Church news for April 8

By on April 8, 2010

Sugar Grove UMC focuses on mission to Zimbabwe
Sugar Grove—A human rights mission to Zimbabwe, Africa, will be the focus of the message at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 11, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Church member Ryan Dowd will preach on “God in the Margins and in Zimbabwe,” sharing his recent work and insights with Christians in that African nation. The church is located at 176 Main St. Call (630) 466-4501 or visit for more information.

Grace UMC, St. Mary’s, host High Seas Vacation Bible School Kick-off
Maple Park—Grace United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maple Park will host their High Seas Vacation Bible School kick-off and registration at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at Grace UMC, 506 Willow St.

Visitors can see what lessons will be learned at the High Seas VBS this summer. VBS takes place July 26-29.

Bring a friend to the kickoff and receive a prize. There will be a dessert bar following the presentation. For more information about Grace UMC VBS, call Theresa Miller at (815) 827-3596.

St. Charles Episcopal offers Taize service

St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to a Taize Service Sunday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.

This worship tradition began many years ago in the ecumenical French monastic community called Taize. It is a quiet service of meditation, readings and music. 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 at or (630) 584-2596.

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day event set for April 11
Geneva—The Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) invite the public to its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event. The program will be on Sunday, April 11, at 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva. All are welcome.

The program will start off with an opening by Rev. Lindsay Bates of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. Speakers will include Holocaust survivor Dr. Hans Kautzky, a renowned scientist from Fermilab who was born in Vienna and survived the horrors of the Nazi persecutions in Europe. Holly Price, Holocaust/Genocide scholar and teacher, will also be speaking. Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva, Minister John Rogers of the United Church of Christ in St. Charles, and Geneva mayor Kevin Burns will also participate in the program.

A reception will follow the program.

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah,” which literally means the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” Each year, this Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron, which is Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers.

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FVJN is a Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families living in central Kane County and nearby towns. Please visit for upcoming events and more information.

FVJN is a tax-exempt organization. Five percent of proceeds from all FVJN events is donated to local charities.