Church news for Sept. 9

By on September 9, 2011

St. Gall to hold special
luminary Mass

ELBURN—St. Gall Church in Elburn will hold a special Mass on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Gall Cemetery, located on Route 47 in downtown Elburn.
This Mass is an opportunity to honor all of those people who have brought a little light into our lives. Envelopes are currently being sold for $1 each. On the envelope, the name of the person who has provided “light” in your life is written and turned into the parish office. All of the names will be highlighted and honored during Mass and with lighted luminaries lining the driveways of the cemetery. The Mass will begin at dusk, and all of the luminaries will remind us of all the special people in our lives who have brought light into our lives. To purchase an envelope/luminary, please contact the Parish Office at (630) 365-6030.
The Centennial Parish Picnic will now be held in the St. Gall parking lot at 5 p.m. (this is rain or shine—if it rains, the picnic will be moved inside to the Parish Hall). Please bring a dish to pass.

UMC Church picnic
SUGAR GROVE—Food, fun, and fellowship will highlight the Sunday, Sept. 11, church picnic at the 40-acre Harter Road property of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church. The meal starts at noon. Bring a friend and a dish to pass. All are welcome. Hymn singing, hayrack rides, volleyball and games for children will make up the day. The event is at 4S633 Harter Road, west of Route 47, near Waubonsee Community College.
For more information, call (630) 466-4501.

Community Congregational Church of Elburn schedule
ELBURN—As of Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn “regular” worship times go into effect as follows:
• 9 a.m.—Sunday school; rally time
• 9:20 a.m.—Adult Bible study
• 10:30 a.m.—Worship (Holy Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month)
• 11:30 a.m.—Fellowship
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Community Congregational Church of Elburn will host a Service of Remembrance for all who lost their lives 10 years ago in the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as in the crash of Flight 93 in the field near Shanksville, Penn. Local clergy participating include Rev. Gary Augustine of Elburn Hill Church, Rev. David Kletzing of Hope Anglican Church, and Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church. The service is open to all and will be held at 5 p.m. at Community Congregational Church, 100 E. Shannon St. in Elburn.
For information, call (630) 365-6544.

St. Peter Barn Sale returns
geneva—The St. Peter Barn Sale will be held at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.
The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fairgrounds are at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles. Admission is free, although a $1 per vehicle free-will donation for parking is requested.

Bridging the interfaith
International Day of Peace

Geneva—A network of Fox Valley faith communities invites you to a community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first “Peace Day” was celebrated in September 1982, after being established by a United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.
The local celebration of the International Day of Peace will kick off with a gathering at 10 a.m. for the dedication of the recently installed Peace Pole at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), located at 121 S. Third St., in Geneva (just across from the old Kane County courthouse, at the yellow awning).
This Peace Pole is part of the international Peace Pole Project. It bears a phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Algonquin (Native American language indigenous to the area), and Swedish, along with “May peace be in our homes and communities” in English.
Activities will continue a block east at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG), located at 110 S. 2nd St., in Geneva.
At 10:30 a.m., come attend an enlightening, interactive program titled, “Have you heard the one about: How to respond to hate language,” presented by nonviolent communications trainer, Thom Thomas.
Ask questions of religious leaders in a panel on Building Bridges, from 11:45 to 12:45, with representatives from the Islam, Unitarian, Jewish and Christian faiths. A panel discussion with young adults will follow at 1 p.m.
Children of all ages will be treated to puppet shows about diversity, craft projects, along with the opportunity to meet and greet children from other religions and ethnicities, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Additionally, the UUSG sanctuary will be open throughout the Day of Peace event for meditation and reflection.
Preceding Saturday’s event will be a free public screening of “Divided We Fall,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the UUSG. This prize-winning documentary features stories of Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs in America, and interviews with scholars, lawyers and legislators about race, religion and security in post-9/11 America.
This local celebration of the International Day of Peace is a secular event, open to everyone of all ages and faiths.
For a complete schedule of this event, please visit or or call (630) 232-2350. Information on the International Day of Peace is available at