Category Archives: Faith

Parish Lenten Mission at St. Peter Church

GENEVA—Parish Lenten Mission at St. Peter Church in Geneva will host a parish mission Sunday through Thursday, March 4-8.

The mission will be led by Fr. George Knab, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate from Chicago. A parish mission is a preaching event conducted on consecutive evenings. The preaching centers on the Word of God, as well as Catholic doctrine and Catholic practice. The mission helps one to focus on their personal relationship with the Lord and inspires one to look at their life, values and direction.

• Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m.—Sermon: “We Believe (the Creed).” Ritual: “Sharing the Creed”
• Monday, March 5, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “The Greatest Commandment.”
7 p.m.—Sermon: “Remembering and Celebrating.” Ritual: “Renewal of Baptismal Promises (The Sacraments)”
• Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “Second Greatest Commandment”; 7 p.m.—Sermon: “Lift Up Your Hearts” (prayer). Ritual: “Piecing Together the Puzzle of Life”
• Wednesday, March 7, 8 a.m.—Mass, Seton Hall. Talk: “Good Grief: Accepting Loss Gracefully”; 7 p.m.—Sermon: Life In Christ (Moral Living). Ritual: “Sacrament of Penance being offered”
• Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—Confessions each hour on the hour

A free-will donation may be given. The church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva. Questions can be directed to the parish office, (630) 232-0124.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti offer free spaghetti dinner

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 held Sunday, Feb. 26, 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 information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Kaneville UMC Men’s Club offer chili supper

KANEVILLE—The Kaneville United Methodist Church (UMC) Men’s Club chili supper will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the KUMC basement.

Chili will range from mild to wild. Hot dogs and carry-outs will be available.

There will be a free-will offering and live country bluegrass music by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.

Kaneville UMC is located at 46W764 Main St. in Kaneville.

Hosanna! Lenten Worship Services

SAINT CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will be have Lent Worship Services beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. Services on that day will be at noon and 6:30 p.m., and will include Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes on the forehead. During the rest of the Lenten season, special mid- week services will be held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through April 4. All in the community are invited to join us on these Wednesdays, and for regular weekend worship. For more information, call the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com.

Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

St. Gall announces Ash Wednesday schedule

ELBURN—In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which is the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Ashes will be distributed during religious education classes on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed. There will also be a prayer service at 12:10 p.m. with ashes distributed. All are invited.

Church news for Feb. 9

Spaghetti supper
at SG Community House

SUGAR GROVE—A benefit spaghetti supper will be held at the Sugar Grove Community House on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti and Matt McCannon’s special spaghetti sauce, lettuce salad with all the fixings, garlic bread, desserts and beverages.
The free-will offering will support the 2012 Sugar Grove United Methodist Missions Team for their upcoming trip to Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti.

Sugar Grove UMC’s
Tooth Fairy Mission

SUGAR GROVE—During the month of February, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s Mission of the Month is its annual Tooth Fairy Mission, in which monetary donations, toothbrushes and toothpaste are collected for the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove and the guests at Hesed House, a local homeless shelter in Aurora.
Dr. Donald Fee, who has been practicing dentistry at Family Dental Care in Sugar Grove since 1993, will match monetary contributions up to $500. Dr. Fee will use this monetary donations to purchase toothbrushes and travel-size toothpastes at cost, greatly extending the value of contributions.
If anyone would like to support the Tooth Fairy Mission, checks payable to SGUMC with “Tooth Fairy” in the memo can be mailed or dropped off to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at 176 Main St., P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. There is also a Tooth Fairy bucket in the church fellowship room for dental care items. For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational offers series on
Christianity and Islam
Elburn—Community Congregational Church pastor Michelle Prentice-Leslie will conduct an adult education class on Christianity and Islam on the Sundays in February, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to this series held at the church, located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
“All Christians need to better understand our 21st century world, and learning about Islam is a good place to start,” said Prentice-Leslie.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

Immanuel Lutheran Church concert series
BATAVIA—The fifth program in the Second Sunday Concert Series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The series is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the program will be in the church’s Family Life Center, 950 Hart Road.
“Praise, Praise II” is the theme of the program. It will be given by the musicians and choirs of the contemporary praise teams from Immanuel and Word of Life Lutheran Church, Naperville. The contemporary music is a chance for participants to raise hands and voices with the team leaders from both congregations.
All Second Sunday concerts are free; those attending may give an offering.
The final concert of the season will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. It will feature Quartet West, a string quartet; the second-year orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus.

Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

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

Church news for Feb. 3

Sugar Grove UMC’s
Tooth Fairy Mission

SUGAR GROVE—During the month of February, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church’s Mission of the Month is its annual Tooth Fairy Mission, in which monetary donations, toothbrushes and toothpaste are collected for the Between Friends Food Pantry in Sugar Grove and the guests at Hesed House, a local homeless shelter in Aurora.
Dr. Donald Fee, who has been practicing dentistry at Family Dental Care in Sugar Grove since 1993, will match monetary contributions up to $500. Dr. Fee will use this monetary donations to purchase toothbrushes and travel-size toothpastes at cost, greatly extending the value of contributions.
If anyone would like to support the Tooth Fairy Mission, checks payable to SGUMC with “Tooth Fairy” in the memo can be mailed or dropped off to the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church at 176 Main St., P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. There is also a Tooth Fairy bucket in the church fellowship room for dental care items. For more information, call the church office at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational offers series on
Christianity and Islam

elburn—Community Congregational Church pastor Michelle Prentice-Leslie will conduct an adult education class on Christianity and Islam on the four Sundays in February, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to this series held at the church, located at 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn.
“All Christians need to better understand our 21st century world, and learning about Islam is a good place to start,” said Prentice-Leslie.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

Stroke, osteoporosis screenings in Elburn
Elburn—Residents living in and around the Elburn community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
Elburn Hill Church will host Life Line Screening on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The site is located at 506 North Main St. in Elburn.
Four key points every person
needs to know:
• Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.
• Eighty percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.
• Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke.
• Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions, such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and appropriate for both men and women. Many sites offer finger-stick blood tests to check for cholesterol and glucose.
Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventative screenings.

Sugar Grove UMC hosts
benefit spaghetti supper

SUGAR GROVE—Everyone is invited to attend a benefit spaghetti supper on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove. Home-cooked spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, desserts and beverages will spotlight the Valentine-themed dinner. Free-will donations will be used to support the Sugar Grove United Methodist Missions Team on their trip to Haiti this summer. For more information, call (630) 466-4501 with any questions.

Immanuel Lutheran Church concert series
BATAVIA—The fifth program in the Second Sunday Concert Series will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. The series is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the program will be in the church’s Family Life Center, 950 Hart Road.
“Praise, Praise II” is the theme of the program. It will be given by the musicians and choirs of the contemporary praise teams from Immanuel and Word of Life Lutheran Church, Naperville. The contemporary music is a chance for participants to raise hands and voices with the team leaders from both congregations.
All Second Sunday concerts are free; those attending may give an offering.
The final concert of the season will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. It will feature Quartet West, a string quartet; the second-year orchestra of Immanuel Lutheran School and the Fox Valley Children’s Chorus.

Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

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

Fundraiser set for St. Peter teen youth mission trip

GENEVA—Bring a hungry appetite to the Knights of Columbus hall on Thursday, Jan. 26, to help raise funds for St. Peter Youth Ministry’s high school spring mission trip. Teens and their mentors will serve all the delicious spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert you can eat.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (Riverview Banquets and Catering), 1117 N. Washington Ave., Batavia.

Tickets are $10 for those 10 years of age and older, $5 for children 3 to 9 years old, and free for children 2 and younger.

Last year, teens of St. Peter Church in Geneva spent their spring break doing mission work in Mingo County in West Virginia. They worked with school children, helped move and organize furniture to be given away, painted a house for a woman who taught school into her 80s, helped write thank you notes to kind donors who contributed to the helping organizations, did indoor cleaning of buildings, and performed a myriad of other service projects. The group worked through the Christian Help and the A.B.L.E. Families, who work to serve the needs in the area. In 2012 during spring break, another group of St. Peter Church high school youth ministry group will head south to Vanceburg, Ken., to lend helping hands and hearts.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the St. Peter Parish Center, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva, from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call (630) 232-9026 or e-mail marykay@cgtekinc.com.

Two Guys and Free Spaghetti offers a meal Jan. 28

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 Sunday, Jan. 29, from 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 information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church hosts Hosanna University

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host its annual “Hosanna University” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17.

The courses offered are a great opportunity to explore or share a hobby or interest, meet some new people, learn some new information and grow in your faith. Over 20 courses are scheduled and will last 90 minutes each. All in the community are invited to attend this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

For course description and to register, visit the “When We Gather News” page at www.HosannaChurch.com. For more information please contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit facebook.com/HosannachurchLCMC. Hosanna! is a Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) church located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Huntley Brown to perform at Immanuel Lutheran

BATAVIA—World-renowned gospel pianist Huntley Brown will continue the Second Sunday concert series at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. The program will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

Brown, an Aurora resident, has presented concerts and seminars in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as throughout the United States. He is now the pianist for the Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries and also is with the Franklin Graham Ministry Team.

The program is free; those who wish may contribute an offering.

Experience Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Jan. 8, 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.

More information is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

5-Star Learning Ranch food drive

PHOTO: Parents of 5-Star Learning Ranch students formed an assembly line checking expiration dates. Courtesy Photo

BATAVIA—The 5-Star Learning Ranch recently held a two-week food drive for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, with staff members and families making donations. As part of the food drive, parents and their children took part in a volunteer field trip to deliver the food. The field trip turned into participation by seven families, with 5-Star Learning Ranch students helping to stock shelves.

The field trip became a real learning experience as the children categorized their donations by food type in the appropriate area of the food pantry.

When the 5-Star volunteers arrived at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, they found that they had collected two full shopping carts of food.

If you would like to make a donation, the food pantry is located at 100 Flinn Dr. in Batavia. You can also call (630) 879-3784 or e-mail info@bataviafoodpantry.org.

Volunteers are needed and information can be found by e-mailing volunteer@bataviafoodpantry.org.

St. Peter Church Christmas, New Year Mass Schedule

GENEVA—St. Peter Church in Geneva will host Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 (in church and gym), 6:30 and 10 p.m.; Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 7, 9 and 11 a.m.; New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4:30 p.m.; and New Year’s Day Mass on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 7, 9 and 11 a.m.

There will be no 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas 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 its Christmas worship on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24. Three services will be held that day: a Creche Service with Holy Eucharist at 4:30 p.m., which is especially appropriate for families with young children. A Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.; and a hymn sing lead by the adult choir at 10 p.m., followed by a Eucharist service at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m. St. Charles Episcopal Church is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call (630) 584-2596 or visit www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Additional Christmas Eve Masses at St. Gall

ELBURN—To accommodate the large number of families attending Mass on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, St. Gall Church will provide two 4 p.m. Masses that day; one in the church and one in the parish hall.

Fr. Karl Ganss will preside at the church Mass, and Fr. William Etheredge, a priest from Aurora Central Catholic High School, will officiate in the hall. Children from the parish will present a Christmas pageant at each Mass.

Other Christmas Eve Vigil Masses include a 6 p.m. Mass with carols and a 10 p.m. Mass with music provided by the traditional choir. The 10 p.m. Mass will be preceded by Christmas carols, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Masses for Christmas Day are at 8 , 9:30 and 11 a.m.

To mark the celebration of the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary on Jan. 1, St. Gall will provide three Masses to usher in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be at 4:30 p.m. Masses for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Jan. 1 is the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, also known as World Peace Day, and is a holy day of obligation. Active Catholics make it a point to attend Mass on this feast day.

For more information, call (630) 365-6030.

Hosanna! Lutheran Christmas services

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host Christmas Eve worship services on Saturday, Dec. 24. A children’s service (great for families with small children) will be held at 3 p.m.; a contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m.; and traditional services will be held at 9 and 11 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at all five services, while handheld candles will be part of Christmas Eve worship at 5, 9 and 11 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

For more information contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, visit www.HosannaChurch.com or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Church news for Dec. 15

Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day services
at Grace UMC

MAPLE PARK—Grace United Methodist Church, 506 Willow St. in Maple Park, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 9:30 p.m. Christmas Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Nancy Olsen at (815) 827-3359.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church
celebrates Advent

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Hosanna! Lutheran Christmas services
ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host Christmas Eve worship services on Saturday, Dec. 24. A children’s service (great for families with small children) will be held at 3 p.m.; a contemporary service will be held at 5 p.m.; and traditional services will be held at 9 and 11 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at all five services, while handheld candles will be part of Christmas Eve worship at 5, 9 and 11 p.m. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
For more information contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, visit www.HosannaChurch.com or e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com.
Hosanna! Lutheran Church is located at
36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Christmas Cookie Sale
MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park.
Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound. Choose your own cookie. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Dec. 14. For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Church news for Dec. 8

St. Gall announces Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule
ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn announces its Mass schedule for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Dec. 8. This is a Holy Day of Obligation to attend Mass. The Mass schedule is 8:30 a.m., 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the celebration. St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St.

‘The Best Christmas
Pageant Ever’

BATAVIA—The Albright Theatre announced the return of the holiday extravaganza “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. This heart-warming holiday tale is an Albright Theatre favorite.
The cast includes Linda Miller, Morgan Miller and Abigail Stein of Elburn, and Evie Beck of Sugar Grove.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will run weekends, Dec. 9-18. Performance times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The show is rated G. Albright Theatre Company is located at 100 N. Island Ave. (third floor of the Batavia Government Center) in Batavia.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. Bring in a non-perishable food donation and receive $1 off your admission (discounts limited to one per ticket purchased. $1 discount applies per ticket, not per food item donated). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (630) 406-8838.
For more information, visit the Albright Theatre website at www.albrighttheatre.com.

Annual cookie walk,
bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley, will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.

Chanukah Bazaar
at Congregation
Kneseth Israel

ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.

St. Mary’s of Maple Park Christmas Cookie Sale
MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Novak Center on County Line Road in Maple Park.
Homemade cookies will be sold for $6 per pound. Choose your own cookie. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Dec. 14. For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Batavia United Methodist
Church to hold
Christmas Cookie Walk

BATAVIA—Want to enjoy a variety of holiday cookies this season but have no time to bake? Don’t miss the annual Batavia United Methodist Church (BUMC) Cookie Walk.
This year’s Cookie Walk will be organized and staffed by the church’s youth. All proceeds will benefit a mission trip the youth and their adult leaders have planned to the needy Appalachia region next summer.
The Cookie Walk will be held at the church located at 8 N. Batavia Ave., near corner of Route 31 and Wilson Street in downtown Batavia on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Enter the Cookie Walk area in the rear of the church, off Water Street. The cost is $6 per pound; there will be dozens of holiday cookie favorites to choose from.
For more information, call the church at (630) 879-7060.

Fox Valley Jewish
Neighbor’s annual
Chanukah party, potluck

GENEVA—Grab your menorahs, bundle up the kids and come to the annual FVJN Chanukah Party on Sunday, Dec. 18, 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Persinger Rec Center in Geneva. This event will feature friends, food, activities for kids, music and more.
A dairy/vegetarian potluck meal is part of our annual FVJN Chanukah Party. Bring a dish to share from the following list:
• Latkes
• Salads (green, tuna salad, tomato salad)
• Matzo ball soup (but remember bowls/spoons)
• Bagels (cut into quarters since little kids often eat less than one-half))/cream cheese
• Hummus and veggies
• Cheese/crackers
• Desserts
E-mail Erin at erind2323@aol.com with what food you will bring. Be sure to put “FVJN Chanukah Party” as the subject of your e-mail response.
FVJN will provide sour cream and applesauce, as well as beverages and paper products.

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 monthly event held on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.
For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Church news for Dec. 1

St. Gall hosts Nativity sets
during Christmas Stroll

ELBURN—The parishioners of St. Gall Catholic Church will display various nativity sets in the parish hall during the Elburn Christmas Stroll Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47. The public is invited.

Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas,
St. Lucia Festival

Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 13th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.
The festival will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, and feature music by the choir as well as Ernie Sandquist, Swedish accordionist, Shirley Fox, pianist and Marguerite Karl, soprano. This year’s St. Lucia, Queen of Light, is Alexa Johnson-Roach of St. Charles.
Following the concert, a Swedish Christmas sweet table will be served, and Jul Tomte—Swedish Santa—will visit with the children. Also available for purchase will be baked goods and Scandinavian gift items and books. The Swedish American Children’s Choir is the largest choir of its kind in the Midwest.
Proceeds from the concert will fund a choir tour to Door County, Wis., in the summer.
Tickets are by reservation only and are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 years old. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 414-9700.

Immanuel Lutheran offers
annual Christmas concert

BATAVIA—Music ranging from George Frederick Handel to the contemporary English composer John Rutter will be performed at the 18th annual Lessons & Carols program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Two identical concerts will be presented at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, 905 Hart Road.
A Mass choir will sing music of Advent and Christmas, interspersed by nine Biblical readings by choir members. There will also be congregational singing. The children’s and pre-teen choirs, Celebration Singers and Tongues of Fire, will also participate. Admission is free; an offering will be received. The offertory music will be by Immanuel’s Hand Bell Choir, directed by Anna Sedberry.

Lord of Life Church
invites community for
breakfast, crafts, pictures

La fox—Lord of Life Church in La Fox invites the public to visit the church anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, for breakfast, crafts and pictures with baby Jesus. Gather for music and a story at 10:45 a.m. For information, call (630) 513-5325, ext. 40, e-mail bzielke@lolchurch.net, or visit www.lolchurch.net.

Nativity scenes
on display at Sugar Grove
United Methodist

SUGAR GROVE—Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and “Come to the Stable.”
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a display of a variety of Nativity scenes during Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The display includes a “hands-on” area for children. The church is located at 176 Main St. Admission is free. Call the church at (630) 466-4501 for more information.

Chanukah Bazaar
at Congregation
Kneseth Israel

ELGIN—Browse a wide selection of menorahs, candles, dreidles (holiday tops) and many other holiday items at the Chanukah Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Traditional chocolate gelt (coins) are also in stock. In addition to holiday items, the CKI gift shop contains a wide variety of Judaica and Jewish themed gifts.
The bazaar is hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel. Contact Tina Wolf, at (630) 377-1287 or Sue Johnson, co-chair of the event, at (847)-695-7160.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
The cost of the work is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center.

Hosanna! Lutheran Church
celebrates Advent

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will celebrate the season of Advent with a special message series—“Countdown to Christmas Through the eyes of Others,” every Wednesday evening through Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The series focuses on “Mary and Joseph” on Dec. 7, “The Shepherds” on Dec. 14, and “The Stable Keeper” on Dec. 21. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all services.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@ HosannaChurch.com or online at HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Annual cookie walk,
bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Hinckley will host its annual cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. Along with the cookies, there will be a bazaar and mini-craft show including but not limited to beautiful silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items, Mary Kay cosmetics, candles, etc.
St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible and has lots of parking.
St. Paul’s UCC is located on the corner of View and McKinley streets in Hinckley.
For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the Church at (815) 286-3391.

Church news for Nov. 23

Immanuel Lutheran offers
annual Christmas concert

BATAVIA—Music ranging from George Frederick Handel to the contemporary English composer John Rutter will be performed at the 18th annual Lessons & Carols program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Two identical concerts will be presented at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church, 905 Hart Road.
A Mass choir will sing music of Advent and Christmas, interspersed by nine Biblical readings by choir members. There will also be congregational singing. The children’s and pre-teen choirs, Celebration Singers and Tongues of Fire, will also participate. Admission is free; an offering will be received. The offertory music will be by Immanuel’s Hand Bell Choir, directed by Anna Sedberry.

Lord of Life Church
invites community for
breakfast, crafts, pictures

La Fox—Lord of Life Church in La Fox invites the public to visit the church anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, for breakfast, crafts and pictures with baby Jesus. Gather for music and a story at 10:45 a.m. For information, call (630) 513-5325, ext. 40, e-mail bzielke@lolchurch.net, or visit www.lolchurch.net.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
The cost of the work is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center.

Bethany Lutheran offers Swedish Christmas, St. Lucia Festival

Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 13th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

The festival will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, and feature music by the choir as well as Ernie Sandquist, Swedish accordionist, Shirley Fox, pianist and Marguerite Karl, soprano. This year’s St. Lucia, Queen of Light, is Alexa Johnson-Roach of St. Charles.

Following the concert, a Swedish Christmas sweet table will be served, and Jul Tomte—Swedish Santa—will visit with the children. Also available for purchase will be baked goods and Scandinavian gift items and books. The Swedish American Children’s Choir is the largest choir of its kind in the Midwest.

Proceeds from the concert will fund a choir tour to Door County, Wis., in the summer.

Tickets are by reservation only and are $15 for adults and $8 for children 6-12 years old. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 414-9700.

Church news for Nov. 17

‘Operation Christmas
Child’ helps
kids worldwide

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road, will be a regional drop-off site for “Operation Christmas Child,” an international ministry project.
Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Sunday, Nov. 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double-bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A suggested donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost.
For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit at HosannaChurch.com.

Operation Christmas Child
at Rejoice Lutheran

GENEVA—Elburn now has a closer drop-off site for the annual international Operation Christmas Child campaign at Rejoice Lutheran Church in the Mill Creek subdivision. Local churches, organizations and individuals can bring completed shoe boxes to Rejoice during National Collection Week, now through Monday, Nov. 21.
Operation Christmas Child, an outreach sponsored by the Christian group Samaritan’s Purse, gives shoe boxes filled with gift items to some of the neediest children around the world. The project collected more than 8 million shoe box gifts in 2010, which were distributed to children in 108 countries.
Rejoice will accept shoe boxes during the following times:
• Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, noon to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 19, noon to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Shoe boxes may be wrapped and decorated, but the top must be wrapped separately and then rubber-banded to the bottom. Ideal items to pack inside include hygiene products, such as toothpaste and soap, toys, school supplies, T-shirts, socks and hard candy. Samaritan’s Purse asks donors to also pitch in $7 per box for shipping. If donors pay online and print a pre-marked label for the box, Samaritan’s Purse will e-mail donors the name of the country to which their box was sent.
In addition to filled shoe boxes, they also accepts cash donations to cover shipping costs, as well as individual items, such as toothbrushes, pens/paper and small toys, which could be added to others’ shoe boxes.
For complete instructions on how to pack a box or to make an online donation, visit samaritanspurse.org.
Rejoice Lutheran Church is at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive. For more information, visit rejoiceinthemission.org or call (630) 262-0596.

Geneva Steeple Walk
offers holiday
music concerts

GENEVA—For the third year, the Geneva Cultural Art Commission will host the Steeple Walk on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches, all within a comfortable walking distance.
The Geneva High School Jazz Choir, led by Roxanne Curtis, will perform at the Lutheran Church on Third Street. The chamber orchestra from Larkin High School Visual & Performing Arts Academy in Elgin, Ill., will appear at the United Methodist Church on Hamilton and Second streets.
At the First Church of Christ Scientist on Second and James streets, the Kristin McFadden trio will present a concert of Christmas carols. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on Second Street will host the Misty River Music Makers, a chorus of women whose style originates in four-part barbershop harmony.
Two audience groups attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the Methodist and Lutheran churches, and change places. They then move to the last performances in the Unitarian and Christian Science churches opposite each other on Second Street. Guides will lead each group.
Cost is $12, and tickets are on sale at the churches and at the Geneva History Center after Nov. 15.

Church news for Nov. 10

Centennial Concert
at St. Gall

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church continues its Centennial Celebration with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, open to all community members.
St. Gall has a traditional choir, children’s choir, guitar choir and numerous soloists and instrumentalists who share their talents on a weekly basis with its parishioners during each Mass. The concert will highlight each one of the choirs, soloist and instrumentalists. A small reception follows afterward.
Members or family members of those currently in the military or those of veterans are encouraged to attend. A special veterans memorial will also include a service and song medley in which members of each branch of the service will be asked to stand when they hear their song. Military attire is encouraged. For information, contact the Parish Office at( 630) 365-6030.

Second Sunday Concert
Series feature
gospel quartet

BATAVIA—Immanuel Lutheran Church presents the first program in its Second Sunday Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, featuring The Shepherdsmen, a gospel quartet from Missouri. The quartet shares its love of Southern Gospel Music, a uniquely American music form.
There is no admission; an offering will be received. The church is located at 950 Hart Road.

Experience Taize Worship
at St. Charles Episcopal

ST. CHARLES—The community is invited to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994, N. 5th Ave.
The worship is in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, with a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer. Information is available at stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

‘Operation Christmas
Child’ helps
kids worldwide

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church once again will be a regional drop-off site for “Operation Christmas Child,” an international ministry project.
Shoe boxes filled with small gifts can be dropped off at Hosanna! through Sunday, Nov. 20, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Gift selections to put in the shoe boxes include small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, hard candy and gum (double-bagged) and a special note of encouragement. A suggested donation of $7 would also be appreciated to help cover the shipping cost. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit at HosannaChurch.com.
Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Church news for Nov. 3

Bread, soup, salad
for food, fellowship

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a benefit bread, soup and salad luncheon at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. Everyone is invited to share in the fun, food and fellowship with a meal of soup, salad, bread, desserts and beverages. A free-will offering will support outreach mission projects.
Call the church office at (630) 466-4501 for information. No reservations are necessary.

Revive! Christian
Fellowship Church
to host bake sale

GENEVA—Revive! Christian Fellowship Church will host a bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 22 S. 2nd St. in Geneva. All proceeds will go to the Winter Clothing Drive to purchase and distribute new winter clothing items for those in need in the Fox Valley area.

Marmion Academy
hosts fall open house

AURORA—Marmion Academy will host its fall open house for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The Catholic college-preparatory high school for boys is located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. There will be a brief presentation at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium, after which families will have the opportunity to tour the school or visit with faculty and staff. No registration is necessary for the event. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 897-6936, ext. 277.
For more information, visit marmion.org.

Big Rock church
cancels Cookie Walk

BIG ROCK—Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Cookie Walk this year at Big Rock’s English Congregational United Church of Christ. The church thanked those who supported the church’s cookie sale during its 15-year run. Church officials said they do not yet know if the event will return in the future.

Church news for Oct. 27

Traveling Pastor
Sugar Grove Pastor Rev. Steve Good (center), greets worshippers after guest preaching at Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora on Sunday. From left are Laurel Gilbert, Aurora, Fourth Street UMC lay leader; Rev. Good, pastor, Sugar Grove UMC; and Marlis Hutchinson, Aurora. Rev. Good visited Aurora in an annual pulpit exchange by local UMC pastors. Courtesy Photo

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Hosanna! Lutheran Church
hosts discussion
on global persecution

ST.CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church is partnering with international organization Voice of the Martyrs for a special evening of information sharing and background on the injustices suffered by the global persecuted church.
“What, Persecution?” will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Hosanna!’s worship space. This free event is open to the public.
For additional information, contact Dr. Stults at (918) 338-8488, e-mail vomclassroom@ vom-usa.org, or visit www.vommeetings.com. For questions and directions, contact Rick DeVries at Hosanna! Church at (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Community Congregational offers Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—The Community Congregational Church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carry-outs will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, K-6th grade, and free for preschoolers.
The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit church-supported missions such as Lazarus House, Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Emmaus House and UCC Outdoor Ministries.
In addition to the dinner, the Church Crafty Crafters will offer hand-made gift items and a holiday white elephant sale. Proceeds from these sales will be used toward local and area missions. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.

Union Congregational
offers turkey supper

NORTH AURORA—Union Congregational Church will have its annual Turkey Supper and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 29. 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 for children under 5.
Your dinner will include a beverage and dessert. Carry-outs are available. You may get your tickets at the door, or you can get advance tickets or more information by calling the church office at (630) 897-0013.
UCC is located at 405 W. State St. in North Aurora.

Organ concert series begins at Bethany Lutheran
BATAVIA—Bethany Lutheran Church announces an Organ Concert Series beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, with other concerts throughout the season.
Renovation and refurbishing of Bethany’s Aeolian Skinner pipe organ is complete, and the community is invited to its dedicatory concerts. The Oct. 30 concert features the organ builder, Dean Christian, and principal organist Alan Spear and Director of Music Beth Lawniczak.
Visit bethanybatavia.org or call (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran Church is at the corner of Wilson and Lincoln streets in Batavia.

Revive! Christian
Fellowship Church
to host bake sale

GENEVA—Revive! Christian Fellowship Church will host a bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 22 S. 2nd St. in Geneva. All proceeds will go to the Winter Clothing Drive to purchase and distribute new winter clothing items for those in need in the Fox Valley Area.

Church News for Oct. 13

Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-sixth grade, and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, will be in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire, and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Arts, crafts show features
holiday decorations

ST. CHARLES—The annual Arts and Crafts Show sponsored by the St. Charles Episcopal Church features handmade items and a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The juried show also includes jewelry, holiday decorations, fashion items, baby items and purses.
Admission is free. The church is at 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) and is handicapped accessible. Visit stcharlesepiscopal.org, e-mail canadafay@clear.net or call (630) 497-8799 for more information.

Free spaghetti dinner
with Two Guys

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti continue to provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner for anyone who shows up on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25).
Guests come from all over the Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and great food. Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Open House
for Pastor Arne Walker

ST. CHARLES—An open house and luncheon will be held for Pastor Arne Walker on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road in St. Charles. The open house and luncheon will follow the second worship service and dedication of a tree in his honor.
All are welcome to join Walker in celebrating his 50th anniversary of Ordination. Walker will be the guest pastor at that morning’s worship services.
Pastor Arne Walker, the former pastor for 20 years at Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, is a staunch believer in evolution. This is not the kind that produces lively conversation among Christians but rather the evolving conviction of God’s will for his life.
Arne came to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., after sharing his elementary and high school years in Chicago. He was a relatively new Lutheran Confessing Christian and came to pursue a pre-med course of study.
The “call” to ministry found him for a while in a dual pursuit of majors, but the evolution toward a more pronounced path toward ministry prevailed. It was strong enough to cause him to pursue the discerning process of that call. This took place as he served a large parish in Minnesota to relieve a pastor who was returning to strength after a heart attack. The evolution continued in a conflicted United Methodist Parish in Iowa. The evolution reached its peak when he served a parish in New York. He then completed his theological studies at Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and was approved for ordination on June 18, 1961, in Seattle, Wash.
From 1957 to the present time, Walker has invested himself in the avocation of reaching out to male youth who have been removed from their homes by the juvenile court. This has taken place in institutions in New York and Illinois and in group homes in Knoxville and Sevierville, Tenn.
As an ordained pastor, Arne served 46 years full-time in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee. He is now in his fourth year of serving part-time in Newport, Tenn.
He has held a variety of church-wide and community leadership positions. Youth ministry has had a special place in his heart. He has led bike retreats over 31,000 miles of roads in the USA and Europe, hiking retreats in Colorado, Washington and Tennessee, and canoe retreats over a span of 20 years in the boundary waters of Canada.
To mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Walker gave 18 $50 gifts to family and former parishes with the challenge to multiply the funds to expand the mission of Christ’s Church and further evolve ministry in Jesus’ name to serve the needs of others.
The evolution of that call to ministry continues as another chapter is being written on the pages of time.

Community
Congregational offers
annual Harvest Dinner

ELBURN—In the aftermath of a successful Elburn Days back in August, there were a number of comments that folks missed the Community Congregational Church’s food tent at Lion’s Park—specifically, the homemade pie. Well, another opportunity for pie and good food is quickly approaching.
The church will hold its annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Carry-outs will also be available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, K-6th grade, and free for preschoolers.
The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit church-supported missions such as Lazarus House, Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Emmaus House, and UCC Outdoor Ministries.
In addition to the dinner, the Church Crafty Crafters will offer hand-made gift items and a holiday White Elephant sale. Proceeds from these sales will be used toward local and area missions. For more information, contact the church office at (630) 365-6544.

Church news for Oct. 6

Grace Lutheran
Church Octoberfest

LILY LAKE—Join Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road, for Octoberfest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be a pig roast, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and s’mores. Bring the family for apple-bobbing, hay rides, moonwalk, Bingo, face painting, DJ, crafts and vendor show, and a bonfire. Call the church at (630) 365-6751.

St. Gall Church
to hold annual
Blessing of Animals

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, Elburn, will hold its annual blessing of animals on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Parking lot, 120 W. Shannon St. The celebration is typically scheduled around the feast day (Oct. 4) of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. All residents and their animals are invited to attend the blessing.

Lord of Life Church
to hold ‘Ready to GO’
community service week

LAFOX—Lord of Life Church will host “Ready to GO,” a community week of service, Oct. 9-15. There are 15 different sites for community involvement, with something for everyone—child care, cooking, baking, construction, landscaping, food/clothing/furniture donations and transportation. Sign up at www.lolchurch.net. All are welcome to participate.

Taize Worship Oct. 9
at St. Charles Episcopal

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

Faith Baptist Church
celebrates 175 years
with anniversary concert

GENEVA—Faith Baptist Church celebrates its third year at the Mill Creek location and 175 years with an anniversary concert on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Prairie Echoes, a women’s choral group. A free-will offering will be taken, and cookies and beverages will follow the concert. Call (630) 845-2535 for more information.

Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-sixth grade, and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, will be in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight camp out with a bonfire and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Church news for Sept. 29

Celebrate Jewish High Holidays services in Geneva
Geneva—Observe Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a full slate of religious services in Geneva. All services will be led by Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva.
Last year, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) held the first ever service in the Tri-Cities for this holiday season. Approximately 100 people attended the service at FVJN in Geneva. This year offers complete services for the High Holidays, and in a location better equipped to accommodate the larger number of people expected.
Etz Hasadeh Learning Center of Pushing the Envelope Farm and FVJN will host this year’s upcoming High Holiday services. All services are open to everyone, regardless of affiliation, and will be held at FONA, located at 1900 Avrill Road, Geneva. No tickets are needed.
Following is the complete schedule of services:
Thursday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah service; 10:30 a.m. Torah reading; 11 a.m. Sounding of the shofar; Noon, Tashlich (“casting our sins upon the water”) at the FONA pond. Kiddish and lunch following the service, childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Anyone interested in having an honor (aliyah) or participating in the service, please e-mail fred@fvjn.org. Lunch will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or lunch to info@fvjn.org.
Friday, Oct. 7: 7 p.m. Kol Nidre service.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. Yom Kippur service; 11:30 a.m. Yizkor service; 5:30 p.m. Mincha service: Reading of Book of Job; 6:30 p.m. Ne’ilah “closing of Yom Kippur” service; 7 p.m. Havdallah and sounding of the shofar marking the end of Yom Kippur; 7:15 Break the Fast. Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Feel free to bring refreshments for your own children, as children under the age of 9 are not permitted to fast. Break the Fast will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or Break the Fast to info@fvjn.org.
FVJN is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.

Rejoice Lutheran Church
mid-week youth groups
to begin Oct. 4

GENEVA—Rejoice Lutheran Church’s mid-week Christian education youth groups for all children in second through fifth grades will begin Tuesday, Oct. 4. Mid-week groups meet the first three Tuesdays of each month, 6 to 7:15 p.m.; a separate group for girls in third through fifth grade meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at that same time. Activities in each group include Bible study, skits, games, crafts and prayer.
Children are divided by grade into separate groups, which focus on specific Christian fundamentals.
All classes are free of charge.
Rejoice Lutheran Church is located at 0N377 N. Mill Creek Drive in Geneva. For more information about mid-week youth groups or other Rejoice children’s ministries, call (630) 262-0596 or visit www.rejoiceinthemission.org.

Calling all local Catholics
who no longer participate
in the Catholic Church

GENEVA—“Nobody is perfect—not me, not the Catholic Church, or the people who serve in it, or the people who left it,” said Jerry Marcec, member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, and Director of the Catholics Returning Home Program. “Churches are like families, sometimes imperfect, other times filled with wonderful, grace-filled and joyous memories. If the church has let someone down, or the person simply drifted away, we want those people to know, whenever they are ready to join the Catholic family—be it St. Peter in Geneva or somewhere else—we would be honored to have them, or help them connect to their local parish.”
The Catholics Returning Home Program kicked off at St. Peter Church in Geneva on Wednesday. The program is designed to reach out to those baptized Catholics who no longer practice their Catholic faith. They are invited, regardless of their present status in the church, present religious affiliation, family or marital situation. The first two sessions are designed to provide a program overview, listen and answer questions. Those who wish to explore further will find the last four sessions an informative and interactive update on the church, sacraments and the Mass.
• Oct. 5: Stories of Faith, Church Tour
• Oct. 12: The Church Today, Q & A
• Oct. 19: Explanation of the Mass, Q & A
• Oct. 26: Explanation of Sacrament of Penance/Confession
• Nov. 2: What Catholics Believe
All sessions take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Contact Jerry Marcec at (630) 232-4439 or marcecjj@yahoo.com for more information or to register.

Grace Lutheran
Church Octoberfest

LILY LAKE—Join Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake, 5N600 Hanson Road, for Octoberfest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be a pig roast, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and s’mores. Bring the family for apple-bobbing, hayrides, moonwalk, Bingo, face painting, DJ, crafts and vendor show, and a bonfire. Call the church at (630) 365-6751.

Faith Baptist Church
celebrates 175 years
with anniversary concert

GENEVA—Faith Baptist Church celebrates its third year at the Mill Creek location and 175 years with an anniversary concert on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Prairie Echoes, a women’s choral group. A free-will offering will be taken, and cookies and beverages will follow the concert. Call (630) 845-2535 for more information.

Beef supper, bazaar
at Kaneville UMC

KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Beef Supper and Bazaar Saturday, Oct. 15. The bazaar begins at 4 p.m., carry-outs can be picked up beginning at 4:30 p.m., and supper is served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for K-Sixth grade and pre-schoolers are $1.
Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls and homemade desserts. The church is located at 46W764 Main Street Road. Call (630) 365-1175 for information.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:
Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com
Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Church news for Sept. 22

St. Gall to hold
annual golf outing

ELBURN—St. Gall Church will host its third annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. The cost is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner. There will also be fabulous prizes and many fun golf contests.
Single and double players are encouraged to register, as the committee will make up foursomes. To register, visit www.stgall.com, download the registration form and mail it to the parish office at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn, IL 60119, or call (630) 365-6030. Sponsorship opportunities are still available—contact the parish office for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Conference at Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—A conference focusing on the caregiver and their needs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, hosted by Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Over 40 professional organizations and service providers from across Chicagoland will be on site to answer questions on topics including legal and financial issues and family conflict, care receiver living options and self-care options for the caregiver. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Celebrate Jewish
High Holidays services
in Geneva

Geneva—Come observe Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a full slate of religious services in Geneva. All services will be led by Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva.
Last year, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) held the first ever service in the Tri-Cities, for this holiday season. Approximately 100 people attended the service at FVJN in Geneva. This year offers complete services for the High Holidays, and in a location better equipped to accommodate the larger number of people expected.
Etz Hasadeh Learning Center of Pushing the Envelope Farm and FVJN are hosting this year’s upcoming High Holiday services. All services are open to everyone, regardless of affiliation, and will be held at FONA, located at 1900 Avrill Rd., Geneva, IL. No tickets are needed.
Following is the complete schedule of services:
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah evening (erev Rosh Hashanah) service
Thursday, Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah service; 10:30 a.m. Torah reading; 11 a.m. Sounding of the shofar; Noon, Tashlich (“casting our sins upon the water”) at the FONA pond. Kiddish and lunch following the service, childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Anyone interested in having an honor (aliyah) or participating in the service, please e-mail fred@fvjn.org. Lunch will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or lunch to info@fvjn.org.
Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Kol Nidre service.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. Yom Kippur service; 11:30 a.m. Yizkor service; 5:30 p.m. Mincha service: Reading of Book of Job; 6:30 p.m. Ne’ilah “closing of Yom Kippur” service; 7 p.m. Havdallah and sounding of the shofar marking the end of Yom Kippur; 7:15 Break the Fast. Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Feel free to bring refreshments for your own children, as children under the age of 9 are not permitted to fast. Break the Fast will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able. For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or Break the Fast to info@fvjn.org.
FVJN is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.

Elburn Hill Church
announces events

ELBURN—The following events are scheduled to take place at Elburn Hill Church:

Living Room Concert
A Living Room Concert with Derek Webb of Caedmon’s Call and his wife, Sandra McCracken, in the Elburn Hill Church sanctuary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 each and will be limited to 90 seats. If interested, please contact Mark Moring at mmoring@christianitytoday.com

Boys Life Plan Weekend
A Boys Life Plan Weekend is scheduled Oct. 21-22 for eighth through 11th grade boys to help them plan for what they will do after high school. The weekend includes career and interest testing, career process development, a bags tournament, an overnight campout with a bonfire and three meals included. Visit www.elburnhillchurch.org for details and pre-registration sign up.

Church news for Sept. 15

St. Peter Barn Sale returns
Geneva—The St. Peter Barn Sale will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fairgrounds are at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission is free, although a $1 per vehicle free-will donation for parking is requested.

Bridging the interfaith
divide—celebrate
International Day of Peace

Geneva—A network of Fox Valley faith communities invites you to a community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982, after being established by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.
The local celebration of the International Day of Peace will kick off with a gathering at 10 a.m. for the dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), located at 121 S. Third St. in Geneva (just across from the old Kane County courthouse, at the yellow awning).
This Peace Pole is part of the international Peace Pole Project. It bears a phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Algonquin (Native American language indigenous to the area), and Swedish, along with “May peace be in our homes and communities” in English.
Activities will continue a block east at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG), located at 110 S. 2nd St., in Geneva.
At 10:30 a.m., come attend an enlightening, interactive program titled, “Have you heard the one about: How to respond to hate language,” presented by nonviolent communications trainer, Thom Thomas.
Ask questions of religious leaders in a panel on Building Bridges, from 11:45 to 12:45, with representatives from the Islam, Unitarian, Jewish and Christian faiths. A panel discussion with young adults will follow at 1 p.m.
Children of all ages will be treated to puppet shows about diversity, craft projects, along with the opportunity to meet and greet children from other religions and ethnicities, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Additionally, the UUSG sanctuary will be open throughout the Day of Peace event for meditation and reflection.
Preceding Saturday’s event will be a free public screening of “Divided We Fall,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the UUSG. This prize-winning documentary features stories of Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs in America, and interviews with scholars, lawyers and legislators about race, religion and security in post-9/11 America.
This local celebration of the International Day of Peace is a secular event, open to everyone of all ages and faiths.
For a complete schedule of this event, please visit www.uusg.org or www.fvjn.org or call (630) 232-2350. Information on the International Day of Peace is available at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

St. Gall to hold
annual golf outing

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, Elburn, will host its third annual golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. at Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn. Cost is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch at the turn, and dinner. There will also be fabulous prizes and many fun golf contests.
Single and double players are encouraged to register, as the committee will make up foursomes. To register, visit www.stgall.com, download the registration form and mail it to the Parish Office at 120 W. Shannon St, Elburn, IL 60119, or call (630) 365-6030. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; contact the Parish Office for details.

Caring for the Caregiver Conference at Hosanna! Lutheran Church
ST. CHARLES—A conference focusing on the caregiver and their needs will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, hosted by Hosanna! Lutheran Church.
Over 40 professional organizations and service providers from across Chicagoland will be on site to answer questions on topics including legal and financial issues and family conflict, care receiver living options and self-care options for the caregiver. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Call (630) 584-6434, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.