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Church news for Dec. 15

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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St. Gall to hold special
luminary Mass

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold a special Mass on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Gall Cemetery, located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn.
This Mass is an opportunity to honor all of those people who have brought a little light into our lives. Envelopes are currently being sold for $1 each. On the envelope, the name of the person who has provided “light” in your life is written and turned into the parish office. All of the names will be highlighted and honored during Mass and with lighted luminaries lining the driveways of the cemetery. The Mass will begin at dusk, and all of the luminaries will remind us of all the special people in our lives who have brought light into our lives. To purchase an envelope/luminary, please contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.
The Centennial Parish Picnic will now be held in the St. Gall parking lot at 5 p.m. (this is rain or shine—if it rains, the picnic will be moved inside to the Parish Hall). Please bring a dish to pass.

UMC Church picnic
SUGAR GROVE—Food, fun, and fellowship will highlight the Sunday, Sept. 11, church picnic at the 40-acre Harter Road property of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The meal starts at noon. Bring a friend and a dish to pass. All are welcome. Hymn singing, hayrack rides, volleyball and games for children will make up the day. The event is at 4S633 Harter Road, west of Route 47, near Waubonsee Community College.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church of Elburn schedule
ELBURN—As of Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn “regular” worship times go into effect as follows:
• 9 a.m.—Sunday school; rally time
• 9:20 a.m.—Adult Bible study
• 10:30 a.m.—Worship (Holy Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month)
• 11:30 a.m.—Fellowship
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn will host a Service of Remembrance for all who lost their lives 10 years ago in the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as in the crash of Flight 93 in the field near Shanksville, Penn. Local clergy participating include Rev. Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church, Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church, and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church. The service is open to all and will be held at 5 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

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.

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St. Gall to hold special
luminary Mass

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold a special mass on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Gall Cemetery, located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn.
This Mass is an opportunity to honor all of those people who have brought a little light into our lives. Envelopes are currently being sold for $1 each. On the envelope, the name of the person who has provided “light” in your life is written and turned into the parish office. All of the names will be highlighted and honored during Mass and with lighted luminaries lining the driveways of the cemetery. The Mass will begin at dusk, and all of the luminaries will remind us of all the special people in our lives who have brought light into our lives. To purchase an envelope/luminary, please contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.
The Centennial Parish Picnic will now be held in the St. Gall parking lot at 5 p.m. (this is rain or shine—if it rains, the picnic will be moved inside to the Parish Hall). Please bring a dish to pass.

UMC Church picnic
SUGAR GROVE—Food, fun, and fellowship will highlight the Sunday, Sept. 11, church picnic at the 40-acre Harter Road property of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The meal starts at noon. Bring a friend and a dish to pass. All are welcome. Hymn sing, hayrack rides, volleyball and games for children will make up the day. The event is at 4S633 Harter Road, west of Route 47, near Waubonsee Community College.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church of Elburn schedule
ELBURN—As of Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn “regular” worship times go into effect as follows:
• 9 a.m.—Sunday school; rally time
• 9:20 a.m.—Adult Bible study
• 10:30 a.m.—Worship (Holy Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month)
• 11:30 a.m.—Fellowship
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn will host a Service of Remembrance for all who lost their lives 10 years ago in the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as in the crash of Flight 93 in the field near Shanksville, Penn. Local clergy participating include Rev. Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church, Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church, and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church. The service is open to all and will be held at 5 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

Church news for Aug. 26

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175th birthday worship
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host a 175th birthday worship for Kaneville on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The service will be at the pavilion just outside of Kaneville Community Center. Call KUMC at (630) 557-0018 for details.

Free spaghetti dinner
offers night out

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will serve homemade spaghetti and meatballs with salad, garlic bread, beverage and homemade dessert free to attendees of the monthly event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Charles Episcopal Church.
Joe Ryan and Matt Rhead, with their friends, have provided dinners each month since April 2009. 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.
The church is located at 994 N. 5th Ave. Call Joe at (630) 890-6586 for more information.

Sugar Grove UMC reverts
to regular schedule

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will return of its regular worship hours for all the Sundays from September through May. The public is invited to attend.
The church, located at 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, and pastored by Rev. Steven Good, will offer services on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school is available at 9:15 a.m. for those ages 3 and older. Nursery care is provided for the 10:30 a.m. service.
More information is available at (630) 466-4501 or www.sgumc.net.

Church news for Aug. 19

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Rummage, bake sale
at St. Gall

ELBURN—St. Gall Catholic Church, 120 W. Shannon St., will host a Rummage and Bake Sale Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20.
The parish hall and basement classrooms are filled to the brim with household goods, books, sporting goods, electronics, toys, home improvements, small furniture, bikes, lamps, tools, shoes and clothing. There will also be a bake sale.
Sale is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Clothing Bag Sale starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit St. Gall’s Parish needs.

Don Beebe to be
featured at Elburn Days

ELBURN—Former NFL star wide receiver and current motivational speaker Don Beebe will be featured during the Elburn Days 2011 Worship in the Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

175th birthday worship
KANEVILLE—Kaneville United Methodist Church will host a 175th birthday worship for Kaneville on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The service will be at the pavilion just outside of Kaneville Community Center. Call KUMC at (630) 557-0018 for details.

Church news for Aug. 11

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UMC Rummage Sale
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove, will hold a rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Items for sale will include books, toys, games, clothing, DVDs, CDs, sporting goods, linens, furniture, tools, lawn and garden items, art, home decor, jewelry, household items, kitchen accessories, small appliances and more.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Volunteers, donations
needed for giveaway

ST. CHARLES—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host its school supply and clothing giveaway Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13, with the help of other area churches Bethlehem Lutheran and St. John Neumann Catholic.
Volunteers are needed to help with clothing sorting at various times through Friday, Aug. 12.
Help is also needed at the giveaway on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Donations can include new and gently used backpacks, coats and jackets for any age, clothing in sizes infant through high school, various school supplies including No. 2 pencils, folders, and notebooks. Cash donations are always accepted. All donations can be dropped off at any of the participating churches on Thursday, Aug. 11.
For information, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, call (630) 584-6434, or visit www.HosannaChurch.com Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road, St. Charles.

Don Beebe to be
featured at Elburn Days
Worship in the Park

ELBURN—Former NFL star wide receiver and current motivational speaker Don Beebe will be featured during the Elburn Days 2011 Worship in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 21.

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