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Church news for April 1

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Sugar Grove UMC
offers community
spaghetti supper

Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a community spaghetti supper on Saturday, April 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House at 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove.
All are invited to break bread and enjoy fellowship with friends and neighbors while enjoying a spaghetti supper, garden salad and dessert. This benefit fundraiser is part of the annual missions’ campaign carried out by Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.
Free-will donations provided by this event support four of its mission aims, including eradicating poverty by engaging in ministry with the poor. If you have any questions, call (630) 466-4501.

St Gall announce
Stations of the Cross

ELBURN—St. Gall Church, Elburn, will present Stations of the Cross live on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
The high school students involved in the Peer Ministry Team will present the Stations of the Cross and provide personal reflections for each station. During the Lenten season, St. Gall offers Stations of the Cross each Wednesday at 9 a.m. and each Friday at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.
Call (630) 365-6030 with any questions.

Lord of Life Church offers
marriage conference

ELBURN—The Love and Respect Video Conference is coming to Lord of Life Church, Route 38 and LaFox Road in Elburn, on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. The cost of the conference is $15 per person before April 4, and $20 after April 4.
Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs present the Love and Respect Marriage Conference, a dynamic, high energy, practical seminar designed to help couples everywhere achieve the relationship they’ve always dreamed of.
For more information or to register, call (630) 513-5325 or go to lolchurch.net.

Rummage sale April 9
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. Fifth Ave., will host its annual rummage sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come find treasures among the wide assortment of clothing, sports equipment, household goods, baby items, books, holiday decorations and more. For more information, call (630) 584-2596 or StCharlesEpiscopal.org.

Burlington UMC
hosts beef dinner

BURLINGTON—The United Methodist Women of the Burlington United Methodist Church invite you to their annual beef dinner.
The all-you-can eat-dinner will be served Saturday, April 9, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Burlington United Methodist Church. The Methodist Church is located at 195 W Center St., Burlington.
Carry-outs will be available until 6:30 p.m. during the dinner. There will also be a bake sale of homemade goods.
Proceeds from this dinner help support the programs of the United Methodist Church in Burlington and the missions of the United Methodist Church worldwide.
The cost is $10 for adults $10 and $5 for children (there is no cost for children under 6 years of age). For more information, call (847) 683-3535 or visit www.Burlington-UMC.org.

Sugar Grove UMC offers community spaghetti supper

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Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will host a Benefit Community Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, April 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House at 141 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

All are invited to break bread and enjoy fellowship with friends and neighbors while enjoying a spaghetti supper, garden salad and dessert. This benefit fundraiser is part of the annual missions’ campaign carried out by Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.

Free-will donations provided by this event support four of its mission aims, including eradicating poverty by engaging in ministry with the poor. If you have any questions, call (630) 466-4501.

‘Two Guys, Free Spaghetti’

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St. Charles—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner, beverage, salad, Italian garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Route 25) in St. Charles on Sunday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Guests come from all over the mid-Fox Valley to enjoy the fellowship and food. Carry-out is available. The building is handicapped accessible. For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Sugar Grove awarded Emerald Ash Borer Reforestation Grant

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SUGAR GROVE—The village of Sugar Grove was recently awarded an EAB Reforestation Grant through the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on behalf of the United States and Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The receipt of this grant will allow the village to begin to replace parkway trees that were lost due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and to continue to remove ash trees that are dead, in severe decline or pose a significant risk of hosting the EAB. The village will work with the Suburban Tree Consortium to plant as many native species as possible. The replacement program is scheduled to begin late April/early May. The majority of plantings will be in the hardest hit area: the Windsor Pointe Subdivision.

On July 1, 2008, the Illinois Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Sugar Grove. Unfortunately in 2008, the economic conditions changed, and while the village continued to remove trees infected by EAB, the parkway tree replacement program had to be suspended. The grant will allow reforestation efforts to resume.

To date, 2,088 of the village’s parkway trees have been inventoried, with 607 of those being Ash species (approximately 30 percent). The Natural Path Urban Forestry completed this inventory to determine the number of ash trees village-wide and the anticipated impact of the infestation. This monitoring approach gives the Village the ability to modify the EAB response plan should new information or techniques become available to halt the EAB infestation or to save already infected trees.

While the village’s Public Works Department cannot remove infected trees on private property, the streets and properties supervisor will meet with any resident that is concerned about an ash on their property and recommend what action may be necessary.

For further information on the EAB, or if you suspect you have an EAB infestation, e-mail publicworks@sugar-grove.il.us or call (630) 466-7508. Information on the Emerald Ash Borer can also be found at www.sugar-grove.il.us/Dept_PW/EmeraldAshBorer.htm.

Church news for March 10

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Spring flute recitals
ST. CHARLES—Lynne Green’s School of Flute announces its spring flute recitals to be held Saturday, March 12, at the Congregational United Church of Christ of St. Charles, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd.

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

The recitals are free and open to the public. More information is available by calling (630) 584-8117.

Taize Worship
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chants and silence, readings and quiet prayer.

Information on other Sunday worship services, Lenten services and study groups, Wednesday morning and evening Holy Eucharists, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education, and outreach opportunities, is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Church news for March 4

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St. Gall announces
Ash Wednesday schedule

ELBURN—The St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn announced the following services to observe Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of Lent.
On Tuesday, March 8, there will be an Anticipation Mass at 7:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of Lent. Ashes will be distributed during the Mass.
Services on Ash Wednesday, March 9, will be at 8:30 a.m. (Mass and distribution of ashes), 12:10 p.m. (Word service and distribution of ashes), and at 7:30 p.m. (Mass and ashes).
In addition to the above services, there will also be a short service with distribution of ashes for religious education students at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9. All religious education parents are welcome to attend the service with their children.
For more information, please visit the parish website at www.stgall.com or contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

University Singers
perform March 12

BATAVIA—The University Singers, from the University of Missouri, will perform Saturday, March 12, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia.
The University Singers have performed at numerous venues in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Bulgaria and Australia.
The concert at Bethany is free, but there will be a free-will offering to offset the cost of the trip. For more information, contact Bethany Lutheran Church at (630) 879-3444.

Marmion offers
Day of Recollection

AURORA—The Marmion Alumni Association will sponsor a Day of Recollection on Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marmion Abbey & Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora.
The Day of Recollection is an opportunity for couples and individuals to examine their life and circumstances in a religious and peaceful setting. The event will include Mass, speakers featuring Monsignor Robert Hoffman and Abbot John Brahill, O.S.B., lunch, and an opportunity for confessions and meditation.
A free-will offering of $20 is suggested in support of this special day. Reservations are required no later than Monday, March 7. Please call Maria Thornton at (630) 897-6936, ext. 228, for more information and to make a reservation. A detailed brochure/schedule of events is available at www.marmion.org.

St. Gall to hold
annual Turkey Dinner

Elburn—St. Gall will hold its 128th annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Gall Parish Hall, Route 47 at Shannon Street in Elburn.
This family-style dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls and desert.
Prices are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 6 to 12.Children 5 years and under eat free. Carry-outs are available at the American Legion Hall for $8.
In honor of the church’s centennial celebration, every 100th meal purchased at the Parish Hall will be free.
All members of the community are invited to attend this home-prepared meal. For more information, contact chairpersons Jeff and Carrie Walter at (630) 365-3707 or call the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Church news for Feb. 25

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KUMC offers
Men’s Club Chili Supper

Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Men’s Club will host a chili supper on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.

Come enjoy a fun evening of music and food. The chili will range from mild to wild, and hot dogs will be available. Dine in or carry out.

Listen to country bluegrass by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

For more information, call (630) 557-2353 or visit www.kanevilleumc.org. The church is located at 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Homemade spaghetti
offered Feb. 27

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. The meal will include a beverage, salad, Italian garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.

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

St. Gall announces
Ash Wednesday schedule

ELBURN—The St. Gall Catholic Church in Elburn announced the following services to observe Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of lent.

On Tuesday, March 8, there will be an Anticipation Mass at 7:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of lent. Ashes will be distributed during the Mass.

Services on Ash Wednesday, March 9, will be at 8:30 a.m. (Mass and distribution of ashes), 12:10 p.m. (Word service and distribution of ashes), and at 7:30 p.m. (Mass and ashes).

In addition to the above services, there will also be a short service with distribution of ashes for religious education students at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9. All religious education parents are welcome to attend the service with their children.

For more information, please visit the parish website at www.stgall.com or contact the parish office at (630) 365-6030.

Church news for Feb. 18

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Concert helps church
celebrate centennial

GENEVA—St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva recently hosted an ecumenical concert to celebrate its parish centennial.
St. Mark’s Episcopal and Geneva Lutheran churches performed individually, and as a combined choir led the entire congregation in a final hymn of praise. St. Peter’s pastor, Rev. Martins Emeh, and John Grune of Rockford—both concert organists—performed selected classical pieces. Soloist Betsy Easton, also from Rockford, added her voice to the program.
Hundreds gathered for the event and mingled after the program at a reception.

Bethany Lutheran
offers dinner dance

BATAVIA—The public is invited to Bethany Lutheran’s annual dinner dance, “An Evening in Paris,” on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
A gourmet dinner will be enjoyed by Chef Jim Smigo. Dancing and atmosphere provided by Bethany’s Congregational Life Committee.
The price per person is $23. Make your reservation by calling (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Care4Caregivers
Support Group

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its monthly Care4Caregivers Support Group meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
This next meeting will feature a presentation by Pam Sebern on the differences between normal aging and dementia. Sebern has served as executive director of Arden Courts in Geneva for the past eight years.
All in the community are invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com on the “Where We Serve—Caring” webpage. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Community Cong.
offers ‘Marriage Tune-up’

Elburn—Community Congregational Church in Elburn offers to help you bring some new life into your marriage during a free, seven-week workshop presented by Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie.
The series will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (630) 365-6544.

KUMC offers
Men’s Club Chili Supper

Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Men’s Club will host a chili supper on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the church basement.
Come enjoy a fun evening of music and food. The chili will range from mild to wild, and hot dogs will be available.Dine in or carry out.
Listen to country bluegrass by The Good Old Boys Gospel Singers.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
For more information, call (630) 557-2353 or visit www.kanevilleumc.org. The church is located at 46W764 Main St., Kaneville.

Homemade spaghetti
offered Feb. 27

ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27. The meal will include a beverage, salad, Italian garlic bread and homemade dessert to anyone who attends the monthly event held at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25) in St. Charles.
For information, call Joe at (630) 890-6586.

Church news for Feb. 11

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Taize Worship scheduled
ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave. (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chants and silence, readings and quiet prayer.
Other information is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church
BATAVIA—Organist Jonathan Mueller and the St. John Ringers will present the next Second Sunday concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia. The program will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, in the sanctuary. The performers are from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton.
The concert is open to the public, and an offering will be taken. This is the second in a series of four Second Sunday programs at the church.

Bethany Lutheran
offers dinner dance

BATAVIA—The public is invited to Bethany Lutheran’s annual dinner dance, “An Evening in Paris,” on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
A gourmet dinner will be enjoyed by Chef Jim Smigo. Dancing and atmosphere provided by Bethany’s Congregational Life Committee.
The price per person is $23. Make your reservation by calling (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Care4Caregivers
Support Group Hosanna!
Lutheran Church

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its monthly Care4Caregivers Support Group meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
This next meeting will feature a presentation by Pam Sebern on the differences between normal aging and dementia. Sebern serves as Executive Director of Arden Courts in Geneva and has been in this position for the past eight years.
All in the community are invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com on the “Where We Serve—Caring” webpage. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Church news for Feb. 4

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St. Gall to offer
blessing of the throats

ELBURN—The blessing of the throats is associated with St. Blaise and attributed to a miracle he performed. While in prison, he miraculously saved a boy choking on a fish bone. Early in the sixth century, evidence exists in the Eastern Church that Blaise was prayed to for aliments of the throat. To this day, his feast is a holy day in the Catholic Church and remembered with a special blessing of the throats using crossed candles.
St. Gall will offer this blessing at all masses the weekend of Feb. 5 and 6. The Feb. 5 blessing will be at the 4:30 p.m. Mass, and the Feb. 6 blessing will be at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses. All are invited to attend this special blessing.

Fox Valley Festival
Chorus invites members
for spring season

AURORA—The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will begin its 2011 spring season of rehearsals on Monday, Feb. 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora.
No auditions are required for membership in the chorus, and all who have a love of choral music are invited to participate. Some members have sung in church choirs or other performing groups, while others have not sung in years or even decades. Potential members are welcome to attend several rehearsals before committing to formal chorus membership. Although rehearsals are held in a church, the chorus has no religious affiliation.
Members of the chorus live and work in all areas of Kane, Kendall and DuPage counties and range in age from high school students to retirees.
The chorus has been part of the Fox Valley area for more than 50 years, performing for a wide range of community events, in addition to a major concert each season. The spring season traditionally features Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day and major concert music selected around a specific theme. Past concert themes have included Broadway favorites and movie themes.
Additional information is available at www.foxvalleyfc.org or by e-mailing foxvalleyfc@gmail.com

Bethany Lutheran invites
public to dinner dance

BATAVIA—The public is invited to Bethany Lutheran’s annual dinner dance, “An Evening in Paris,” on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
A gourmet dinner will be enjoyed by Chef Jim Smigo. Dancing and atmosphere provided by Bethany’s Congregational Life Committee.
The price per person is $23. Make your reservation by calling (630) 879-3444. Bethany Lutheran is located at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia.

Care4Caregivers
Support Group Hosanna!
Lutheran Church

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will hold its monthly Care4Caregivers Support Group meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
This next meeting will feature a presentation by Pam Sebern on the differences between normal aging and dementia. Sebern serves as Executive Director of Arden Courts in Geneva and has been in this position for the past eight years.
All in the community are invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, call (630) 584-6434, e-mail at Welcome@HosannaChurch.com or visit www.HosannaChurch.com on the “Where We Serve—Caring” webpage. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Church news for Jan. 27

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Knights of Columbus
plan Spaghetti Dinner

BATAVIA—The Knights of Columbus Council 2191 will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (Riverview Banquets), 1117 N. Washington St. (Route 25) in Batavia. The dinner will benefit the St. Peter ROCK Mission Team’s trip to serve the people of Appalachia in Kermit, W.Va. The teens who participate in this trip are members of St. Peter High School Youth Ministry.
Tickets for the dinner can be obtained at a discounted rate by contacting Mary Kay at (630) 232-9026 or marykay@cgtekinc.com. Pre-purchase tickets are $10 for ages 10 and over, $5 for ages 3-9, and free for anyone under age 3. These tickets will be held at the door. Ticket prices at the door are $12 for ages 10 and over, $7 for age 3-9, and free for anyone under age 3. 

Marriage conference
at Fox Valley
Christian Church

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a special marriage conference on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The conference will be led by Justin and Trisha Davis, founders of Refine Our Marriage, who partner with churches all over the country.
The marriage conference is open to anyone. Cost is $35 per couple, and childcare will be provided. To register, visit www.fvcc.com or call the church office at (630) 208-8484.

St. Peter Church announces concert
GENEVA—The public is invited to hear the beautiful sounds of four church choirs, an accomplished soloist and concert organist.
Three churches will participate in the music program at Geneva’s St. Peter Church on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. The concert will be followed by a reception.
Anne Krahulec and Sherri Stasell, Music Ministry Leaders for St. Peter Church, said they are pleased to join with other church musicians in praising God and sharing their gifts of song and music with the greater community.
“I am grateful for Pastor Martha Halls of Geneva Lutheran Church, and Pastor Mark Tusken of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and their generosity in joining with St. Peter as we celebrate our centennial,” said Father Martins Emeh, St. Peter Church pastor. “It promises to be a wonderful afternoon.”
The concert is part of the year-long celebration for St. Peter’s Centennial, which culminates on July 11.
St. Peter is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Inquiries can be directed to the parish center at (630) 232-0124.

Homemade spaghetti, meatballs dinner
ST. CHARLES—Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner, beverage, salad, Italian garlic bread and homemade dessert on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., (Route 25) in St. Charles.
Joe Ryan and Matt Rhead know that every family needs a night out in these difficult times. With their friends, Joe and Matt have provided these dinners each month since April 2009. Carry-out is available.
For information, call Joe Ryan at (630) 890-6586.

Church news for Jan. 21

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Hosanna! Lutheran offers
women’s ministry retreat

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host a Women’s Ministry Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The topic, “Red Sea Rules,” will be led by Barb Wilson. Wilson has a degree in elementary education and has taught at several Christian schools. She is author of the Bible study book, “Wife of Noble Character.”

A donation of $15 is suggested. Pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, call (630) 584-6434 or visit HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

St. Mary Parish presents ‘Put The Nuns in Charge’
SYCAMORE—The Church of St. Mary in Sycamore presents “Put The Nuns in Charge,” a companion piece to the nationally acclaimed comedy phenomenon, “Late Nite Catechism.”

This hilarious but reverent show teaches life lessons on civility, humility and godliness and is appropriate for audiences from pre-teen to post-adult.

“Put The Nuns in Charge” will play for one night only, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Activity Center, 322 Waterman St., Sycamore. General admission tickets are $15 until Jan. 20. Tickets purchased after that date are $20

For tickets, call (815) 895-3726. Refreshments and light desserts will be available.

St. Peter Church for an ecumenical concert
GENEVA—The public is invited to hear the beautiful sounds of four church choirs, an accomplished soloist and concert organist.

Three churches will participate in the music program at Geneva’s St. Peter Church on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. The concert will be followed by a reception.

Anne Krahulec and Sherri Stasell, Music Ministry Leaders for St. Peter Church, said they are pleased to join with other church musicians in praising God and sharing their gifts of song and music with the greater community.

“I am grateful for Pastor Martha Halls of Geneva Lutheran Church, and Pastor Mark Tusken of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and their generosity in joining with St. Peter as we celebrate our centennial,” said Father Martins Emeh, St. Peter Church pastor. “It promises to be a wonderful afternoon.”

The concert is part of the year-long celebration for St. Peter’s Centennial, which culminates on July 11.

St. Peter is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Inquiries can be directed to the parish center at (630) 232-0124.

Marriage conference
at Fox Valley
Christian Church

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a special marriage conference on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The conference will be led by Justin and Trisha Davis, founders of Refine Our Marriage, who partner with churches all over the country.

The marriage conference is open to anyone. Cost is $35 per couple, and childcare will be provided. To register, visit www.fvcc.com or call the church office at (630) 208-8484.

Church news for Jan. 14

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SG resident to discuss
faith at Aurora University

AURORA—Sugar Grove resident Amy Manion will discuss her faith in the “What I Believe” series at Aurora University at noon on Friday, Jan. 14.
The public is invited to the series sponsored by the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action at 430 S. Evanslawn Ave., Aurora.
Manion serves as an AU information services librarian and volunteers as a deputy voter registrar.
Call (630) 844-6865 for more information.

Hosanna! Lutheran offers
women’s ministry retreat

St. Charles—Hosanna! Lutheran Church will host a Women’s Ministry Retreat on Saturday, Jan 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The topic, “Red Sea Rules,” will be led by Barb Wilson. Mrs. Wilson has a degree in elementary education and has taught at several Christian schools. She is author of the Bible study book, “Wife of Noble Character.”
A donation of $15 is suggested. Pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail Welcome@HosannaChurch.com, call (630) 584-6434 or visit www.HosannaChurch.com. Hosanna! is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road) in St. Charles.

Marriage conference
at Fox Valley
Christian Church

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a special marriage conference on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The conference will be led by Justin and Trisha Davis, founders of Refine Our Marriage, who partner with churches all over the country.
The marriage conference is open to anyone. Cost is $35 per couple, and childcare will be provided. To register, visit www.fvcc.com or call the church office at (630) 208-8484.

Church news for Jan. 6

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St. Charles Episcopal
invites public
to Taize Worship

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue (Route 25), St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9. Worship in the style of Taize, 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 and services, Wednesday morning and evening Holy Eucharists, the outdoor labyrinth, youth and adult education classes and outreach opportunities is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or by calling (630) 584-2596.

Immanuel Lutheran “Second Sunday”
concerts begin Jan. 9

BATAVIA–A series of four “Second Sunday” concerts will begin at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia.
The first, a program of organ music, will be given by Jonathan Rudy, a master’s degree candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.  Rudy, a native of Batavia, began studying organ in fifth grade under Karl Bruhn. He is a 2006 graduate of Batavia High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in music, with emphasis in church music, from Valparaiso University.

Marriage conference
at Fox Valley
Christian Church

BATAVIA—Fox Valley Christian Church, 40W150 Main St., Batavia, will host a special marriage conference on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29. The conference will be led by Justin and Trisha Davis, founders of Refine Our Marriage, who partner with churches all over the country.
Conference sessions will include “The Marriage Matrix,” “Marriage Icebergs and Dips,” “The Sex Factor,” “Intimacy Through Conflict,” “Choosing Forgiveness” and “Good Intentions vs. Intentional Living.”
The marriage conference is open to anyone. Cost is $35 per couple, and childcare will be provided. For details and to register, visit www.fvcc.com or call the church office at (630) 208-8484.

Making a million meals in a weekend

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by Lynn Meredith
St. Charles—Who said it can’t be done?

Christ Community Church (CCC), with campuses in St. Charles, Aurora and DeKalb, took a stab at packaging one million meals for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) on two weekends in December. It’s likely that they succeeded because they had 4,500 volunteers to help them do it.

With 17 shifts of approximately 180 packagers, CCC put into play a well-organized and executed packaging event that included church members, their friends and other organizations that wanted to help.

“It’s an opportunity for people to bring their friends and neighbors,” said Larry Stratton, director of Community Impact for CCC. “People want to serve, but they don’t always know what the opportunities might be. It’s my job to create an on-ramp for people to go into the community.”

Dave Young of St. Charles and 10 of his Sprint co-workers from Itasca, Ill., decided to package meals for FMSC for their office Christmas party instead of going out to celebrate. They teamed up to package the meals as a group.

“I take any opportunity to serve,” said Sprint employee Mark Adams of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Tanglewood neighbors Jennifer Pecor and Katy Balon from Batavia came out for a second year in a row, bringing kids and friends to work the two-hour shift.

“It’s a good bonding experience with the team,” Pecor said.

Dawn Stover from Elburn worked with her Bible study group from CCC for the second year. Working as a group with each team member having a job to do, they put together meals in plastic bags.

Each package consists of six meals made with four ingredients. The meals were designed by Cargill and the University of Minnesota to meet all the nutritional requirements for one day, so that children living in extreme poverty can continue to grow and develop.

Volunteers scooped cup servings of chicken flavoring, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and white rice, and poured them down a funnel into a plastic bag. The bag is then weighed, sealed and boxed for secure shipment to places like Haiti, Uganda and the Phillipines.

“We partner with 67 countries that have specifically asked to receive food,” FMSC worker Bethany Schwartz told the assembled volunteers during the orientation. “This is part of a long-term solution to help train artisans and farmers, not a one-time fix. We don’t use machines. Machines aren’t going to change the world. You are.”

FMSC announced that it recently broke the 100 million meal mark for the fiscal year.

FMSC packages meals six days a week at their warehouses in Aurora and Schaumburg, Ill. Each month CCC sends a group of volunteers to package meals at the Aurora site.

“It’s a huge opportunity for people to be involved directly with helping the poor,” Stratton said.

Church news for Dec. 23

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Tons of Toys for Tots
Eileen Mueller of Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia is dwarfed by the pile of toys collected by the parish to benefit Toys for Tots. In addition to 65 new toys, $80 in cash was donated to supplement the effort, which was held in conjunction with St. Nicholas Day. Courtesy Photo

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St. Gall announces
Christmas schedule

ELBURN—In order to accommodate the large number of families attending Christmas Eve Mass on Friday, Dec. 24, St. Gall Church will provide two 4 p.m. Masses—one in the church and one in the parish hall.
The pastor, Fr. Karl Ganss, will preside in the church while Fr. William Etheredge, a priest from Aurora Central Catholic High School, will officiate in the parish hall. Children from the parish will present a Christmas pageant at the Mass in the church.
There will also be a Mass at 6 and 10 p.m. with music provided by the combined choir. The 10 p.m. Mass will be preceded by Christmas carols at 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Dec. 26, will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
For more information, call (630) 365-6030.

Elburn Hill Church
sets Christmas services

Elburn—The Elburn Hill Church, located at 506 N. Main St. in Elburn, will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service, titled “Stories of Christmas,” on Friday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.
For information, call (630) 365-9064.

St. Peter Church
announces schedule

GENEVA—St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva invites the public to Christmas and New Year’s worship services.
The Holy Mass will be celebrated on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with two 4 p.m. Masses (one in the church, one in the gym), as well as Masses at 6:30 and 10 p.m.
On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Masses are at 9 and 11 a.m.
Mass times will return to the regular nonholiday schedule on Sunday, Dec. 26, and will be held at 7, 9 and 11 a.m., and then at 5 p.m. Masses on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, are at 7 and 8:45 a.m. Mass on New Years Day, Jan. 1, is at 8 a.m., with a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m.
St. Peter Church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Questions can be directed to the Parish Center at (630) 232-0124.

St. Charles Episcopal
sets Christmas schedule

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., invites the community to its Christmas Eve services on Friday, Dec. 24.
At 4:30 p.m., the Creche Service with Holy Eucharist is especially appropriate for families with young children. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Holy Eucharist. At 10 p.m., a hymn sing led by the adult choir will precede the 10:30 p.m. Christmas Holy Eucharist.
On Christmas Day, there will be a Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Dec. 26, there will be only one Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., with child care available. Regular Sunday services at 7:30, 9 and 10:45 a.m. will also be held that day. The building is handicapped accessible. More information is available from www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

Tired of turkey?
Two Guys and Free Spaghetti will provide a homemade spaghetti and meatballs dinner on Sunday, Dec. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., in St. Charles.
Carry-out is available, and the building is handicapped accessible. For information, call (630) 890-6586.

St. Gall Church announces
New Year’s Mass schedule

Elburn—St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, will offer an anticipatory New Year’s Mass on Friday, Dec. 31, at 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day Mass is Saturday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m. The church will also offer Masses on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
For more information, call (630) 365-6030.

Church news for Dec. 16

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St. Mary’s offers
Christmas Cookie Sale

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park will hold its annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 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.
For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

SGUMC to host
Christmas Cantata

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist music department will present a Christmas Cantata, “Night of the Father’s Love,” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.
Thirty singers and instrumentalists will bring you this exciting worship experience that will both captivate and reassure all of us that, indeed, Christ is born.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501. Sugar Grove United Methodist church is located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Christmas musical at Northwest Bible Church
ELGIN—The Christmas musical “Amazing Grace” will be presented by the Northwest Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5:15 p.m.
This special Christmas musical presentation is free and will precede the church’s regular Sunday evening service at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this festive event.
Northwest Bible Baptist Church is located at 9N889 Nesler Road in Elgin. For more information about the Christmas musical, contact the church at (847) 695-6222 or visit www.northwestbbc.com.

Union Church offers
Christmas Cantata

NORTH AURORA—There will be music in the air at Union Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, as it presents the Christmas Cantata, “I Cannot Tell.”
Come and join the church for a special evening of music and song, including its chancel choir, bell choir, children’s choir and special music by Matt and Cynthia Gruel.
Union Church is located at 405 N. State St., North Aurora. For information, call (630) 897-0013.

St. Gall announces
Christmas schedule

ELBURN—In order to accommodate the large number of families attending Christmas Eve Mass on Friday, Dec. 24, St. Gall Church will provide two 4 p.m. Masses—one in the church and one in the parish hall.
The pastor, Fr. Karl Ganss, will preside in the church while Fr. William Etheredge, a priest from Aurora Central Catholic High School, will officiate in the parish hall. Children from the parish will present a Christmas pageant at the Mass in the church.
There will also be a Mass at 6 and 10 p.m. with music provided by the combined choir. The 10 p.m. Mass will be preceded by Christmas carols at 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Dec. 26, will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
For more information, call (630) 365-6030.

St. Peter Church
announces schedule

GENEVA—St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva invites the public to Christmas and New Year’s worship services.
The Holy Mass will be celebrated on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with two 4 p.m. Masses (one in the church, one in the gym), as well as Masses at 6:30 and 10 p.m.
On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Masses are at 9 and 11 a.m.
Mass times will return to the regular nonholiday schedule on Sunday, Dec. 26, and will be held at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., and then at 5 p.m. Masses on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, are at 7 and 8:45 a.m. Mass on New Years Day, Jan. 1, is at 8 a.m., with a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m.
St. Peter Church is located at 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva. Questions can be directed to the Parish Center at (630) 232-0124.

Church news for Dec. 10

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Kaneville UMC offers annual Christmas program
Kaneville—The Kaneville United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the 10:30 a.m. service.

The program is titled “Follow the Star,” with selected solo performances.

English Congregational
hosts annual cookie walk

Big Rock—The English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes Ave., Big Rock, will host its annual Cookie Walk from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 10.

Cost is $6.50 per pound.

For information, call (630) 556-3986.

St. Paul’s United
Church of Christ offers
cookie walk, bake sale

HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will hold its annual cookie walk and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Homemade cookies and candy will be available for $6 per pound. There will also be a bazaar and mini craft show, including beautiful silk arrangements and wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items and much more.

St. Paul’s is located on the corner of View and McKinley Street in Hinckley. The church is handicap accessible and has lots of parking. The church is home to many talented bakers and crafters, so mark your calendars.

For more information, call Donna at (815) 286-7228 or the church at (815) 286-3391.

Fox Valley Festival
Chorus holiday concert

AURORA—The Fox Valley Festival Chorus is brewing up a special holiday tea party experience for its annual holiday concert, “Angels, Saints, and Santa Claus,” to be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May (corner of Galena and May) in Aurora.

In addition to a concert filled with holiday favorites—both classical and contemporary, the afternoon will include a brief sing-along. Following the concert, all are invited to a tea party reception featuring treats and special holiday beverages.

Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students grades 8 and under, and $25 for a family of five. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Tickets for both are available from chorus members and at the door.

To find out about joining the chorus or booking the chorus for a performance, visit www.foxvalleyfc.org or e-mail foxvalleyfc@gmail.com

St. Charles Episcopal
offers Service
of Lessons and Carols

ST. CHARLES—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Avenue, invites the community to participate in its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m.

The lessons, carols and prayers center upon the Advent themes of prophecy, preparation, watching and waiting. Refreshments will be served following the service.

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

Sanctuary Church offers
Christmas Showcase

BATAVIA—Sanctuary Church in Batavia is having its annual Christmas Showcase at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

This year’s program is “Scenes of Christmas,” featuring J. Brian Hill, Candy Kless and the Halliwells.

This is a free event but the church asks that you bring one nonperishable food item for the Batavia Food Pantry.

For more information, visit www.sanctuaryag.com or call (630) 879-0785.

Sanctuary is located at 1S430 Wenmoth Road in Batavia.

St. Mary’s of
Maple Park offers
Christmas Cookie Sale

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park will hold its annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 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. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Dec. 15.
For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Union Church offers
Christmas Cantata

NORTH AURORA—There will be music in the air at Union Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, as it presents the Christmas Cantata, “I Cannot Tell.”

Come and join the church for a special evening of music and song, including its chancel choir, bell choir, children’s choir and special music by Matt and Cynthia Gruel.

Union Church is located at 405 N. State St., North Aurora. For information, call (630) 897-0013.

SGUMC to host
Christmas Cantata

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist music department will present a Christmas Cantata, “Night of the Father’s Love,” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

All of the mystery, the awe, and the palpable excitement of that night are imaginatively captured in a Christmas mosaic that combines fragments of the familiar with Pepper Choplin’s always-unique perspective in word and music. 30 singers and instrumentalists will bring you this exciting worship experience that will both captivate and reassure all of us that, indeed, Christ is born.

For more information, call (630) 466-4501. Sugar Grove United Methodist church is located at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove.

Christmas musical at Northwest Bible Church
ELGIN—The Christmas musical “Amazing Grace” will be presented by the Northwest Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5:15 p.m.

The musical will feature 10 special selections arranged by Majesty Music’s Ron and Shelly Hamilton, sung by the church’s 70-voice adult choir and joined by a children’s ensemble in part.

This special Christmas musical presentation is free and will precede the church’s regular Sunday evening service at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this festive event.

Northwest Bible Baptist Church is located at 9N889 Nesler Road in Elgin. For more information about the Christmas musical, contact the church at (847) 695-6222 or visit www.northwestbbc.com.

Church news for Dec. 2

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Children’s choir performs Swedish
Christmas, St. Lucia Festival

Batavia—The Swedish American Children’s Choir presents the 11th annual Swedish Christmas and St. Lucia Festival at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

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 Corrinne Sullivan 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.

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

Chanukah with Fox Valley
Jewish neighbors

GENEVA—Children of all ages are invited to gather round and and enjoy a rousing afternoon of cookie making from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Kural House, 0N422, Sulley Place, Geneva. The event will be a preparation for the annual FVJN (Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors) Chanukah Party.
The tasty cookies will make their way to the Chanukah party on Dec. 5, where they will be decorated by the kids in attendance and then eaten by all.
Bring your menorahs and candles to the family-centered Chanukah party and pot luck, where there will be plenty of activities for all ages. Middle-school students from the Fox Valley Jewish School, run by FVJN, will lead dreidel games, art projects and more. Younger students will participate in the reading of favorite Chanukah stories.
Everyone is invited to attend this event. Please bring any cookie dough or Hebrew/Chanukah cookie cutters you have on hand.
Chanukah started early this year, at sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and lasts until Thursday, Dec. 9.
FVJN is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families living 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.
E-mail tammie.weinberger@gmail.com. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a dairy dish/side dish (especially latkas, blintzes, challah or kugel); N -R, please bring fruits or veggies; S – Z, please bring dessert.

English Congregational
hosts annual cookie walk

big rock—The English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes Ave., Big Rock, will host its annual Cookie Walk from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 10.
Cost is $6.50 per pound.
For information, call (630) 556-3986.

Fox Valley Festival
Chorus holiday concert

AURORA—The Fox Valley Festival Chorus is brewing up a special holiday tea party experience for its annual holiday concert, “Angels, Saints, and Santa Claus,” to be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May (corner of Galena and May) in Aurora.
In addition to a concert filled with holiday favorites—both classical and contemporary, the afternoon will include a brief sing-along. Following the concert, all are invited to a tea party reception featuring treats and special holiday beverages.
During the tea party, a drawing will be held for the Secret Santa raffle. A variety of seasonal treats and surprises have been donated by chorus members and sponsors, but because all prizes are gift-wrapped, winners will not know what they have won until they open their prize packages.
The Fox Valley Chorus, under the direction of Mary Beth McCarthy, is currently in its sixth decade of performing in the Fox Valley area. Members of the chorus come from all areas of Kane, Kendall and DuPage counties. Bonnie Werthmann is the accompanist.
Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for students grades 8 and under, and $25 for a family of five. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Tickets for both are available from chorus members and at the door.
The Fox Valley Festival Chorus is always looking for new members. The next season starts on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, on the corner of Edgelawn and Galena in Aurora. Although the chorus rehearses at a church, it has no religious affiliation.
To find out about joining the chorus or booking the chorus for a performance, check the website www.foxvalleyfc.org or email foxvalleyfc@gmail.com

Christmas musical at Northwest Bible Church
ELGIN—The Christmas musical “Amazing Grace” will be presented by the Northwest Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5:15 p.m.
The musical will feature 10 special selections arranged by Majesty Music’s Ron and Shelly Hamilton, sung by the church’s 70-voice adult choir and joined by a children’s ensemble in part.
This special Christmas musical presentation is free and will precede the church’s regular Sunday evening service at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this festive event.
Northwest Bible Baptist Church is located at 9N889 Nesler Road in Elgin. For more information about the Christmas musical, contact the church at (847) 695-6222 or visit www.northwestbbc.com.

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