’s annual Mother-Daughter Banquet on Sunday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The program, “Memories,” will feature musing from across several generations of mothers and daughters. Awards, prizes and special music will complete the evening’s program. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

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

Church news for April 19

St. Charles Episcopal
hosts rummage sale

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
The building is handicapped accessible, and there is no admission charge. Proceeds will fund the church’s ministries to Hesed House and Trinity Soup Kitchen in Aurora, the church’s Youth Group Mission Trip, projects of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and other outreach activities. Find home furnishings, toys, kitchen items, sports equipment, adult and children’s clothing, books and more. For information, visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or call (630) 584-2596.

Grace UMC of Maple Park
presents VBS Kickoff

Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park invites interested families to its VBS Kickoff on Friday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.
At the kickoff event, kids can learn what to expect at this year’s VBS. In addition, they will be able to do some crafts, receive a music CD of this year’s VBS songs, learn one VBS song, and meet some VBS characters, as well as get to enjoy some desserts.
Registration will also open that night for VBS week, which will be held July 23-26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Additionally, the church will launch its annual mission project, Build Up Our Backpacks, in which the church collects school supplies for the Kaneland School District.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts
Benefit Spring Buffet

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a spring buffet on Saturday, April 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St.
A variety of delectable dishes will be prepared and served by congregation members, with free-will donations being used to support mission outreach programs. Everyone is invited to come and join together for food and fellowship. Call (630) 466-4501 with any questions.

Paul Colman
concert at KUMC

KANEVILLE—Paul Colman, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/entertainer, will perform a concert at Kaneville United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.
For more information, call (630) 557-2483.

Two Guys
and Free Spaghetti
celebrates 3 years

St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will celebrate its third anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles.
The free dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and homemade dessert will be accompanied by live music.
Started in 2009, the monthly dinner welcomes all guests 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.

Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, April 15, 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 this service, other Sunday worship services, the outdoor labyrinth and outreach opportunities is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

Church news for April 5

Holy Week at Community
Congregational Church

ELBURN—The congregation of Community Congregational Church (CCC) of Elburn and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie welcome everyone to worship with them during Holy Week.
On Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Rev. Prentice-Leslie and CCC will remember the Last Supper, served by Jesus to His disciples, and will celebrate Holy Communion. The church practices open communion, and all believers are welcome.
On Good Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., CCC will partner with Grace United Methodist Church of Maple Park, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church of Sugar Grove, Kaneville United Methodist Church, and Hope Anglican Church for a Community Ecumenical Worship Service.
Rev. Steve Good of Sugar Grove UMC will deliver the message.
Easter Sunday, CCC will celebrate the Resurrection with worship at 10:30 a.m. The choir will provide special music, and the sanctuary will be graced with Easter lilies and flowers, given by members of the congregation. All are welcome to celebrate with us.
Any questions, contact the church at (630) 365-6544, which is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Gall announces
Holy Week schedule

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church will celebrate Holy Week with many events throughout the week. Holy Thursday, April 5, will be celebrated with an evening mass at 7:30 p.m., which will include the traditional “washing of the feet.”
Good Friday, April 6, of the Lord’s Passion, the Stations of the Cross will be presented at 1 p.m. by the Youth Ministry group. It is a re-enactment of the actual events.
At 7:30 pm, there will be a Solemn Celebration in the church. The Blessing of the Easter Foods and Blessing of the Children’s Easter Baskets are at 11 a.m. on Holy Saturday, April 7. The Easter Vigil Mass will be held on Holy Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Easter masses will be held at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 8. In order to accommodate the large number of attendees, the 9:30 and 11 a.m. masses will be held in both the church and Parish Hall.
All are welcome to attend these events. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

SGUMC to present
‘Come Walk With Me’

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to the Sanctuary Choir’s production of “Come Walk With Me” by Pepper Choplin on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8 and 10:30 am.
Sugar Grove UMC is located at 176 S. Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Holy Week, Easter
services at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route. 25), St. Charles, invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. for Maundy Thursday (April 5) and Good Friday (April 6). Easter Sunday services begin at 6 a.m. with the celebration of the Great Vigil. Easter Eucharist services will also be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. With any questions about the service schedule, contact the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church Holy Week Services
St. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have special worship services on:
• Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. (“Living last Supper” – music/drama worship presentation)
• Good Friday, April 6, at noon (spoken service) and 6:30 p.m. (regular service)
• Easter weekend—Saturday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
All in the community are invited to attend.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.Hosanna-Church.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

‘The Living Last Supper’
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. will present a dramatic musical, “The Living Last Supper,” written by composer Ruth Elaine Schram. All in the community are invited to attend this free event, which re-enacts the famous Holy Week Passover meal.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, or visit our website at www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles.

Elburn Hill Church
offers sunrise service

ELBURN—Elburn Hill Church will present a Sunrise service Reader’s Theater-style recalling of Jesus resurrection at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, with a community breakfast to which all are invited to attend at 8:30 am, and a regular worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Elburn Hill Church is located at 506 N. Main St. in Elburn. Call (630) 365-9064. For information, call (630) 365-9064 or e-mail info@elburnhillchurch.org.

Church news for March 29

‘The Living Last Supper’
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. will present a dramatic musical, “The Living Last Supper,” written by composer Ruth Elaine Schram. All in the community are invited to attend this free event, which re-enacts the famous Holy Week Passover meal.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, or visit our website at www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road in St. Charles.

SGUMC to present
‘Come Walk With Me’

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to the Sanctuary Choir’s production of “Come Walk With Me” by Pepper Choplin on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 8 and 10:30 am.
Sugar Grove UMC is located at 176 S. Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Paul Colman concert
at KUMC

KANEVILLE—Paul Colman, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/entertainer, will perform a concert at Kaneville United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.
For more information, call (630) 557-2483.

Cantata Palm Sunday
KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will present a Cantata Palm Sunday on Sunday, April 1, at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call (630) 557-2353, or e-mail office@kanevilleumc.org.

Faith Baptist Church
Easter Egg Hunt

GENEVA—Faith Baptist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, April 1, at 3 p.m. at the church, 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva.
The day’s event will include an Easter Egg Hunt, a family craft activity and story time. This event is free to children of all ages, and will commence rain or shine. Bring a basket and a friend.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 845-2532 on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holy Week, Easter
services at St. Charles
Episcopal Church

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route. 25), St. Charles, invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. for Tenebrae (Tuesday, April 3), Maundy Thursday (April 5) and Good Friday (April 6). Easter Sunday services begin at 6 a.m. with the celebration of the Great Vigil. Easter Eucharist services will also be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. With any questions about the service schedule, contact the church office at (630) 584-2596.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church Holy Week
Services

SAINT CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will have special worship services on:
• Holy Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. (Healing Service)
• Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. (“Living last Supper” – music/drama worship presentation)
• Good Friday, April 6, at noon (spoken service) and 6:30 p.m. (regular service)
• Easter weekend—Saturday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 8, at 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
All in the community are invited to attend.
For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.Hosanna-Church.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Cantata Palm Sunday

KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will present a Cantata Palm Sunday on April 1, at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call (630) 557-2353, or e-mail office@kanevilleumc.org.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti

ST.CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti on Sunday, March 25, 5 to 7 p.m., will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner with salad, garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held 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. Paul Lutheran Church offers pre-school classes

AURORA—St. Paul Lutheran Church offers all day pre-school to 3- and 4-year olds, half-day preschool, all day kindergarten, elementary and junior high classes.

The church is currently taking registrations for the 2012-13 school year.

For more information, e-mail mfrench@stpaulaurora.org, call (630) 896-3350, or www.stpaulaurora.org to schedule a tour or pick up a registration packet.

Holy Cross hosts fundraising event

BATAVIA—Building a new community education center and the first Catholic school in the Rockford Diocese are just some of the many accomplishments for Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. On Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross will host “A Knight at the Pub,” a fundraising gala to support continuing community, parish based projects.

The event, sponsored by Moss Family Funeral Homes, is being held at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora and will feature an array of culinary delights, including hors d’oeuvres, a buffet meal and desserts.

Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Sox tickets, plus silent auction and basket raffles will be featured. The highlight of the evening will spotlight a $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prize raffle ticket drawing.

Auction items include: a one-week Florida vacation, hot air balloon ride, flat-screen TV, and many more items auctioned live by official Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Daniel Deutsch.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person, or $85 for two or more tickets, and can be purchased at the Holy Cross parish office, 2300 Main St. in Batavia, or online through the Holy Cross website, www.holycross-batavia.org.

Church news for March 9

Immanuel Lutheran Church Concert series
BATAVIA—The final program in the 2011-12 concert series at Immanuel Lutheran Church will feature stringed instruments and children’s voices. It will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia.

Presenting the program will be the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus, the string orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and Quartet West, a professional string quartet from the western suburbs.

The program is free and open to the public. An offering will be received. For details, call the church office, (630) 879-7163.

St. Charles Episcopal
Church offers
Taize Worship

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information on other Sunday worship services, Lenten services, the outdoor labyrinth, and outreach opportunities is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

Holy Cross hosts
Fundraising event

BATAVIA—Building a new community education center and the first Catholic school in the Rockford Diocese are just some of the many accomplishments for Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. On Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross will host “A Knight at the Pub,” a fundraising gala to support continuing community, parish based projects.

The event, sponsored by Moss Family Funeral Homes, is being held at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora, and will feature an array of culinary delights including hors d’oeuvres, a buffet meal and desserts.

Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Sox tickets, plus silent auction and basket raffles will be featured. The highlight of the evening will spotlight a $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 cash prize raffle ticket drawing.

Auction items include: a one-week Florida vacation, hot air balloon ride, flat-screen TV, and many more items auctioned live by official Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Daniel Deutsch.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person, or $85 for two or more tickets, and can be purchased at the Holy Cross parish office, 2300 Main St. in Batavia, or online through the Holy Cross website, www.holycross-batavia.org.

Spring Flute Recital
presented March 10

ST. CHARLES—Lynne Green’s School of Flute announces its 28th annual Spring Flute Recitals to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Congregational United Church of Christ of St. Charles (40W451 Fox Mill Blvd.).

Two sessions will be held, each featuring middle school and high school performers. Amber and Rachel Urich of Elburn will perform during the 2 p.m. session.

The recitals are free and open to the public. More information is offered at (630) 584-8117.

Children’s choir offers
Swedish meatball dinner

BATAVIA—”If you liked our pancakes, you’ll love our meatballs” is the theme of the second annual Swedish Meatball Dinner presented by the Swedish American Children’s Choir on Saturday, March 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and dessert.

Also featured will be Swedish gift items for purchase, Swedish and American baked goods for sale and live Swedish music, including a brief performance by the Swedish American Children’s Choir. All proceeds from the event benefit the choir tour fund for a performance tour this summer.

The choir is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and comprised of children 4-16 years of age from the Fox Valley and surrounding suburbs. They present performances of Swedish songs and Scandinavian dances throughout the area.

Dinner tickets are by reservation only and carry-out orders are available. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 3-10 years old, and free for children under the age of 3.

For reservations, call the choir office at (630) 414-9700.

Hosanna! to host
‘questions’ simulcast

ST.CHARLES—Today more than ever, people raise questions an objections related to faith, God and the Bible. Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles will host the nationally simulcast event “Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask” on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Featuring best-selling authors and speakers Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg, this free event (includes lunch) is applicable to everyone, ages adult down to youth in middle school. Equip yourself, your youth group, church leadership, small group, family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to be ready to answer when asked about your faith.

For more information, visit www.HosannaChurch.com, contact the Hosanna! office at (630) 584.6434 or via e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Rd.) in St. Charles.

Children’s choir offers Swedish meatball dinner

BATAVIA—”If you liked our pancakes, you’ll love our meatballs” is the theme of the second annual Swedish Meatball Dinner presented by the Swedish American Children’s Choir on Saturday, March 10, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia. The dinner will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, lingonberries, Swedish rye bread and dessert.

Also featured will be Swedish gift items for purchase, Swedish and American Baked Goodsfor sale and live Swedish music, including a brief performance by the Swedish American Children’s Choir. All proceeds from the event benefit the choir tour fund for a performance tour this summer.

The choir is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and comprised of children 4-16 years of age from the Fox Valley and surrounding suburbs. They present performances of Swedish songs and Scandinavian dances throughout the area.

Dinner tickets are by reservation only and carry-out orders are available. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 3-10 years old, and free for children under the age of 3.

For reservations, call the choir office at (630) 414-9700.

Opening Lent

Rev. Mark Harkness (third from left), pastor at Kaneville United Methodist Church, was among Methodist pastors leading a community Ash Wednesday service by six UMC churches at Bethany UMC in Aurora Feb. 22. Rev. Steve Good, Sugar Grove UMC (from left); Rev. Alka Lyles, Bethany UMC; Rev. Harkness; and Rev. Juancho Campanano, Wesley UMC, Aurora. The service included reflections by lay speakers and music by a Wesley UMC praise team and a 25-voice choir from participating churches. Courtesy Photo