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St. Paul’s UCC Hinckley Cookie Walk, Bake Sale

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HINCKLEY—St. Paul’s of Hinckley will host its cookie walk and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to noon at the church, located on the corner of View and McKinley streets, Hinckley.

The event will feature homemade cookies, candy and other baked goods. Cookies and candy will be available for $6 per pound.

The church will also have gift items available at reasonable prices.

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

St. Mary’s Christmas Cookie Sale, Breakfast with Santa Claus

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MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of Maple Park will host its annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 to 11 a.m., or until sold out, at St. Mary’s Novak Center, County Line Road in Maple Park.

Choose your own homemade cookies for $6 per pound. Advance orders for assorted cookies may be placed until Wednesday, Dec. 10. The Knights of Columbus will host Breakfast with Santa at the same time as the Cookie Sale.

For more information or advance orders, call Anne at (815) 827-3302.

Fox Valley Festival Chorus to perform Dec. 13-14

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SUGAR GROVE—The Fox Valley Festival Chorus will present its holiday concert, “Hallelujah, Hodie and Hayes!” on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Oswego Presbyterian Church on Route 25 in Oswego, Ill., and on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Waubonsee Community College on Route 47 in Sugar Grove (use the north entrance).

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and up, and $5 for ages 12 and under. For additional information, contact foxvalleyfc@gmail.com.

Harvest Drawdown

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MAPLE PARK—St. Mary’s of the Assumption in Maple Park will host its Harvest Drawdown on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Dinner, including pork chops, fried chicken, sides and homemade desserts, will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Novak Center, County Line Road, Maple Park. The drawdown will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include entry into the drawdown and all food and beverages for the evening. A $3,000 grand prize will be awarded to the last remaining ticket. In addition, cash prizes will be given to every 10th ticket drawn, as well as the first, 100th and 200th tickets drawn.

With meat raffles, 50/50 raffles and balloon raffles taking place all evening, you will have plenty of chances to take home a prize. A silent auction will take place, as well, with baskets containing everything from homemade goodies to sporting event tickets.

One ticket per person is required for entry, and only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available after every Mass at St. Mary’s, and are also available at Bootleggers Pizza, Grill and Bar in Maple Park, or by calling (815) 286-7940 or (815) 901-5547.

Caregivers support group at Community Congregational Church

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ELBURN—Are you or someone you know caring for a family member or friend who can no longer take care of themselves—perhaps someone with physical or mental impairment?

While such caregiving is a labor of love, it can result in enormous physical, emotional and financial impact. Caregivers can find themselves feeling alone and not knowing where to turn for support.

A caregiver support group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St., Elburn, to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. The group will be led by staff from Rachel’s Place, which is part of Fox Valley Older Adult Services, a licensed adult day care service provider.

There is no fee to attend the group, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, call Andrea McNeal at (708) 363-5425 or Pastor Ben at (630) 360-0040.

Church among Elburn’s best-kept secrets

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Photo: Located at 100 E. Shannon Street in Elburn, the Community Congregational Church’s members are “determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.” Photos by Lynn Logan

ELBURN—Members joke that Elburn’s Community Congregational Church is one of the best-kept secrets in town. On the flip side, many are trying to change that.

“We’ve been hearing for years that the church has been closed or is dying,” church member Karen Diesel said.

Located at 100 E. Shannon St., the church during Elburn Days hosted a large rummage sale, face painting, music provided by the Al and Susan Duo of St. Charles, ice cream from Colonial Ice Cream and sloppy joes that people return for year after year.

“It was awesome; we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” Diesel said. “The weather really cooperated and we made about $4,500—more than double the $2,000 we usually make.”

Church Pastor Bennett McNeal said it’s not unusual for smaller churches to struggle.

“We’ve had some difficult times in recent years,” McNeal said. “The members are determined to revitalize and continue to focus on the church’s mission in the community.”

Church moderator Mary Royer said a lot of maintenance work that has been on the back burner is now being undertaken, along with the installation of a new elevator to make the church accessible to all. She credits Diesel with doing a lot to make the church more visible during Elburn Days.

“Karen worked very hard,” she said. “We had a lot going on so people could see that we’re still here.”

After celebrating only his second Elburn Days, McNeal said he came to realize the church is an incredible resource in the community.

“We have scouts that meet at the church along with other groups, we plan to provide a caregivers’ support group—all of these things are intended to provide services for the community,” he said. “Of course, we also are continuing our traditional programs of Sunday school for all ages and traditional worship services.”

McNeal said the maintenance projects and the new elevator are ways to make the church more welcoming.

“Our tradition is to be welcoming to everyone, and we mean that with no exceptions,” McNeal said. “These aren’t my words, they come from our denomination: ‘No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here at Community Congregational Church.’”

“We don’t say it as much as we act on it,” Royer said. “We are very much like a family.”

For more information about the church, visit www.elburn-ucc.org or call (630) 365-6544.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor rummage sale and sloppy joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The rummage sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

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Sugar Grove United Methodist Church on July 1 welcomed its new pastor, CheonEui Oh, his wife, Sim, and their children, Ethan (middle), Elena and Elijah. CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea, in 2004, and journeyed to the United States the following year to continue his religious education. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009, and became a provisional pastor and ordained elder in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference. 
Photo submitted by Marguerite Ledone to NJuns@elburnherald.com

SUGAR GROVE—Pastor CheonEui Oh on July 1 was welcomed as the new leader of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.

Pastor CheonEui, his wife Sim, and three kids Ethan, Elena and Elijah, are now a part of the United Methodist Church, where they hope to spread the name of their new church out into the community.

The United Methodist Church has had interim pastors from February to July of this year. Rev. Richard Mayor has been helping to pastor the church during that time, according to Administrative Assistant Marguerite Ledone.

“We’re trying to get our congregation more stability because we’ve been without a pastor for so long,” Ledone said. “He’s (Pastor CheonEui) been pulling us all together. I have a very good feeling about it.”

Pastor CheonEui is very familiar with the Methodist Church, especially since he was raised in a pastor’s family. His father served as a pastor at a Methodist Church in South Korea.

CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, in 2004. Cheon Eui journeyed to the United States in 2005 to continue his education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009 and became a provisional pastor and ordained eldor in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Orangeville United Methodist Church and Afolkey-Bethel United Methodist Church are the two churches that CheonEui previously served as pastor. According to the United Methodist Church press release, Pastor CheonEui would like to learn new strategies, approaches and programs to better serve God and the United Methodist Church as it continues to grow.

As a part of his new role as pastor, CheonEui has been meeting with different people in the Sugar Grove community to become more acquainted.

“Pastor CheonEui is trying to get our name out there in the community,” Ledone said. “He attended the senior luncheon to meet with those folks, and he also went to the Corn Boil, where he was introduced to (Village President) Sean Michels. He also had a meet and greet with other pastors in the area recently.”

Worship service times at United Methodist Church will remain the same through August. There is an outside worship service at 8 a.m. at 4S633 Harter Road in Sugar Grove and an inside worship service at 9:30 a.m. at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. September through May worship services are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. at 176 Main St.

For more information, contact Marguerite Ledone at (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

‘Bar-B-Q,’ sweet corn supper in Hinckley

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HINCKLEY—The Hinckley St. Paul’s United Church of Christ annual Bar-B-Q Pork Roast and Sweet Corn Boil Supper will take place Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the church, 324 W. McKinley St., Hinckley.

The pork roasts are cooked outdoors with a secret sauce, and the corn is picked that morning. Side dishes include German potato salad, American potato salad, applesauce, rolls and desserts. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Eat at the church in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, or take carry-out from the View Street entrance.

Advance tickets are not required. Meals are offered for a $10 donation for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Pat at (630) 699-8751 or Barb at (815) 286-3606 for
The church is located at 324 W. McKinley Street in Hinckley.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor Rummage Sale and Sloppy Joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rummage Sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Maple Park church welcomes Rev. Vasquez

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Rev. Perfecto Vasquez

MAPLE PARK—St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park has a new spiritual leader in the Rev. Perfecto Vasquez.

Vasquez took the helm on July 1, and was installed formally on Wednesday by Bishop David J. Malloy. He also pastors SS. Peter and Paul in Virgil.

Vasquez replaces the Rev. Dennis Morrissy, who has moved to St. Mary in Elizabeth, Ill., and St. John the Evangelist in Hanover, Ill.

Vasquez emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1969, and joined the Rockford Diocese in 1998.

Coming to the priesthood after earning a master’s degree in transportation engineering and working in transportation for the city of Chicago, Vasquez said he believed he could better serve his fellow man in the church.

“I realized there is a need to work in the church to help people,” Vasquez said. “I thought I could better serve the community by being a minister. Instead of doing transportation planning here on Earth, I thought I could help transport people to God’s kingdom.”

At the Maple Park church just shy of three years, Morrissy said there was an urgent need prompting his move.

“It just depends on the needs of the church at any given time,” Morrissy said. “The issue is, we need more priests. If we had more, we wouldn’t need to move as often.”

Morrissy said the communities of Elizabeth and Hanover are about eight miles apart, and combined have about the same number of families as the Maple Park church.

For more information about St. Mary of the Assumption, at 123 S. County Line Road in Maple Park, visit www.stmarymaplepark.org.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

Community Congregational hosts activities during Elburn Days

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church has a lot going on this year during Elburn Days. Along with its usual indoor Rummage Sale and Sloppy Joe lunch, there will be vendor booths along Route 47 and in the parking lot north of the church building. The event will also feature an eclectic mixture of vendors that have everything from crafts to resale, and antiques to non-profit organizations, as well as fingernail painting for the kids. Some vendors will be there all three days, and others for just one day. If you can, check out the parking lot each day to see who’s there.

Also, mark your calendars for these special events:

Thursday, Aug. 14—Pre-Elburn Days Rummage Sale, lunch and outdoor vendors.

Friday, Aug. 15—JoJo the Clown will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. to make balloon objects and do face painting; Colonial Ice Cream and its famous truck will sell ice cream cups from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16—Enjoy the music of St. Charles’ Al and Sue Duo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rummage Sale and vendor hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Congregational Church is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Contact the church office at (630) 365-6544. For vendor questions, contact Karen Diesel at (630) 308-5397. For Rummage sale questions, contact Lea Miller at (630) 365-6335.

Community Congregational Church accepting donations

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ELBURN—Community Congregational Church in Elburn is now accepting donations for its Elburn Days rummage sale. The church is happy to take the following: belts, jewelry, bicycles, knick knacks, books, purses, DVDs and VHS tapes, puzzles, framed pictures, seasonal items, furniture, stuffed animals, tools, games and toys.

Drop-off times are Saturdays through Aug. 9 at the church’s north entrance only. Contact Carl Diesel at (630) 272-9501 to schedule your drop-off time. No clothing or TVs will be accepted. Furniture must be under 30 pounds unless approved by Leah Miller. For more information or to seek approval for heavy furniture, call Leah at (630) 365-6335.

St. Gall Church accepting rummage sale donations

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ELBURN—St. Gall Church is currently accepting donations for its annual rummage sale. Donations can be dropped off from now through Sunday, Aug. 10, during the following times: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are must be gently used, clean items. And if it takes more than two people to carry it, it is too large.

St. Gall is located at 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn. For more information, call the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.

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