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Chris Steve Zanis

Chris Steve Zanis fell asleep in the Lord on Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, at home. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on April 11, 1948, to Rev. Fr. Steve Zanis and Presvytera Maria.

Chris was raised with a strong church tradition in Washington, Tennessee and Chicago, before the family settled in Geneva, where the Fr. Steve founded St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora and served for many years.

In 1953, the Zanis family started American Church Supply, a company that still provides Orthodox vestments and altar accessories to churches across the country. Chris assisted his father in the company while studying business at Loyola University, and later Sewanee.

Chris was a very intelligent man and an avid reader, particularly of religious books and the lives of the saints. He was an active member of the business community of Maple Park for many years, where he regularly attended Village Board and Police Commission meetings. He helped rewrite commission laws, zoning laws and policies concerning Maple Park’s water treatment plant. He had many friends in politics and law in Kane and DeKalb counties. Shortly before his death, Chris was appointed to the Maple Park Library Board. He was a caring, generous man who could make you smile and make you feel good.

Chris Zanis is survived by his loving wife Barbara; sons, Jon and A.J.; as well as four siblings, Matrona, Irene, Steve and Greg Zanis, and their families.

In DeKalb, he will be missed by his aunt, Anna Halikias; and cousins, Jimmy and Mickey. Other survivors include cousins, Athena and Jimmy in Montana and Tennessee; Uncle Stanley in Illinois; and Aunt Mary in Washington.

Chris is being welcomed to eternal paradise by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation was at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 320 South Second St., DeKalb, on June 30. The funeral service followed immediately. Internment took place at Willwood Burial Park in Rockford, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Zanis Family Trust Fund at Old Second Bank in Maple Park. May the memory of Chris Steve Zanis be eternal. To send an online condolence visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com.

James O. Winter

James O. Winter, 81, of Sugar Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927, in Rose Hill, Ill., the son of the late Lester and Pearl Winter.

After serving in the Navy during WWII, he married the former Lucille Mefford in 1951.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lucille Winter of Sugar Grove; children, Sandra J. Boyce of Sugar Grove, Stephen J. (Beth) Winter of Aurora and Michael D. (Glenda) Winter of Aurora; grandchildren, Lindsey (Dan) Winter of Montgomery, Carissa of Aurora, Melissa, Michael and Matthew Williams of Aurora; brother, Niel Winter of Kankakee, Ill.; sister, Geneva Binder of Washington, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale; and sister, Jewel.
Jim never met a stranger. He had many friends and neighbors in Sugar Grove that he met through his coffee visits, lawn mowing services and driving the tractor and train at Blackberry Farm in the 1990s.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at the chapel. Burial will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.

Virginia M. Tierney

Virginia M. Tierney, 69, of Sugar Grove passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, at her home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Soreng) Tierney.

Virginia was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School in Chicago, and a long time member of Holy Angels Catholic Parish. She was employed for over 30 years as an adjustor for the Hartford Insurance Company.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam (Joe) Fese of Aurora; her grandchildren, Jessica Fese and Joseph Fese of Aurora; her nieces, Kathy Farmstone and Patricia Amerlan; her nephews, James Orabutt and Tim Orabutt; many cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marian Orabutt; and her brother, Jack Teirney.

Visitation was held June 29 at The Healy Chapel in Sugar Grove, with a Liturgical Wake service that evening. A Funeral Mass was held June 30 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Interment took place at Resurrection Cemetery in Geneva.

For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or to leave a condolence visit www.healychapel.com.

Rose M. Heth

Rose M. Heth, 88, of Elburn, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb.

She was born April 27, 1921, at home in Chicago, the daughter of Emil Edward and Antonia (Baron) Hanzlik.

She grew up and attended local schools in Chicago, graduating from Kelly High School in 1940.

Rose attended a business school for a short time before working as a secretary at Goldblatt Department Store and later at Spiegel’s.

She met the man of her dreams at the Paradise Ballroom, where Roger J. Heth was an instructor. They were united in marriage on Nov. 26, 1946, in Wheaton, Ill.

They made their home and began a family in Chicago. Rose raised the children and made their house a home. In 1960, they moved to Brookfield, where Rose was employed by Ever Ready Printing for 27 years, retiring in 1992. Rose continued to make her home in Brookfield after Roger’s death in 1989 before moving to Elburn following her retirement.

She now leaves one daughter, Marge (Ronald) Herold and their children, Brian and Brant of Elburn; one son, Eric Heth and his children, Sarah and Emily of Lemont, Ill.; several nieces and nephews and a close circle of friends.

She now joins her parents and husband, Roger; two sisters, Mildred Hanzlik and Bessie Kral; two brothers, James and Emil Hanzlik; one son, Henry Heth; and one great-grandson, Daniel Herold, who preceded her in death.

In lieu of services and flowers, a memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Rose M. Heth Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Vivian E. Bunce

Vivian E. Bunce, 86, of Aurora, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at her home Sunday evening, June 14, 2009.

She was born May 17, 1923, the daughter of Forrest and Blanche (Dudley) Harrett in Centerville, Iowa.

Vivian moved with her family to Illinois at a young age. They settled on Lasher Road near Kaneville, and she attended local schools.

By the age of 18, she had found the love of her life, Delos Bunce. They were married in Kaneville in August of 1941. They would eventually make almost 68 years of memories with each other side by side.

They began their new life together in Montgomery for a time before moving back to Lasher Road. They later moved to Aurora in 1973.

Vivian went to school in Chicago to become a Swedish masseuse. She worked with her Aunt Helen Krantz at a parlor in Hinckley for several years.

She was a long time faithful member of Kaneville United Methodist Church, and in her younger years, she served as a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader. She also was a fervent supporter and member of the humane society.

Vivian had a thirst for life that included the juxtaposition of fresh flowers and strawberries in her always fantastic garden opposite the smell of burning rubber and the exhaust fumes of drag races. In secret, she helped her son Garry get his hot rod started by pulling it down the blacktop. It wouldn’t be until Garry’s wedding that Delos would find, much to his chagrin and everyone’s enjoyment, that she had helped him. She had a close, loving relationship with her children and was a loving wife, grandmother and mother-in-law. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. Friends could also count on Vivian if ever they had a need. She loved all animals but had a special place in her heart for dogs. Her stories of long ago captivated her grandchildren and without a doubt, the spirit of those stories, along with the thousands of memories she made, will live on in generations to come.

She now leaves her loving husband, Delos; two children, Garry (Linda) Bunce of Elburn and Lavonne (Phil) Mahan of Aurora; one special daughter-in-law, Joyce Bunce of Aurora; six grandchildren, Deanna (Karl) Martinek, Connie (Tod) Parish, Christine (Bill) Martin and Lisa (Hank) Guerette, all of Aurora, John (Leah) Bunce of Montgomery, and Stephen (Becky) Scheidt of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren, Shane (Amanda) Powell, Cami Powell, Megan Parish, Nicholas Parish, Alex Martin, Sam Martin, Jacob Bunce, Joesett Guerette, Joseph Scheidt and Sarah Scheidt, and a family of friends.

She now joins her parents; son, Larry Bunce; one grandson, Jeremy Mahan; and a great-grandson, Erin Artinek, who preceded her in death.

All services will be private family only.

A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Vivian Bunce Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or by www.conleycare.com.

Aurora University announces 2009 graduates

19 residents are among the 1,260 Aurora University students receiving diplomas at the 116th annual commencement ceremonies held May 10.

The following residents received bachelor’s degrees were Janet Barry, Justin Dimitri, Shauna Gould, Alison Krueger, Brian Lund, Michelle Mondroski and Cassandra Stanley, all of Elburn; Laura Ortega of Maple Park; Lauren Bieritz, Vanessa Clarke, Jordan Eichelberger, Lauren Johnson, Carlye Konen, Kelly Martin, Phillip Romito, Andrea Salis, Amanda Steinberg, Samantha Topino and Catherine Zanis, all of Sugar Grove.

Davidson named James Millikin Scholar

Millikin University student Erika Davidson, a Kaneland High School graduate, was named a James Millikin Scholar in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievements.

The James Millikin Scholars program is a two-year honors program that offers opportunities for independent and collaborative study and research. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and complete a successful James Millikin Scholars interview to be a part of the program.

Davidson is a theater major.

Waubonsee announces class of 2009 graduates

Waubonsee Community College awarded degrees to 675 graduates at its 2009 commencement ceremony on May 28. The college’s Class of 2009 includes the following graduates:

Jo Algrim, Jessica Chapman, Amy Christoffel, Charles Cisewski, Grace Collins, Heather Dugena, Jacqueline Feldmann, Michele Fugger, Stephanie Howard, Jakob Jorgensen, Amy Martinez, Erin Masa, Sean McGrew, Brian Oko, AshleyMarie Ristick, Amanda Ritter, Ashley Ritter, Rebecca Schultz, Gregory Timpanaro and Jeanne Webster, all of Elburn.

Sally Alef, Kelly Brock, Gregory Diehl, Amanda Fabrizius, Danielle Girard, Joseph Gruber, John Haffey, Jeannette Morris and Jennifer Wells, all of Maple Park.

Also, Amanda Carson, Kelly Dixon, Adam Engelskirchen, Guillermo Gaytan, Jordan Grote, Linda Huber, Heather Jones, Kevin Klein, Sheryl Lyon, Samantha McGovern, Matthew Milligan, Laura Montelongo, Mary Ann O’Donnell, Anita Plachczynska, Tanya Reyes, Kenneth Riley, Roberta Sandberg, Bizeyda Shephard, Anthony Smith, Amanda Stotler, Nicholas Wagner, Jenna Warren, David Welch, Katherine Wellington, Sofia Zafar, Ashley Zick and Laura Zimmer, all of Sugar Grove, and Jackelyn Dorneden from Kaneville.

Aiden Ehren Pattison

John and Kari Pattison of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Aiden Ehren, on May 13, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Steve and Sharon Zorns of Hoopeston, Ill., and John and Nancy Pattison of Sheridan, Ill.

Chase Rigley Miller

Dennis and Regann (Rohm) Miller of Sycamore announce the birth of their son, Chase Rigley, on May 7, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

The proud grandparents include Glenn and Carol Rohm of Coal Valley, Ill., Gloria Rohm of Reynolds, Ill., and Rich and Nancy Miller of DeKalb. Great-grandparents are Arlene Seager of Milan, Ill., and Harold Rohm of Andalusia, Ill.

Chase was welcomed home by big sister Kylie, 2.

James Robery Haages

Jason and Jessica (Anderson) Haages of Maple Park announce the birth of their son, James Robery, on May 19, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Cathy Walker of Maple Park, Jim and Sherry Anderson of Sperry, Iowa, and Debbie and Tom Konen of Sugar Grove.

James was welcomed home by big sister Joslin, 21 months.

Avery Alice Anderson

Phill and Joanna (Morris) Anderson of Maple Park announce birth of their daughter, Avery Alice, on May 21, 2009, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

The proud grandparents are Ronald Morris of Maple Park and John and Celeste Anderson of Batavia.

Avery was welcomed home by sister Cheyenne, 3.

Wacky Wednesdays at Sanctuary

BATAVIA—The Children’s Ministry of Sanctuary in Batavia will shift into high gear again this summer with their Wacky Wednesday program, running from July 15th through August 12th.

Kids in the 5th and 6th grade can enjoy the “crazy” festivities every Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m.

Each night provides a fun-filled evening with a spiritual message meant to encourage the children.

On July 15th, Karen’s Nature Tales will be on-hand for the program “Incredible Insects: There’s more to these six legged creatures than meets the eye.”

Other activities include Sergeant Drish & his explosive sniffing dog, Drum Circle with Music Matters, Wet & Wild with the Giant slip and slide, and Missionettes and Royal Ranger event to wrap up the summer.

Sanctuary is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Rd, Batavia.

Sunday morning worship begins at 9 a.m, with nursery care available for children under age four.

Children’s Church is available for children age 4 through 5th grade. Wednesday night activities begin at 7 p.m. and include Bible study for adults and teens. There are Bible clubs for children, age three through 8th grade and nursery care for children 6 months to age 3.

For additional information call (630) 879-0785 or visit ww.sanctuaryag.com.

Calvary Episcopal announces VBS

BATAVIA—Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., invites the public to “Crocodile Dock,” its 2009 vacation bible school.

The program will run Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Music, Bible stories, crafts and many other activities are all planned. Children from age three through those entering fifth grade in the fall are welcome to participate. Church membership is not required.

Admission to VBS is free, but each family is asked to volunteer at least one day during the week. Childcare will be provided for younger children of volunteers.

Advance registration is required by July 27. Register in person at Calvary on Sunday morning or during regular office hours, or obtain a form by calling the church office at (630) 879-3378, or downloading it from www.calvaryepiscopal.org.

For further information, contact Calvary Director of Christian Formation and Youth Susan Lungren at (630) 879-3378, ext. 303.

Campbell, Eigenberger wed

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Campbell of Maple Park announce the marriage of their daughter, Kelly Joanna Campbell, to Brian Robert Eigenberger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eigenberger of Dubuque, Iowa.

The couple married Aug. 9, 2008, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, with a reception following at Bittersweet on the Bluff in East Dubuque, Ill.

The maid of honor was Amanda Martin of Ames, Iowa, a friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jolene Gruenke of Naperville, Ill., a friend of the bride; Melissa Dean of Naperville, a friend of the bride; Samantha Espinosa of Morton Grove, Ill., a friend of the bride; Sarah McGreer of Cortland, a cousin of the bride; Stephanie Placke of Manchester, Iowa, a sister of the groom; and Jenny Stiefel of Dubuque, Iowa, a friend of the bride.

The flower girl was Abigail Placke of Manchester, Iowa, a niece of the groom. The bride’s personal attendant was Becky Robbennolt of Elgin, Ill., a friend of the bride.

The best man was of Dubuque, Iowa, a friend of the groom. The groomsmen were Nick Wagner of Dubuque, Iowa, a friend of the groom; Dan Budden of Dubuque, Iowa, a friend of the groom; Steve Campbell of Maple Park, brother of the bride; Grant Calease of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a friend of the groom; Ryan Chatfield of Dubuque, Iowa, a friend of the groom; and Brian Placke of Manchester, Iowa, brother-in-law of the groom. Ushers were Jeremiah Christensen of Dubuque, Iowa, friend of the groom; and Jason Tuthill of Dubuque, Iowa, friend of the groom. The ring bearer was Garrett Placke of Manchester, Iowa, a nephew of the groom.

The bride is a graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park, and received a bachelor’s degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. She is employed as a special education teacher in the Dubuque Community School District.

The groom is currently attending Northeast Iowa Community College and is a member of the Iowa Army National Guard.

The couple honeymooned in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and is residing in Dubuque, Iowa.

St. Paul’s UCC Hinkley to have food booth, VBS

St. Paul’s UCC in Hinckley will have a food booth during the Hinckley garage sales June 20. The food booth will feature biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and more.

From July 6 to 9, the church will offer their “Extreme Faith Adventure Bible School.” The VBS will run from 9 to 11 a.m., and is open for children aged pre-school to fourth grade.

Cost for the VBS is $5 per child, or $10 per family.

For more information, call (815) 286-7228.

St. Peter Parish of Geneva celebrates pastor’s 25th ordination anniversary

St. Peter Church congregation honored their Pastor, Msgr. Joseph F. Jarmoluk, fondly known as “Father Joe,” June 7.

Over 1,000 people, including his mother, sisters and several relatives participated as he celebrated a solemn high Mass. A special guest, Father Herbert Gappa, a long-time friend and mentor, celebrated the Mass with him. Msgr. Jarmoluk met Gappa while doing missionary work in Tanzania in the 1980s.

Monsignor Jarmoluk was ordained on June 9, 1984.

St. Charles Episcopal hosts rummage sale

On Saturday, June 27, St. Charles’ Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., (Route 25) St. Charles, invites the community to its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will have a $5 bag sale from noon to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will support parish programs at Hesed House in Aurora, a church in the Sudan and other outreach projects.

Information on the rummage sale, other outreach events, education, weekday worship and the outdoor labyrinth is available by calling (630) 584-2596 or visiting www.stcharlesepiscopal.org.

Retirement open house set for Big Rock Pastor

Community members are invited to a retirement open house hosted by the English Congregational United Church of Christ for Pastor Byron and his wife, Kristin Henn.

Join them as they say goodbye after 11 years from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at 301 Rhodes, Big Rock.

Contact the church office at (630) 556-3986 for any questions.

Faith Baptist Church announces kids camp VBS

Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek announces its summer vacation bible school June 21 to 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Children from preschool to 5th grade are invited to join the “Kingdom of the Son Kids Camp.”

FBC will be transformed into an outdoor adventure camp where kids will learn how their lives can be changed by God’s love for them.

A free-will offering will be collected each day. FBC will also collect for missions during the week.

The estimated cost per child for the week is $10 or $30 per family.

Contact the church office with any questions at (630) 845-2532.

Burlington UMC hosts annual rummage sale

The annual Burlington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 18-20, at 195 Center St., Burlington.

Hours on June 18 are 5 to 8 p.m., June 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 20 from 9 a.m to noon.

A grilled hot-dog lunch special will be available, and on the last day there will be a $3 “Bag Sale.”

For more information, questions or directions, call (847) 683-3535.

Setting the stage

By Tresa Erickson
MultiAd Builder

After months of wedding planning, you’re finally in the home stretch. You’ve selected your wedding party, chosen attire, found a venue, lined up all of the right professionals and more. Now you’re working on the decorations for your reception, and boy, could you use some help. Here are some ideas.

When it comes to reception decor, almost anything goes. You can coordinate everything for a harmonious look, or you can mix and match items to create more visual interest.

Depending upon the venue, you may already have a basic setup in place. If you have rented a banquet hall, for example, the table and chairs may already be in place and you will have to work with what you have. If you are renting tables and chairs, you don’t have to go with the traditional round tables. You can use square or rectangular tables or mix shapes and sizes. If you wish, you can disband with the traditional head table and seat yourself and the groom at your own table near the front.

Once you have the seating arrangements worked out, you can start thinking about decorating them. If the finish on the tables is nice, you can leave them as is. If not, you can cover them with crisp white linens for a traditional feel, or you can mix it up and use linens in the same shade as your wedding colors. To create further interest, you might want to select varying shades of your wedding colors for your linens and layer them. You could even use beaded or embroidered linens with sheer overlays. While you’re at it, don’t forget the chairs. Common decorations for chairs include fabric overlays, floral swags and ribbons.

With the tables and chairs in place, you can work on the centerpieces. These can run the gamut from floral arrangements to candles.

Many a bride has used a variety of pillar, taper and floating candles to dress up her reception tables. Strew some artificial rose petals or confections across the table, and voila, you have created instant drama and romance.

Centerpieces can also serve as favors. Cut flowers in breakaway vases, for example, make great centerpieces that guests can take home.

Want to add a splash of color to your reception tables and ensure your guests sweet dreams? Create a candy buffet centerpiece for each of your tables. Select a variety of sweet treats, place them in glass containers with silver spoons, put a few of the containers in the center of each table and provide small boxes or bags for guests to fill up before they go home.

Depending upon what you are serving, you may need to set the tables. As with the linens, you can go with the traditional white tableware, or you can mix it up and use colored plates and glasses in various sizes and shapes.

You will also want to decorate the rest of the room, including the cake table, gift table and any other surfaces. Candles and lanterns work well for windowsills leading into the reception venue. Floral garlands or artificial ivy interspersed with white lights make great choices for banisters and windows. Balloons are another popular choice. Some brides personalize their decorations, placing wedding portraits of family members around the room, along with childhood photos of themselves and the groom.

The decorations you choose for your reception can be as traditional or non-traditional as you wish. You can stick to the old tried and true, or you can break out of the box. The choice is yours, and you will find hundreds of books, magazines and online articles to inspire you.

Business Competition Day winners announced

More than 200 students from 14 area high schools competed at Waubonsee Community College’s 30th Annual Business Competition Day on April 29. The event, which took place at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, was hosted by Waubonsee’s Business and Information Systems Division.

The top three finishers in each of the day’s 13 subject area contests received Waubonsee scholarships totaling more than $60,000. West Aurora High School turned in the best overall performance at Business Competition Day and so received one full Waubonsee scholarship to be given to the student of their choice.

First-place winners included Danish Ghazali, Batavia High School; Kyle Nusbaum, Yorkville High School; Kiersten Stokes and Mark White, West Aurora High School; Ivan Flores, Waubonsie Valley High School; Megan Mendoza, Kaneland High School; and Shane O’Neil, Yorkville High School.

Second-place finishers included Nikki Mandl and Sean Lyons, Waubonsie Valley High School; Cody Johnston, Oswego High School; Jacob Roberts, Plano High School; Stephen Ford, Serena High School; Ben Jacobson, Fox Valley Career Center; and Alexis Staley, West Aurora High School.

Third-place finishers included Kevin Cargo, Oswego High School; Matt Schuman, Fox Valley Career Center; Kelissa Peterson, Serena High School; Aaron Bryant, West Aurora High School; Cody Rios, Yorkville High School; Jorge Garcia, East Aurora High School; and Amanda Ingraham, Kaneland High School.

Marmion leadership programs award top honors

Marmion Academy’s leadership programs announced their new student leaders for the 2009-10 school year during awards ceremonies in May. Top students from each program were also recognized for their outstanding work throughout this school year.

During the awards presentation at the ceremony, 23 cadets were honored for their superior work and dedication to the program: AMVETS ROTC Medal, Post No. 103—senior Christopher Dukes of Elburn; Post No. 1197—senior Nicholas Assell of Sugar Grove.

The 40 cadets who received promotions for the 2009-10 school year will be honored at the Sabre Ceremony next September.

The Canterbury Award was presented to junior Ryan Roth, freshmen Nathaniel Green and Reid Weigelmann, all of Sugar Grove. The Canterbury Award was presented to students who have performed more than 40 hours of volunteer service during this school year.

Roth (128 hours) and Weigelmann (105 hours) also were presented with the Canterbury Award with Honors Award. This award was presented to students who completed more than 100 hours of volunteer service throughout their high school career

Marmion Academy, a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men, is a community dedicated to spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development. Marmion offers students a leadership track in addition to their college-prep curriculum. Students may choose to participate in either the Army JROTC or LEAD program.

To find out more about the Marmion Leadership Programs, visit www.marmion.org/academy/programs.html.

Rejoice Lutheran offers VBS June 15-19

Registration is under way for Rejoice Lutheran Church’s 2009 Vacation Bible School, which will be held the week of June 15-19.

All children who were in kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2008-09 school year are welcome to this year’s VBS, which is following the theme, “Jesus Recycles Our Hearts.”

VBS will be held at Rejoice from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday through Thursday, June 15-18. The Friday, June 19, session will be held at Heritage Prairie Farm and Market.

Registration and medical forms may be downloaded from www.rejoiceinthemission.org. The cost is $20 per student or $50 per family.

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

Retirement open house set for Big Rock Pastor

Community members are invited to a retirement open house hosted by the English Congregational United Church of Christ for Pastor Byron and his wife, Kristin Henn.

Join them as they say goodbye after 11 years from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at 301 Rhodes, Big Rock.

Contact the church office at (630) 556-3986 for any questions.

Burlington UMC hosts annual rummage sale

The annual Burlington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 18-20, at 195 Center St., Burlington.

Hours on June 18 are 5 to 8 p.m., June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 20 from 9 a.m to noon.

Grilled hot-dog lunch specials will be available, and on the last day there will be a $3 “Bag Sale.”

For more information, questions or directions, call (847) 683-3535.

Christ Community invites public to day of service

Christ Community Church at 37W100 Bolcum Road in St. Charles invites Elburn volunteers to take part in its annual Great Day of Serving event on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13.

For the past six years, the congregations at Christ Community Church has picked a day—this year two days—to provide as many volunteers as possible to help serve the communities throughout Kane County.

This year, the congregation will serve the Elburn and Countryside Community Center, and agreed to help with the center’s landscaping, patch holes in the center’s ceiling, repair and clean the dance studio’s floor, and install a water heater.

The church asks that any area residents wishing to assist in its efforts to help the community center call the church at (630) 485-3300 or visit ccclife.org and click on the Great Day of Serving link to sign up.

St. Gall offers financial recovery workshop

St. Gall Catholic Church of Elburn will present a financial recovery workshop at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the church hall.

The workshop, titled “Preparing for the Recovery/Navigating the Present,” offers a panel of experts to discuss three key areas of personal financial importance. Topics include ideas on jobs, mortgages and spending priorities in the current economy. The focus of the advice is to move through this downturn and position individuals and families for the coming recovery.

The program is free of charge.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St. in Elburn. Call the church at (630) 365-6030.