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Augustana students to study in London

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Sara Bihner (mathematics and computer science) of Elburn and Phil Christensen (computer science) of Maple Park are among the 45 Augustana College students studying contemporary and historic Britain and Europe from the heart of London. The Fall Term in London Program offers students a chance to explore the area while studying with Augustana and British faculty.

Of the 45 Augustana students enrolled in the London program, 39 applied for and received $2,000 through the college’s Augie Choice Program to help pay for expenses. Augie Choice provides students with the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.

Park named to dean’s list at University of Northwestern Ohio

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Lima, Ohio—The University of Northwestern Ohio announced that Austin Park of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the summer quarter 2011 in the College of Business. Students must receive a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to be named to the dean’s list.

Meredith Lee Mateja

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Daniel and Melonie Mateja of Montgomery announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Lee, who was born Aug. 19, 2011. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Jerry and Patti McCauley of Elburn. The paternal grandparent is Debra Mateja of Plainfield.

Meredith was welcomed home by her brother Dylan, 3.

Ezra Lee Reckinger

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Steven and Amanda Reckinger of Elburn announce the birth of their son, Ezra Lee, who was born Aug. 9, 2011, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

The maternal grandparents are Daren and Lori Haring of Elburn. The paternal grandparents are Joseph and Debra Reckinger of Batavia.

Terry, Capes to wed

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Don and Mary Capes of Englewood, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura, to Marlon Terry, son of Jack Terry of Roby, Texas, and Sharon Hale of Wichita Falls, Texas.

The bride-to-be is a 1985 Kaneland High School graduate, and has an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a marketing director at Push Pedal Pull.

The future groom is a 1986 Roby High School graduate, and attended West Texas State University. He is currently a quality manager at Dresser-Wayne.

The wedding ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, 2011, at River Place Country Club in Austin, Texas.

Reynolds celebrate 60th anniversary

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F. L. Toby Reynolds and Norma (Needham) Reynolds, currently of Sycamore and formerly of Maple Park, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Maple Park Methodist Church, where they were married in 1951. Now retired, Toby was an insurance agent in the area for over 40 years.

They have five children, Valerie Reynolds (North Barrington, Ill.), Steve (Cathy) Reynolds (Locust Grove, Ga.), Roger (Deb) Reynolds (Maple Park), Jim (Thersa) Reynolds (Jenks, Ok.), Scott (Sarma) Reynolds (Dunedin, Fla.); seven grandchildren, Brian (Kristy) Reynolds, Joe (Casey) Reynolds, Alex Brewer, Lisa (Mike) Brinkley, Kristi (Ryan) Kunkel, Sarah (Wes) Loes, Kyle Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Savannah Brinkley, Mac Kenzie Brewer, Tanner Brinkley, Olivia Reynolds, Jack Kunkel.

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.

Mary Elba Roberts

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Mary Elba Roberts, 87, of Maple Park, passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.

She is survived by three children, Dorlis Roberts, Tommy (June) Roberts and Janet Roberts; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren with another along the way; two siblings, Hershel Brown and Edna Cooper; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; one son, Truman; and seven siblings.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 7, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, from 10 a.m. to noon followed directly by a graveside service with Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the Kaneville United Methodist Church, officiating and at East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park.

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

McPhee, Stahl in National Merit Scholarship program

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MAPLE PARK—Kaneland High School announced that students Kayley McPhee and Brandon Stahl were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program.

Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They represent the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Local residents named to DePaul dean’s list

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CHICAGO—The following residents were named to DePaul University’s dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester: David Berg, Joseph Ruppel and Jennifer Shiplet, all of Sugar Grove; Daniella Tovar, Chelsea Gange, Kevin Major and Jordan Mesa, all of Elburn; and Jessica Pfeiffer of Campton Hills.

Tovar graduates from DePaul University

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CHICAGO—Daniella Tovar of Elburn graduated from DePaul University in Chicago this summer.

Local graduates from Benedictine University

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LISLE, Ill.—Brittney Carnell (B.B.A. in marketing) of Elburn, and Brian Genslinger (B.A. in communication arts) and Megan Maulding, both of Sugar Grove, (M.Ed. in Master of Education) received degrees from Benedictine University in May 2011.

Cline named to Elmhurst dean’s list

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ELMHURST, Ill.—Megan Cline, daughter of Joe and Denise Blaszynski of Elburn, was named to the dean’s list at Elmhurst College for the spring 2011 semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.75 or above to receive this academic honor.

Church news for Oct. 6

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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.

George Edward Fleming

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George Edward Fleming, 93, of Wheaton, Ill., formerly of St. Charles, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at Wynscape Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1918, the son of Antoine and Marguerite (Renier) Vlemink in Chicago. George was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and attended the local schools there. He graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in 1936. He continued his education at Northwestern University, where he received his liberal arts degree and then his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1943.

George heard the calling of his country and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Dental Corp. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base, as well as Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif. He returned to civilian life, but continued to serve in the Naval Reserves for 24 years, eventually retiring in 1978 as a Commander.

George had a double major of sorts while in college. His first was in dentistry, but his second began the moment he found the love of his life, Irene Kostre. Their two hearts became one when they were married on April 16, 1943. George and Irene began their life together while he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base, where they welcomed their first son, George. They returned to the Chicago area after the war and made their home on the North Side. It was at this time George began his own dental practice on Spring Road in Elmhurst, Ill. Over the course of their marriage, the family grew to include four more children, James, Barbara, Robert and Richard. The family lived in Elmhurst for a few years and then moved to St. Charles in 1953, where they lived on Golden Oak Farm. In later years, after Irene’s passing and his health began to decline, George moved to Wheaton, where he made his home at the Wyndemere campus. He passed into eternal life on his beloved wife’s birthday, Sept. 29.

George served his community faithfully during his lifetime. He was a member of the Kane County Board and also the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. He was also the past Executive Secretary, Board of Trustees—Baker Community Center and past president of the Far West Study Club of the Chicago Dental Society.

George loved to spend time on the links and play as many rounds as possible. Music also spoke to his heart and his hands. Many nights while at Northwestern, after only a few hours of sleep, George played the bass at various gigs, finishing his homework while on break. He never received less than stellar marks on both music and educational fronts. He continued to play his bass professionally throughout the Chicago area.

He is survived by his five children, George (Peggy) Fleming of Chippewa Falls, Wis., James (Kathleen) Fleming of St. Charles, Barbara (David) Webster of Geneva, Robert (Cheryl) Fleming of Chicago, and Richard Fleming of Geneva; eight grandchildren, Rachel Fleming, Nathan (Nicki) Fleming, Ryan Fleming (fiance Lauren Wolowiec), Eric (Lauren) Fleming, Elizabeth (Christoph) Groth, Andrew Webster, Michael Fleming, and Joseph Fleming; two great-grandchildren, Henry Imsande and Max Groth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene; and two sisters, Mary Lou and Josephine.

Private services have already been held, and interment took place at Prairie Cemetery in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities, which include the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. Checks may be made to the “George Fleming Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com .

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