Church news for Dec. 2

By on December 2, 2010

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 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 or email

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